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ACOSH welcomes Health Minister Mark Butler’s latest move in tobacco control

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health welcomes the announcement today by Health Minister Mark Butler of long-awaited reforms after a ten-year gap in action on tobacco control.

Cigarettes kill two-thirds of people who use them exactly as intended and tobacco-related harm remains the leading cause of preventable death and disability in Australia.

“The commitment to a comprehensive approach to tobacco regulations are huge steps today towards a tobacco-free Australia,” said ACOSH acting CEO, Noni Walker, commending the focus on legislation to:

  • regulate the ingredients, structure and design of cigarettes will limit tobacco industry efforts to make the product more appealing
  • end manipulation of the size of tobacco packs to market a more affordable product
  • update the warnings on packets and introduce more information on the harms of tobacco

Reigniting the fight against tobacco is vitally important as the tobacco industry has been relentless in promoting its products which harm people’s health.

“Congratulations to the Albanese government on bringing the focus back to promoting the health of our community”, Ms Walker

This focus was evident in the concerns expressed by Mark Butler about the rising rates of vaping among children and young people.

In a media release from the Minister, he wrote:

“The former government was asleep at the wheel on vaping. Our children are paying the price for that division and delay.”

Mark Butler today announced that the government will start a public consultation process through the Therapeutic Goods Administration on nicotine-containing e-cigarette products.

“We need to understand where the current regulatory framework falls short and what action governments can take to move the dial,” he said.

“Australia needs to reclaim its position as a world leader on tobacco control. Because, quite frankly, lives are at stake. Disadvantaged Australians are paying the price for Big Tobacco’s profits.”

ACOSH congratulates the minister on this move to kick off action against the growing vaping epidemic.

Traditional cigarettes have caused widespread disease and devastation throughout our country, and we can’t risk the health of our youth and future generations with a new era of nicotine addiction through e-cigarettes.

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For media enquiries please contact Noni Walker, ACOSH Acting CEO, Australian Council of Smoking and Health on 0408 918 050

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) is an independent, non-government, not-for-profit coalition established in 1971, and represents a further 35 prominent health and community organisations with a shared concern about smoking and its harmful consequences.

ACOSH has been a leading advocate for all the regulatory and legislative changes to reduce the impact of smoking on the Australian community and is supported by the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation – Healthway.