Australia's Leadership in Tobacco Control Praised by World Health Organization

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Australia's Leadership in Tobacco Control Praised by World Health Organization
Australia commended by WHO for leadership in anti-smoking and e-cigarette efforts ahead of World No Tobacco Day.

According to MirageNews on May 30th, Australia was praised by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the eve of World No Tobacco Day for showing leadership in the fight against smoking and e-cigarettes.

 

The Regional Director of the World Health Organization, Saia Ma'u Piukala, stated that Australia's leadership in tobacco control is commendable and inspirational.

 

During the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the Australian Minister for Health and Aged Care, Mark Butler, chaired a high-level international meeting on e-cigarettes and e-liquids, attended by health leaders and officials participating in the conference. This landmark meeting was held in preparation for World No Tobacco Day, with this year's theme focusing on protecting children from interference by the tobacco industry.

 

The meeting emphasized the World Health Organization's call for member countries to take urgent and decisive action on e-cigarettes, and released a new WHO report titled "Deceptive Marketing to the Next Generation: How the Tobacco Industry Captures Young Consumers." In order to strengthen global response, Minister Butler led a roundtable discussion with other health ministers and senior foreign health officials to discuss the common challenges and successful experiences countries are facing in addressing the harms of e-cigarettes.

 

An increasing number of governments around the world are beginning to follow Australia's lead in taking measures to protect young people by banning or restricting the supply, availability, and promotion of e-cigarettes in a broad sense. The Albanese government's world-leading e-cigarette legislation has attracted global attention. These laws aim to protect children, young people, and all Australians from the harms of e-cigarettes by regulating them as pharmaceutical products and prohibiting their sale outside of pharmacies, cutting off commercial and advertising channels, making illegal the commercial sale, supply, and production of unregulated e-cigarettes.

 

This legislation is currently under review in the Senate and is expected to take effect on July 1, 2024. Alongside the introduction of world-leading e-cigarette reforms, the comprehensive new tobacco regulations by the Albanian Socialist Party government will come into effect on April 1, 2024, and include new measures to ensure continued reduction in tobacco use.

 

These laws were constructed based on Australia's world-leading regulations on plain tobacco packaging, which were introduced by the Labor government in 2012. Since then, more than 20 countries have emulated Australia's approach and introduced their own regulations on plain tobacco packaging.

 

Minister Butler stated, "Not only are state and territory governments, medical summit organizations, and the World Health Organization supporting the strengthening of control measures for e-cigarettes, but other governments are also following Australia's lead and taking their own actions." "More than 20 countries have already followed Australia's example in tobacco packaging. This policy was introduced by Health Minister Nicola Roxon and the Labor government in the face of relentless attacks from the tobacco industry.

 

Dr. Puvakara, WHO Regional Director, stated that "Australia's leadership in tobacco control is both admirable and inspiring, demonstrated by their continued efforts to reduce tobacco use. Their enhanced regulation of e-cigarettes is a significant step forward in public health, highlighting their commitment to safeguarding tobacco control progress and protecting children and future generations from harmful and addictive products.

 

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