As Australians have weaned themselves off tobacco, one part of the country has become more addicted to cigarettes and smoking. The federal budget. So addicted is the budget to the revenues gleaned from smokers that if this year the government delivers a surplus, it will be solely due to the nation's smokers. Two specific measures, announced in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 budgets, are pivotal to the government's surplus pledge. And both measures depend on smokers and their habits. In the 2016-17 budget, handed down by then treasurer Scott Morrison, the government unveiled its plan to sharply lift the excise on tobacco. Every September for the next four years (...)
Friday, February 14, 2020
Why is Vaping Banned in Australia?
Vaping nicotine is the most popular and most effective quitting aid available. So why is it banned in Australia? Colin Mendelsohn from ATHRA explains.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
An Australian Vaping Revolution: a Talk to Dr. Colin Mendelsohn
Millions of smokers around the world usually talks to general practioners when they get the intention to quit smoking for good. And it happens everywhere. Vaping has the potential to help rejuvenate smoking cessation in Australia and improve public health if smokers are allowed easier and legal access to appropriately regulated products. Now things have changed and new guidelines have been published. We have talked to DR. Colin Mendelsohn, Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and a Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
Monday, February 03, 2020
Study confirms vaping will save Australian lives
The peer-reviewed study by Australian academics Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn, Professor Wayne Hall and Professor Ron Borland was published in the scientific journal Drug and Alcohol Review today. It is the first analysis to specifically assess the potential for vaping to reduce smoking in Australia.
The study found that vaping is more effective than other quitting aids and is the most popular quitting method in most countries where it is available
However, vaping is effectively banned in Australia and vaping rates are currently very low, only 1.2% in 2016. [...]
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Doctors say taxpayers should pay more to subsidise quit-smoking medications like nicotine gum to make them accessible to poor people
Doctors have called on the Australian government to further subsidise nicotine replacement therapies to help people quit smoking.
Allowing smokers to use more than one therapy at a time would make it more accessible to those at the poorer end of the spectrum, according to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Figures used in a new report by the RACGP showed just 6.5 per cent of those in the highest socio-economic areas smoked daily, but that figure almost tripled to 17.7 per cent in the lowest.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Doctor-Approved | Australian GPs Shift Policy to Recommend Vaping | RegWatch (Live)
It’s hard to overstate the importance of the policy shift on vaping announced this week by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. In its latest national smoking cessation guidelines, the College now advises GPs and other health professionals to recommend vaping to smokers who have tried to quit but were unsuccessful with currently available medications. Joining us for this edition of RegWatch Live is Dr. Colin Mendelsohn, Founding Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association [...]
Could this policy shift be a game-changer for Australia?