Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Is smoking increasing in Australia?

The front page of the Australian claims Labor’s plain packaging laws have failed, as industry research shows a small increase in tobacco sales volume between 2012 and 2013. So, do the figures back up the Australian’s claim? Firstly, it’s worth examining the industry data presented in the Australian’s article. The key number they rely on is an increase in tobacco sales from 21.015bn in 2012 to 21.074bn in 2013*. Labor’s plain packaging laws were fully implemented in December 2012. ... read more >>

Australia Invests in Shares of Tobacco Firms to Pay Lawmakers’ Retirement

Australia, which is introducing some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the world, invested A$147.7 million ($148.2 million) in shares of tobacco companies including British American Tobacco Plc (BATS) to pay for politicians’ retirement. The government’s Future Fund — established in 2006 to cover pension costs of retiring lawmakers, judges and public servants — held stakes in 14 tobacco companies as of Dec. 31, 2010. ... read more >>

Illicit smokes up 25% since tax rise : tobacco boss

ILLICIT trade of cigarettes in Australia has soared 25 per cent since the federal government last year moved to increase tax on cigarettes sharply and promised to bring in mandatory plain packaging, one of the world’s most powerful tobacco company executives has claimed. ... read more >>

Prince William in Australia: How to trace Sydney’s aboriginal past

Pictures of Prince William touring Sydney were flashed around the world this week when he was honoured with a traditional aboriginal smoking ceremony. The royal watched as elder Uncle Max Van Eulo carried out the sacred cleansing ritual, with smoke billowing from a pile of smouldering leaves into William’s face. ... read more >>

Alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use amongst same-sex attracted women: results from the Western Australian Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health and Well-Being Survey

Abstract (provisional) ... read more >>