Emeritus Professor Mike Daube AO will today discuss five decades of fighting industries like Big Tobacco as well as the looming challenges from vaping interests in the wake of strong actions announced this week by federal Health Minister Mark Butler MP.
Prof Daube, who started working on tobacco in April 1973 and has led many national and international campaigns, will deliver the Douglas Gordon Oration, which is a major component of the annual Preventive Health conference organised by the Public Health Association of Australia.
“The tobacco industry knowingly markets and sells lethal products, while opposing any action that might reduce smoking,” the Curtin University academic and former PHAA National President says.
“Now they are trying to reinvent their image as responsible and health conscious with vapes and other novel products – so they can slow down the decline in smoking, and get new generations of kids hooked on nicotine.
“This is just Big Tobacco up to its old tricks.”
Prof Daube says actions on tobacco and vaping announced recently by the Commonwealth and other governments in Australia is the best news the public health community has had in years.
“We need all those concerned for the public’s health to support this comprehensive approach, which will quite literally prevent tens of thousands of deaths,” he adds.
Prof Daube and other public health experts from across Australia are sharing their research and lived experience at Preventive Health 2023 in Adelaide which concludes today.
The conference program also includes the Uluru Statement from the Heart, vaping, stroke, alcohol and pregnancy, and the connections between local governments and local food supplies.
More info: https://www.prevention2023.com/