H/T Harley for this breaking momentous news:
ASH Australia closure on December 31, 2013
Statement from ASH Chair Dr Matthew Peters, 18/11/13:
The Board of Directors of Action on Smoking and Health Australia (ASH) advise that ASH will be officially ceasing its operations from 31st December 2013. ASH was established in 1994 in an era when its joint funders (today, Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia) had relatively few staff deployed directly in tobacco control. For many years, this has no longer been the case with both organisations giving high priority to the many aspects of tobacco control.
Today, smoking rates in Australian adults and children are at their lowest ever levels, in large part because of the combined efforts of ASH, Cancer Councils, the Heart Foundation and others.
ASH’s invaluable work in advocating for policy reform in tobacco control will continue through Australia’s well connected network of agencies dedicated to driving smoking rates down even further.
The Board thanks ASH’s Chief Executive Officer Anne Jones OAM for her (almost) 20 years of extraordinary service to national and international tobacco control. Anne will continue her international work as a consultant to the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). The Board also thanks Stafford Sanders for his 12 years’ service to ASH. Stafford provided countless hours of invaluable advice to journalists and the public, and maintained ASH’s very popular website since its inception.
I hope this isn’t a prelude to the opening of the new Australian Total War on Smokers Complex in the New Year, complete with barbed wire and gas chambers.
It looks like their government funding has been removed. And furthermore removed very abruptly, leaving them a little over a month to close down.
I can’t help but connect this with the Australian decision, that I noted just two days ago, to refuse to pay further climate change contributions, and to repeal its carbon tax. It looks like it may be part of a new determination by the Australian Conservative government to generally defund useless, green, healthist spongers.
If so, more heads are likely to roll, including maybe that of Professor Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney, who is no doubt also on a fat salary paid for by Australian smokers’ taxes.
They could all be offered useful new jobs, I’m sure.
Live shark bait is one that springs readily to mind.
And with a little bit of luck, now that Australia has shown the way, the UK Conservative government will do the same with ASH UK.
P.S. The South Australian state government to defund antismoking media campaigns:
Last month the State Government confirmed its commitment to an earlier proposal to remove all funding for anti-tobacco media campaigns.