CARLA ZAMPATTI PROTEST ON WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY
CALL FOR CARLA TO RESIGN
The Non-Smokers' Movement continued its 1999 campaign to name
tobacco company executives for what they are - deadly drug pushers,
by way of a street march and demonstration outside Carla Zampatti's
fashion boutique in Elizabeth Street Sydney on 31 May 1999.
The President of NSMA, Brian McBride, called on Carla Zampatti
to resign from her position as a director of cigarette company,
Rothmans, makers of a leading brand Winfield which makes a
major contribution to the 18,000 death toll in Australia.
He challenged her to follow the lead of her boss, Mr Gary Krelle,
Chairman of Rothmans, who has gone on the record to say that
he does not know of any proof that smoking causes health damage.
Alternatively, she could explain that that she is only in it
for the money, if that is the case.
Fashion Parade with a difference
The protesters conducted a mock fashion parade featuring a
smoking pregnant mother-to-be representing those unfortunate
women who are so enslaved to nicotine that they cannot quit
even when they know the well being of their unborn child
depends on it.
Protesters Outside Zampatti's Store
Also featured were life-size walking cigarette packets of
the Windfailed, lungreach, and Rotmans brands all tastefully
designed and coloured to a standard that Carla would have
been proud of.
Each packet was labelled truthfully with their major death
targets including, 10,000 heart, 5,000 lung cancer,
3,000 emphysema, 23,000 babies and 45,000 asthmatic children.
Brian McBride said this was a continuation of the campaign
to get up close and personal with these cigarette company
He challenged Carla to debate her right to promote the world's
greatest cause of preventable death and disease and still
expect to be treated as a respectable member of the community.
We intend to show them up for what they are and we call
on the public to boycott their products and businesses, he said.
Help to break financial addiction
A collection was taken up for Carla Zampatti to help her
break loose from the financial addiction to nicotine drug money.
We attempted to go into her shop to deliver the money
and explain that she should not feel too bad about
accepting it because we realise the extreme difficulty
of withdrawing from dependence on drug money. One has only
to look at the years of servile addiction to cigarette
revenue exhibited by our Federal and State politicians
to realise that once you are hooked you really are a
captive of the tobacco industry and become incapable
of seeing the harm they are doing.
However the doors were locked and when we asked through
the intercom to come in and speak to Carla we were told that
she was away in Paris, with husband ex-MP for
North Sydney, John Spender, now Ambassador to France.
We then asked to speak to the Manager and
were told to go to the head office in Kent Street.
On arriving there we were told that the manager
had just left and they did not know when she would be back.
Only 28 Stores to go.
We were disappointed not to get any response from the
Zampatti organisation. After all, we have made these
people rich and famous by buying their products and supporting
them as Australians in the international arena, only to
find that they repay us by promoting death and disease
to our children and our neighbour's children.
I wonder if Carla ever stood up at a Rothman's Board meeting
and asked about the lack of any health warnings on
the cigarettes her company is selling into the developing
countries which are our neighbours. I wonder if she ever
expressed any concern for the 30% of pregnant women
who smoke right through their terms and bring another
unhealthy baby into the world.
We will keep trying to get answers from Carla by conducting
demonstrations outside her remaining 28 stores.
Each one should be bigger and louder than the previous
ones until we get all our questions answered.
Doctors Speak up Against Directors.
Dr. Arthur Chesterfield-Evans and Dr. Jean Lennane both
addressed the rally to add their calls for Carla Zampatti
o resign from her position promoting harmful drugs.
They emphasised that the bans on advertising have not
eliminated "advertising" of cigarettes, it has merely
changed it to a more insidious form.
Dr Chesterfield-Evans Addresses Rally
The Tobacco Boards,
of which Carla and Nick Greiner are part, sanction the
strategies of paying actors to smoke in films and TV
productions and thus con impressionable teenagers into
thinking it is cool to smoke. They promote the concept
of including smoking in video song clips etc. to reach
the young market.
Anyone involved in these effective strategies to get young
people hooked on nicotine is doing a great disservice
to this country and should be publicly brought to account.
Fed up with celebrity drug pushers
Brian McBride told the assembled crowd that the community
is fed up with people like Sir Roden Cutler who has
dishonoured the office of Governor of NSW by joining
the drug pushers on the Rothman's Board.
We are particularly fed up with the likes of Nick Greiner
who has dishonoured the office of Premier of NSW by
trading on the respectability of that role to become the
Chairman of WD & HO Wills where he admits that cigarettes
kill people but when pressed he excuses himself on the
grounds that he is only "lightly" into hypocrisy.
The fact is the tobacco industry just buys up celebrities
like these people to give itself credibility and
respectability and hence to con young people into a
life of drug addiction.
These people are either willing pawns in the drug marketing
game or they are so uninformed that they don't know the facts.
Either way they should be held accountable for the damage
their actions are doing to the health fabric of the nation.
Fashion feeds folly
There is no doubt the fashion world has been infiltrated
by the tobacco industry as another ingenious way of
promoting their deadly product. Despite the threat to
women's health from smoking,
many famous models including Elle Macpherson,
Kate Moss and Linda Evangelista appear to promote
smoking in the same way that actors have been used to
promote smoking in films.
In fact our life-size walking cigarette packets used in
this rally displayed these beautiful women with photos
from magazines showing disgusting filthy cigars hanging
out of their mouths. Like most other cigarette
advertising this is another giant con on the public.
In fact these models rarely smoke cigars and they do
it only as a highly paid marketing exercise to con other
impressionable young girls into smoking in the hope
that they will opt for cigarettes, which they can afford,
as opposed to cigars which they can't afford. It is the
smart marketers like Greiner and Zampatti who know that
young girls are particularly vulnerable as many use
smoking in a misguided attempt to control their weight
and the trend is compounded by fashion models
smoking in photo shoots, parades and magazines.
Good one, Nick and Carla, you are doing great work
for the future health of our youth! You deserve every
piece of silver they thrust into your outstretched hands.
NSMA Members March Through Sydney Streets Rally
Although Carla Zampatti was out of town we proceeded
with this event because it was part of
the "World No Tobacco Day" activities which are held on 31 May.
The media coverage included the Channel Ten evening news,
three Sydney radio interviews, some interstate radio,
plus items in the Sydney Morning Herald and the
Daily Telegraph. The coverage would have been
greater if the media could have contacted
Carla to get her response, so we look forward to
that happening on the next occasion. Anyone wishing
to take part in the next protest should contact our
office for details.
Action Point 1.
Write to Carla zampatti, 435 Kent Street, Sydney, 2000.
Ask her whether she is aware that cigarettes kill 18,000
Australians every year and that her duty as a Director of
Rothmans is to work for increased profit by increasing
this death toll. Advise her that you have signed the
enclosed pledge indicating that neither you nor any
member of your family will buy from her stores while
she remains a Director of a tobacco company.
Action Point 2
Make sure you at least sign the enclosed form calling
for her resignation and post it to her at the address
shown (or back to us).
LET'S PROMOTE THE 25 METRE RULE
Anyone attending the children's hospital at Westmead,
NSW, will notice large signs at the entrance doors saying,
"SMOKING PROHIBITED WITHIN 25 METRES OF THIS SIGN".
This is a sensible move to combat that increasing
problem of smokers moving one metre outside
a non-smoking building and then proceeding to congregate
in little groups to light-up and pollute
the entrance ways with clouds of stinking acrid fumes
which everyone else must endure to get in or out of
The Non-Smokers' Movement has picked up this initiative
and is trying to promote it as a standard approach
to solving some of the outdoor smoking dilemma.
We have followed up specific complaints about this problem
at the entrances to the maternity wing of the
Nepean District Hospital. At a meeting with hospital
authorities on 18 June 1999 we gave them photos of
the Westmead signs and they
agreed to raise the issue with the Board.
We will also campaign for the Department of Health
to adopt this approach at all hospitals.
The Nepean staff told us they think the
Department is even looking at bringing
in total bans on the Hospital sites.
After all if it is good enough to force football fans
to go outside the gates to smoke at either
Sydney or Melbourne sports venues why should it be a problem
for a hospital to impose such bans.
This is the preferred solution and we will try to arrange
an interview with the new NSW Health Minister,
The Hon. Craig Knowles, to pursue this matter.
Brian McBride & NSMA Secretary,
Jenny Sanders with Faye Lo Po, MP for Penrith.
NEED FOR LEGISLATION ON SIGNAGE
NSMA attended a meeting with the local Member for Penrith, Faye Lo Po,
to enlist her support for the above Nepean Hospital proposal.
At the same time we took the opportunity to advise her of our
broader concerns on smoking issues. In particular,
we requested her to raise within the Government
the problem of no effective enforcement of the "NO SMOKING"
signs now widely displayed in shopping centres
and other public venues.
We used the local Penrith Plaza shopping centre
as a prime example.
During our half hour stopover for a cup of coffee
in this non smoking centre we had to speak to no less than
four smokers who lit up in our area regardless of the signs.
They are quick to comply, for the moment, but it will
not stop them lighting up again when we are out of
sight or when they return to the centre next time.
The problem simply is that centre managements say
they have no legal right to enforce the signs -
they can only ask for peoples' co-operation.
We know this is not strictly correct and that
managements can use the existing 1983 Occupational
Health & Safety Act as legal enforcement but this is too
obscure and complicated for most of them. It would be much
simpler and more easily understood by all concerned if all
such signage was backed up with a "Penalty $200" type
provision in the laws of the State.
The Minister has agreed to look into it.
SMOKING AND TENNIS
With Wimbledon underway again it is timely to report on
Brian McBride's ongoing fight with the
Parramatta Baulkham Hills Tennis Club about
smoking around the precincts of the courts.
It seems Brian's chances of getting re-instated
voluntarily by the Committee are about equal to his chances
of playing at Wimbledon.
He attended an open management meeting on 19 June
in a conciliatory frame of mind hoping for a full
and open discussion of his concerns.
He wanted to point out that smoking around the players
was not only damaging his health but was particularly dangerous
for the dozen or more pre-school age children
also subjected to passive smoking in the same corridor area
between the courts where Brian wants a ban imposed.
The uncontrolled smoking by mothers and other women
during Wednesday Ladies Mid-week competition around
these toddlers in their playpens is a sad sight to behold.
Legal action is Pecuniary Interest?
The Association President whose smoking daughter was at
the middle of the original dispute which started last
November has since resigned his position.
However he attended this meeting and successfully blocked
any chance of Brian's case being heard because he tabled
a letter warning the Committee that one of the Rules
in the Constitution stated that no matter of
"Pecuniary interest may be discussed in the presence
of the member". The Committee accepted his assertion
that because Brian had a solicitor write to them
threatening legal action if he was not re-instated,
that amounted to a pecuniary interest in the outcome,
and hence he had to leave the meeting.
Furthermore it was ruled that his wife would also have
to leave the meeting because that threat of legal action
also constituted a pecuniary interest for her!
But $500 for the President's Wife is not a Pecuniary Interest?
Brian was disgusted with this process to stop him
being heard and pointed out that that the Committee
had just voted a donation of $500 to help meet the
costs of the wife of the new President to travel
overseas to play in some tennis tournament.
During this discussion and resolution the new President
refrained from speaking to it but he did not even leave
the Chair, let alone leave the meeting.
The old expression - "They could not even organise a
Sunday tennis club" - has never been more appropriate.
Battle Ground Shifts to Council
After this failure to resolve the problem Brian has
stepped up the fight on three fronts:
1. He has directly lobbied all 15 Parramatta City
Councillors pointing out the Council's legal liability
to be sued as owners of the tennis court facilities.
He warned that if he has to sue the Club he will also
sue the Council for their negligence in relation
to matters which they were informed about as a result
of their own survey conducted more than 12 months ago.
He also pointed out a possible scenario where the
family of, say, an asthmatic child exposed to smoking
during Mid-week Ladies Tennis days sues the Council.
This has been picked up seriously now by some of the
Councillors and they have called for a report to be
formally considered by Council in late June 1999.
Brian has proposed a solution based on the 25 metre rule
which applies at Westmead Children's' Hospital.
This would require a ban on smoking within 25 metres
of any entrance/exit to a non-smoking building or 25 metres
from the actual playing surface of any sporting
facility owned or controlled by the Council.
This has widened the scope of the smokefree
sport argument considerably.
2. He has printed leaflets criticising the way
he has been banned without the benefit of due processes
provided for in the Constitution and Rules of the Association.
Like Daniel in the lion's den he has spent some days
and evenings going around all 15 courts in the complex
trying to convince players in the other competitions
that they should support him on both issues.
That is: (1) Wrongful expulsion and (2) The need for
an extension of the smoking bans. Those who saw the
TV program on Channel 7 on 9 February 1999, where
he was called a self-righteous wowser, and much worse,
will know that some of these smoking tennis players
and anyone connected with the Committee are very hostile.
They are in fear and trembling that anyone could presume
to restrict their god-given right to pollute the open air
no matter who they share it with.
3. He has taken up the issue again with Workcover
to force them to either declare the area a "Workplace"
covered by the 1983 OHS Act,
or to declare that it is not a workplace.
At present they have given Parramatta Council a feeling
of comfort that restricting smoking within buildings
is all that is expected according to the OHS Act.
Brian, and NSMA, will not accept this and we make
no secret of our ultimate goal of banning smoking
in all public areas including in the streets,
but we recognise that is some way off yet.
Meanwhile, if Workcover is not prepared to formally
declare the area as a workplace they must back off
giving any opinions which give feelings of false
security to the Council. They cannot have it both ways!
Action Point 3
Write to Mr Joe Diffen, General Manager,
Parramatta City Council, 30 Darcy St. Parramatta, 2150,
or Fax him on 02 9806 5917.
Tell him that Council should give a strong lead to
the young people who use their sporting facilities
that smoking and sport do not mix.
They can do this by banning smoking within 25 metres
of all buildings and all playing surfaces of
sporting facilities under their control.
Previous protest march down George Street Sydney on 22 March 1999.
UPDATE ON GREINER/SOCOG PROBLEM
We are still collecting signatures from people
pledging not to buy Olympic tickets while Nick Greiner
remains on the Board of SOCOG and we enclose a form
to use if you or your friends have not yet completed one.
Further letters will be sent to all Nick's fellow
Board Members seeking a statement of their personal support,
or otherwise, for him. It is intended that anyone
replying that his role as a drug pusher does not
matter to them will come in for some public mention
We hope to arrange a group of senior students,
possibly school athletes, to present these petitions
to some members on the Parliament House steps as soon
as the next batch is in.
Action Point 4
Sign the enclosed petition, also collect a few more
signatures and send them in to us. (photocopy as required).
ALTERNATIVE DRUG SUMMIT
There was serious concern in health circles that the
much publicised Summit on illicit drug use was
downgrading and ignoring the more extensive problem
of nicotine abuse in the community.
Hence the health groups like Action on Smoking and
Health and the Heart Foundation etc, are to be
commended for organising the "Alternative Drug Summit"
on 15 May 1999 to decry the Government's continued
failure to fund tobacco control at a proper level
commensurate with either the damage done or the revenue
received from the sale of cigarettes.
Speakers like Anne Jones and Associate Prof. Simon Chapman
pointed out the ludicrous imbalance and failure
in logic when the Government collects $64 million
in taxes from illegal sales to minors alone
and yet only spends $6.1 million on anti-smoking
programs spread over 4 years.
We won't even mention the national total
of more than $4.5 billion collected in tobacco taxes
because we would not want politicians to know that
we are really aware of their con job on us - would we?
Wake up Australian voters!
Take these figures with you and beat a politician around
the head with them until they convince you they do understand
that cigarettes kill 18,500 Australians every year
while heroin kills 740 per year and yet is funded
to $500 million including $19 million just for the needle
The speakers at the Alternate Summit were not against funding
control of illicit drugs, but a lot more recognition
of the need to increase funding of tobacco control
to a level of $64 million is urgently needed.
That would show the Government has some understanding of priorities.
Action Point 5
Write to your local member and ask for an explanation as
why he/she goes along with the ridiculous imbalance
in funding of illicit versus nicotine drug killers.
LAST NSW STATE ELECTION 27 MARCH
We could not cover the last election since it was
happening as we went to press.
However we did issue a survey to politicians to raise
their awareness of the smoking issue.
The survey covered questions on links with tobacco,
the Olympics, lack of Workcover prosecutions
in shopping centres and other venues, delays with the
Smoking Regulation Bill re restaurants and public places,
and funding of anti-smoking programs.
Unfortunately, delays in getting the returns in did not
leave us enough time to advise members to assist
them with voting intentions.
However we have collated the information for further follow up.
One of the surprises was the commitment of
the liberals to a promised increase in funding to $13.5 million
for tobacco control which is equal to the NSW revenue
from illegal sales of cigarettes to children.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
In spite of the increased size of this issue we are
still not able to cover all the developments in all the states,
However much of this has been reported in the general media
so we hope members have been able to keep up with them.
We do have a separate library of press clippings and media monitors
so if you particularly need to see some of that
coverage please contact us and we will send you copies.
Meanwhile here are a few brief items.
LUCKY SOUTH AUSTRALIANS
Our man in Adelaide, Steve Patroni, has sent us lots
of press items on the pro and anti coverage of their
new bans in enclosed public premises like restaurants
and hotels which came into force in January 1999.
It is great to see the progress from ACT to WA and now SA.
Let's hope we are next!
QUEENSLAND IS EVEN NOT TRYING
The Qld State Govt has picked up a prize it won't be bragging about:
"The Dirty Ashtray Award". For the third year running
the AMA and the Council for Smoking and Health
has singled out Qld for its lack of effort over
tobacco control says Dr Dana Wainwright, Qld AMA President.
FEDERAL GOVT. CLAIMS CREDIT
A new report on smoking in Australia has found shocking images
of the health effects of smoking have contributed
to nearly 200,000 people giving up the habit.
The Every Cigarette is Doing You Damage campaign focused
on the impact of smoking on the heart and lungs
and was very effective says Michael Wooldridge,
Federal Health Minister.
SMOKE SALE FINES LACK TEETH
Tough new penalties against retailers selling cigarettes
to children have proved toothless with not
a single prosecution recorded since the QLD Govt
introduced the new law a year ago.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA WARNS ON CIGARS
Keith Woollard, Chairman of Australian Council
on Smoking and Health says do not be fooled
by the myth that cigars are cool, sexy and harmless.
He was commenting on a story in Readers Digest about
the cigar industry marketing campaign built around
sticking cigars in the gobs of all sorts of people
like Bill Clinton, Elle Macpherson, Susie Maroney,
Madonna, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Demi Moore and others.
He expresses his concerns, about a very well orchestrated
campaign to portray cigars as somehow different
from cigarettes but they merely transfer some
of the risks from lungs to mouth.
There are now cigar bars in Perth and Fremantle as
another way of marketing them.
(See the latest WA ACOSH Newsletter )
MEN SHOULD SIT UP AND NOTICE THIS!
Anne Jones of ASH Australia was interviewed on
Adelaide Radio Station 5DN on 3 June about new
research from the UK which shows men who smoke
are 50% more likely to be impotent than men who don't.
She said the research shows that 88% of the men
who were surveyed did not link smoking and erectile dysfunction.
This means the current warnings on cigarette packets
are in need of an update.
She says smoking causes erectile dysfunction
and this should be a new warning message.
BUTTING OUT BOOSTS TRADE
Restaurants that go smokefree do not lose business
but often pick up extra customers a survey
by Prof. Stan Glantz (USA) reveals.
The anti-cancer council of Victoria said the finding
should encourage restaurant owners to ban smoking
or introduce smokefree areas.
NEW NATIONAL TOBACCO STRATEGY
Cigarette vending machines may be banned by the
Federal Government, and phased out in the next five years.
The ban is one of main
recommendations of the National Tobacco Strategy
to reduce supply, promotion and demand for tobacco,
and has the support of the states' and territories'
health and police ministers. The NTS is the first
of six action plans to be released under the
National Drug Strategic Framework.
Other recommendations included exploring the possibility
of setting a maximum for nicotine levels (to be progressively reduced),
cutting the number and supply of tobacco products on the market,
encouraging health funds and insurance companies
to offer lower premiums to non-smokers, maintaining
regular cigarette price increases above the CPI,
forcing tobacco companies to list their ingredients,
stopping incidental tobacco advertising in films,
television and music videos, reducing point of sale advertising,
and researching technology to block tobacco
advertising at international sports events.
Herald Sun 11-6-99,
MORE TEENAGERS SMOKING
Results of the 1996 Australia wide secondary school survey,
published in the June edition of the Australia
and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,
report that rates of smoking among teenagers were rising,
with an estimate that almost 300,000 secondary students were smokers.
Dr. David Hill also said teenagers had reported
that people - often shopkeepers - were breaking up packets
and selling single cigarettes.
The Australian 11-6-99.
WAR ON PUFFING MUMS
Outraged doctors have revealed some pregnant women
are smoking to reduce the size of their babies
and ease birth pains. A medical source said one woman
yelled 'yippee' when told her baby would be smaller
if she didn't give up smoking.
At least 30% of women smoke during pregnancy,
and up to 100% in some indigenous communities.
AMA President, Dr. David Brand says women who
deliberately smoke during pregnancy are criminally irresponsible.
Herald Sun, 25/5/99
HEARING SET FOR TOBACCO CLAIM
A judge has resisted attempts by lawyers
for tobacco companies to delay a test case begun
by a group of people seeking compensation
for alleged smoking-related cancer.
Justice Murray Wilcox set a timetable to hear
applications by the tobacco firms to have the case thrown
out with a hearing date now set for July 26 1999.
NORTHERN TERRITORY CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF
A Territory Government backed campaign
to stop smoking in NT restaurants and cafes
was launched yesterday. Northern Territory News, 11/5/99.
Ed note: The NSW Labor Government
started 2 years ago but NT will probably
beat us due to Bob Carr's lack of commitment.
The Update We apologise for reducing the frequency of
UPDATE issues to once every three months
instead of every two months for the time being.
When funding and human resources
in the office improve we may revert to the
two monthly cycle.
As some compensation we have increased the size
of this issue and would welcome any comments
from members on their preferences on these matters.
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