ASH Daily News 10 July 2017



  • Australia: Philip Morris ordered to pay government millions in costs for plain packaging case
  • How cynics are deepening the climate change divide
  • Love Island stars should be encouraged to switch to vaping
  • Plain tobacco packaging law enforced in Jersey
  • USA: San Francisco becomes the first city to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products

 

Australia: Philip Morris ordered to pay government millions in costs for plain packaging case

Tobacco company Philip Morris has been order to pay the Australian Government millions in legal costs over its failed challenge to plain packaging.

The court decision, brings to an end a six-year legal battle after Australia became the first country in the world to introduce standardised tobacco packaging.

Former Treasurer Wayne Swan, who helped draft the plain packaging legislation, said: “It’s good to see that Australia’s world-leading legislation was upheld and that the abuse of process by Philip Morris has now resulted in costs going to the Australian government. This thing should never have been in the court in the first place.”

See also:
BBC News: Tobacco giant ordered to compensate Australia
Financial Times: Court orders Philip Morris to pay Australian government’s legal fees

Source: Sunday Morning Herald, 9th July 2017
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Love Island stars should be encouraged to switch to vaping

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has urged producers to swap tobacco for e-cigarettes in a bid to stop the contestants smoking on air.

The charity has condemned producers as “irresponsible” for letting the contestants smoke almost continuously. BLF have worked with vaping company Totally Wicked, which has written a letter to the ITV urging them to take action.

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, told The Sun Online: “Whether they like it or not, these people are role models. Smoking can have a devastating impact on people’s health, young and old. The programme makers should be setting an example by helping people to quit. Instead they are enticing young people into a killer habit.

Dr Woods went on to say: “Most people start smoking when they’re young. They’re highly impressionable and don’t always think about long-term consequences. This is precisely the Love Island target audience. E-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking tobacco. Their vapour doesn’t contain lung-clogging tar, and they can help you quit.”

Source: The Sun, 7 July 2017
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How cynics are deepening the climate change divide

The behaviour of the oil industry has clear echoes of an earlier attempt to challenge the scientific consensus: the campaign by the big tobacco companies to dispute the link between smoking and cancer.

Although many of these businesses recognised as far back as the 1950s that the science was sound, they funded an extensive body of research designed to throw doubt on that view. Their goal was to keep the public open-minded about the dangers of cigarettes, and therefore to keep as many of them smoking for as long as possible. It was a purely cynical business strategy, and in some cases it was criminal as well.

It worked to the extent that it bought the tobacco industry time to reorient its investment and marketing to take account of the new reality. But in the long run it failed. No reasonable person – and certainly no serious politician – now doubts the link between smoking and cancer. The fate of tobacco can give hope to people who worry that the truth is always outgunned: the science won out over the cynics in the end.

Source: Guardian, The Long Read, 7th July 2017
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Plain tobacco packaging law enforced in Jersey

Jersey’s Health Minister has signed off an order for a new law to be drafted to enforce plain tobacco packaging. The order forms part of the States of Jersey’s tobacco strategy which was revised in 2016.

The Director of Public Health Policy, Martin Knight, says he hopes the change will lead to a “smoke free generation” on the island.

Source: ITV News, 7 July 2017
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USA: San Francisco becomes the first city to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products

San Francisco authorities have unanimously approved measures to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, alongside flavoured nicotine liquid used in e-cigarettes. Sales of e-liquids that taste like tobacco will still be permitted.

The new rules are to be introduced from 1st January 2018 and expect to be fully implemented by April next year.

Supervisor Malia Cohen, who sponsored the bill, said: “We’re focusing on flavoured products because they are widely considered to be a starter product for young future smokers.”

Source: Mail Online, 7 July 2017
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