ASH Daily News 11 August



UK

  • Kent: Darent Valley Hospital bans smoking and vaping

International

  • Australia: New Legislation To Alter Tobacco Duties
  • Big Tobacco goes after the young in developing markets in a case of history repeated
  • USA: Pink discusses how smoking almost destroyed her singing career

Link of the Week

  • Black Lives / Black Lungs

UK

Kent: Darent Valley Hospital bans smoking and vaping

Smoking and vaping is to be banned at Darent Valley Hospital. Staff are already prohibited from smoking within hospital grounds but the ban will be extended to patients and visitors from 2 October.

The hospital wants to create a healthy environment for visitors and patients following complaints about the effects of smoking on-site.

Source: Kent Online, 10 August 2017

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International

Australia: New Legislation To Alter Tobacco Duties

The Australian parliament has passed legislation to ensure parity in the taxation of manufactured cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco.

Revenue Minister Kelly O’Dwyer said that a disparity currently occurs because the duty on cigarettes is a set amount per cigarette stick, based on an assumed 0.8 grams of tobacco. The duty on loose leaf tobacco is applied by reference to weight, at a rate per kilogram. O’Dwyer explained that, as the average stick cigarette contains less than 0.8 grams of tobacco, the current rate of duty on loose leaf tobacco is a lower effective rate than for stick cigarettes.

Under the new rules, the per kilogram tobacco duty rate will be based on the assumption that the average cigarette contains 0.7 grams of tobacco. O’Dwyer said that the adjustment will increase the duty imposed on loose leaf tobacco over four years. The first adjustment will take place on September 1, 2017, with further annual adjustments to September 2020.

Source: Tax-News, 10 August 2017

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Big Tobacco goes after the young in developing markets in a case of history repeated

Public health efforts in Western countries have proved effective in changing the law and stubbing out tobacco industry advertising strategies – and subsequently boosting the decline in smoking rates. This experience has made some tobacco companies even more determined to fight against similar public health measures in the developing world.

A historical perspective, as outlined in this article, can be useful in illuminating their strategies, helping to explain why the tobacco industry is so protective of its marketing activities.

Source: The Conversation, 10 August 2017

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USA: Pink discusses how smoking almost destroyed her singing career

Pink has revealed that her career was almost ruined thanks to a bad smoking habit taking its toll on her vocal cords.

Pink recently told a radio talk show host: “I almost lost my voice from smoking cigarettes. A very very dear friend of mine – Billy Mann – that I write songs with sat me down one day and said: ‘You have a choice to make, babe’. So I quit.”

Source: Mail Online, 11 August 2017

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Link of the Week

Black Lives / Black Lungs

Among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, the black community has carried the greatest burden from tobacco-related diseases. Black Lives / Black Lungs is dedicated to investigating the successful targeting of the black community with menthol products at the hands of the tobacco industry and how it has affected black lives.

This short film was created by Lincoln Mondy and is funded by the Truth Initiative.

Source: Black Lives / Black Lungs

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