ASH Daily News 13 November 2017


  • Tobacco firms could face criminal charges
  • Fewer quit dates set through cessation services
  • Farage dismisses “clever people” who say that smoking kills
  • Scotland: Campaign targets adults giving children tobacco products



Tobacco firms could face criminal charges

Health campaigners are considering pressing for criminal charges to be brought against the tobacco industry. This follows developments in the Netherlands, where a lung cancer patient has filed criminal charges against the tobacco industry.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH in the UK, said:“In the light of the Dutch action, we are assessing the feasibility of pressing the DPP to prosecute British American Tobacco, Philip Morris International, Imperial Brands and JTI, or to win permission for a private prosecution. The lesson from the Netherlands is that the prospect of criminal charges has had a sensational impact. Smokers have been angry to find out low tar cigarettes are no healthier, because smokers inhale more tar and nicotine from low tar cigarettes than the tests show. Sick smokers have come forward in their thousands to take action against the industry.”

Campaigners in nine different countries are now working on comparable cases. This follows a meeting of activists in Geneva this summer, convened by Action on Smoking and Health from the USA. Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy, a lawyer from that organisation, said, “All of the participants of the Geneva meeting are working towards a case with a charge of manslaughter or murder for the death and disease caused by tobacco.”

Source: Sunday Times, 12 November 2017
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Fewer quit dates set through cessation services

The number of smokers who set quit dates and who managed to quit through smoking cessation services has fallen since last year, according to Public Health England data.

The number of successful quitters after 4 weeks fell from 2,598 to 2,247 per 100,000 of the population.

Alistair Buxton, director of NHS services at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Comittee told The Pharmaceutical Journal earlier this year: “The squeeze on local government budgets is clearly having a detrimental impact on the provision of public health services to local communities, including those provided by pharmacy teams”.

Source: Pharmaceutical Journal, 10 November 2017
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Farage dismisses “clever people” who say that smoking kills

Nigel Farage has urged followers to ignore “clever people” who warn of the risks of smoking.

Farage was reacting to a tweet from the WHO which highlighted that 7 million people die due to tobacco worldwide every year.

Last year Farage told the Daily Telegraph, ”I think the doctors have got it wrong on smoking”.

Source: Business Insider, 12 November 2017
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Scotland: Campaign targets adults giving children tobacco products

ASH Scotland has launched a campaign aimed at stopping adults buying cigarettes on behalf of children.

The #NotAFavour campaign is seeking to highlight the problems faced by young people who take up smoking.

Supporting the launch of the campaign, Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said: “We know that young people get hold of cigarettes mainly from their family and friends. That’s why it’s important to target this group and remind them that smoking can lead to health, money and addiction problems.”

Source: STV, 11 November 2017
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