ASH Daily News 19 May 2017
- Countdown to standard packaging – how the tobacco industry uses packaging to target women and girls
- Cigarettes must be sold in standardised green packaging from this weekend
- Greater Manchester: Tip-off leads to illegal tobacco find
- Philippines: President outlaws smoking in public
- Spain: Smoking ban tied to drop in preterm and underweight babies
Countdown to standard packaging – how the tobacco industry uses packaging to target women and girls
Tobacco advertising targeted at women has consistently tried to prey upon their insecurities, especially around weight. One of the most recent examples is a “lipstick pack” of Silk Cut Superslims, produced by Japan Tobacco International.
A 2016 study published in The BMJ demonstrates that lipstick-style superslim cigarettes and their packaging are perceived the most positively and rated the most appealing among female non-smokers or occasional smokers aged 12–24.
The new rules being implemented this weekend by the UK prohibit these lipstick packs, while making the colour and design illegal too.
Source: ASH, 18th May 2017
Cigarettes must be sold in standardised green packaging from this weekend
Cigarettes must be sold in standardised green packaging bearing graphic warnings of the dangers of smoking from this weekend as rules designed to prevent young people taking up the habit come into full effect.
All packs must contain a minimum of 20 cigarettes and have health warnings covering 65% of the front and back, with the brand name restricted to a standard size, font and colour.
ASH Chief Executive Deborah Arnott said: “Getting rid of glitzy, heavily branded tobacco packs is the latest in a long line of achievements by the UK which is a global leader in tobacco control. We now have among the fastest declining smoking rates in the world thanks to decades of sound policy, but smoking rates among the poorest and most disadvantaged remain high. If this is to change then a priority for the next Government must be to publish a new tobacco control plan with tough new targets, focused on tackling health inequalities.”
Source: Evening Express, 19th May 2017
Greater Manchester: Tip-off leads to illegal tobacco find
A major haul of cash and counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco has been seized in Wigan by their trading standards team.
The town hall said officers, working alongside HM Revenues and Customs and Greater Manchester Police, raided two properties in Beech Hill earlier this month. The action came as a result of information being passed on by a member of the public.
Julie Middlehurst, Wigan Council’s Regulatory Services manager said: “We do our absolute best to ensure that illicit goods are taken off our streets and we are extremely thankful to members of the public who report intelligence to us.”
Source: Leigh Observer, 19th May 2017
Philippines: President outlaws smoking in public
People who smoke in public could face a four-month prison sentence or a $100 fine after a decree passed by President Rodrigo Duterte aims to clamp down on those who light up.
The law which was announced on Thursday (18 May) will forbid tobacco use, as well as e-cigarettes, in all public spaces including pavements. Under the law, designated smoking areas no bigger than 10 square meters must be at least 10 meters from building entrances, Reuters reported.
The president, a former smoker himself, instituted the ban because he said people should be able to enjoy clean air.
Source: International Business Times, 19th May 2017
Spain: Smoking ban tied to drop in preterm and underweight babies
One year after a nationwide ban on smoking in public took effect in Spain, women had significantly fewer premature or underweight infants, a recent study suggests.
Researchers examined data on more than 5 million babies born in Spain from 2000 to 2013. The study included infants born before any restrictions on public tobacco use, after a 2006 ban covering many workplaces with exceptions in the hospitality industry, and after a 2011 law curbing tobacco in nearly all public places.
“Second hand smoke exposure during pregnancy is associated with health complications affecting perinatal and neonatal health,” said senior study author Dr. Inaki Galan of the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Source: Lycos News, 17th May 2017