ASH Daily News 20 September 2017


  • A smoke-free generation?
  • Scotland: Study finds smoking is key risk factor for Peripheral arterial disease
  • Trading Standards shuts down trade in fake and illegal cigarettes at Sheffield shop


  • USA: Big tobacco sends out smokefree signal
  • Portugal: Tobacco consumption rises over last 5 years

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Questions

A smoke-free generation?

A smokefree generation is unlikely, according to John Britton from the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies. This is due to complacency, naivety, and the power of the tobacco industry.

A recent WHO report has detailed global progress in implementing the six core tobacco control policies, which together comprise MPOWER (Monitor, Protect from smoke, Offer help to quit, Warn about dangers, Enforce bans, and Raise taxes). However, 40% of countries have still to implement even one of these policies.

Governments and international organisations are often relatively impotent compared with the powerful multinational companies of the tobacco industry, whose tactics range from playing the generous benefactor to litigating against and undermining tobacco control.

Source: The BMJ, 19 September 2017

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Scotland: Study finds smoking is key risk factor for Peripheral arterial disease

Smoking and diabetes are leading risk factors for peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to a study from the University of Dundee. PAD, a narrowing of the arteries, can result in amputation.

Researchers studied 15,737 originally healthy individuals. Over twenty years, 3% developed PAD. Those with diabetes who also smoked were 16 times more likely to develop the arterial condition.

Around one in five people over the age of 60 in the UK have a form of PAD.

Source: Medical Xpress, 19 September 2017

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Trading Standards shuts down trade in fake and illegal cigarettes at Sheffield shop

A shop in Sheffield has been fined £750, as well as £2260 in costs, for selling illicit and counterfeit cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco.

Around 100g of hand-rolled tobacco and almost 800 cigarettes were found in the shop. Officers then found nearly 8,000 cigarettes and 1.3kg of hand-rolled tobacco in a vehicle owned by the shopkeepers parked nearby.

The shopkeepers pleaded guilty, and have been prosecuted for similar offences in the past.

Source: Sheffield Newsroom, 19 September 2017

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USA: Big tobacco sends out smokefree signal

At a recent industry conference in New York, Debra Crew, chief executive of Reynolds American, told peers that “If we can put a man on the moon, we can deliver tobacco to people with less risk than smoking.”

A recent US Food and Drug Administration announcement of plans to reduce nicotine in cigarettes may have enhanced tobacco industry efforts to produce reduced risk products.

However, the tobacco industry still gains the vast majority of its sales from traditional cigarettes, with around 9% of PMI’s revenue deriving from reduced risk products. Two months after the FDA’s announcement, the stock prices of the largest tobacco companies have not recovered to levels similar to before the announcement.

Source: Financial Times, 18 September 2017

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Portugal: Tobacco consumption rises over last 5 years

The consumption of tobacco in Portugal – as well as alcohol and illegal psychoactive substances – has increased over the past 5 years, according to research by the Intervention Service for Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD).

The slight rise in prevalence of tobacco use was mainly down to an increase in consumption among women, according to the study.

Source: Portugal News, 18 September 2017

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Parliamentary Activity
Parliamentary Questions

PQ1: Tobacco Retailer Licensing Scheme
Lord Blencathra Chair, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the effectiveness of the Scottish Tobacco Retailer Licensing Scheme; and whether they have any plans to replicate that scheme in England.

Lord O’Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
HM Revenue and Customs has carried out a consultation on the impact of licensing the supply chain for the sale of tobacco products. This was for the purpose of tackling the illicit trade in line with the requirements of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Illicit Trade Protocol. A response document for the consultation will be published later this year. The Government has no plans at present to introduce a licensing scheme in England. The Government recognises that Scotland has implemented a registration scheme and will continue to observe the impact of this scheme on tobacco control.

Source: HL Deb, 19 September 2017, cW
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