ASH Daily News 21 April 2017



  • Exeter man sentenced for selling counterfeit tobacco
  • Do you smoke or dive? Five laws you might not know are about to change in the UK
  • USA: CDC looks at popular methods for quitting smoking
  • USA: Discussion on tenancies and smoking
  • USA: Kentucky receives $93 million in tobacco settlement money

 

Exeter man sentenced for selling counterfeit tobacco

An Exeter shopkeeper has been found guilty of selling ‘fake’ branded tobacco and avoiding paying more than £25,700 of duty.

Kamal Omar Suleiman was sentenced to a 15 week prison sentence and suspended for a year at Exeter Magistrates Court on Thursday 13 April.

Suleiman, who pleaded guilty to possessing and selling counterfeit tobacco and keeping and concealing illicit tobacco, on which duty had not been paid, was also ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work and to pay £5000.

Source: Devon News Centre, 20th April 2017
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Do you smoke or dive? Five laws you might not know are about to change in the UK

A raft of new rules and laws are set to be introduced covering smoking and driving as part of efforts to improve safety on the roads and reduce cancer rates. For smokers, this includes changes to tobacco packaging, the size of packets available and the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids.

One in five adults smokes in the UK and smoking is estimated to cost the NHS £2.7bn each year.

Despite strong opposition from tobacco companies, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), said the new rules would save lives. “In the UK we have among the fastest declining smoking rates in the world thanks to decades of sound policy,” she added. “We now lead the way in Europe.”

Source: IBTimes, 20th April 2017
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USA: CDC looks at popular methods for quitting smoking

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a study of 15,943 adult cigarette smokers. It was published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

The goal was to determine what may be the most effective ways of quitting smoking among 10 common methods. The study determined that 74.7 percent of survey participants used multiple methods during their most recent quit attempt.

“Giving up cigarettes all at once (65.3 percent) and reducing the number of cigarettes smoked (62 percent) were the most prevalent methods,” the CDC said. When it came to a potential smoking-cessation device, substituting some cigarettes with e-cigs (35.3 percent) was used by a greater percentage of smokers than the nicotine patch or gum (25.4 percent) or other cessation aids approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Source: Winston-Salem Journal, 18th April 2017
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USA: Discussion on tenancies and smoking

This article is an opinion piece looking at smoke free tenancies. It explores the fairness of imposing rules on existing tenants and the other kinds of support landlords could offer to smoking tenants.

Source: The Washington Post, 18th April 2017
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USA: Kentucky receives $93 million in tobacco settlement money

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky received $93,415,537 million in tobacco settlement money this week.

Since 1998, tobacco companies have had to compensate states for some of the medical costs associated with tobacco-related illnesses and restrict advertising and promotion of cigarettes in the United States. The payments are determined according to a formula calculated, in part, by the number of cigarettes sold by companies that have agreed to join the settlement.

The three largest cigarette manufacturers – Philip Morris USA, RJ Reynolds and Lorillard (the latter two now merged as Reynolds American) – pay most of the Masters Settlement Agreement (MSA) payment. Under the MSA, the tobacco companies agreed to make annual payments, in perpetuity, worth approximately $208 billion to states and territories that are signatories to the agreement.

Source: KY Forward, 21th April 2017
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