ASH Daily News 22 December 2017



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UK

  • Fire service issues Christmas safety tips

International

  • India: Supreme Court to hear plea on pictorial warning on tobacco products
  • Thailand: Philip Morris International (PMI) says its “heated tobacco” product is different from e-cigarettes

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Question

 

UK

Fire service issues Christmas safety tips

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has issued a list of fire safety tips. A spokesperson said: “Fire safety is important at any time of the year, but with the extra distractions of Christmas it’s especially important to be vigilant.”

Make sure cigarettes are extinguished properly and never smoke in bed. Ensure you check the smoke alarms in your home are working, check them on a regular basis and do not be tempted to remove batteries to power any Christmas presents.

Sources: The Herald, 21 December 2017
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International

India: Supreme Court to hear plea on pictorial warning on tobacco products

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Karnataka High Court order which struck down the government regulation that tobacco packaging must carry pictorial warning covering 85% of packaging space.

The high court had, however, made it clear that the 40 per cent pictorial health warning rule, which existed prior to the amendment rules, would remain in force.

Source: Economic Times, 22 December 2017
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Thailand: Philip Morris International (PMI) says its “heated tobacco” product is different from e-cigarettes

Thai law prohibits the sale and import of e-cigarettes. PMI has said their new products are not e-cigarettes and would be exempt from this law.

Philip Morris (Thailand) managing director Gerald Margolis said that its new heated tobacco product IQOS heats tobacco well below the point of combustion, rather than burning the tobacco. “This is different from e-cigarettes, which generate nicotine-containing aerosols by heating a liquid without using tobacco leaves,” he said in a press release.

Source: The Nation, 22 December 2017
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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary Question

PQ1: Tobacco: Smuggling

Martyn Day, Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce legislative proposals to introduce licensing for tobacco manufacturing machinery in accordance with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Illicit Trade Protocol.

Andrew Jones, Conservative Party, Harrogate and Knaresborough

Legislation for the licensing of tobacco manufacturing machinery in accordance with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Illicit Trade Protocol was included in the Finance (No 2) Act 2017. Draft implementing regulations were published for consultation on 7 November 2017 and will be laid before Parliament in the new year.

Source: Parliament UK, 20 December 2017
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