ASH Daily News 22 May 2017

  • Marlboro maker accused of using branded tins to sidestep plain packaging rules
  • Big Tobacco lobby group quits smoking industry
  • Health campaigners have praised new laws on e-cigarettes
  • ‘Low tar’ or ‘light’ cigarettes are ‘more’ likely to give smokers lung cancer
  • North Yorkshire: Help for South Craven smokers to stub-out the habit


Marlboro maker accused of using branded tins to sidestep plain packaging rules

The maker of Marlboro cigarettes has been accused of trying to sidestep new UK laws on plain packaging by rolling out durable tins that look just like the old cigarette packs before they became standardised to remove the colourful branding.

Philip Morris, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, came under fire from MPs and anti-smoking campaigners on the eve of the biggest change in tobacco regulation since the smoking ban.

In the run-up to the change, Philip Morris has distributed tin containers, the same size as a 10-pack of cigarettes, to convenience stores around the country.

The chief executive of ASH, Deborah Arnott, said the metal tins appeared to contradict the company’s recent declaration that it was aiming for a “smokefree future”. She said: “What’s important is not what they say but what they do.”

Source: The Guardian, 19th May 2017
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Big Tobacco lobby group quits smoking industry

A lobby group for tobacco companies has cut its ties with the industry following criticism over its attempts to influence tax policy in the sector.

The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), which describes itself as a “non-profit research and educational organisation”, has been sponsored by major tobacco companies including British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International. ITIC has asked tobacco representatives to resign from its board, and will no longer accept sponsorship contributions from tobacco companies.

Health campaigners celebrated the decision to cut ties with the tobacco industry. “This is a major blow to Big Tobacco’s modus operandi of covert lobbying under neutral-sounding cover,” said Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Actin on Smoking and Health. “Tobacco taxes have been endorsed by the United Nations and the World Bank as an effective and important means to reduce tobacco consumption and health care costs, as well as providing a revenue stream for financing for development in many countries. ITIC has realised it is no longer credible to take Big Tobacco’s dirty money to lobby against tobacco taxes and about time too.”

Source: Financial Times, 19th May 2017
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Health campaigners have praised new laws on e-cigarettes

The changes, which came into effect in the United Kingdom on May 20, limit the size and strength of e-cigarette tanks and ban certain ingredients, including colourings and caffeine. Health experts say it could signal a significant breakthrough in helping people quit smoking, but share concerns over potentially unknown side effects.

Recently, a report by Action on Smoking found that more than half of UK vapers had given up smoking.

Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in the UK, attributing to almost 80,000 deaths a year in England alone. It is also responsible for a plethora oral health problems, such as mouth cancer, plaque and tartar, inflammation, bone loss in the jaw, teeth staining and bad breath.

Source: The Dentist, 19th May 2017
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‘Low tar’ or ‘light’ cigarettes are ‘more’ likely to give smokers lung cancer

Cigarettes branded as “low tar” could have made smokers more vulnerable to the most common form of lung cancer, according to scientists.

Experts investigated why rates of adenocarcinoma, a tumour that grows deep in the lungs, had gone up in recent years while cases of other lung cancers had dropped as more people gave up smoking.

They found a link to cigarettes with tiny ventilation holes in their filters, which were introduced about 50 years ago and marketed as “light” or “low tar” options.

It is already illegal to brand ­cigarettes with the words “light” or “low-tar” in the US and UK. Hazel Cheeseman, of Action on Smoking and Health, said tobacco firms played a “cruel trick” on smokers for decades. She added: “This type of branding trickery is just the reason all packs now sold in the UK are a drab green. Future ­generations of children will not be conned.”

See Also:
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute: Cigarette Filter Ventilation and its Relationship to Increasing Rates of Lung Adenocarcinoma
The Express: Light’ cigarettes make smokers more vulnerable to most common lung cancer
The Sun: Smoking ‘light’ cigarettes makes you more at risk of lung cancer than regular fags, say docs

Source: The Mirror, 22nd May 2017
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North Yorkshire: Help for South Craven smokers to stub-out the habit

North Yorkshire County Council says there is a range of support available for smokers wanting to stub out the habit. To tie in with World No Tobacco Day, which takes place next Wednesday 31 May, it is stressing that the benefits of quitting extend beyond health.

Figures from Action on Smoking and Health show that on average, most smokers who give-up the habit save £250 a month on the cost of cigarettes.

People who live or work in South Craven can access free stop smoking advice and support at Smokefreelife North Yorkshire, by calling 01609 663023 or texting QUIT to 66777.

Source: Keighley News, 21st May 2017
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