ASH Daily News 23 April 2018



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Correction: On the 13th of April, ASH Daily News included an article stating that a new study by the Royal Australian College of Physicians had concluded that doctors had an ethical obligation to consider e-cigarettes for patients. This was not a study but an article published in the college’s journal. Apologies for any confusion caused. The article can be read here.

UK

  • Government in row with world leading tobacco firm over ‘illegal’ adverts
  • British American Tobacco director ‘has too many jobs’ to be re-elected at AGM
  • Poole: Council backs campaign to raise awareness on illegal tobacco

International

  • Vietnam: Ministry of Health proposes tobacco tax hike

 

UK

Government in row with world leading tobacco firm over ‘illegal’ adverts

The Government has accused one of the world’s largest tobacco firms, Phillip Morris, of illegally targeting UK consumers with tobacco adverts. A Daily Telegraph investigation found Phillip Morris, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, is supplying newsagents across Britain with window posters promoting new iQOS tobacco heaters.

Phillip Morris has spent £3bn developing iQOS, which it is now marketing as a healthier alternative to cigarettes. iQOS is an electronic “heat not burn” system which heats tobacco sticks up to 350°C, around half the temperature of cigarettes, to generate a nicotine-containing vapour.

Public Health Minister, Steve Brine, said: ‘It’s completely unacceptable for organisations to be promoting tobacco products – smoking kills, and that’s why we have clear, strict rules in place protecting people from its harmful effects.’

Source: The Telegraph, 20 April 2018

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British American Tobacco director ‘has too many jobs’ to be re-elected at AGM

Pressure has been piled on a member of British American Tobacco’s board to step down due to claims she has too many commitments to devote enough time to the world’s largest ¬cigarette maker.

Marion Helmes, who was appointed as a non-executive director in 2016, has five other directorships, including being non-executive director of energy company Uniper and industrial construction firm Bilfinger, both of which are based in Germany.

Two corporate governance agencies that advise investors how to vote in annual general meetings believe her re-election should be rejected, as does Royal London.

Source: The Telegraph, 22 April 2018

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Poole: Council backs campaign to raise awareness on illegal tobacco

Trading standards officers in Poole are backing a national campaign to highlight the issue of illegal tobacco. The ‘No ifs, no butts – Report Illegal Tobacco’ initiative aims to tell people about the real harm caused by illegal tobacco and how residents can help to prevent its supply.

Jane Burrows, Borough of Poole’s environmental services regulatory team manager, said: “We know illegal tobacco is sold locally at pocket money prices. If you are buying illegal tobacco or cigarettes, you may think you are buying from someone who brings a few in from abroad duty free, but can you be sure? Officers across the area have found counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes on sale.”

Source: Bournemouth Echo, 23 April 2018

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International

Vietnam: Ministry of Health proposes tobacco tax hike

The draft law on Special Consumption Tax, which will come into effect in 2020, plans to put a tax of 1,000 VND (0.044 USD) on a pack of cigarettes. This would increase the current tax from 70 to 80 percent of the tobacco’s price from 2020 onwards and from 80 to 85 percent from 2021 onwards.

Speaking at a recent press conference hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communications, Phan Thi Hai, deputy director of the Tobacco Consequences Prevention Fund under the MoH, said in 2015, Vietnamese people who smoked spent 31,000 billion VND (1.4 billion USD) on tobacco, while the total treatment expense for smoking-related diseases was 24,000 billion VND (1.05 billion USD).

According to a report of the World Health Organisation (WHO), 40,000 Vietnamese die of smoking-related diseases annually. The number is expected to increase to 70,000 in the coming years.

Source: Vietnam Net, 23 April 2018

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