ASH Daily News 23 June 2017

  • Number of smokers in UK continues to fall
  • Cigarettes to record $7.7 billion loss by 2021
  • Japan’s government in two minds about smoking
  • Birmingham: 30,000 illegal cigarettes seized


Number of smokers in UK continues to fall

The proportion of people smoking in the UK is continuing to fall, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. Data show that 15.8% of adults smoked in the UK in 2016, down from 17.2% in 2015, and down by four percentage points since 2010. The decrease is particularly marked among the young. In 2010, the prevalence of smoking in people aged 18 –24 years was 26%, but this figure had fallen to 19% in 2016.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), said that the fall — the largest annual drop in 40 years — proves that tobacco control policies work. But, she warns, we must not stop now.

“Every day since the last tobacco control plan expired on 31 December 2015, hundreds of under 16s have started smoking.” Arnott adds that 1 July 2017 will be the tenth anniversary of the implementation of smokefree legislation in England, “a worthy date for publication of the next Tobacco Control Plan, with a commitment to delivering a smokefree future for our children”.

Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal, 22 June 2017
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Cigarettes to record $7.7 billion loss by 2021

Global market research company Euromonitor International has today released new data on tobacco. According to the research, the cigarettes market will record a $7.7 billion loss by 2021.

Euromonitor International’s new data show that in 2016, for the first time in decades, the value of the global cigarettes category as a proportion of total tobacco sales fell below 90% and by 2021 it will reach 86%.

Source: Business Wire, 22 June 2017
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Japan’s government in two minds about smoking

Japan’s ministry of finance makes more than ¥2trn ($18bn) a year from tobacco taxes and owns about a third of Japan Tobacco, the world’s fourth-largest cigarette-maker.

Campaigners have spoken out for years against the anomaly of a government that simultaneously sells cigarettes and discourages smoking. The debate has come to a head over a proposed ban on smoking inside most buildings other than private residences, to protect people from passive smoking. The health ministry wants it in force before millions of tourists arrive in Tokyo for the Olympics in 2020.

The health ministry fears that the proposed ban may now not go ahead. The Liberal Democrat Party wants smoking to remain widely permitted, with bars and restaurants required only to post a sign at the entrance to indicate whether it is allowed or not. That would still lead to many needless deaths, says Tokuaki Shobayashi of the health ministry. Instead, the health ministry suggests an exemption only for small establishments.

Source: The Economist, 22 June 2017
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Birmingham: 30,000 illegal cigarettes seized

Illegal cigarettes worth £7,500 have been seized by Trading Standards.

Around 30,000 cigarettes were found following planned raids on six shops in Birmingham. The goods were stashed behind false walls, light fittings, under counters and in boxes of biscuits.

Source: ITV, 22 June 2017
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