ASH Daily News 24 August 2017



UK

  • Yorkshire: Retailers sell tobacco to 15-year-olds in test purchases across North Yorkshire
  • Scotland: Number of people quitting smoking rises by 15% in Glasgow

International

  • USA: New ads accuse Big Tobacco of targeting soldiers and people with mental illness
  • Japan: Japan Tobacco buying Philippine cigarette maker for $1 billion

 

UK
Yorkshire: Retailers sell tobacco to 15-year-olds in test purchases across North Yorkshire

Trading Standards undertakes regular test purchasing and a summer survey found that at 26 per cent of retailers tested 15-year-olds were able to buy cigarettes.

With a strict protocol to follow, the volunteer child helpers who assist Trading Standards are instructed to tell the truth at all times and to provide identification showing their true age if requested.

But despite that, in more than a quarter of attempts no identification was asked for and the sale was made.

Source: The Northern Echo, 23 August 2017
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Scotland: Number of people quitting smoking rises by 15% in Glasgow

Glasgow’s Director of Public Health, Dr Linda de Caestecker said smoking cessation services were now seeing “unprecedented numbers” of people trying to quit. There has already been a 79% increase in referrals to physical activity support with a large number referred from oncology, cardiac, respiratory and stroke services.

Figures show there has been a 12 per cent drop in smokers in Glasgow since Scotland introduced a ban on smoking in public places.

The number of smokers has fallen from 37.5% to 25%, according to figures released by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde last year on the 10 year anniversary of a ban on smoking in public places. Overall, across Scotland, smoking rates have dropped by 20%.

Source: Evening times, 24 August 2017
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International
USA: New ads accuse big tobacco of targeting soldiers and people with mental illness

Truth Initiative, a leading tobacco-control non-profit, will be running TV ads this Sunday during MTV’s Music Awards that accuse tobacco companies of purposely targeting mentally ill people and U.S. soldiers.

Smoking in America has dropped to an all-time low. Only 15 percent of adults still smoke nationwide. And the teen smoking rate is similarly low, at 6 percent. But the rate of smoking for some groups have stayed stagnant, not just the mentally ill and military but rural smokers and others who are low-income, including Native Americans and minorities.

A 2011 Defence Department survey found that almost half of all military service members had used a nicotine product in the past 12 months. Among the mental ill, smoking remains high at 33 percent according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The latest ads from Truth cite internal tobacco industry documents that discuss ways to make inroads into the mentally ill population. They note that tobacco companies even distributed free cigarettes to psychiatric facilities, and tried to sell the idea that they would help steady patients’ nerves.

Source: The Washington Post, 24 August 2017
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Japan: Japan Tobacco buying Philippine cigarette maker for $1 billion

Japan Tobacco Inc., whose domestic market is predicted to shrink 27 percent in the decade through 2021, announced Tuesday plans to buy a second Southeast Asian rival to expand in a region where cigarette prices are lower, smoking rates are higher, and the population is growing.

Japan Tobacco said it would pay nearly $1 billion to buy Mighty Corp., the Philippines’ number two cigarette firm, marking its second acquisition in Southeast Asia this month. Japan Tobacco recently acquired Indonesia’s PT Karyadibya Mahardhika for 677 million.

Japan Tobacco, which has fallen behind in the market for next-generation alternatives, is betting emerging markets will take longer to respond to global efforts to prevent tobacco-induced harm, providing opportunities for growth.

Source: Bloomberg, 23 August 2017
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