ASH Daily News 26 May 2017
- BMJ editorial on standardised packaging
- LGA Community Wellbeing Board Chair assesses impact of smokefree legislation
- South West: Smokefree play parks roll out continues
- London: Some retailers still selling branded tobacco
- Greece: Majority of Greeks would appreciate smoking ban enforcement
- USA: Court fines UPS $247 million over illegal cigarette shipments
BMJ editorial on standardised packaging
BMJ Director, Joanna E Cohen, examines tobacco control and standardised packaging:
‘Tobacco industry products are responsible for six million deaths every year, equating to 100 million deaths in the 20th century and a projected 1 billion deaths in the 21st century. All of these deaths—from cancer, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, and other causes—are completely preventable. This global epidemic has gone on for far too long.
There is no magic bullet to end the tobacco epidemic. We need a comprehensive approach tackling the problem from multiple angles, with the floor set by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: higher prices, smokefree environments, no tobacco advertising or promotion, warning the public about the dangers from these products, and reducing the attractiveness of the pack itself.’
Source: BMJ, 25th May 2017
LGA Community Wellbeing Board Chair assesses impact of smokefree legislation
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, has written about the impact of smokefree legislation:
‘Ten years on, it is easy to forget how controversial and hard-fought the introduction of a ban on smoking in all workplaces, on public and work transport, in pubs, and clubs in England was.
But slowly perceptions began to change, encouraged by the example of the Republic of Ireland – the first country to adopt comprehensive smokefree legislation. It gave policy-makers the confidence to act – and in one single step smoking was banned in all enclosed public places and workplaces.
Source: First Magazine (p.13), 25th May 2017
South West: Smokefree play parks roll out continues
Families in Newquay will be able to enjoy a free fun day in the Gardens by Trenance Cottages to celebrate the gardens becoming the next smokefree park in Cornwall.
The park will be officially voluntarily smokefree from Wednesday 31st May which is also World No Tobacco Day.
Alongside children’s entertainments, adults will be able to pick up information about stopping smoking as well as advice on alcohol and nutrition at the health promotion stand. Trading Standards will be explaining the effects of illegal tobacco on local communities and businesses.
Source: Cornwall Council, 24th May 2017
London: Some retailers still selling branded tobacco
Retail Express research found that some retailers are risking prosecution by not complying with standardised packaging laws.
Retail Express accompanied Islington trading standards on a series of shop visits just days after the EU Tobacco Products Directive 2 came into force and discovered the lack of compliance among stores, with seven in 10 stores found to still be selling 10-packs or branded products.
Source: Better Retailing, 26th May 2017
Greece: Majority of Greeks would appreciate smoking ban enforcement
Greece is failing to enforce smoking bans despite apparent public support for the legislation, the Hellenic Thoracic Society (HTS) said Thursday, appealing to the government to crack down on violations.
Speaking at an event ahead of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, HTS president Michalis Toumpis, said the number of smokers in Greece appears to be declining steadily, with Eurostat’s most recent study putting regular tobacco users at 27.3%. However, Toumpis stressed, seven in 10 Greeks told the European Union’s statistics agency that they have been regularly exposed to others’ tobacco smoke when visiting bars, restaurants and cafes – where smoking is supposed to be prohibited.
Source: Ekathimerini, 25th May 2017
USA: Court fines UPS $247 million over illegal cigarette shipments
A federal judge ordered United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) to pay nearly $247 million (£191.8 million) in damages and penalties for “illegally shipping” large volumes of untaxed cigarettes in New York state and City, a court filing showed on Thursday.
UPS said it was extremely disappointed with the court’s ruling and would appeal the decision.
The ruling by District Judge Katherine Forrest of Manhattan justified the amount saying the court was convinced “modest penalties” will not make a “sufficient corporate impact” on UPS.
Source: Investing, 26th May 2017