ASH Daily News 26 October 2017



UK

  • North Yorkshire County Council encourages creation of smokefree zones
  • North East: Northumbria Hospital countdown to smokefree status continues
  • Northern Ireland: Smoking rates drop but remain high
  • British American Tobacco targeting £1bn revenue from next generation products

International

  • USA: Massachusetts youth activists support raising tobacco age of sale to 21
  • USA to promote use of opioid alternatives to treat addiction
  • Japan eyes tobacco tax rise
  • South Korea: Family Ministry designates heat-not-burn tobacco as harmful to minors

UK
North Yorkshire County Council encourages creation of smokefree zones

North Yorkshire County Council has launched a new fund to provide support for more smokefree public places. The fund is to be used for community events to promote smokefree living, as well as signage for smokefree areas.

The move comes as part of the council’s aim to achieve a smokefree generation by 2025.

Cllr Caroline Dickinson, North Yorkshire’s executive member for Public Health, said, “by increasing the number of smokefree places across the county, we hope that adults will set positive role models to children and young people. A smokefree environment can also help to support those smokers who are trying to, or have recently, quit.”

Source: Northern Echo, 25 October 2017

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North East: Northumbria Hospital countdown to smokefree status continues

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is continuing its progress towards going smokefree in the spring. From March 31 next year, the Trust will not permit smoking in its sites or grounds.

To support this move towards going smokefree, the Trust has been holding smokefree roadshows to raise awareness, with some staff already taking up the opportunity to access smoking cessation support as a result.

Source: Berwick Advertiser, 25 October 2017

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Northern Ireland: Smoking rates drop but remain high

The Health Survey Northern Ireland, an annual survey run since 2010, has found that smoking rates have dropped 2 percentage points since last year to 20%. This is the first fall since 2015/16.

Margaret Carr, from Cancer Research UK, said that the number of smokers remained too high. Carr also pointed out that, “it is a long time since the Northern Ireland Department of Health has outlined its plans to tackle smoking – its tobacco strategy was last updated five years ago.” Smoking remains the single greatest cause of premature death in Northern Ireland.

See also
Northern Ireland Department of Health: Health survey Northern Ireland: first results 2016/17

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 25 October 2017

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British American Tobacco targeting £1bn revenue from next generation products

British American Tobacco (BAT) has produced plans to increase vastly its sales of next generation products, such as e-cigarettes.

The company aim to make £500m in revenue from the products this year, before doubling that figure next year. BAT hope to gain “5bn in sales in 2022.

Source: Financial Times, 25 October 2017

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International
USA: Massachusetts youth activists support raising tobacco age of sale to 21

On Wednesday, teenagers from across the state congregated in Massachusetts’ State House to support legislation that would increase the permitted age of sale of tobacco to 21.

The 21 activists each gave one reason for supporting the bill. Currently 65% of the state has 21 as its age of sale.

Source: Boston Globe, 25 October 2017

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USA to promote use of opioid alternatives to treat addiction

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has signalled a shift in policy on opioid drugs. Despite formerly advocating abstinence as the key to fighting opioid addiction, the organisation now plans to encourage opioid addicts to transition to less harmful drugs such as methadone.

The harm reduction strategy holds parallels with the commissioner’s view on using less harmful nicotine delivery devices such as e-cigarettes to reduce smoking and smoking-related deaths.

Source: Reuters, 25 October 2017

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Japan eyes tobacco tax rise

The Japanese Government is looking to raise consumption tax on tobacco, while pledging to raise spending on education and child care.

The Government will raise the consumption tax rate from 8% to 10% in 2019. Impact on lower-income households will be offset by a limit on tax levied on daily necessities.

When the country last increased the tax, in 2010, state revenues soared by several hundred billion yen.

Source: Japan Today, 26 October 2017

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South Korea: Family Ministry designates heat-not-burn tobacco as harmful to minors

South Korea’s Family Ministry has confirmed that heat-not-burn products would be labelled as harmful substances that cannot be sold to children.

Those who sell these products to children face a fine or prison sentence.

Source: Korea Herald, 26 October 2017
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