ASH Daily News 27 September 2017



UK

  • Smoking in your car can lower its value by £2,000
  • Wirral smokers urged to join Stoptober campaign
  • North East: Ringleaders of Durham tobacco smuggling gang put behind bars
  • Scotland: Tobacco industry research looks at illegal tobacco

International

  • India: Sale of tobacco only permitted through licensed shops

 

UK
Smoking in your car can lower its value by £2,000

Cap hpi, a data analysis company specialising in automotives, has estimated that people who smoke in their cars run the risk of losing up to £2,000 when selling their vehicles.

James Dower, editor of cap-hpi’s Black Book publication, said: “The first thing a car dealer will do when looking at a car being sold by a smoker is knock down the price of the part exchange.” Dower continued, explaining: “some dealers tell us they won’t even buy cars from smokers because of the time and expense of ridding the interior of unpleasant odours.”

Similarly, a survey by magazine Carbuyer found that, of 6,000 respondents, 87% would not buy a used car that had been smoked in.

Source: Carbuyer, 27 September 2017

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Wirral smokers urged to join Stoptober campaign

Smokers in the Wirral are being encouraged to stop as Public Health England’s Stoptober campaign starts up. The month-long campaign has inspired 1.5 million people to quit nationwide since it first began in 2012.

Cllr Chris Jones, cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health at Wirral Council said: “Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health and there has never been a better time to stop smoking.

“I encourage everyone in Wirral who smokes to take on the challenge this year.”

See also
NE Connected: County’s smokers challenged to quit this Stoptober
Camden.gov: Helping Camden smokers to break the habit and breathe easier
Knutsford Guardian: Smokers given the challenge to quit in Stoptober
Oxford Mail: Abingdon smokers being challenged to quit for ‘Stoptober’

Source: Wirral Globe, 26 September 2017

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North East: Ringleaders of Durham tobacco smuggling gang put behind bars

Nine men have been sentenced following attempts to smuggle almost £500,000 worth of cigarettes into the UK.

The two leaders were jailed for a total of 76 months, after trying to hide cigarettes in laptop adapters. The other men involved in the scheme were handed suspended sentences.

HMRC discovered the scheme after intercepting parcels containing over a million cigarettes and 100kg of tobacco.

Source: Sunderland Echo, 26 September 2017

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Scotland: Tobacco industry research looks at illegal tobacco

Japan Tobacco International has stated that one in two smokers in Scotland have purchased illegal tobacco.

HMRC would not comment on the investigation but said: “Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco and alcohol markets, which costs the UK around £2.4 billion a year in stolen tax.”

Source: The Herald, 26 September 2017

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International
India: Shops selling tobacco banned from selling sweets

In India, shops that are licensed to sell tobacco products will no longer be permitted to sell non-tobacco products that may attract children, such as crisps and sweets.

The policy aims to reduce access and protect children from exposure to tobacco products. The Ministry for Health has asked all the state governments to develop a mechanism through the municipal authority to enact a system of authorisation overseeing retail outlets selling tobacco products.

Source: The Hindu, 26 September 2017

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