ASH Daily News 3 July 2017



  • Anniversary of UK smoking ban ‘marks a decade of success’
  • Could we be heading towards a smokefree future?
  • How I helped to pass the smoking ban
  • Lord Rennard argues for tobacco control plan in Queen’s Speech debate
  • Philip Morris recruiting “freelancers” to convince people to switch from cigarettes to heat not burn products
  • Scotland: Newsagents banned from selling tobacco after flouting display rules
  • Birmingham: Trader found to be in possession of illegal cigarettes and tobacco ordered to pay £228,737

 

Anniversary of UK smoking ban ‘marks a decade of success’

Health campaigners say the 10th anniversary of the smoking ban marks a “decade of success”, with smoking rates now the lowest ever recorded.

Laws banning smoking in pubs, clubs, bars and other enclosed public places in England came into effect on 1 July 2007, following Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity ASH, told Sky News the figures capped off a “decade of success”. She said: “We had 10 million smokers 10 years ago and now it’s around two million fewer. That’s helped to stop it being a public health emergency. It’s the leading cause of preventable death. It kills more people than obesity, alcohol and illegal drugs put together.”

Cancer Research UK chief executive Sir Harpal Kumar welcomed “big changes in public attitudes towards smoking”, but called on the Government to do more to reduce smoking rates.

He said: “The job is far from done when we still have more than eight million smokers in Britain and tens of thousands of children taking up the deadly addiction every year. We need this Government to continue focusing on tobacco and we urge it to publish the Tobacco Control Plan for England as soon as possible.”

See also:
Metro: Smoking ban is 10 years old and there are now 1,900,000 fewer smokers
Independent: Smoking ban: Number of UK smokers falls by nearly two million in 10 years
Express: Lung cancer decline: Smoking ban has helped almost TWO million give up in a decade
Oxford Mail: On 10th anniversary of smoking ban, Oxfordshire pub landlords say ‘ it’s the best thing to happen to the trade’
Guardian: Ten years after the smoking ban, vaping is a £1bn business
ITV: 10 years on, health campaigners celebrate ‘enormous success’ of the smoking ban

Source: Sky News, 1 July 2017
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Could we be heading towards a smokefree future?

Action on Smoking and Health has published a report titled “Smokefree: the first ten years”.

It looks at people’s attitudes towards the smoking ban and has found that the South East region is supporting smokefree places more than ever.

Hazel Cheeseman, the Director of Policy at ASH, said: “Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable premature death, responsible for half the difference in life expectancy between the rich and the poor. Much more needs to be done to reduce health inequalities so that no-one is left behind. The Smokefree England survey shows there is strong support for more action to tackle the harm caused by tobacco.”

See more:
ASH: Smokefree: The first ten years

Source: Eagle Radio, 3 July 2017
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How I helped to pass the smoking ban

Caroline Flint discusses how she encouraged the smoking ban while she was Public Health Minister.

“July 1 marked ten years since the ban on smoking in enclosed public places came into force. With only a handful of prosecutions, it has been a major success story.

It certainly spurred many to give up smoking. Today, heart disease is down 20% and strokes are down 14 per cent since 2007. Indeed, deaths caused by smoking as a proportion of all deaths for over-35s have fallen by more than 10%. It seems ridiculous now to recall how the Health Act 2006 was so controversial.”

Source: The Times, 3 July 2017
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Lord Rennard argues for tobacco control plan in Queen’s Speech debate

On Thursday Lord Rennard urged the Government to publish a new Tobacco Control Plan:

“Despite our successes over the last decade, smoking remains a public health epidemic. Every day, hundreds of children start smoking, and tobacco still kills around 80,000 people in this country every year. Smoking is responsible for half the difference in life expectancy between rich people and poor people—a difference of nine years—and that is a burning injustice. The smoking rate among people with a mental health condition is 40% and smoking is the leading modifiable risk factor for stillbirth and sudden infant death. Yet 18 months after the expiry of the tobacco control plan for England, no new plan has been put in its place. That is in contravention of our obligations as a party to the international tobacco treaty, which requires us to have a comprehensive strategy in place.”

Source: They Work for You, 29 June 2017
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Philip Morris recruiting “freelancers” to convince people to switch from cigarettes to heat not burn products

The company is paying brand ambassadors, which it calls “freelancers”, to persuade people to switch from cigarettes to heat not burn products. The freelancers get £50 per “conversion.”

The company launched a “heat not burn” product in the UK last year and says it has seen “unprecedented” sales growth. As the name suggests, it heats up the tobacco, meaning users can still get a nicotine hit but without the smoke, making it, what Philip Morris argues, less harmful than a traditional cigarette.

“Our main objective is to help people to move away from cigarettes,” Peter Nixon, UK and Ireland managing director said.

The heated tobacco range is already on sale in over a dozen markets including Japan, Switzerland and Italy. After an extensive application process with US health authorities, the product is expected to reach the US this year, though without claims that it’s any safer than regular cigarettes. It will have to pass a second hurdle with the Food and Drug Administration before it can be marketed as safer.

Source: Daily Record, 30 June 2017
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Scotland: Newsagents banned from selling tobacco after flouting display rules

A newsagents cannot sell cigarettes for two years after trading standards took the shop to court for flouting tobacco display rules.

Council officials applied for a tobacco retailing ban against the business after they were caught by Stirling and Clackmannanshire’s trading standards service breaching the tobacco display ban twice and failing to display a statutory tobacco notice.

Stirling Sheriff Court granted the banning order against Turnbulls (Stirling) Ltd on May 29.

The Council say that, despite repeated warnings and several advisory visits and guidance from the trading standards team, the shop continued to breach the tobacco display ban and tobacco products were found on display.

Source: Daily Record, 30 June 2017
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Birmingham: Trader found to be in possession of illegal cigarettes and tobacco ordered to pay £228,737

A trader who was found to be in possession of illegal cigarettes and tobacco has been ordered to pay £228,737 after a proceeds of crime hearing in Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council brought the case forward following a raid of the premises on 8 October 2014, as part of a national crackdown on the sale of illicit tobacco – products which have either been smuggled into the country, illegally produced or for which no duty has been paid.

Trading Standards officers, working with local police teams, seized 6,328 packs of illegal cigarettes and 692 pouches of hand rolling tobacco, worth around £43,000 during the inspection. Most of these were found by sniffer dogs hidden behind a false wall and ceiling and underneath a false floor in a toilet.

Source: Asian Image, 30 June 2017
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