ASH Daily News 4 August 2017



UK

  • Greater Manchester: Oldham square could go smokefree

International

  • USA: Tobacco Industry Faces Bifurcation Following FDA Proposed Regulation
  • Armenia: Government approves tobacco control strategy
  • Indonesia: Japan Tobacco to buy Indonesian kretek cigarette firms for $677 million

Link of the Week

  • TED Talk: Eliminating Tobacco Companies From Investment Portfolios

 

UK

Greater Manchester: Oldham square could go smokefree

Oldham’s Parliament Square could be transformed into a smokefree zone under plans to make Greater Manchester tobacco free.

The public square, based within the town centre’s retail core, was listed alongside Heaton Park as a city space which could be involved in the scheme. The proposals form part of a wider aim to cut smoking to one in eight or less over the next four years, as laid out by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care (GMHSC) Partnership.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is spearheading GMHSC’s Tobacco Free Greater Manchester Plan which includes providing targeted support, ending smoking outside hospital doors and using digital services to help people quit. Mr Burnham said: “We have some of the worst death rates from smoking in England – it’s time to make smoking history for all our children.”

See also:
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership: Making Smoking History: A Tobacco Free Greater Manchester

Source: Oldham Chronicle, 3 August 2017
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International

USA: Tobacco Industry Faces Bifurcation Following FDA Proposed Regulation

There is no denying that there is a secular shift away from tobacco. Hoping to accelerate that trend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for the first time in history, plans to regulate the level of nicotine in cigarettes. The FDA’s proposal would cut nicotine levels in cigarettes to non-addictive levels.

The FDA has also decided to delay regulation that could have removed many e-cigarette products from the markets, while possibly signalling a more permissive view on alternative nicotine delivery systems: “We must recognise the potential for innovation to lead to less harmful products” said Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner. He added: “The bigger problem is the delivery mechanism how the nicotine gets delivered.”

This could be the agency’s: “very effective nudge to business that they’ve got to get out of the old market and into the new,” said Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the UK public health charity Action on Smoking and Health.

Source: Hedge Connection, 4 August 2017
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Armenia: Government approves tobacco control strategy

The Government of Armenia has approved a tobacco control strategy. The 2017 to 2020 plan will aim to reduce the prevalence of smoking by 1.5 to 2% annually, and to cut smoking prevalence among adult men by up to 10%.

Healthcare minister Levon Altunyan said the strategy aims to carry out several different programs. “The programs will aim at ensuring active co-operation between all concerned sides in the fight against smoking, reviewing and amending the current legislative field, developing the capacities of healthcare organisations, as well as taking measures on eliminating smoking among teenagers.”

Source: Armen Press, 3 August 2017
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Indonesia: Japan Tobacco to buy Indonesian kretek cigarette firms for $677 million

Japan Tobacco Inc on Friday said it has agreed to buy an Indonesian maker of kretek (tobacco and clove) cigarettes, together with its distributor, for $677 million, giving it a bigger footprint in the world’s second-largest tobacco market.

Indonesia’s cigarette market was the world’s second-biggest after China with 316.1 billion cigarettes sold last year, data from Euromonitor International showed.

Source: Reuters, 4 August 2017
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Link of the Week

TED Talk: Eliminating Tobacco Companies From Investment Portfolios

Dr Bronwyn King is a radiation oncologist at the lung cancer unit of The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Upon discovering that her superannuation (pension) fund was partly invested in tobacco, and that this was the default position for most funds, Dr King sought to take action.

As chief executive officer and founder of Tobacco Free Portfolios, Dr King has helped to reduce Australians portfolio investment in the tobacco industry by $2.5 billion, with over 40% of Australian pension funds implementing tobacco free mandates. In this video, she describes her motivation, and the action she took.

Source: YouTube, 19 July 2017
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