ASH Daily News 5 July 2017



  • Tobacco industry-funded study finds 17% drop in illicit cigarettes in the UK
  • People who vape ‘still deemed a smoker by insurers’
  • Lancashire: Pubs reflect on 10 years of no smoking
  • North West: Number of smokers in east Cheshire drops by 40% in 10 years
  • Japan: Tokyo governor to push for smokefree legislation before 2020 Olympics
  • Parliamentary Oral Questions
  • Parliamentary Written Questions

 

Tobacco industry-funded study finds 17% drop in illicit cigarettes in the UK

5.5 billion illicit cigarettes were smoked in the UK in 2016, one of the highest levels in Europe, according to a new KPMG study, funded by British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands and Philip Morris International.

This is in spite of a 17% drop in the amount of illicit cigarettes in circulation in the UK thanks to improved law enforcement. Poland, Belarus, Pakistan and Romania are among the biggest exporters of illicit cigarettes to the UK.

N.B. ‘Illicit’ cigarettes included counterfeit, contraband, and illicit whites.

Source: The Telegraph, 4 July 2017
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People who vape ‘still deemed a smoker by insurers’

People who smoke e-cigarettes are still deemed to be a smoker by life insurers, Compare Cover has warned.

The life insurance comparison site said in order to be deemed a non-smoker, policyholders need to have quit all nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, for at least 12 months.

Compare Cover’s business development director Mike Preston said if someone regards themselves to be an ex-smoker but is currently vaping, their cover could be invalidated if they need to claim. “This is due to the fact that the most common use of an e-cigarette is as an aid to stop smoking, and so you would be considered likely to have smoked in the past year,” he explained.

Source: Health Insurance Daily, 4 July 2017
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Lancashire: Pubs reflect on 10 years of no smoking

Pubs in the Morecambe area have accepted the smokefree legislation in enclosed public spaces with no loss of business, says the chairman of Morecambe Pubwatch.

Speaking 10 years after the introduction of the smoking ban, Nigel Pearson said: “No-one has really made any comment to me about it. The licensees have taken it all on board and the food houses have all benefited. Everyone has adapted and made outside spaces for smokers.”

Duncan Selbie, chief cxecutive of Public Health England, said: “The smokefree legislation has been extraordinary in the way we now experience and enjoy pubs, clubs, restaurants and so many other public places.”

Source: The Visitor, 4 July 2017
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North West: Number of smokers in east Cheshire drops by 40% in 10 years

The number of smokers has dropped by 40% in east Cheshire over the last ten years.

Saturday, July 1 marked the 10th anniversary of the smoking ban, with 23% in the borough smoking before it was introduced. The current rate is just over 13%.

Smoking levels vary across the area, with 21% of over 15s smoking in Crewe compared to 11.5% in Alderley Edge, Chelford, Handforth and Wilmslow. Cllr Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for health, said: “While the rate of smoking is lower in east Cheshire than other local areas, it is still important that this trend continues.”

Source: Crewe Guardian, 4 July 2017
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Japan: Tokyo governor to push for smokefree legislation before 2020 Olympics

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike will push for a law banning smoking in enclosed public places, to make the Japanese capital smokefree ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, media said, defying national politicians who failed to pass a similar law this spring.

Tokyo faces pressure to go smokefree by 2020, from bodies such as the International Olympic Committee and the World Health Organization (WHO) – which ranks Japan at the bottom worldwide in tobacco control regulations, gauged by the types of public places entirely smokefree.

Source: Investing.com, 5 July 2017
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Parliamentary Oral Questions

Oral Answers to Questions: Tobacco Control Plan

Sharon Hodgson, Shadow Minister (Public Health)
Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the smoking ban across the UK, but sadly the celebration was dampened by the fact that we have yet to see the Government’s new tobacco control plan, which was promised in December 2015. The previous two Health Ministers I have shadowed repeatedly said that we would see the plan shortly, but they failed to set out an updated strategy for working towards a smoke-free society. I welcome the Minister to his new post—we have worked well together in the past on the all-party parliamentary group on breast cancer—and I am hoping that, although he has not yet given us a date for the plan, he will be able to give us an indication. Is it going to be published before Christmas?

Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
I thank my hon. Friend for her question. I think I can call her that; we have worked closely together in the past. I am new to my ministerial post, but I have been through the plan, and it is I who have to stand up and defend it. I want to be sure that it is right and that I am as happy with it as everyone else in the Government is. My intention is that it will be published before the summer recess.

Link to full debate: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-07-04a.1014.1#g1014.2

 

Parliamentary Written Questions

PQ 1: WHO Illicit Protocol on Illicit Tobacco
Martyn Day SNP, Linlithgow and East Falkirk
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to ratify formally the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General
A Command Paper setting out the UK’s plans to ratify the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products will be laid before Parliament once legislation to implement the Protocol has been approved by Parliament.

While the UK already has many of the Protocol’s requirements in place, the requirement to license tobacco manufacturing machinery has not yet been implemented. Legislation to accomplish this will be brought before Parliament as soon as possible.

Source: Hansard HC Deb, 4 July 2017, cW
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-06-26.1010.h&s=tobacco

 
PQ 2: Heat-not-Burn Products
Sharon Hodgson, Shadow Minister (Public Health)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission Public Health England to review heat-not-burn tobacco products in the same way that it has reviewed vaping products.

Steve Brine, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
The Government has asked the Committee on Toxicology to look at the data submitted by companies and to give an opinion based on this research on the absolute and relative risk of the products concerned, and to indicate the strength of the evidence on which their opinion is based. Public Health England has been commissioned to review this opinion and the available evidence on novel tobacco products, and to provide advice to the Government on this issue.

Source: Hansard HC Deb, 4 July 2017, cW
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-06-28.1730.h&s=tobacco

 
PQ 3: Smoking and Pregnancy
Will Quince, Conservative, Colchester
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that smoking rates among pregnant women fall.

Steve Brine, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
The Government is developing a new tobacco control plan, which will be published shortly. The plan will contain actions to reduce the prevalence of smoking during pregnancy.

Source: Hansard HC Deb, 4 July 2017, cW
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-06-29.2014.h&s=tobacco#g2014.r0

 
PQ 4: Prosecutions for illegal tobacco
Chris Ruane, Labour, Vale of Clwyd
To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions for the sale of illegal tobacco have taken place in each police authority area in each of the last 10 years.

Robert Buckland, The Solicitor-General
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a central record of the number of people who have been charged with, and prosecuted for, selling illegal tobacco. This information could only be obtained by examining CPS case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.

Source: Hansard, HC Deb, 3 July 2017
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-06-21.511.h&s=tobacco