ASH Daily News 8 December 2017



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UK

  • Tesco running out of tobacco in some stores after collapse of distribution giant
  • Northern Ireland: Man arrested in Derry following tobacco, cigar and streaming raids

International

  • USA: Long Beach raises smoking age to 21
  • Canada: Theatre receives $682 ticket after actor smokes onstage

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Questions

Link of the Week

  • Towards a Smokefree Generation: Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group Conference

 

UK

Tesco running out of tobacco in some stores after collapse of distribution giant

Tesco say that they are “experiencing availability issues” with some products as a result of one of its distributors going into administration last week.

Palmer & Harvey went into administration last week, and up to 90,000 outlets – ranging from small local corner stores to the UK’s largest supermarkets – have been faced with trying to stock their shelves in the run up to Christmas.

The group said it was hit by challenging trading conditions in recent months and attempts to restructure the business didn’t work.

Source: Devon Live, 5 December 2017
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Northern Ireland: Man arrested in Derry following tobacco, cigar and streaming raids

A Derry man’s been arrested after raids turned up 8,000 cigarettes, 2.9 kilogrammes of rolling tobacco, 232 cigars, 50 illegal streaming devices and approximately £5,000 in cash.

Detective Inspector Natalie McNally said: “Buying cheap counterfeit goods, cigarettes or tobacco products, which have been purchased without the relevant duty being paid, or illegal streaming devices – all of which may appear to be bargains – means that revenue to the legitimate economy is lost.

“This criminal activity puts jobs at risk and, ultimately, in terms of duty evasion, means there is less money available to provide for our public services, like health and education.”

Source: Derry Journal, 6 December 2017
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International

USA: Long Beach raises smoking age to 21

The law will take effect on March 1, and follow the Town of Hempstead’s move earlier this year to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 — which is already the case in Suffolk County, New York City and New Jersey.

According to the Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center, 96 percent of smokers start using before the age of 21.

The transition from experimentation to addiction usually occurs between 18 and 21, encouraging the tobacco industry to target young people. The centre predicts that without intervention, an additional 874,000 young people in New York will become smokers, and 280,000 will die prematurely.

Source: LI Herald, 7 December 2017
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Canada: Theatre receives $682 ticket after actor smokes onstage

The Théâtre du Trident in Quebec City was given a $682 ticket after one of its actors smoked a cigarette onstage as part of a performance of the play Le Cas Joé Ferguson.

The cigarette was written into the script by playwright Isabelle Hubert to illustrate the anxiety felt by one of the characters. A complaint to the Quebec Health ministry led to government inspectors being sent to the show to determine whether the province’s anti-tobacco laws were being violated.

The Health ministry and anti-smoking groups say the law is aimed at ending the perception that tobacco use is normal and that the cigarette’s use on stage undermined that objective.

Source: Montreal Gazette, 7 December 2017
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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary Questions

PQ1: Training for tobacco trading standards
Mary Glindon, Labour (North Tyneside)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training is provided by his Department to local authority trading standards officers on the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on a) levels of non-compliance with the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations and b) the number of successful prosecutions for non-compliance in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care
The Chartered Trading Standards Institute, commissioned by the Department, undertakes an annual survey to assess tobacco control activities carried out by councils across England, including relating to compliance with the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. Further detail about the levels of non-compliance and associated prosecutions can be found in the 2016/17 Tobacco Control Survey, published on the Trading Standards website.

Throughout 2015/16, the Department, supported by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, has delivered a comprehensive training package across nine English regions. This consisted of both face to face learning events as well as e-learning opportunities to support the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive and the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015.

Source: Hansard, HC Debate, 6th December

PQ2: Tobacco regulations
Mary Glindon, Labour (North Tyneside)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the implementation of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations; and if he will make a statement.

Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care
Since the full implementation of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations in May 2017, the Department has received a number of representations on different aspects of the legislation, including on the use of images on packaging; the regulation of e-cigarettes; and the regulation of chewing tobacco.

Source: Hansard, HC Debate, 6th December

 

Link of the Week

Towards a Smokefree Generation: Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group Conference

On 6 December 2017, the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group held a conference to discuss plans and ideas designed to support the government’s ambition of delivering a smokefree generation.

Attendees came together from public health, the voluntary sector, Royal Colleges and other institutions for discussions and presentations. You can view the slides from the presentations by following the link below.

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