ASH Daily News for 01 December 2016



  • UK court rejects tobacco companies’ appeal on plain packaging
  • Call for more hospitals to be smoke-free
  • South West Stop Smoking services under threat
  • Bristol: A hundred jobs at Imperial Tobacco are under threat
  • St Helens to rename ground as Totally Wicked Stadium after latest sponsorship deal
  • US: Obama administration announces federal law banning smoking in public housing
  • Italy: BAT opens Milan outlet and launches vaping device

UK court rejects tobacco companies’ appeal on plain packaging

A UK court has dismissed an appeal brought by some of Britain’s largest tobacco companies over the government’s new plain packaging rules.

In its decision handed down on Wednesday, the court dismissed all appeals brought by British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco, Imperial Brands and several paper manufacturers.

The companies argued that the law, which went into effect in May, unlawfully deprives them of their intellectual property by banning the use of all marketing on packages, including logos, colours and special fonts.

“This is a victory for public health and another crushing defeat for the tobacco industry,” said Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH.

“This ruling should also encourage other countries to press ahead with standardised packaging, now that the industry’s arguments have yet again been shown to be without foundation.”

See also:
Big Tobacco threatens Supreme Court fight after losing plain packaging appeal, The Telegraph
Tobacco firms fail to stop UK introduction of plain packaging, The Guardian
Tobacco firms lose plain packaging appeal, BBC News
Tobacco giants have lost their legal battle over plain packaging, City AM

Source: Reuters – 30 November 2016
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Call for more hospitals to be smoke-free

Public Health England (PHE) Chief Executive Duncan Selbie has written to every NHS Trust Chief Executive asking them to implement a ban on smoking by patients, staff and visitors across all hospital buildings and grounds.

Source: Cornish Times – 01 December 2016
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South West Stop Smoking services under threat

People across the South West are being urged to back a hard-hitting initiative to save Stop Smoking Services from closure, as new figures reveal dangerous funding cuts.

The call follows the recent joint report by ASH and Cancer Research UK which found that 57% of local authorities in the South West were forced to reduce their smoking cessation budgets in the last year, putting these vital services – and thousands of lives – at risk.

With repeated Government cuts to councils’ public health budgets, during the last three years, findings from the report suggest that financial pressures could significantly undermine efforts to stub-out smoking.

It comes as Cancer Research UK launches its new campaign – Don’t Quit on Us – to help ensure the region’s smokers get the support they need to give up the deadly habit.

Source: Crediton Courier – 01 December 2016
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Bristol: A hundred jobs at Imperial Tobacco are under threat

A fifth of the jobs at Imperial Tobacco’s HQ in Bristol are under threat as the cigarette manufacturer realigns itself to a shifting market.

One hundred of the 500 people employed by the firm in the building have had their roles put under consultation. The 150 members of staff in the neighbouring UK office are unaffected.

Source: Bristol Post – 30 November 2016
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St Helens to rename ground as Totally Wicked Stadium after latest sponsorship deal

St Helens Rugby Club will change its stadium name from Langtree Park to the Totally Wicked Stadium.

It comes after the club announced a new and expanded sponsorship deal with Totally Wicked – an E-Cigarette company.

Source: The Sun – 30 November 2016
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US: Obama administration announces federal law banning smoking in public housing

Smoking will be prohibited in public housing developments nationwide under a final rule announced on Wednesday by the Obama administration.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been encouraging local public agencies to enact smoking bans, and some 228,000 public housing units were already smoke-free. The new rule will expand the impact to more than 940,000 units.

In announcing the law, administration officials emphasised the dangers of secondhand smoke to children, noting that it can increase the risk of asthma, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome.

Source: Business Insider – 30 November 2016
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Italy: BAT opens Milan outlet and launches vaping device

British American Tobacco (BAT) is ramping up its expansion into electronic cigarettes with the launch of a flagship retail outlet in Milan and a new vaping device.

The company has set up shop in the upmarket Navigli district of the Italian city and hopes that its new “Vype Pebble” device will help provide an additional revenue stream as traditional cigarette consumption continues to fall.

Source: Belfast Telegraph – 01 December 2016
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