ASH Daily News for 01 May 2015



HEADLINES

  • Wolverhampton: Wolves’ e-cigarette advert emails criticised
  • Scotland: Call for views launched on smoking prohibition bill
  • Isle of Man: New smoking legislation moves forward
  • US: Japan Tobacco to buy e-cigarette maker Logic Technology
  • US: Philip Morris snuffs out overpriced cigarette FCA suit
  • India: Finance ministry may be urged to shun meeting funded by tobacco companies
  • Canada: Ontario to ban all flavoured tobacco products
  • Croatia: TDR cigarette sales volume drops 9% in 2014

    Wolverhampton: Wolves’ e-cigarette advert emails criticised

    An investigation has been launched into the possibility that the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (Wolves) sent out emails to children advertising e-cigarettes.

    An exclusive offer emailed to Wolves fans stated that ‘loyal’ supporters can buy Blu eCigs half price and enjoy an ‘award-winning classic tobacco’ flavour.

    But Blu eCigs today said a small number of those emails could have been sent to children aged under 18.

    The partnership between the club and firm was also criticised today by the chairman of the official Wolves supporters club, who labelled it inappropriate and ‘money-grabbing’.

    The company signed a sponsorship deal with Wolves in 2013

    Source: Express & Star – 30 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EViHfB

    Scotland: Call for views launched on smoking prohibition bill

    A call for views on legislation which will create a new criminal offence for adults who smoke in a motor vehicle in the presence of a child has been launched by Holyrood’s health and sport committee.

    The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill aims to protect children from second hand smoke and has been introduced by Jim Hume MSP.

    Within the bill, Police Scotland would be responsible for enforcing the legislation.

    Alleged offences would be subject to trial under summary procedure with a maximum fine of level 3 on the standard scale (currently £1,000).

    Police officers would also have the option of issuing a fixed penalty notice as an alternative to prosecution.

    The consultation will close on 27 May 2015.

    See also:
    – Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill Call for Written Evidence, Scottish Parliament

    Source: Scottish Legal News – 30 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GLfmNA

    Isle of Man: New smoking legislation moves forward

    The House of Keys has voted unanimously in favour of a second reading of the Public Health Tobacco Amendment Bill.

    It was moved by the Health and Social Care Minister, who was quizzed on why the amendments don’t include legislation to ban smoking in cars with children present.

    Howard Quayle confirmed that the smoking cares measure will be implemented in due course but that it is an environmental health issue. He said the current Bill is about making the habit less attractive.

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    Source: Energy FM – 30 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GLftJ1

    US: Japan Tobacco to buy e-cigarette maker Logic Technology

    Japan Tobacco has announced it has agreed to buy Florida-based e-cigarette maker Logic Technology Development LLC as it aims to become a global leader in the nascent, but fast-growing, market.

    Japan Tobacco will fund the acquisition with existing cash and loan facilities, and expects to complete the deal in the third quarter of this year following regulatory approval, it said.

    It did not say how much it was paying for Logic Technology, founded in 2010. Japan Tobacco last year also bought UK-based Zandera Ltd, best known for its E-Lites brand of electronic cigarettes.

    Source: Reuters – 30 April 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1GLfHQk

    US: Philip Morris snuffs out overpriced cigarette FCA suit

    Phillip Morris Inc. has succeeded in avoiding a False Claims Act suit alleging the company overcharged the U.S. Department of Defense for cigarette cartons, according to order dismissing the suit from a D.C. federal judge.

    Federal district Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly again rejected a suit from tobacco company owner Anthony Oliver, saying the information used in his allegations was publicly available prior to 2008, when the suit was originally filed.

    Source: Law 306 – 30 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GLfL2w

    India: Finance ministry may be urged to shun meeting funded by tobacco companies

    Faced with opposition from public health activists, the health ministry is set to intervene and may soon urge the finance ministry to distance itself from an upcoming international conference in New Delhi, being co-organised by a consortium funded by several transnational tobacco companies.

    Source: Times of India – 01 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GLfSLs

    Canada: Ontario to ban all flavoured tobacco products

    Ontario will soon have the most restrictive tobacco rules in Canada with all flavoured products — even menthol — outlawed.

    The provincial government is moving forward with the landmark “Making Healthier Choices Act” and will ban menthol cigarettes and other flavoured tobacco products — including chewing tobacco, “wine-dipped” cigars, and fruity cigarettes.

    As well, e-cigarettes will also be outlawed for anyone younger than 19 years old.

    Convenience stores, already forbidden from displaying tobacco products or signs, are complaining about even more restrictions. These will include where e-cigarettes can be sold and how they are promoted.

    Source: Cambridge Times – 30 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GLfWL7

    Croatia: TDR cigarette sales volume drops 9% in 2014

    Cigarette sales of Croatian cigarette maker Tvornica Duhana Rovinj (TDR), part of diversified conglomerate Adris Grupa, fell 9% to 8.7 billion pieces last year, Adris Grupa said on Thursday.

    A total of 67% of TDR’s sales were achieved abroad, Adris Grupa said in a statement.

    TDR recorded 1.37 billion kuna ($202.2 million/181 million euro) in total revenues last year while its operating profit amounted to 193 million kuna.

    The company’s market share in Croatia stood at 57% at the end of 2014. Its market shares in Bosnia and Serbia were 30% and 11%, respectively.

    In April, Croatian media reported that Adris Grupa expects to close a deal for the sale of its tobacco unit by early July.

    Source: See News – 30 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GLga5d