ASH Daily News for 02 November 2016



  • Scotland: Smokers urged to give up the habit before Christmas
  • USA: Safer to puff but smokers warned off trying e-cigarettes
  • Australia: Tobacco’s attempt to circumvent plain packaging laws
  • India reaffirms its commitment to global tobacco treaty
  • USA: R.J. Reynolds loses bid to end TV anti-smoking ad requirement
  • China: Restaurants warned for not enforcing the smoking ban
  • E-cigarettes Summit 17th November 2016

Scotland: Smokers urged to give up the habit before Christmas

NHS Borders is encouraging smokers to quit before Christmas and save money. The board has teamed up with Scottish Borders Council to encourage smokers to stop, by using the NHS Borders Quit4Good service.

A person smoking 20 cigarettes a day can save up to £280 per month, based on the average price of a packet of cigarettes, so by stopping two months before Christmas, they can save up to £560.

Source: Peeblesshire News – 01 November 2016
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USA: Safer to puff but smokers warned off trying e-cigarettes

A decade after e-cigarettes first came to market and were branded as the biggest chance to end the smoking epidemic as we know it, sales of the devices are slumping and the largest US manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy.

This is in a major part due to the warning given by the CDC about the risks of vaping.

This warning is meant to deter people who have never smoked, primarily children, from taking up vaping but increasing numbers of scientists and policy makers say that this portrayal of e-cigarettes is a profound disservice to the 40 million US smokers would could benefit from using them to quit.

Some British policy makers were initially sceptical but have become convinced of the benefits of e-cigarettes with mounting numbers of smokers using them to quit while the smoking rate is steadily declining.

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH, commented that the intense focus on children missed the potential utility of e-cigarettes for current smokers, often some of the poorest and least educated members of society. “What about the smokers? What about the people who are dying now as a result of this habit?”

Source: The New York Times – 01 November 2016
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Australia: Tobacco’s attempt to circumvent plain packaging laws

In December 2012 the Australian Government introduced innovative plain packaging legislation, which has been followed by annual tax rises of 12.5% on tobacco products. Australia’s smoking rates have fallen to a record low forcing the tobacco industry to invent new tactics to circumvent legislation and promote their products.

The industry is developing several strategies, including price reduction, brand differentiation and promoting the idea of healthier cigarettes, to undermine Australia’s new regulatory environment.

One example of this is the British American Tobacco Australia’s (BATA) Just Smokes, which now sells for around 70% of the premium brand prices. Heavily discounted twin packs also teach smokers, through financial reward and penalty, to buy twin rather than single packs. This is of particular concern since research shows that larger purchases trigger higher consumption

Further, since plain packaging was introduced tobacco companies have varied brand names. Names have evolved to include the information previously covered by packaging such as new product features, and companies are using colours to mislead customers that some products are ‘healthier’ options. For example, Dunhill Infinite is now Dunhill Infinite White + Taste Flow Filter.

Australia’s experience should be noted by those countries currently introducing plain packaging to ensure the industry cannot prevent the full impact of this legislation.

Source: Business Insider Australia – 02 November 2016
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India reaffirms its commitment to global tobacco treaty

On Tuesday, 1st November, India reaffirmed its commitment to the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This comes despite lobbying from India’s $11 billion tobacco industry which opposes some measures contained in the Treaty to be discussed at the Conference of the 180 Parties to the Treaty, held in New Delhi next week.

Led by the Tobacco Institute of India (TII) the Industry has sent the Government letters and petitions in the name of protecting farmers and stating that Parties to the Treaty are under no obligation to implement measures agreed.

The Government’s response to those letters has not been made public but now the Health Ministry has published half-page notices in several newspapers to say India would apply the treaty’s provisions.

“India reiterates its commitment to the full implementation of WHO FCTC,” the ministry said in the notice, and stated that tobacco drains the economy of nearly $16 billion a year.

Source: Reuters – 01 November 2016
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USA: R.J. Reynolds loses bid to end TV anti-smoking ad requirement

A federal appeals court on Tuesday, 1st November, rejected R.J. Reynolds’ bid to void a decade old order requiring tobacco companies to televise “corrective” advertisements about the dangers of smoking.

The D.C Circuit Court of Appeals told Reynolds that they had waited too long to challenge the requirement and that their case did not show the Judge had exceeded her authority in ordering the adverts.

Source: Yahoo News – 01 November 2016
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China: Thirteen restaurant chains in Beijing warned for not enforcing the smoking ban

Thirteen restaurant chains in Beijing have been warned for not enforcing the smoking ban, introduced in the capital’s indoor locations in 2015.

Inspectors and volunteers will launch raids from next week, and will hand out punishments if no improvements have been made. The Beijing Municipal Government is considering whether to add those companies and individuals who are reprimanded to a credibility blacklist.

Source: China Daily Europe – 02 November 2016
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E-cigarettes Summit 17th November 2016

There are less than three weeks to go until the 4th E-cigarette Summit held on the 17th November at The Royal Society in London.

The E-Cigarette Summit provides a unique opportunity to examine the latest research and to discuss how the evidence should be interpreted and communicated to deliver the most effective health strategies to reduce smoking related death and disease.

To view the full agenda/speakers and to book your ticket, please go to www.e-cigarette-summit.com