ASH Daily news for 03 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Leicester: City chosen for ‘ground-breaking’ e-cig study
  • Stoke-on-Trent: Consulation on plans for ‘smoke-free’ zones
  • Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council: E-cigarettes to be outlawed in council buildings
  • Vaping industry hits back at e-cigarette landfill claims
  • Gloucester: Authorities fear illicit tobacco trade is moving from shops to ‘tab houses’ on estates
  • British American Tobacco to close Guildford Depository
  • Russia: Japan Tobacco to shut Moscow plant as cigarette market shrinks
  • US: McConnell warns Obama against tobacco carve-out in trade deal

    Leicester: City chosen for ‘ground-breaking’ e-cig study

    Leicester has been chosen as a centre for a ground-breaking study on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in helping people to quit smoking.

    The study is being conducted by Queen Mary University of London.

    Three centres have been chosen to take part – Leicester, London and one in East Sussex.

    A total of 250 people will be enrolled in the study in Leicester as researchers look to compare the effectiveness of e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy in giving up smoking.

    Source: Leicester Mercury – 02 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1eN6EVB

    Stoke-on-Trent: Consulation on plans for ‘smoke-free’ zones

    Members of the public will soon be able to have their say on plans to create ‘smoke-free’ zones across the Potteries.

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council is looking at discouraging smoking in outdoor areas such as children’s playgrounds, near Hanley Bus Station and around the Smithfield development.

    A public consultation on the zones will be carried out by the start of October, when a new law banning smoking in cars carrying children will come into force.

    See also:
    Blackburn: Smokers asked to butt out at Lambton beaches, Blackburn News
    – Calls for Southport to become smoke free beach following opinion poll, Southport Visiter
    – Wirral: Festival will kick-start ‘Smokefree Summer’ campaign, Wirral Globe

    Source: The Sentinel – 02 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1eN70vh

    Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council: E-cigarettes to be outlawed in council buildings

    Electronic cigarettes have been banned in all Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council offices as well as in vehicles as part of an update to the authority’s workplace smoking policy.

    Source: The Hinckley Times – 01 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1eN7zFk

    Vaping industry hits back at e-cigarette landfill claims

    The electronic cigarette industry has hit back against accusations this week that it produces just as much waste as tobacco products.

    Sector representatives spoke out after national waste company BusinessWaste.co.uk said it had documented a steep increase in vaping-related products being sent to landfill because of e-cigarettes’ growing popularity.

    Source: The Grocer – 31 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1eN7Fg6

    Gloucester: Authorities fear illicit tobacco trade is moving from shops to ‘tab houses’ on estates

    Fears have been raised that the war on illicit tobacco could soon take a new twist after £20,000-worth of tobacco was found in a home in the Forest of Dean.

    The surprise discovery in Coleford means the trade could be moving from corner shops to “tab houses” in residential areas.

    Until now, most of the illegal tobacco in the region has been sold under the counter at city centre shops.

    Source: Gloucester Citizen – 01 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1eN7NfG

    British American Tobacco to close Guildford Depository

    British American Tobacco plc has announced that it will close its Guildford Depository on 31st October 2015.

    The publicly accessible Depository was established in 1999 as part of the settlement in a US lawsuit entitled State of Minnesota v. Philip Morris, et al. British American Tobacco was released from any requirement to maintain the Depository in 2011.

    BAT’s reasons for closing the facility are that the vast majority of documents are available online via third party websites and that there have not been any visitors to the site in over three years.

    All documents will be moved to a long-term storage facility and retained.

    Source: BAT – 31 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1eN84zd

    Russia: Japan Tobacco to shut Moscow plant as cigarette market shrinks

    Japan Tobacco Inc, one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, said it will close its Moscow factory by mid-2016 due to a “serious contraction” in Russia’s tobacco market.

    The company said it will shift production to its St. Petersburg factory in a move that will affect 573 jobs.

    Source: Reuters – 31 July 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1eN8dTt

    US: McConnell warns Obama against tobacco carve-out in trade deal

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning U.S. officials negotiating a massive trans-Pacific trade agreement for President Obama not to target tobacco growers in a final deal.

    McConnell said singling out the tobacco industry would set a dangerous precedent for future trade deals, in a letter to Obama’s top trade representative.

    The missive from McConnell suggests that congressional approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a deal with 11 other countries that is the central goal of Obama’s trade policy, could be jeopardized by the proposals on tobacco.

    Republicans from other tobacco-producing states, such as North Carolina, have issued similar threats in recent days.

    Source: The Hill – 31 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1eN8nKh