ASH Daily news for 03 December 2015
- British American Tobacco responds after bribery claims
- Parliament wastes money on outside vaping areas
- Obesity group with ties to Coke shuts down
- Scotland: Edinburgh Council declares its buildings and parks smoke free
- US Study: higher taxes save two infants each day, by stopping pregnant women smoking
- Daesh [Islamic State] launch anti-smoking campaign
- Parliamentary Questions
British American Tobacco responds after bribery claims
The chairman of British American Tobacco has denied that non-executive directors failed to act over claims that the cigarette maker bribed African officials.
BAT faced claims in a BBC Panorama documentary that some of its employees in eastern Africa had paid bribes to politicians and health officials to gain commercial advantage, in breach of the UK Bribery Act.Source: The Times, 02 December 2015
Parliament wastes money on outside vaping areas
Commons bosses have been accused of wasting taxpayers’ money after two outside “vaping areas” were installed.
The zones were installed in the summer after MPs were banned from using electric cigarettes indoors, but the ruling is apparently widely flouted by MPs “vaping” in their offices.
Conservative MP Stephen Metcalfe said: “The ban is so silly that MPs are increasingly ignoring it.”Source: Sun Nation, 01 December
Obesity group with ties to Coke shuts down
The Global Energy Balance Network, an anti-obesity group backed by Coca-Cola has closed after criticism of ties to the soft drink maker.
Public health experts had criticised the Global Energy Balance Network and its funding support from Coke, comparing it to the tobacco industry’s funding of scientists who denied a link between cigarettes and cancer.Source: Hartford Business, 02 December
Scotland: Edinburgh Council declares its buildings and parks smoke free
A new Smoke Free Policy, which bans smoking in play parks, car parks and courtyards, as well as in Council premise, has come into force in Edinburgh.
The updated policy, which replaces the Council’s Smoking at Work Policy, aims to create a safer and healthier environment.Source: Edinburgh Reporter, 02 December 2015
US Study: higher taxes save two infants each day, by stopping pregnant women smoking
A study carried out by researchers from the University of Michigan and published in the journal of Paediatrics has found that higher taxes on cigarettes lowers infant mortality rates by driving up prices and deterring pregnant women from smoking.
It argues that for every $1 tax increase in the price of a packet of cigarettes, two infant deaths are prevented each day.
Paediatrics: Cigarette Tax Increase and Infant MortalitySource: Daily Mail, 02 December 2015
Daesh [Islamic State] launch anti-smoking campaign
Daesh also known as Islamic State are launching an anti-smoking campaign – warning militants that smoking can kill.Source: The Sun, 28 November 2015
PQ 1 Standardised Packaging
Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2015 to Question 13471, whether the Government’s proposed standardised packaging of tobacco policy will now be reassessed against the revised one-in-two-out framework criteria published by the Better Regulation Executive after that policy was finalised.
PQ2 Standardised Packaging
Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 November 2015 to Question 13471, if he will assess the proposed standardised packaging of tobacco against the revised one in, two out framework criteria published by the Better Regulation Executive in its publication entitled, Better Regulation Framework Manual, published in March 2015.
Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
Government policies, including standardised packaging of tobacco products, are assessed against the Better Regulation Framework in place at the time.
Source: Hansard: HC Deb, 2 December 2015, cW)