ASH Daily news for 03 December 2015



HEADLINES

  • 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
    Link: http://thetim.es/1TwZ28N

    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
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ov2MHU

    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
    Link: http://bit.ly/1XBcXAF

    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
    Link: http://bit.ly/1lZ1GZU

    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.

    Source
    Paediatrics: Cigarette Tax Increase and Infant Mortality

    Source: Daily Mail, 02 December 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1YKaf8W

    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
    Link: http://bit.ly/1jAa6oG

    Parliamentary Questions

    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)
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NqT18s

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