ASH Daily news for 03 November 2015
3 November 2015
- Scotland: Take smoke outside is message to workers
- EU Health Commissioner says anti-tobacco campaigns working
- Canada could join UK and go for plain tobacco packs
- Imperial Tobacco’s profits rise despite declining cigarette sales
- Smoking more common in films produced outside of Hollywood
Scotland: Take smoke outside is message to workers
Workforces across Lanarkshire are being asked to be aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke.
The initiative, using a bear named Big Tiny, asks those who smoke to be aware of the dangers, particularly its impact on young children, and to take their smoking well away from any environment where there are children.Source: Motherwell Times, 2nd November 2015
EU Health Commissioner says anti-tobacco campaigns working
Tobacco accounts for almost 700,000 avoidable deaths in the EU each year, but anti-tobacco campaigns are helping EU citizens to give up smoking, according to Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis.
Speaking in Brussels on the Day of the Ex-Smoker (30 October), Andriukaitis said: “A rigorous tobacco control policy, supported by awareness-raising initiatives such as ‘Ex-smokers are Unstoppable’, is vital for improving public health in the EU.”
Commission-funded campaigns such as ‘Ex-smokers are Unstoppable’, which was launched in 2011, and iCoach, a free online information tool, have already seen great effect: some 36% of iCoach users claim to have quit smoking within three months – a saving of over €262m.Source: Pan European Network, 2nd November 2015
Canada could join UK and go for plain tobacco packs
The newly elected Liberal government reportedly set out a plain packaging pledge during the country’s election campaign.
If Canada were to adopt the law it would follow the Australia, UK and Ireland.Source: Converter News, 2nd November 2015
Imperial Tobacco’s profits rise despite declining cigarette sales
Imperial Tobacco reported full year profits of £3.05bn, up 2.4 per cent from £2.98bn last year.
Although net sales of tobacco are down 2.6 per cent to £6.25bn, the volume of the company’s “growth brands” was up 10.7 per cent, and earnings per share up 4.5 per cent to 212.5p.
Imperial Tobacco’s takeover of several cigarette brand from Reynolds American met with regulatory approval in May and the company reported “excellent progress” on its integration plans.Source: City A.M., 3rd November 2015
Smoking more common in films produced outside of Hollywood
Films made in countries outside the US are more likely to show characters smoking on screen than those produced in Hollywood, reports a paper published today in the open access journal BMC Public Health.
The authors recommend that countries prohibit tobacco use in films that receive government subsidies.Source: BioMed Central, 3rd November 2015