ASH Daily News for 04 October 2016



  • Scotland: Deprived areas of Glasgow targeted in bid to cut second-hand smoke risk to children
  • Cornwall: More play areas to ban smoking
  • Europe: ‘Cheap whites’: The new trend dominating tobacco black markets
  • USA: Tobacco tax increase comes to Colorado ballot
  • Kenya: BAT seeks extension to implement new tobacco packaging rules
  • Indonesia raises cigarette excise tax by 10.5% for 2017
  • Indonesia sees decline in the number of cigarette factories

Scotland: Deprived areas of Glasgow targeted in bid to cut second-hand smoke risk to children

Parents living in Glasgow’s most deprived areas are being targeted in a drive to cut the risk of second-hand smoke to children.

The living room of a family home will be recreated in shopping centres and community venues in some of the city’s poorest areas to highlight the dangers. Roadshows, aimed at warning parents about the risks, will be taking place.

In Scotland, 6% of children under 12 are still exposed to smoke in the family home, which can linger for up to five hours after tobacco has been smoked. However, local research shows the prevalence is significantly higher amongst children living in more deprived areas.

Source: Evening Times – 04 October 2016
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Cornwall: More play areas to ban smoking

Parents who smoke are going to be stopped from lighting up in more Cornish parks.

Play areas in Looe, Launceston and Four Lanes are among those that are already officially smoke free, and following their success the initiative is going to be rolled out to another six areas over the next year.

Smokefree Cornwall said that research shows children who live with smokers are at least twice as likely to become smokers themselves. It says cutting child exposure to smoking decreases the uptake of smoking amongst young people in the long term.

Source: Pirate FM – 03 October 2016
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Europe: ‘Cheap whites’: The new trend dominating tobacco black markets

Tobacco smugglers have found new ways of expanding their illegal activities and are now focusing on a trend called “cheap whites”, which is raising new challenges for European regulators and Europol. These cigarettes may be legally produced but are then smuggled and traded illegally.

According to Philip Morris International, “cheap” or illicit “whites” are the fastest growing sector of the illicit tobacco trade, now accounting for 35% of the market in the EU.

Currently, the debate at EU level is focused on the adoption of an effective track and trace system and in particular, on Article 15 of the Tobacco Products Directive regarding traceability.

The industry is arguing that the EU should focus on the effectiveness and interoperability of the regional track and trace standards with upcoming global systems that are foreseen by the FCTC Protocol.

Source: EurActiv.com – 03 October 2016
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USA: Tobacco tax increase comes to Colorado ballot

Voters in Colorado will decide on whether to raise tobacco tax by $1.75 per pack in a proposal that has been placed on the November ballot.

If passed Amendment 72 would increase state taxes from $0.84 per pack to $2.59. Similar measures are being proposed in other states such as California where the no campaign has funded millions of dollars worth of advertising.

Source: Western Slope Now – 03 October 2016
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Kenya: BAT seeks extension to implement new tobacco packaging rules

British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya Ltd is seeking a nine month extension before it implements health warnings contained in the 2014 Tobacco Control Regulations which took effect on the 26th September 2016.

BAT is appealing a High Court ruling from March 2016 that affirmed the regulations. The appeal will be heard on the 18th October 2016.

However, according to the Health Ministry BAT already has some brands which comply with the provisions of the regulations and display graphic health warnings available on the market.

The Health Ministry has granted manufacturers a window of one month from the effective date to allow stocks in the market to be depleted. This means old stock can be on the market until 31st October 2016.

Source: Daily Nation – 03 October 2016
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Indonesia raises cigarette excise tax by 10.5% for 2017

Indonesia will raise its cigarette excise tax by an average of 10.5% next year to safeguard the health of the public, the finance minister said on Friday, 30th September.

The planned tax increase will follow a 11.3% rise this year, and the government will also intensify its crackdown on the illegal trade of cigarettes. Cigarette taxation is also a significant source of revenue with excise taxes currently contributing 10-12% to the state budget.

Source: The Business Times – 04 October 2016
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Indonesia sees decline in number of cigarette factories

The Director General of Customs and Excise for the Indonesian Finance Ministry has said the number of cigarette factories in Indonesia is continuing to decline significantly. There were 4,669 cigarette factories in 2007, which has fallen to 754 by 2016.

The Ministry has accredited this decline to better implementation of tobacco control measures and an increase in Government closures of non-compliant factories and those without a permit for manufacturing tobacco products.

Source: Retail News Asia – 01 October 2016
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