ASH Daily news for 05 August 2016

    • Marlboro launches fresh packaging innovation

      Philip Morris has launched a new product feature for Marlboro, designed to give the premium cigarette brand more of an edge in the plain packaging environment. Packs will now come with a resealable wrapper on the inside.

      Source: Convenience Store – 04 August 2016

    • US: Smoking rates still high in some racial groups, CDC reports

      Despite a lot of progress in getting Americans to stop smoking, some groups still have high smoking rates, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health shows.

      Between 2002-2005 and 2010-2013, smoking rates fell from 28 percent to 25 percent for whites and blacks. Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders in the United States saw a significant drop in their smoking rates—from 31 percent to 23 percent, the report said.

      But American Indians and Alaska Natives didn’t fare as well. Their smoking rates actually went from 37 percent to 39 percent, the research found.

      The overall smoking rate for Asian-Americans fell from 14.5 percent to 11 percent. But within that group many had lower smoking rates, including Asian Indians, Chinese and Japanese. Filipinos, Vietnamese and Koreans all had higher smoking rates. Among Asian-Americans, Koreans smoked the most (20 percent).

      U.S. Hispanics saw a drop in overall smoking, from 24 percent to 20 percent. Yet, the latest numbers showed a big difference in the rates of smoking among Hispanic-American groups.

      Puerto Ricans had the highest rates of smoking at 28.5 percent, followed by Cubans at 20 percent, Mexicans at 19 percent, and Central and South Americans at 16 percent, the report noted.

      The study was published Aug. 4 in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

      See also:
      – Disparities in Adult Cigarette Smoking — United States, 2002–2005 and 2010–2013, CDC

      Source: Medical Xpress – 04 August 2016

    • Taiwan: Protests call for tobacco operating licence reversal

      Tobacco control advocates have said the operating licence for a new JTI factory should be revoked, criticising the government for approving the investment and providing subsidies.

      Japan Tobacco’s NT$9.2 billion (US$290.1 million) investment is reportedly to produce enough cigarettes to cover one-third of local consumption, becoming the nation’s second foreign-owned tobacco factory, following the establishment of an Imperial Tobacco factory in Miaoli County in 2009.

      The campaigners say that the Japan Tobacco factory will encourage domestic smoking, while turning the nation into a base for exporting cigarettes to an export base to Southeast Asia because of favorable government incentives.

      Source: Taipei Times – 05 August 2016

    • US: New California tobacco laws in effect

      The minimum age of sale for tobacco products in California now is 21. For the first time, e-cigarettes are added to the existing definition of tobacco products. California is the second state in the nation, following Hawaii, to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21.

      Source: Compton Herald – 04 August 2016

    • Syria: ISIS arrest 50 people for smoking and will flog them in public for the ‘crime’

      Islamic State militants have arrested more than 50 men in Syria for the ‘crime’ of smoking, which is banned under the strict Sharia law the terror group has imposed.

      Jihadists ban drinking and smoking in occupied territories in Iraq and Syria under the self-declared ‘caliphate’ because, in their interpretation of Islamic law, all intoxicants are ‘haram’ (forbidden).

      The detained locals are expected to be publicly flogged in the district of Yarmouk, south of the Syrian capital Damascus.

      Source: Mail Online – 04 August 2016