ASH Daily news for 05 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • We should allow e-cigs in hospitals: it would cut down on smoking, expert says
  • NFRN welcomes new proxy purchasing rules
  • Free cigarette recycling programme launched in UK
  • Cambridgeshire: Children aged 9-12 ask for help to quit smoking for Stoptober
  • Merseyside: Pupils help hammer home anti-smoking message
  • Derby: E-cigarettes banned from stands at iPro Stadium
  • Jersey: Minister pushes for e-cigarette law change
  • Isle of Man: Introduction of e-cigs in prisons monitored
  • BAT launches €578m claim against PwC
  • US: Congressional delegation introduces bill to raise smoking age to 21
  • Pakistan: Enlarged health warning on cigarette packs delayed again
  • Czech Republic: Lower house approves rise in cigarette tax

    We should allow e-cigs in hospitals: it would cut down on smoking, expert says

    David Shaw, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Switzerland, argues in a BMJ article that “by refusing the use of e-cigarettes on hospital grounds, the NHS is harming the health of patients and the wider public.”

    Shaw points out that while not all effects of e-cigs are known yet, substantial evidence has suggested they are at least a better option than conventional cigarettes.

    See also:
    – Hospitals are wrong to ban e-cigarette use, BMJ

    Source: Medical Daily – 02 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfXeBC

    NFRN welcomes new proxy purchasing rules

    The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) has welcomed the new proxy purchasing rules that came into effect in England last week.

    The regulations make it illegal for an adult to purchase tobacco and nicotine products for a minor. The introduction of these new regulations means there is now legal support for the independent retailers who have been acting as the barrier between young people and tobacco products.

    Source: Asian Trader – 02 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfXL6w

    Free cigarette recycling programme launched in UK

    The UK’s first free cigarette recycling programme, known as the Cigarette Waste Brigade, was recently launched and will help to deal with the massive amount of cigarette waste that is dumped into landfills.

    The programme is the result of a partnership between recycling company TerraCycle, and tobacco manufacturer Japan Tobacco International.

    Groups, workplaces and any individuals over the age of 18 will be able to take part in the recycling scheme. Participants are simply required to collect their cigarette or cigar butts and any other related waste (ash, used and unused cigarette filters, inner foil packaging, rolling paper, and outer plastic packaging) and send it to TerraCycle.

    See also:
    – Cigarette Waste Brigade, TerraCycle

    Source: Hydrogen Fuel News – 01 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfYmVO

    Cambridgeshire: Children aged 9-12 ask for help to quit smoking for Stoptober

    Children as young as 9-12 have been asking for help to stop smoking in Cambridgeshire, shock data has revealed. Meanwhile the number of those trying to give up has fallen dramatically.

    There were 6 young people aged between 9-12 years who set a date to stop smoking with the service. There were 928 young people aged 13-19 years old who set a date to stop smoking and of these, 260 had successfully stopped smoking.

    The number of 18 and 34-year-olds who have asked for help to quit fell from 2,2557 in 2011/12 to 1,218 in the last financial year, according to data released by Cambridgeshire County Council’s CamQuit service using freedom of information laws.

    The number of smokers asking CamQuit for help to kick the habit has fallen dramatically from 8,472 in 2011/12 down to just 4,777 in 2014/15. The numbers started falling in 2012/13 when they went down to 7,801 and the following year sunk to 6,385.

    Source: Cambridge Times – 04 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfXAYN

    Merseyside: Pupils help hammer home anti-smoking message

    Pupils have received certificates and prizes for their winning entries in a smoke-free driving design competition.

    The competition, organised by Smokefree St Helens, asked primary school children to come up with signs to warn drivers about the new legislation, making it illegal to smoke in a vehicle with anyone under 18.

    Source: St Helens Star – 03 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfYdl8

    Derby: E-cigarettes banned from stands at iPro Stadium

    E-cigarette users will no longer be permitted to use their devices within the stands of the Pride Park Stadium in Derby, which is currently known officially as the iPro Stadium for sponsorship purposes.

    The Derby County football club which owns the grounds has moved to make the decision following a number of complaints in recent weeks.

    E-cigarettes will be able to be used within the concourse areas or outside the stadium at half-time.

    Source: Derby Telegraph – 03 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfYRiL

    Jersey: Minister pushes for e-cigarette law change

    Jersey’s Minister for Health and Social Services wants the sale of e-cigarettes banned for under 18s.

    The move follows the implementation of a similar law in England and Wales.

    Source: ITV News – 04 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfZ0m5

    Isle of Man: Introduction of e-cigs in prisons monitored

    Prison governors on the Island say they’ll keep a close eye on a trial which is allowing prisoners to use e-cigarettes.

    The Isle of Man has led the way in this regard with the prison going smoke free in 2008. However inmates, as yet, haven’t been allowed to use the nicotine substitute.

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    Source: Energy FM – 02 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfZloU

    BAT launches €578m claim against PwC

    BAT has instructed lawyers to bring a claim against accountancy firm PwC. The legal action stems from PwC’s audit of paper maker Windward Prospects, a company with which BAT has a long-running dispute over the cost of cleaning up a polluted river in Wisconsin. BAT alleges PwC failed to fully account for clean-up costs of the polluted river in its audit of Windward.

    A subsidiary of BAT, BAT Industries, claims it had an indemnity from Windward that it would cover past and future claims from the river pollution. BAT is now looking to recoup from PwC the value of two dividends paid out by Windward, totalling €578m, which were made on the basis of the PwC audit and allegedly jeopardised its ability to cover its share of the river clean-up costs.

    Source: Legal Business – 02 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfZA3b

    US: Congressional delegation introduces bill to raise smoking age to 21

    Starting in January, Hawaii will become the first state in the nation to outlaw smoking for anyone under 21, but members of the state’s congressional delegation are pushing to expand the law to the entire country.

    U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono were among eight senators who introduced on Wednesday the Tobacco to 21st Act, a bill that would prohibit the sale or distribution of tobacco products to those under the age of 21.

    See also:
    US Sens. Warren, Markey back bill to hike smoking age to 21, Washington Times

    Source: Hawaii News Now – 30 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfZWXF

    Pakistan: Enlarged health warning on cigarette packs delayed again

    The fifth extension given by the Ministry of National Health Services to the tobacco industry to increase the size of pictorial health warning on cigarette packets has drawn a lot of flak from civil society and the health circles.

    However, Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar said the move had been delayed as recommendations about the size of the warning could not be finalised.

    On February 11, 2015, Ms Tarar announced that the size of the pictorial warning would be increased from the current 40 per cent to 85 per cent of the cigarette packets. But a campaign against the decision was launched by the tobacco industry and even a British diplomat was seen backing the move against the implementation of the decision.

    The deadline to increase the size of graphic warnings has now been extended by a further month.

    See also:
    – Pictorial health warning : NCP condemns extension of deadline for tobacco industry, Daily Times

    Source: Dawn – 02 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ng0rBd

    Czech Republic: Lower house approves rise in cigarette tax

    The Czech lower house has approved raising the excise tax on cigarettes next year to bring it in line with European Union requirements.

    The higher tax should increase the price of a pack of cigarettes by 3-4 crowns ($0.16) from January 2016 and add about 3.3 billion crowns ($135.79 million) to state revenue next year. Tax revenue should grow by 2.5 billion crowns in total in 2017 and 2018.

    The bill still must go through the Senate before being signed by the president.

    The main Czech cigarette producer is Philip Morris CR .

    The tax rise will help the state meet a EU directive that sets the tax at 90 euros per 1,000 cigarettes.

    Source: Reuters – 02 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ng0I77