ASH Daily News for 06 July 2016


  • Hackney students scoop prizes for anti-smoking films

    Hackney achieved success at the National Cut Films Awards 2016 held at BAFTA HQ on the 4th July.

    Four pupils from Harrington Hill Primary School won the overall National Cut Films Award 2016 for their two-minute short film ‘Intelligent Life’, created to persuade their friends not to smoke. Meanwhile four Hackney New School pupils won the 12-15 age group category and Hackney’s young adult carers’ film was voted the best by the public.

    The competition run by the education and prevention arm of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Cut Films, asks young people across the UK to research smoking and tobacco. Films made for the competition tackle issues like lung cancer, peer pressure, death, health impacts, child labour, shisha and tobacco marketing.

    Source: Hackney Gazette 5 July 2016

  • EU to end anti-smuggling deal with Philip Morris International

    The EU is to end a controversial $1.25bn deal with Philip Morris International (PMI) aimed at reducing trade in illicit cigarettes following criticism from lawmakers.

    A change in smuggling trends coupled with tougher EU anti-tobacco laws that came into force this year mean that the agreements are no longer necessary, according to officials who confirmed the move.

    MEPs had called on the European Commission not to renew the agreement with PMI, arguing that it was ineffective and inappropriate, particularly as the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control calls for a general separation between governments and tobacco companies.

    The decision not to renew the deal puts similar agreements with British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco and Imperial Brands in doubt.

    Source: Enterparse 5 July 2016

  • USA: Appeal from smokers turned down by Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Illinois smokers who sought reinstatement of a $10.1 billion class-action judgment in a long-running lawsuit against Philip Morris.

    The lawsuit, filed on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Illinois smokers, was one of the nation’s first to accuse a tobacco company of consumer fraud. Known as Price v. Phillip Morris, the lawsuit claimed that Philip Morris deceptively marketed “light” and “low-tar” Marlboro cigarettes as a healthier alternative. The federal government now bars cigarette makers from labelling their products with such terms.

    Source: Legal News 6 July 2016

  • Tanzania bans shisha smoking over health concerns

    Tanzania has banned the smoking of shisha (also known as water pipes) over concerns of links with drug or alcohol abuse.

    Shisha smoking has become increasingly popular across Tanzania in recent years. However, the Government is concerned that smoking the fruit-scented tobacco through a bowl and tube could be used to cover up alcohol or drug abuse.

    Shisha has become especially popular with younger generations and Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa is reported to have said that shisha smoking was killing future generations. The government said businesses in the country’s biggest city, Dar es Salaam, were expected to stop shisha sales within seven days.

    In the UK, the British Heart Foundation has said there is a misconception of shisha as safer than cigarettes. It says: “Traditionally shisha tobacco contains cigarette tobacco, so like cigarettes it contains nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead. As a result, shisha smokers are at risk of the same kinds of diseases as cigarette smokers, such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and problems during pregnancy.”

    Source: BBC News 5 July 2016

  • North Korea, a smokers’ paradise, now urging people to quit

    North Korea has been one of the last bastions of free unhindered smoking, but the state is now making an official effort to persuade smokers to quit.

    Such statements have been made in the past without little success and beyond some stepped-up propaganda, it doesn’t appear to have a lot of funding. However, this time the campaign has one key element: the increasingly vocal support of North Korean women, virtually none of whom smoke.

    In 2014 the World Health organisation estimated that nearly 45% of adult males smoke, but Smoking is a social taboo for women and it’s illegal for anyone under the age of 17. North Korea joined the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005 and dutifully holds events on World No Tobacco Day every year.

    Source: Medical X Press 6 July 2016

  • Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Illicit Trade

    Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the tobacco industry on the Government’s commitment to tackle the illicit trade in tobacco products.

    James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)
    Home Office Ministers have meetings with a wide variety of international partners, as well as organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors, as part of the process of policy development and delivery. Details of these meetings are passed to the Cabinet Office on a quarterly basis and are subsequently published on the website:

    Source: Hansard (Citation: HC Deb, 5 July 2016, cW)