ASH Daily news for 06 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • BAT scientists propose new framework for assessing reduced-risk products
  • South Yorkshire councils launch campaign to tackle illicit tobacco
  • Isle of Man: Children asked to spread the word about dangers of smoking
  • Croydon: Secondary school students give big thumbs down to smoking
  • TTIP: Mammoth trade deal confirms advocates’ worst fears
  • China: Calls for new charity law to ban tobacco donations
  • US: Illinois Supreme Court rejects $10 billion judgment against Phillip Morris
  • Malaysia: Govt to study need to impose excise tax on e-cigarettes
  • In the patient’s best interests? Who says?
  • Should we switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes?

    BAT scientists propose new framework for assessing reduced-risk products

    Scientists at British American Tobacco (BAT) have proposed a new scientific framework that could be used to assess the reduced-risk potential of nicotine and tobacco products currently being developed.

    The new assessment framework employs a four-stage process that uses lab-based and clinical tests along with real-world observations of individual and population perception and use, according to BAT.

    The first step in the process is the characterization of the product, which includes laboratory-based testing. This is followed by clinical testing to determine whether toxicant reductions measured in the laboratory are observed in consumers when the products are used. The third step is to determine what impact, if any, this reduction in toxicants will have on a person’s individual risk as well as the collective risk of the population using the products.

    Source: Tobacco Reporter – 04 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GOq2yY

    South Yorkshire councils launch campaign to tackle illicit tobacco

    Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham councils have joined forces to launch a campaign to stop children and young people accessing cheap and illegal cigarettes.

    As part of the campaign to crack down on the number of criminals selling bootleg and counterfeit tobacco near schools, parks and community centres, South Yorkshire councils are urging local people to report any trading of illicit tobacco taking place in their area.

    During November, a dedicated team will highlight the harmful impact illicit tobacco can have on communities on the streets of South Yorkshire. There will also be a bus advertising campaign running throughout the region. The campaign will encourage people to report any information relating to the trading of illegal tobacco

    Source: Town Talk – 05 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NTnH5w

    Isle of Man: Children asked to spread the word about dangers of smoking

    Children are being asked to help to spread the word about the dangers of smoking.

    A government-organised competition is encouraging primary school pupils to draw a picture to be used as a sign to promote smoke-free areas.

    The competition has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care’s public health directorate.

    The winning entries will be used as part of the directorate’s forthcoming ‘smoke free cars campaign’.

    Source: IoM Today – 06 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GOpPvH

    Croydon: Secondary school students give big thumbs down to smoking

    Pupils from Meridian High School gave a big thumbs down to smoking as part of Stoptober.

    The You Don’t Look Cool campaign, run by the anti-smoking charity Gasp, aims to use positive peer pressure to discourage kids from picking up the habit.

    A song recorded as part of the campaign attacks the tactics of tobacco companies with lyrics like “They’re targeting the kids, they don’t want anyone to live”.

    [includes link to song video]

    Source: Croydon Guardian – 18 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GOpWY9

    TTIP: Mammoth trade deal confirms advocates’ worst fears

    The United States government has released the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and a wide array of advocacy groups did not like what they saw.

    Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is creating anxiety for anti-tobacco advocates as well.

    Corporate Accountability International argues that TPP still gives Big Tobacco too much leeway, despite a provision allowing countries to refuse the “benefits” of ISDS to tobacco companies.

    Since the deal preserves ISDS as a default for governments’ interactions with tobacco companies — requiring countries to opt out of, rather than opt in to, the arbitration system — it will be easier for powerful tobacco giants to pressure governments into agreeing to ISDS.

    See also:
    – Trans-Pacific Partnership: four key issues to watch out for, the Guardian

    Source: Huffington Post – 05 November 2015
    Link: http://huff.to/1GOqoFT

    China: Calls for new charity law to ban tobacco donations

    China’s anti-smoking experts agree that the draft charity law should ban tobacco companies from sponsoring all forms of charitable activities.

    A draft of the first charity law was published online by the top legislature last week to solicit public opinions. While lauding the stipulations forbidding tobacco promotion, there are calls for tougher restrictions.

    According to the draft, organizations and individuals should not seek to promote tobacco products or tobacco firms through the act of charitable donations. Lawyer Li Enze said that this clause falls short as charitable activities take various forms including free clinics or fund raising, which are not included in the provision.

    Yu Xiuyan, researcher with China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, said that the draft lacks any explicit description of the legal responsibility for violators.

    Wu Yiqun, vice director of the Beijing-based anti-smoking advocacy group ThinkTank, suggested that the law should ban all kinds of charitable activities involving the tobacco industry and include legally accountability for law breakers.

    Source: China Development Gateway – 06 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GOqtJG

    US: Illinois Supreme Court rejects $10 billion judgment against Phillip Morris

    The Illinois Supreme Court Justices voted four against two to reject a $10.1 billion award against Philip Morris.

    The plaintiffs alleged deceptive marketing on the part of Philip Morris with the use of the “light” and “low-tar” descriptors making Marlboro cigarettes seems less dangerous.

    The latest ruling rather than resting on the merits of the case or award, considers that the venue of the suit was not appropriate and therefore leaves the door open for the plaintiffs to keep trying.

    Source: WJBC – 05 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GOqVrw

    Malaysia: Govt to study need to impose excise tax on e-cigarettes

    The Health Ministry is studying the need to impose excise tax on electronic cigarettes to prevent it from becoming a culture among Malaysians.

    Source: NYSE Post – 05 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GOr6ms

    In the patient’s best interests? Who says?

    Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of the BMJ, reacts to yesterday’s debate on the banning of smoking in mental health facilities.

    Source: BMJ – 05 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GOreCA

    Should we switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes?

    The BBC has created an interactive resource to help people decide whether they should switch to e-cigarettes.

    Source: BBC iWonder – November 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1LRlE0X