ASH Daily News for 07 May 2015



HEADLINES

  • Commission proposes EU joins international agreement fighting tobacco smuggling
  • Imperial Tobacco blames Isis for falling cigarette sales
  • New study: Young people exposed to tobacco coupons may be more susceptible to smoking
  • Scotland: Hospital fines for smokers flouting ban
  • Thailand: Anti-smoking campaign uses ink extracted from smokers’ lungs

    Commission proposes EU joins international agreement fighting tobacco smuggling

    The European Commission proposed yesterday that the Council should join the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products under the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on behalf of the European Union. It is thought that the Protocol will become the key multilateral instrument to fight illicit tobacco trade.

    So far, the Protocol, which was agreed in 2012, has 7 parties (Austria, Gabon, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Spain, Turkmenistan and Uruguay) and needs to be ratified by a total of 40 signatories to enter into force. The EU signed the FCTC Protocol on 20 December 2013, which is the first step towards the EU becoming a party to the agreement.

    More information about the FCTC Protocol is available on the WHO website.

    Source: European Commission, 4 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1bA5b39

    Imperial Tobacco blames Isis for falling cigarette sales

    Following the release of half-year results, Imperial Tobacco has said that 2% of a 5% decline in volume of sales is due to “the deteriorating political and security situation” in Iraq, an Isis stronghold. Imperial’s underlying profits increased by 5% to £1,295 million.

    Alison Cooper, chief executive of Imperial Tobacco, also warned that if the UK introduces a levy on tobacco companies, this would be passed straight onto customers, stating: “We know little about it, but this looks like a quasi increase in excise so we would have to pass it on. We already have concerns about the high levels of excise in the UK, this will unfortunately increase those further.”

    See also:
    ISIS: Tobacco giant blames fall in cigarette sales on militant group, The Mirror

    Source: Independent, 6 May 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1c9pS6H

    New study: Young people exposed to tobacco coupons may be more susceptible to smoking

    According to a recent US Survey, middle and high school students who are exposed to tobacco coupons are more likely to think smoking is “cool” and less likely to feel confident in quitting if they already smoke.
    Using data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey 2012, the study’s author Dr Kelvin Choi examined questionnaire responses from more than 24,000 students, who reported if and where they had received coupons from a tobacco company over the past 30 days.

    Those who had been exposed to the coupons but never smoked gave survey responses that suggested they were more susceptible to trying smoking, and those who were smokers gave responses suggesting they were less confident in their ability to quit.

    Source: The associations between exposure to tobacco coupons and predictors of smoking behaviours among US youth, Tobacco Control

    Source: Reuters, 6 May 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1IiUMHJ

    Scotland: Hospital fines for smokers flouting ban

    Smoking on hospital grounds in Scotland is set to become a statutory offence under the upcoming Scottish Health Bill, which will be introduced later this year. The measure will be enforced by health boards through signs and council environment wardens, who will be able to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £1000. Since Scottish hospitals became smokefree in April this year, newspapers have reported instances of patients, staff and visitors continuing to smoke openly on hospital sites.

    The Bill will also ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to under 18s and to make it an offence for an adult to buy them for a minor.

    Source: Edinburgh Evening News, 6 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IQEl4c

    Thailand: Anti-smoking campaign uses ink extracted from smokers’ lungs

    The Thai Health Promotion Foundation’s new anti-smoking campaign is using ink made from tar extracted from smokers’ donated lungs to create adverts and has also distributed samples of the ink around the country. According the BBDO, an advertising agency who worked on the campaign, following the launch of the advert, five times more smokers applied for Thai Health Promotion Foundation’s program to quit smoking.

    Source: Branding Magazine, 4 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ijmrqv