ASH Daily news for 08 April 2016
April 8, 2016
- Smokeless cigarettes risk undoing push to give up
- Scotland: UKIP calls for smoking ban to be scrapped
- Derby: 75,000 illegal cigarettes and 15kg of illicit rolling tobacco found during raid
- County Durham: Tobacco detection dogs to lend a paw
- US: Teen vapers have easy time buying supplies online
- France: Design of “packets neutres” revealed
- India: Bidi industry to stop production over pictorial warnings too
- US: Jury sides with Philip Morris in class-action suit
- Big Tobacco sought to enhance own image by fighting AIDS, study says
Smokeless cigarettes risk undoing push to give up
Tobacco companies risk undermining the move towards vaping by pushing “smokeless cigarettes” as a safe alternative, experts warn.
Companies including Philip Morris are preparing a global drive to sell cigarette-like products that they claim are 90 per cent less harmful because the tobacco in them is heated, not burnt.
Marlboro-branded “heat sticks” have been piloted in Italy, Switzerland and Japan and are likely to be marketed in Britain as an alternative to e-cigarettes for smokers who do not want to give up the taste of tobacco.
Public health experts fear that the products risk confusing smokers, blurring the distinction between tobacco-free e-cigarettes and traditional smoking. They fear that this could encourage a government clampdown on vaping to the benefit of traditional cigarettes, after Philip Morris urged the Treasury to tax e-cigarettes.
[subscription required]Source: The Times – 07 April 2016
Scotland: UKIP calls for smoking ban to be scrapped
Launching its Scottish manifesto for the coming elections, UKIP has called for the smoking ban to be scrapped, claiming it wants to reverse laws that “pushed people away from their local and into the supermarkets”.
UKIP proposes to allow pubs and clubs the option to open smoking rooms.Source: Morning Advertiser – 07 April 2016
Derby: 75,000 illegal cigarettes and 15kg of illicit rolling tobacco found during raid
Around 75,000 illicit cigarettes and more than 15kg of illegally-imported rolling tobacco have been discovered at the home of a Derby shop worker during a raid.
Trading Standards Officers and police also found illegal cigarettes in a secret compartment.
The employee told investigators that the products, which had an estimated retail value of more than £30,000, belonged to “a Polish man” whose name he did not know.Source: Derby Telegraph – 07 April 2016
County Durham: Tobacco detection dogs to lend a paw
Trading standards bosses have recruited some new four-legged friends to crack down on the illegal tobacco trade.
As part of the County Durham Tobacco Control Alliance, Durham County Council’s trading standards team has joined up with BWY Canine Ltd to host a roadshow aiming to raise awareness of illegal tobacco being sold across the county.Source: Hartlepool Mail – 07 April 2016
US: Teen vapers have easy time buying supplies online
When testing a random selection of 120 popular e-cigarette websites, only four virtual stores were found to be preventing the sale of e-liquids to minors, according to a study by researchers at the University of California.
For the current study, the researchers asked shoppers who were 16 or 17 years old to use their own debit cards to attempt online e-liquid purchases in July 2015.
The youth successfully completed purchases from vendors in 34 states, with an average order cost of $13.16.
Three of the four vendors that rejected purchases used age-verification software during the transaction and found the teens too young to buy e-liquid. One vendor asked a minor to upload an image of her government-issued photo identification and rejected the order because the ID showed she was underage.
Even though nearly all of the sites sold to minors, 88 percent of the products arrived in child-resistant packaging and slightly more than half of the containers had sealed tops that required users to squeeze the bottles to extract liquid nicotine.
Overall, about 90 percent of the bottles noted that they contained nicotine, but only 54 percent made any mention of health risks associated with nicotine use.Source: Reuters – 07 April 2016
France: Design of “packets neutres” revealed
The French health ministry has announced this week that by the end of the year, tobacco shops will be mandated to sell cigarettes in plain, branding-free packaging, releasing visuals of the packs at the same time.
The law, which the French parliament narrowly passed at the end of last year, hopes to reduce smoking rates by 10 percent over the next five years.
[includes image]Source: Vox – 05 April 2016
India: Bidi industry to stop production over pictorial warnings too
Within days of many cigarette companies stopping production after the implementation of 85 percent pictorial warnings, the All India Bidi Industry Federation on Thursday said it will stop production of bidis.Source: Mid-day – 08 April 2016
US: Jury sides with Philip Morris in class-action suit
A St. Louis jury has delivered a defence verdict in a class-action suit that was seeking about $1.5 billion from tobacco giant Philip Morris.
The jury deliberated less than an hour after a month-long trial, in which the plaintiffs alleged the company had deceived customers into believing light cigarettes were safer than regular cigarettes.
The outcome would have affected Missouri smokers who bought and consumed Marlboro Lights from Feb. 14, 1995, through to Dec. 31, 2003.Source: Bloomberg – 08 April 2016
Big Tobacco sought to enhance own image by fighting AIDS, study says
As it struggled to maintain sales and fought growing pressure from public health officials over the past 25 years, the tobacco industry embraced an unlikely ally: the anti-AIDS cause, a new Canadian study concludes.
With donations to HIV/AIDS groups and calls for more government action on the disease, Big Tobacco tried to enhance its own image — and steer authorities away from the smoking scourge, the Simon Fraser University researchers suggest.
Partly based on a trove of millions of internal company documents, the study paints a picture of an elaborate campaign to use concern for HIV in defence of a product that exacts an even worse health toll.
A British American Tobacco (BAT) official, eager to discredit a major anti-smoking conference, once argued AIDS, not tobacco, should be “public enemy number one”; Philip Morris International sponsored a tennis tour to support HIV groups; BAT put on an HIV conference in Nigeria.Source: The Province – 07 April 2016