ASH Daily news for 08 February 2016



HEADLINES

  • Smokefree South West to close this summer after cuts to funding
  • British American Tobacco faces call for bribery allegations inquiry
  • Imperial Tobacco becomes Imperial Brands after shareholder approval
  • E-cigarettes: Can They Help People Quit?
  • Anti-smoking advert to be played before every film at Barnsley cinema in February
  • Scotland: Call for action on teenage smokers
  • Opinion: EU should confine tobacco agreement to dustbin

    Smokefree South West to close this summer after cuts to funding

    Smokefree South West is to close in June after cuts to public health funding. The news comes just days before the organisation’s campaign ad hits television screens across the region.

    Smokefree South West was commissioned by 11 Public Health teams across the region – their goal was to develop a programme to try to create a smoke free future. They were re-commissioned as Public Health Action, which also worked on reducing alcohol-related harm.

    The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health has written to the Health Select Committee and to the local authorities that have provided funding to the group to urge them to reconsider their proposed funding cuts.

    In the letters the APPG recommends that the councils meet with the Department of Health and other public health partners to discuss how funding might be secured in the future.

    Source: ITV, 5TH February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1okgLqb

    British American Tobacco faces call for bribery allegations inquiry

    One of the UK’s largest companies, British American Tobacco (BAT) is facing demands that it be investigated by the US Department of Justice, following allegations that it engaged in widespread bribery of politicians and policy-makers in Africa.

    Several Democratic senators and congressmen have written a letter calling for the department to launch an immediate investigation into BAT, the world’s second-largest publicly traded tobacco company, which has its headquarters in London.

    The politicians suggest that BAT’s actions may have violated both the Anti-Bribery and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Acts (FCPA). If proven, the allegations – denied by BAT – could result in jail terms for the company’s executives.

    Some of the allegations about BAT’s activities in parts of Africa first surfaced in a BBC Panorama documentary last year. Since then, US lawmakers say that additional documents have come to light, which they claim suggest alleged bribery may have been more widespread than previously thought.

    BAT said the company would comply with any investigation launched.

    See also:
    BAT faces call for inquiry into African bribery claims – The Times (£)
    British American Tobacco: Members of US Congress call for investigation into tobacco giant  – Independent

    Source: The Guardian, 6th February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Qlnpmo

    Imperial Tobacco becomes Imperial Brands after shareholder approval

    Imperial Tobacco Group plc has confirmed it has changed its name to Imperial Brands plc after receiving shareholder approval at its annual general meeting last week.

    The company also said that its new web address, www.imperialbrandsplc.com, will go live from today (Monday 8th February).

    Imperial announced plans to change its name back in December, saying in a statement that the new name “better reflects the dynamic, brand-focused business that we are now.”

    Source: Morning Star, 5th February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Q2VxmJ

    E-cigarettes: Can They Help People Quit?

    This week’s BBC Radio 4 More or Less statistical programme included a discussion on the recent electronic cigarettes review by Professor Stan Glantz which claims that electronic cigarettes harm the chances of people quitting smoking. The programme included experts’ critical response to the review.

    Source: BBC Radio 4, 7th February 2016
    Link: http://bbc.in/1PgCGYb

    Anti-smoking advert to be played before every film at Barnsley cinema in February

    A campaign to prevent the next generation of smokers has hit the big screen in Barnsley.

    The Breathe 2025 promotional advert will be played at Barnsley’s Parkway Cinema before every film in February. It has been launched to inspire children to grow up smoke free and be protected from the harms caused by tobacco.

    Research shows that every day on average, in Yorkshire and the Humber alone, 51 children aged 11-15 years, take up smoking.

    Source: The Star, 6th February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KAzveM

    Scotland: Call for action on teenage smokers

    The percentage of 15 year olds in the Borders smoking regularly is amongst the highest in Scotland.

    Regular smoking by 15 year olds ranges from five per cent to 13 per cent across Scottish local authorities, according to a recently released Scottish Government survey.

    However, in the Borders 10 per cent of teenagers light up, with only Fife, Highlands and Dumfries and Galloway having worse figures.

    According to the research, the number of 15 year olds smoking in the region has fallen from 15 per cent in 2002, but this is one of the smallest decreases across Scotland.

    Local MSP John Lamont has called on schools and NHS Borders to work in cooperation to make sure youngsters are not only aware of the risks associated with smoking but also what help is available for those looking to kick the habit.

    He has also called for the current law, which prohibits the sale of tobacco to under 18s, to be better enforced.

    Source: Border Telegraph, 6th February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/20EqCZl

    Opinion: EU should confine tobacco agreement to dustbin

    Nessa Childers, Co-Chair of the MEPs anti-cancer group argues that the Philip Morris International (PMI) Agreement on illicit tobacco should be scrapped.

    Source: The Parliament Magazine, 5th February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/20KZXGS