ASH Daily news for 09 February 2015
9 February 2015
- One-fifth of independent stores not ready for display ban
- Bristol: Smokers fail to notice the first outdoor ban
- Retailers lobby MPs over plain packaging
- Portsmouth: MP calls on constituents to have say on cigarette packs
- Police could struggle to cope with counterfeit cigarettes, warn ex-cops
- Ireland: €190,000 goes up in smoke on trials
- Smoke and mirrors: the stealth approach that aims to put cigarettes out for good
One-fifth of independent stores not ready for display ban
Around one-in-five independent stores have not yet thought about how they are going to implement the tobacco display ban when it comes into force for smaller stores from 6 April, says tobacco company Philip Morris.
Feedback from its sales reps going into stores around the UK indicates that about 20% of retailers have not prepared for a solution, said sales and marketing director Jerry Margolis.
– Philip Morris and BAT unveil gantry solutions, Better RetailingSource: Talking Retail – 06 February 2015
Bristol: Smokers fail to notice the first outdoor ban
The polite notices announcing Britain’s first outdoor smoke-free zone may be a little too polite. Few of those scurrying through Millennium Square in Bristol on a bitterly cold Friday lunchtime had even noticed them.
Instead of announcing “This is a no smoking zone” the pastel-coloured notices say “Thank you for helping us keep Bristol smoke free, healthy & clean”.
It was a subtle message lost on the few smokers who braved the bitter winds in the square on the Harbourside, where ships laden with tobacco once docked. It did not help that the signs do not feature the usual diagram of a cigarette with a line through it.
The voluntary ban is a pilot due to last six months before a decision is taken on whether to extend it elsewhere. Smokefree South West, an organisation funded by 11 public authorities, has pioneered voluntary bans in children’s play areas and is now testing the reaction to a ban in other spaces.
[subscription required]Source: The Times – 07 February 2015
Retailers lobby MPs over plain packaging
Independent retailers will be lobbying MPs this week in a last-ditch attempt to block legislation to introduce standardised tobacco packaging in England, possibly by May next year.
About 70 members of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) will be attending a rally at the House of Commons on Wednesday (11 February), when Conservative MP Nick de Bois is due to speak out against plain packaging.
Newsagents are also hoping to arrange meetings with MPs to voice their concerns, while the NFRN is urging other retailers to write to their MPs as part of the campaign.Source: Talking Retail – 06 February 2015
Portsmouth: MP calls on constituents to have say on cigarette packs
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage (Conservative) is asking residents in the town to get in touch and share their views on the government’s plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging.Source: The News – 07 February 2015
Police could struggle to cope with counterfeit cigarettes, warn ex-cops
Police will struggle to cope with counterfeit cigarettes hitting Britain’s streets if cigarettes have to be sold in plain packets, allege retired police officers in a letter to The Daily Telegraph.
The letter (scroll down) is signed by Sir Ian Johnston, former Chief Constable of the British Transport Police, as well as retired fraud squad and flying squad officers.Source: Telegraph – 09 February 2015
Ireland: €190,000 goes up in smoke on trials
The Irish Department of Health has allocated €190,000 in lottery funding towards clinical trials of the Allen Carr Easy Way to Stop Smoking programme.
Millions of people have given up cigarettes using the technique devised by Carr, a former chain smoker, but the programme has never been clinically tested before.
James Reilly, the former health minister, approved the €190,000 funding last summer despite reservations by officials, records released under the Freedom of Information Act show. Lottery funding is generally used for capital projects, but Reilly overruled civil servants to back the trials. The funding has been allocated to the Tobacco Free Research Institute (TFRI), which studies tobacco dependence.
[subscription required]Source: The Sunday Times – 08 February 2015
Smoke and mirrors: the stealth approach that aims to put cigarettes out for good
Smoking has never been banned, and probably it never will be — but Bristol’s move towards ‘official tutting’ is meant to achieve the same goal. The Guardian gives an overview of the campaign to drive down smoking in the UK.Source: The Guardian – 07 February 2015