ASH Daily news for 09 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Budget 2015: Government will not proceed with plans for tobacco levy
  • Study on rats suggests that junk food during pregnancy ‘can shape child’s taste for nicotine and alcohol’
  • Europe: European Parliament safeguards health in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
  • Australia: New smoking bans introduced in New South Wales
  • US: Impact of smoking on California’s economy in decline at $18.1 billion per year
  • US: California lawmakers block bill to regulate electronic cigarettes

    Budget 2015: Government will not proceed with plans for tobacco levy

    George Osborne has announced details of the first Conservative Budget for 20 years. Whilst the Budget pledged a further £8bn to NHS by 2020, it did not mention a levy on tobacco.

    Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health said: “Smoking imposes a huge financial and health burden on society. As the Chancellor himself has acknowledged, it’s fair to ask the tobacco industry to contribute towards tackling this enormous public health problem.

    “The Chancellor’s decision in today’s budget not to proceed with a levy on the tobacco industry is a massive missed opportunity. A levy is essential, with the money raised used to help smokers quit and discourage young people from starting to smoke, if we are to bridge the NHS funding gap, tackle health inequalities and increase economic prosperity.”

    See also
    Independent: Market Report: Government shelves plans for tobacco levy based on market share
    The Telegraph: Budget 2015: New tobacco company levy ruled out

    Source: Western Gazette, 08 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1J5Q9vW

    Study on rats suggests that junk food during pregnancy ‘can shape child’s taste for nicotine and alcohol’

    A team of researchers from Rockefeller University have carried out a study on rats which found that rats whose mothers had eaten fatty food when pregnant were more likely to have a taste for nicotine and alcohol.

    Source: Daily Mail, 08 July 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1Cp6sqR

    Europe: European Parliament safeguards health in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

    The European Public Health Alliance has welcomed the European Parliaments adoption of its Initiative Report with recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which includes safeguards for public health.

    Susanne Løgstrup, Director of the European Heart Network, Member of the TTIP Advisory Group said: “Today’s main public health challenges in the EU are chronic diseases and obesity. The growing prevalence of these conditions is largely the result of changes in the economic and social environment. Tackling the underlying causes requires innovative policies. These policies must be allowed to prove their effectiveness and not be seen as trade nuisance.”

    Source: EU Business, 08 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1LY2Dfl

    Australia: New smoking bans introduced in New South Wales

    New laws which prohibit smoking within four metres of alfresco dining areas at pubs, clubs and cafes came into effect in New South Wales, earlier this week.

    The Cancer Council NSW welcomed the changes which were announced in August 2012 saying: ‘We are delighted that second-hand smoke will no longer be a worry for patrons, staff and the NSW community as smoking will officially be off the menu at all outdoor dining outlets from today.’

    Source: Sky News, 06 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Hk4CmW

    US: Impact of smoking on California’s economy in decline at $18.1 billion per year

    The journal of Nicotine & Tobacco Research has published the third in a series of studies on the cost of smoking in California, one of the first US states to implement a comprehensive tobacco control program.

    Researchers estimate that expenditures for smoking-attributable costs in 2009 was $18.1 billion. In 1989 and 1999, the annual financial impact of smoking on California’s economy was tallied at $7.6 billion and $15.8 billion, respectively.

    Whilst the figures show a 15% increase in the last decade, inflation-adjusted real costs have actually decreased by over 13%.

    Source: Medical Xpress, 08 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1eIhXP1

    US: California lawmakers block bill to regulate electronic cigarettes

    A legislative panel has blocked a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes in California.

    A separate measure calling for the legal smoking age to be raised to 21 was pulled from the agenda just before Wednesday’s hearing by the Committee on Governmental Organization.

    Source: Mail Online, 08 July 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1NV8a4y