ASH Daily news for 09 June 2016



  • Tobacco industry funded report asserts 53 billion illegal cigarettes consumed in the European Union last year

    A new KPMG report for British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris claims that 53 billion illegal cigarettes were consumed in the European Union (EU) in 2015.

    Source: Business Wire, 08 June 2016

  • Retailers lacking the technology to prevent online sales of electronic cigarettes to under-18s

    Mystery shoppers have found that three of the biggest supermarkets in the UK do not have adequate age-verification software in place to prevent under-18s obtaining electronic cigarettes online.

    Electronic cigarettes became age-restricted products on 01 October 2015.

    Source: Retail Technology Review, 08 June 2016

  • East of England: Voluntary ban on smoking at play areas moves a step closer

    Plans to introduce voluntary smoking bans in play areas in Norwich moved a step closer after the initiative received overwhelming support at Norwich City Council’s cabinet meeting last night.

    Labour councillor Roger Ryan, who introduced the report, said signs at 85 play areas would be paid for by Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, with installation costs met by the council.

    Proposals, approved by cabinet, will go before full council on 23 June.

    Source: Eastern Daily Press, 09 June 2016

  • North West: Smokefree campaign hailed a success

    Smokefree Spring, a campaign coordinated by Sefton council and Healthier Futures, formerly Tobacco Free Futures, that helped turn a series of family-friendly events across Sefton into smokefree zones, has been heralded as a success by both the public and local health professionals.

    Events that became smokefree included Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Southport.

    Source: Champion, 09 June 2016

  • US: New smoking age to take effect in California

    From today, the legal age to purchase tobacco in California will increase from 18 to 21. The State joins Hawaii and more than 100 municipalities.

    Anyone who sells or gives tobacco to people under 21 could be found guilty of a misdemeanour crime.

    Source: Mail Online, 09 June 2016

  • Parliamentary Business

    Tobacco Products Directive

    Yesterday, MPs heard an application from Anne Main MP, for an emergency debate on the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. This was rejected by the Speaker.

    Source: 08 June 2016, Application for emergency debate (Standing Order No. 24)