ASH Daily News for 10 February 2017



  • Snuffed out? E-cigarette category report 2017
  • US: Smoke-free public housing cuts secondhand fumes
  • South Africa: Suspension of the last remaining key official jeopardises ‘Tobacco War’ cases
  • Jordan: Anti-smoking campaigners welcome tax hike on tobacco
  • US: Trump’s Health Secretary Is a Friend of Big Tobacco
  • Opinion: Stop the junk science on vaping. E-cigarettes don’t turn kids into smokers

Snuffed out? E-cigarette category report 2017

Vaping is a hot growth area with sales up £17m in the past year. The Grocer ponders whether new rules are about to extinguish growth.

Source: The Grocer – 09 February 2017 (£)
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US: Smoke-free public housing cuts secondhand fumes

Secondhand smoke exposure has dropped dramatically among public housing residents in Philadelphia since the introduction of a smoke-free policy, a new study finds.

Researchers assessed nicotine levels in four Philadelphia Housing Authority properties before and after the smoke-free policy was implemented in 2015.

While the number of places where nicotine was detected remained the same, levels of nicotine fell by nearly half after the policy took effect, according to the study.

Source: Medical Xpress – 09 February 2017
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South Africa: Suspension of the last remaining key official jeopardises ‘Tobacco War’ cases

The last man left in SARS’ Project Honey Badger investigation into the illicit tobacco industry has been suspended.

The project was registered in 2013 when it became apparent that the Finance Department was losing around R3-billion a year due to tax evasion, money laundering and corruption. Project Honey Badger targeted various tobacco industry players, including BAT, as well as smaller companies.

It also sparked the first attack on SARS by spies and double agents and which ultimately resulted in the suspension of the entire top executive.

Source: Daily Maverick – 10 February 2017
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Jordan: Anti-smoking campaigners welcome tax hike on tobacco

Anti-tobacco campaigners have praised the Jordan government’s decision to raise the prices of cigarettes.

The decision stipulates raising the special tax on cigarettes by JD0.457 to JD1.205.

The Income and Sales Tax Department (ISTD) said that the decision to raise the prices of tobacco and fizzy drinks will not come into effect until an amending by-law on the special tax is passed and published in the Official Gazette.

Source: Jordan Times – 10 February 2017
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US: Trump’s Health Secretary Is a Friend of Big Tobacco

The man Donald Trump has chosen to direct health policy for the federal government has close ties to the tobacco industry, which he will soon be charged with regulating.

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who will likely be confirmed as health and human services secretary by the end of the week, has repeatedly voted against bills that could harm big tobacco. At the same time, he’s received thousands of dollars in political contributions from the industry and held investments in tobacco companies—investments he says he didn’t know about.

Source: Mother Jones – 09 February 2017
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Opinion: Stop the junk science on vaping. E-cigarettes don’t turn kids into smokers

Christopher Snowdon explains how “the drip, drip, drip of junk science from the US would have us believe that vaping is a gateway to smoking, but the empirical data strongly suggest the opposite.”

Source: The Spectator – 08 February 2017
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