ASH Daily news for 10 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • Ten million Britons still smoke. A levy on the tobacco industry could help them stop
  • Tobacco Firms ‘Should Pay To Help Smokers Stop’
  • Smoking Still Kills: Government announced key recommendation: a new tobacco control strategy
  • Opposition grows to the Welsh Government’s plan to ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in public places
  • Electronic cigarette adverts banned on social media
  • Electronic cigarettes ban introduced by rail firm
  • Obama photo ignites rumors that the president has rekindled smoking habit
  • Parliamentary Questions

    Ten million Britons still smoke. A levy on the tobacco industry could help them stop

    Peter Kellner, President of YouGov and the chair of the Editorial Board of ASH’s new report Smoking Still Kills, introduces the report’s recommendations.

    The report recommends a target to reduce the rate of smoking to 5% by 2035 and proposes a levy on the tobacco industry to make the companies pay for the damage they do.

    Kellner writes “ten million Britons still smoke regularly and the NHS bears the cost of treating smoking-induced cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and respiratory diseases. More than one million children suffer the twin burdens of poverty and smoking parents.

    This is why the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK have come together with ASH and more than 120 public health organisations to set out a plan for a smoke-free future.”

    Source: Guardian, 10 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FQOjx4

    Tobacco Firms ‘Should Pay To Help Smokers Stop’

    Tobacco companies should pay the Government an annual levy to cover the cost of helping people to stop smoking, according to ASH’s new report Smoking Still Kills.

    The report also warns of a “startling and widening” health gap in society – as Britons living below the poverty line are more likely to live in a household that smokes and calls on the Government to set ambitious targets to reduce smoking rates.

    Elsewhere in its report, ASH recommends that anti-smoking films are shown before TV shows and films which feature people smoking – especially if they are likely to be seen by children.

    See also
    BBC News: Call for tobacco levy to help smokers quit
    BT News: Firms ‘should pay smoking levy’
    Daily Mail: Firms ‘should pay smoking levy’
    Financial Times: Health lobby seeks more restrictions on tobacco industry
    Guardian: Public health group calls for levy on tobacco firms to help fight smoking
    International Business Times: Anti-smoking groups want government to impose levy on cigarettes to prevent people lighting up
    ITV News: Tobacco firms ‘should be made to pay quitters tax’

    Source: Sky News, 10 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GxUUmO

    Smoking Still Kills: Government announced key recommendation: a new tobacco control strategy

    Public Health Minister announces Government will press ahead with new tobacco strategy

    Following the launch in Parliament of the Smoking Still Kills report Public Health Minister Jane Ellison announced that the Government would be going ahead with one of the report’s key recommendations – a new tobacco strategy.

    ASH Chief Executive Deborah Arnott said:

    “We are delighted that the Public Health Minister has committed to develop a new tobacco control plan. This was a key recommendation of our Smoking Still Kills report, which is essential if the Government’s vision of a smoke free future is to be achieved.

    “ASH and the other 126 organisations endorsing the report are committed to supporting the Government as it develops a new strategy. But, it will need to be properly funded if it is to be fully effective.”

    Source: ASH Press Release, 10 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BYqUci

    Opposition grows to the Welsh Government’s plan to ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in public places

    Wales Online explores the reaction to the proposed ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces in Wales. They suggest that, whilst there is some support for the ban from the tourist industry, in general opposition is growing and there seems to be little support among any of the opposition parties.

    Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said: “There is no conclusive evidence to resort to law to outlaw this particular past time.”

    Welsh Lib Dem AM Kirsty Williams said: “The evidence for this decision is wafer thin. Banning things just for the sake of it isn’t a position any Government should take”.

    Plaid Cymru’s Elin Jones said: “Electronic cigarettes are used widely by people who are trying to give up smoking, so we should be very careful not to halt that trend.”

    Source: Wales Online, 09 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FQWeu8

    Electronic cigarette adverts banned on social media

    Five electronic cigarette adverts on social media have been banned after the Advertising Standards Authority ruled they were likely to appeal to under-18s.

    The MHRA also complained that the adverts did not make it clear that electronic cigarettes contained nicotine.

    Source: ITV News, 10 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1I0XwnX

    Electronic cigarettes ban introduced by rail firm

    From July 26th electronic cigarettes will be banned on all Southern train’s services and stations.

    Southern follows Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, South West Trains and East Midlands Trains and ScotRail, which all prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes.

    Source: ITV News, 09 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BYd7CI

    Obama photo ignites rumors that the president has rekindled smoking habit

    A photograph has sparked rumors that President Barack Obama has resumed smoking.

    Obama who started smoking as a teenager, supposedly stopped in 2010.

    Source: The Guardian, 09 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F7Ekmr

    Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Smoking in cars with children

    Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what preparations his Department is making for the commencement of the Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015 on 1 October 2015.

    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    There will be a communications campaign to raise awareness of the Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015 in advance of them coming into force on 1 October. Guidance and training materials are currently being developed and will be available for the police and local authority enforcement officers. Information will be available for local authorities so that they can work locally to help build compliance and raise awareness.

    Source: Hansard: (Citation: HC Deb, 8 June 2015, cW)
    http://bit.ly/1MHxz0S


    PQ2: Standardised Packaging

    Luciana Berger: Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what preparations his Department is making for the commencement of the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 on 20 May 2016.

    Jane Ellison: The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    Guidance will be made available to local authority trading standards officers, or in the case of Northern Ireland, environmental health officers. It will be developed with the relevant bodies responsible and made publically available before the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 come into force.

    Source: Hansard (Citation: HC Deb, 8 June 2015, cW)
    http://bit.ly/1JEzYuT

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