ASH Daily news for 10 June 2016



  • Manchester: Crackdown sees smokers fined £4,000 for dropping cigarette butts

    A major £15m crackdown in the city centre launched in November 2014 has seen more than 4,000 fines handed out to litterbugs, with thousands of pounds handed to the council.

    Among those fined, 23 smokers have been fined a total of £4,000 for dropping cigarette butts.

    They had all failed to pay a standard £80 fine within two weeks, which would have allowed them to escape prosecution.

    Most were fined around £200 – and all but one had to also pay court costs of £118 and a victim surcharge of £20.

    Source: MSN – 09 June 2016

  • US: Cigarette smoking in high school at ‘all-time low,’ CDC report

    New survey findings reveal that cigarette smoking among high school students has fallen to its lowest level since 1991.

    Current cigarette use was reported by 11 percent of high school students in 2015. This is a significant decrease from the 28 percent recorded in 1991.

    The information comes from the results of the 2015 edition of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

    Source: Medical News Today – 09 June 2016

  • Mauritius looking at plain packs

    The government of Mauritius has said that it is committed to implement standardised packaging in the country because it believes in the effectiveness of the measure.

    “We will adopt all appropriate tobacco strategies to come to grips with the tobacco scourge,” said the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan on Monday.

    The minister was speaking at the opening of a one-day workshop focusing on strengthening Mauritius’ Tobacco Control Policies that was organized in conjunction with a series of activities marking World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2016, which had as its theme, Get ready for plain packaging.

    In his address, Gayan said that Mauritius had to cope with a very strong and innovative tobacco industry which was relentless in the pursuit of expanding its market worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

    Source: Tobacco Reporter – 09 June 2016

  • Netherlands: Dutch could save €1.7bn a year and halve smoking rate with tough campaign

    A new report claims the Netherlands could more than halve its proportion of smokers and save €1.7bn a year with stricter anti-smoking controls.

    The report for the Dutch cancer society, KWF, is the first to compare the potential effects of anti-smoking campaigns on the Netherlands, where 20% of people smoke and there are some 20,000 smoking-related deaths a year. It claims an all-out drive including a 10% increase in cigarette tax, banning all tobacco-related promotion and mass-media campaigns against lighting up, would lead to a fall in smoking rates of 7.7% by 2050.

    It claims this would save the country €1.7bn a year, compared to the current costs of smoking in lung cancer, heart disease and absence from work.

    The study was carried out by Maastricht University, the national institute for public health and the Trimbos addiction research institute, and it was funded by the Dutch cancer society.

    Source: Dutch News – 09 June 2016

  • India: FDI ban in tobacco sector

    The Indian government is considering a complete ban on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country’s tobacco sector.

    A proposal by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to completely ban foreign direct investment (FDI) in the tobacco sector has got the approval of the finance ministry. The Government policy think-tank NITI Aayog, meanwhile, has raised objections against the move.

    Source: Hunt News – 09 June 2016

  • Malaysia: BAT sells factories for RM149 million

    British American Tobbacco Bhd (BAT) has confirmed the cessation of its manufacturing operations in Malaysia as part of a business restructuring plan.

    BAT said that it has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with LGB Properties Sdn Bhd (LGB) through its wholly owned subsidiary, Tobacco Importers and Manufacturers Sdn Bhd (TIM), to dispose of two pieces of land as well as the buildings erected on them.

    See also:
    – Analysts expect British American Tobacco to pay SPECIAL DIVIDEND, Malaysia Chronicle

    Source: Borneo Post – 10 June 2016

  • North Korean leader seen smoking again

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been spotted smoking in public for the first time in around two months, despite the country being in the middle of an official anti-smoking campaign.

    State media this week has been showing the country’s Supreme Leader with a cigarette in his right hand during a visit to a children’s camp in Pyongyang. Until now, news reports on Kim’s activities have shown him without his habitual cigarette and an ashtray on a nearby table. He’s known to be a heavy smoker, and BBC analysts say he may have just stopped smoking on official duties for the sake of the cameras. The leader was last seen lighting up on 15 March while attending a test of a home-grown North Korean rocket motor.

    Source: BBC News – 09 June 2016

  • New dad Ronnie Wood ‘quits smoking’

    The Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood, 69, has reportedly switched from cigarettes to e-cigarettes after recently welcoming twin girls.

    A source told The Sun: “Ronnie is giving them up for good. He’s really serious about kicking the habit and has been constantly puffing on his vape stick the last week.”

    Source: Contact Music – 09 June 2016