ASH Daily news for 10 March 2016



HEADLINES

EU: MEPs urge EU commission to end Philip Morris deal
No Smoking Day: Does a tobacco-free world need to be nicotine free?
No Smoking Day: Video shows difference in lung capacity between a smoker and non-smoker
No Smoking Day: This is what happens to your body after you quit smoking
Canada: Imperial Tobacco challenges Quebec law banning flavoured tobacco, menthol cigarettes
Parliamentary Business

EU: MEPs urge EU commission to end Philip Morris deal
The European Parliament has called on the European Commission to end an agreement with tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) on tackling illicit trade.

The tobacco accord, which was agreed 12 years ago, makes the EU and PMI partners in the fight against cigarette smuggling.

Source: EUObserver, 09 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/22535Oh

No Smoking Day: Does a tobacco-free world need to be nicotine free?
A Guardian columnist considers the use of electronic cigarettes whilst exploring whether a tobacco free world also need be nicotine free.

She suggests that a relative lack of evidence but wealth of anecdote, is leading to some confusing policies, in that some councils are treating electronic cigarettes in the same way as cigarettes, which might be harmful to those using electronic cigarettes as an attempt to quit.

She adds that “tobacco researchers on both sides of this issue broadly want the same thing – to reduce mortality and morbidity caused by smoking. And both sides are using the same evidence to come to vastly differing conclusions. Meanwhile the vaping community, somewhat disillusioned by the academic spats that have sometimes spilled over in to the media, are continuing to vape, and seemingly to quit smoking.”

Source: Guardian, 09 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1RQReP7

No Smoking Day: Video shows difference in lung capacity between a smoker and non-smoker
To mark No Smoking Day, the Independent shares a video to remind readers of how harmful smoking is to the lungs.

Filmed in a lab, it shows a healthy pink lung in comparison to an organ blackened by smoke.

Source: Independent, 09 March 2016
Link: http://ind.pn/1R8UzG6

No Smoking Day: This is what happens to your body after you quit smoking
The Daily Star which also marked No Smoking Day, provided readers with a timeline of what happens to a person’s body after they quit smoking.

It ranges from decreases in blood pressure 20-30 minutes after the last cigarette was smoked to the risk of heart disease retuning to the same levels as that of a never smoker 15 years later.

Source: The Star, 09 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1R6Y4gd

Canada: Imperial Tobacco challenges Quebec law banning flavoured tobacco, menthol cigarettes
Imperial Tobacco has launched a legal challenge to certain parts of Quebec’s tobacco-control law, saying that various elements of the legislation are punitive.

In its court action Imperial argues that the prohibition of flavoured tobacco and menthol cigarettes will help fuel the contraband trade and that prohibiting advertising to tobacco retail outlets only serves to undermine their ability to sell their products.

Source: The Canadian Press
Link: http://bit.ly/1QFNsrH

Parliamentary Business
PQ1: Electronic cigarettes

Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to make representations to EU institutions on EU plans to tax (a) e-cigarettes and (b) other reduced risk products at the same rates as combustible cigarettes.

Damian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary
There are no plans to mandate EU-level rules on taxing e-cigarettes and no legislative proposals have been submitted. As the EU Commission clarified last week, all that has happened is that the Commission has been asked to further analyse the issue of e-cigarettes as part of a wider review of the Tobacco Duties Directive (2011/64/EU). Any proposal would need the unanimous support of all 28 EU governments for it to be approved.

Source: Hansard: HC Deb, 8 March 2016, cW
http://bit.ly/1LT8CUa

Petition 1: Tobacco Levy

Kevin Barron MP, has submitted a petition to request that the House of Commons urges HM Treasury to make the tobacco industry pay for the damage they do.

Cuts to public health funding mean that vital stop smoking services are being closed down. Such closures are preventing smokers from accessing the most effective way to make them quit. Some 16,112 people have agreed that smoking inflicts a massive financial burden on our country, costing society approximately £13.9 billion each year in England alone. The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges HM Treasury to make the tobacco industry pay for the damage they cause by introducing a tobacco levy to help fund Stop Smoking Services and advertising campaigns to help people quit.

Following is the full text of the petition:
The petition of residents of the UK, Declares that cuts to public health funding mean vital Stop Smoking Services are being closed down; and further that these closures are preventing smokers accessing the most effective way to make them quit.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges HM Treasury to make the tobacco industry pay for the damage they cause by introducing a tobacco levy to help fund Stop Smoking Services and advertising campaigns to help people quit.

Source: Hansard: HC Deb, 8 March 2016, c246
Link: http://bit.ly/1pySwoK

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