ASH Daily news for 10 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • E-cigarettes restriction plan concerns Welsh Conservative party leader
  • Scotland: Efforts to stub out cigarette sales to kids in Dundee
  • Norfolk: Highest rates of pregnant women smoking at King’s Lynn hospital
  • India: 85% pictorial warnings required as of 1st April 2016
  • Australia: Labour to raise tobacco taxes if elected
  • US: Why are some Americans smoking more?

    E-cigarettes restriction plan concerns Welsh Conservative party leader

    The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, believes that the Welsh government has failed to put forward a persuasive public health case for banning electronic cigarettes in enclosed public spaces.

    The proposed restriction is part of the Public Health (Wales) Bill currently making its way through the assembly, with ministers keen for it to be passed before the elections next May.

    Source: BBC, 9th November 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1WOy50w

    Scotland: Efforts to stub out cigarette sales to kids in Dundee

    The number of 15-year-olds who are buying cigarettes from shops in Dundee has almost halved inside two years following a crackdown led by Trading Standards.

    A council report has revealed how efforts to cut down on the number of young people affected by tobacco are producing results in the city.

    New figures show that in 2014/15, 42% of smokers aged 15 in Dundee were buying illegally from shops. That’s compared to 79% in both 2012/13 and 2013/14.

    The council’s target is to reduce the figure to 10%.

    Source: Evening Telegraph, 10th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Mx5snf

    Norfolk: Highest rates of pregnant women smoking at King’s Lynn hospital

    Pregnant women are being urged to give up smoking after some of the highest rates in the region were recorded among expectant mothers in West Norfolk.

    A total of 403 women who gave birth at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2014 were recorded as being smokers.

    This equates to 17 per cent and is in stark contrast with the 4 per cent recorded in Cambridge, according to new figures released by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Groups.

    Source: Lynn News, 9th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1kmv4c0

    India: 85% pictorial warnings required as of 1st April 2016

    From the 1st April 2016, pictorial health warnings on tobacco products will be required to be much bigger.

    A notification to this effect was issued by the Health Ministry saying that all tobacco products will carry warnings covering 85 per cent of the package area from 1st April next year, up from 40 per cent at present.

    Source: The New Indian Express, 10th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WOyO1J

    Australia: Labour to raise tobacco taxes if elected

    The Labour party is planning to raise taxes on cigarettes if elected to pay for education reforms.

    Some sources have revealed that the federal opposition is considering another round of three 12.5 per cent increases, which sources said would net $40 billion over 10 years.

    The increase would push up the cost of cigarettes in Australia to well beyond $1 per stick, making Australia’s tobacco among the most expensive in the world.

    Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, 9th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QftSE9

    US: Why are some Americans smoking more?

    A better job market and cheaper gasoline may be contributing factors in an increase in US cigarette sales, according to Bloomberg Business.

    Although sales volumes have generally declined over the last decade, 2015 may be the first year since 2002 the market posts an increase.

    The nation’s second-largest tobacco seller Reynolds American Inc. posted a 12 percent gain during the first three quarters of 2015, while Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. reported a 1.5 percent increase.

    Source: Springfield Business Journal, 9th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1M3BOEx