ASH Daily news for 11 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • MPs expected to back cigarette plain packaging
  • Cigarette makers warn about the security coding system
  • Tory MP complains about the standardised packs policy: it is like baboons scratching
  • Lobbying group claims that standardised packaging policy vote is bad for the UK
  • Eighty-five Conservative MPs to vote against cigarette standardised packaging law today
  • Northern Ireland: All hospital grounds to be smoke-free from March 2016
  • Wales: Stop smoking service in Wales comes under fire for ignoring young people’s needs
  • Ireland: Standardised packaging policy signed into law
  • Top ten tips from doctors to quit smoking
  • Global tobacco conference set for Abu Dhabi
  • Pakistan: New pictorial warnings to cover 85% of the cigarette packs

    MPs expected to back cigarette plain packaging

    MPs are expected to approve the introduction of standardised packaging for cigarettes in the UK later today. If passed, it will mean from 2016 every cigarette packet will look the same except for the make and brand name, with graphic photos accompanying health warnings.

    Source: BBC News, 11 March, 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1Ez8pR9

    Cigarette makers warn about the security coding system

    Tobacco companies claim that standardised packs could remove the security “track and trace” coding designed to prevent counterfeit cigarettes.

    [Editorial Comment: CODENTIFY is a tobacco industry controlled system which the WHO has concluded does not meet the requirements of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control anti-smuggling treaty that tracking and tracing systems have to be controlled by governments not by the tobacco industry.  Furthermore, there is already a marking system on packs in the UK which enables enforcement officers to determine whether cigarettes are genuine or counterfeit.]

     

    Source: The Times, 11 March, 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1wt19mX

    Tory MP complains about the standardised packs policy: it is like baboons scratching

    Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative MP has compared government attempts to enforce standardised cigarette packs to a monkey having a scratch.

    Source: Bristol Post, 10 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FKvgGy

    Lobbying group claims that standardised packaging policy vote is bad for the UK

    The CBI, one of the Britain’s top business lobbying groups has urged parliamentarians to strike down government plans that would see cigarettes sold in standardised packs from May 2016.

    The CBI director says that the vote later today may damage the Conservatives’ claim to have the support of the business community.

    MPs who oppose the policy have also expressed similar concerns that major tobacco firms will mount legal challenges against the government.

    See also:

    If MPs vote for cigarette plain packaging it will be a disaster for small businesses  Telegraph

    Source: City A.M. 11 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/19buTuG

    Eighty-five Conservative MPs to vote against cigarette standardised packaging law today

    Some Tory MPs are set to vote against plans to force tobacco manufacturers to sell cigarettes in standardised packs in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

    According to The Daily Telegraph, 85 Conservative MPs are likely to vote against the new rules.

    Source: Telegraph, 11 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Bw6ucj

    Northern Ireland: All hospital grounds to be smoke-free from March 2016

    Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has announced that smoking will not be permitted in the grounds of any hospital from March 2016.

     

    See also:

    Smoking to be banned at Worcestershire hospitals in June  Worcester News

    Barnet Hospital’s new campaign to create smoke-free environment  This is Local London

    Source: BBC News, 11 March, 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1C4lXCk

    Wales: Stop smoking service in Wales comes under fire for ignoring young people’s needs

    A Welsh Government-funded stop smoking service has been criticised for treating just 34 under-18s over a six-month period last year.

    ASH Wales argues that the current services are too heavily focused on the adult population and are failing to meet the needs of young people.

    Source: Wales Online, 11 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1xcqD34

    Ireland: Standardised packaging policy signed into law

    Yesterday Irish president Michael D Higgins signed legislation requiring standardised packaging for cigarettes yesterday. The law will come into effect in May 2016.

    Source: The Irish Times, 11 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Bw7hdj

    Top ten tips from doctors to quit smoking

    GPs in Wandsworth are urging people to quit smoking for No Smoking Day and have outlined ten tips for quitting smoking.

    Source: Your Local Guardian, 11 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1D4oGwQ

    Global tobacco conference set for Abu Dhabi

    The South Africa Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi will address The World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) during a ministerial plenary on the linkages between tobacco use and non-communicable diseases in its meeting in Abu Dhabi later this month.

    Also participating in the conference is the United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H Murthy, who will participate in the Inaugural Ceremony on a panel on tobacco control that also includes HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, who is the Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation. Ireland Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly TD will be the keynote speaker in the 19th March plenary session, Globalisation of Standardised Tobacco Packaging – Which Countries Are Next?

    Source: Emirates 247, 10 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NIPSEL

    Pakistan: New pictorial warnings to cover 85% of the cigarette packs

    The Pakistani Ministry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination (NHSRC) has issued regulations to introduce new graphical health warnings covering 85 percent of the cigarette packs.

    Source: Pakistan Observer, 11 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FafE0Y