ASH Daily news for 11 May 2016



HEADLINES


  • Hartlepool: Health chief welcomes hard-hitting new rules on tobacco

    Hartlepool Council’s Director of Public Health, Louise Wallace, has welcomed standardised packaging regulations, which changes the way tobacco is packaged to make it less attractive, and will come into effect on May 20th.

    She said: “I welcome the new legislation which is intended to reduce the attractiveness and appeal of tobacco products to consumers, particularly young people, and to increase the effectiveness of compulsory health warnings which will now form the major part of tobacco product packaging.”

    She added that “Tobacco is the only legal product that, when used as intended, will kill 50 per cent of its consumers” and this message would be accentuated by the hard-hitting health warnings required on standardised packaging.

    Source: Hartlepool Mail, 11 May 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Nqg7CY

  • London: Teenager’s journey on campaign against smoking

    Teenagers from London joined other young people from across the UK and Europe in a campaign aimed at deterring young people from smoking.

    The week-long campaign included a question and answer session with MPs in Westminster, and a “noise-making event” outside the British American Tobacco AGM.

    Source: Barnet and Whetstone Press, 10 May 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ZE1Wen

  • USA: If one in ten smokers quits, $63 billion could be saved

    A study carried out by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has estimated that a 10% decline in smoking prevalence could reduce U.S. health care costs by $63 billion the following year.

    The study reported that the risks for smoking -related diseases change quickly once smokers quit. For example, once smokers quit, their risk of heart attack and stroke drop by roughly 50 percent within one year. The risk of having a low birth weight baby virtually disappeared when a pregnant woman stopped smoking during her first trimester.

    Source
    Plos Medicine: Smoking behaviour and healthcare expenditure in the United States, 1992–2009: panel data estimates

    Source: Medical Xpress, 10 May 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/21VvvKf

  • USA: Human Rights Watch draws attention to children working on US tobacco farms

    Human Rights Watch has criticised the US government for failing to stop children as young as 12 from working on tobacco farms

    The criticism has come after President Obama’s administration extended the FDA’s authority to regulate all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, but not banned 12-year-olds from working on tobacco farms.

    Source: The Independent, 11 May 2016
    Link: http://ind.pn/1TQaPQD

  • Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Licensing scheme

    Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley
    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of introduction of a tobacco licensing regime on small retailers and convenience stores.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the potential annual cost to tobacco (a) retailers and (b) wholesalers of the introduction of a licensing regime.

    Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has not made an assessment of the impacts of introducing a tobacco licensing regime or an estimate of annual cost. Under the Government’s Better Regulation framework, where regulatory measures that impact on business are being considered, it is the responsibility of the Secretary of State of the Department introducing the measure to ensure that an assessment is undertaken. This allows decisions to be taken with a clear understanding of the likely impacts of any measure. As announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement, HM Revenue and Customs are currently consulting on whether to introduce a tobacco licensing regime and responses to this consultation should inform any assessment, including the potential effect on small retailers and convenience stores.

    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 10 May 2016, cW
    http://bit.ly/1NqfQA1

    PQ1: Licensing scheme

    Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley
    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has conducted or commissioned on the effectiveness of tobacco licensing schemes in tackling the illicit market in tobacco; and what the outcomes of such research were.

    Damian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary
    HMRC has not conducted or commissioned any research into the effectiveness of tobacco licensing schemes in tackling the illicit market in tobacco.

    The World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Illicit Trade Protocol, to which the UK is a signatory, requires parties to consider whether to introduce tobacco licensing schemes for participants in the supply chain.

    HMRC is currently undertaking a public consultation on the possible benefits of licensing participants in the supply chain in tackling the illicit trade in tobacco products. The consultation closes on 20 May and also covers the implementation of a licensing scheme for tobacco manufacturing machinery, a further requirement of the Protocol.

    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 10 May 2016, cW
    http://bit.ly/1WnYGFS