ASH Daily News for 11 November 2016



  • US: Cigarette smoking continues to fall
  • Canada: Smoking rate at 13%
  • US: Trump transition team filled with lobbyists and special interests
  • Romania: BAT plans big investment in Ploiesti plant
  • China: Smoking banned in all Shanghai indoor public sites, workplaces becomes law
  • COP7 Bulletins

US: Cigarette smoking continues to fall

The number of cigarette smokers in the United States has dropped by 8.6 million since 2005.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking rates have fallen from 21% of the adult population in 2005 to 15% in 2015, when the agency conducted its latest survey. The smoking rate fell by 1.7 percentage points between 2014 and 2015 alone – a substantial decline, according to a report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

See also:
Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2005–2015, CDC
Cigarette Smoking Has Declined Among 18-24 Year Olds But Disparities Among Populations Are Cause for Concern, Health Technology Net
Tobacco Free Florida Reports Adult Smoking Rates Hit All-Time Low, WTXL

Source: WBEZ – 10 November 2016
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Canada: Smoking rate at 13%

Canada’s cigarette smoking prevalence in 2015 was 13%, down from 15% in 2013, according to a survey carried out by Statistics Canada for Health Canada.

The decrease was driven by reductions in the smoking prevalence among adults over 25 years of age. There was no change in the smoking prevalence among young people.

The Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey (CTADS) 2015 is a general population survey of tobacco, alcohol and drug use among Canadians aged 15 years and older, with a focus on 15-24 year olds.

Source: Tobacco Reporter – 10 November 2016
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US: Trump transition team filled with lobbyists and special interests

Lobbyists are featuring in Donald Trump’s transition team, according to an organisation chart that shows who’s guiding the handover for various agencies.

These include Cindy Hayden of Altria, who is in charge of Homeland Security.

See also:
Denialist and lobbyist Myron Ebell tapped to head the EPA, Daily Kos

Source: London South East – 08 November 2016
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Romania: BAT plans big investment in Ploiesti plant

British American Tobacco (BAT) has announced it plans to expand its plant in Ploiesti and turn it into the second-biggest cigarette factory in Europe.

In 2012 the British group expanded the production hall of the Ploiesti plant by 20%. The investment amounted to EUR 40 million.

BAT has a market share of 54% in Romania. Kent, the most important brand in the group’s portfolio, has a market share of 26.5%.

Source: Romania Insider – 10 November 2016
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China: Smoking to be banned in all Shanghai indoor public sites, workplaces

Shanghai will extend its smoking ban to all indoor public venues, indoor workplaces and public transport sites from March 2017, the city’s top legislative body has announced.

That means the ban on smoking would be imposed at all the hotels, restaurants, offices, airports and railway stations and even entertainment venues, according to the city’s new smoking control regulation which has been approved by the standing committee of Shanghai People’s Congress.

Hotels cannot categorize smoking or non-smoking rooms, while restaurants and entertainment venues cannot set up smoking areas. The meeting rooms, canteens and offices of government agencies will also ban smoking. The airports, railway stations, ferry ports and bus stations will shut down all the smoking rooms, according to the regulation.

The new regulation also extends the smoking ban on outdoor areas to public venues for minors, such as primary schools, kindergartens and training institutes, children’s hospitals, historic venues, stadiums and public transport waiting areas. Performance areas like stages and audience areas will also be smoke-free.

Source: Shanghai Daily – 11 November 2016
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COP7 Bulletins

As the seventh Conference of the Parties (COP7) of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control comes to an end in Dehli, an archive of the event’s daily news bulletin, tracking the progress of the debates is available online.

The issue from 08 November, for example, reports on the UK government’s announcement in the opening plenary that it will invest £15m of extra budgetary funds in global FCTC Implementation which will help Parties meet their Sustainable Development Goal targets.

Source: FCA – November 2016
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