ASH Daily News for 12 August 2016


  • Leeds: First standardised packs spotted

    The first standardised packs of cigarettes available on sale in the UK have been spotted in a convenience store at Leeds station this morning.

    A picture of two Benson and Hedges Superkings Sky Blue packs was tweeted by the Breathe 2025 campaign twitter account with the hashtag #trackthepack.

    Source: Twitter – 12 August 2016

  • TMA claims nearly 3/4 of smokers buying tobacco from ‘non-shop’ sources

    In its latest Anti-Illicit Trade survey of 12,000 smokers, the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA) found 71% of respondents are purchasing tobacco from non-shop suppliers including friends, family, car boot traders and the internet.

    The TMA claimed the average price of a non-shop pack of 20 cigarettes is £4.11 – roughly half the price of those sold by independent retailers – while an average non-shop bought 50g pouch of rolling tobacco costs £6.88. It added 12% of smokers are now spending more than £20 on non-shop tobacco.

    London, south east England and north west England had the highest proportions of non-shop bought tobacco according to the survey, with the TMA estimating 20% of all tobacco consumed in the UK avoids paying tax.

    See also:
    – Plumstead shopkeeper fined £7000 for selling illegal cigarettes, This is Local London

    Source: Asian Trader – 11 August 2016

  • After precessation nicotine replacement therapy, abrupt cessation increases abstinence more than gradual cessation

    Most guidelines recommend abrupt smoking cessation; however, gradual cessation is common. Reducing cigarettes per day (CPD) with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) increases cessation among smokers who are not ready to quit. However, whether gradual reduction is effective for smokers who want to quit now is unclear.

    Source: BMJ – 11 August 2016

  • Ireland: Insurance company alleges that smokers lie on their life insurance applications

    According to data from the Health Service Executive (HSE), the overall prevalence of cigarette smoking in 2015 was 19.1%, down from 21.5% in 2013.

    Yet the average smoker population among applicants for AA life insurance is only 12% – down from 15.3% in 2013.

    The average smoker population among life insurance applicants is therefore seven percentage points lower than in the general population.

    The AA believe the widening discrepancy is down to ‘misrepresentation’ from smokers about their habit.

    Source: MSN – 11 August 2016

  • Senegal to start enforcing anti-tobacco law

    Senegal’s president Macky Sall has approved the enforcement of a law that prohibits tobacco consumption in public places as well as its sale to minors.

    This means it is now illegal to sell cigarettes within 200 metres of an educational institution. The law also bans general advertisements of tobacco products.

    Cigarette producers have been urged to include messages on the dangers of smoking on their packages.

    The tobacco industry has been given a six month period to comply with the new rules and regulations.

    Source: Africa News – 11 August 2016

  • US: Florida Court rules against tobacco companies on ban question

    A state appeals court has rejected arguments by two tobacco companies that part of a landmark Florida Supreme Court ruling amounts to an improper ban on selling cigarettes.

    Attorneys for Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. raised the issue in an appeal of a Hillsborough County judgment in what is known as an “Engle progeny” case. Such cases are linked to a 2006 Supreme Court ruling that established critical findings about the health dangers of smoking and misrepresentation by cigarette makers.

    The Engle ruling helped clear the way for thousands of lawsuits against the tobacco industry that involved illnesses or deaths of smokers. In the Hillsborough County case, which led to a judgment in favor of the estate of Barbara Ruth Lourie, the tobacco companies argued to the 2nd District Court of Appeal that federal law “implicitly preempts” claims under state law of strict liability and negligence for the sale of cigarettes, according to the appeals-court ruling.

    The tobacco companies contended that federal law effectively bars states from banning cigarettes and that findings in the Engle case amounted to a ban on selling cigarettes. But a three-judge panel of the appeals court disagreed in a 10-page ruling.

    Source: Health News Florida – 11 August 2016

  • Japan: PMI’s heat-not-burn product takes smokers away from Japan Tobacco

    Philip Morris International says its new iQOS smokeless product has rapidly captured close to 3% of Japanese tobacco sales, making inroads into a market Japan Tobacco (JT) relies on for 40% of its profit.

    The iQOS accounted for 2.2% of Japan’s tobacco sales in the quarter ended June 30, a company spokesman said.

    Source: Reuters – 12 August 2016

  • UN anti-tobacco meeting seeks to ban high-ranking government officials

    The UN’s public health arm, the World Health Organization holds a tobacco control conference every two years through a sub-agency called the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The meeting, which functions as an international parliament that makes decisions about tobacco control efforts, will take place in India from November 7-12 and features delegates from over 180 nations.

    In a document obtained from the FCTC, the organizers ask for support to “ensure the exclusion of representatives and officials from…fully or partially state-owned tobacco industries, including state tobacco monopolies.” Specifically, the FCTC hopes to ban certain “appointed and elected officials from executive, legislative and judicial branches” from the meeting.

    Source: Huffington Post – 11 August 2016

  • Australia: Tobacco executive bashed and stabbed in attempted kidnap

    A criminal syndicate is suspected of ordering the botched kidnapping in June of a former decorated NSW policeman turned manager of British American Tobacco.

    The attempted kidnapping, bashing and stabbing of an international tobacco company manager outside his family home in Sydney suggests crime syndicates are hitting back at efforts to combat the booming illicit tobacco trade.

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    Source: Sydney Morning Herald – 12 August 2016