ASH Daily news for 12 February 2016



HEADLINES

  • Birmingham: Man fined for hiding in aircraft toilet to smoke
  • Neanderthal DNA may account for nicotine addiction and depression
  • New EU tobacco regulations will benefit e-cig market, says blu
  • European Ombudsman criticises Commission on tobacco lobbying
  • US: Colorado legislators vote against warning labels on nicotine products
  • US Jury: Smokers didn’t prove Marlboros have defective design
  • US: Internet searches reflect vaping’s surge
  • BAT sets up West African operations in Nigeria
  • Comment: Tory socks in a twist over charities

    Birmingham: Man fined for hiding in aircraft toilet to smoke

    A passenger on a flight to Birmingham has been fined for smoking on a plane.

    Andrej Tolmaciov told Birmingham Magistrates he lit up in the plane’s toilet because he “couldn’t last four hours” without smoking.

    He was on a Ryanair flight from the Canaries to Birmingham and went into the toilet an hour into the flight.

    He was fined £80 and also ordered to pay £20 victim surcharge and £135 costs – £235 in total.

    Source: MSN – 12 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tg0fUT

    Neanderthal DNA may account for nicotine addiction and depression

    Modern European and Asian people may owe more than skin or hair colour to Neanderthal ancestry. Interbreeding 50,000 years ago between two species of human may also have bequeathed a sunburn hazard called keratosis, addiction to nicotine, and a greater risk of depression.

    Source: The Guardian – 11 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tg0kHY

    New EU tobacco regulations will benefit e-cig market, says blu

    With the first milestone of the European Union’s Tobacco Product Directive just a few months away, e-cigarette brand blu believes it will benefit retailers and the fast-growing UK e-cigarette category.

    Source: Convenience Store – 11 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tg0yip

    European Ombudsman criticises Commission on tobacco lobbying

    The European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has said in a statement that she regrets that the European Commission was not more transparent about its meetings with tobacco companies and did not pay attention to the recomendations she made after an inquiry by an NGO on the issue.

    According to O’Reilly, the EU Commission is continuing to disregard the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

    Source: East Online – 10 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tg0G1h

    US: Colorado legislators vote against warning labels on nicotine products

    The Health, Insurance and Environment Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives voted 9-4 to defeat warning labels on nicotine products, despite favorable testimony from hospital and public health officials. The committee then postponed the legislation indefinitely.

    Source: Denver Post – 11 February 2016
    Link: http://dpo.st/1Tg0NKd

    US Jury: Smokers didn’t prove Marlboros have defective design

    A federal jury has rejected claims by a group of Massachusetts smokers who sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings.

    The jury in its verdict found that smokers in the class-action lawsuit didn’t prove that Marlboro cigarettes were defectively designed.

    The smokers were not seeking money. Instead, they wanted Philip Morris to pay for a medical-monitoring program, including 3-D chest scans that can detect signs of early-stage lung cancer.

    Source: Washington Post – 11 February 2016
    Link: http://wapo.st/1Tg0SxA

    US: Internet searches reflect vaping’s surge

    Between 2009 and 2015, the number of people in the United States seeking information online about vaping rose dramatically, according to a recent study co-led by San Diego State University Internet health expert John W. Ayers and University of North Carolina tobacco control expert Rebecca S. Williams as a part of the Internet Tobacco Vendors Study.

    Most of the searches were for information on how and where to get vaping products.

    Source: Medical Xpress – 11 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tg0sr5

    BAT sets up West African operations in Nigeria

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has welcomed the commissioning of British American Tobacco (BAT)’s Nigeria head office and West African operational office, in Lagos.

    Tracing the return of BAT to Nigeria, which began with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the government and the company in 2001, Obasanjo said that the tobacco firm was among the first companies that heeded his government’s invitation to invest in Nigeria.

    Source: Nigerian Guardian – 11 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tg0XBl

    Comment: Tory socks in a twist over charities

    As a government minister calls charities that speak out ‘sock puppets,’ the Morning Star looks at the interdependency of charities and government, and the wider political implications for a sector with a total income of £37.9 billion.

    Source: Morning Star – 12 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tg11B5