ASH Daily news for 12 March 2015
- Cigarettes to be sold in standardised packaging with gruesome health warnings from May next year as MPs back landmark new law
- Standardised cigarette packaging: One in four MPs who opposed measures have declared links to tobacco industry
- Video: Deborah Arnott debates Forest’s Simon Clark on standardised packaging
- TobaccoTactics: Opposition to standardised packaging
- Facebook ‘cigarette lighter’ ad banned for condoning smoking
- Leading experts bust the myths around giving up smoking
- London: Smoking to be banned at all London bus shelters
- Australia: Plain packaging to thank for Australia’s decline in smoking, says Labor
- Parliamentary Business
Cigarettes to be sold in standardised packaging with gruesome health warnings from May next year as MPs back landmark new law
All cigarettes in Britain will be sold in standardised packaging bearing gruesome health warnings under a landmark new law backed by MPs.
The legislation, which will come into force from May 2016, cleared the House of Commons by 367 votes to 113.
Public health minister Jane Ellison said the plan would bring the country ‘one step closer to our first smoke-free generation’.
– Express: A historic decision’ MPs back plans for standardised cigarette packaging
– Independent: Plain cigarette packaging: Anti-smoking groups celebrate vote to enforce standardised
– Metro: Cigarettes could be sold in plain packs from 2016
– Mirror: Cigarettes must be sold in plain boxes from May 2016 as Tories fail to overturn vote
– Sky News: MPs Back Plain Cigarette Packets Plan
– Sun: Tory MPs rebel over plain cig pack plan
– Telegraph: Cigarettes to be sold in plain packs from May 2016
– Times: Cigarettes to be sold in plain packets by 2016Source: Daily Mail, 11 March 2015
Standardised cigarette packaging: One in four MPs who opposed measures have declared links to tobacco industry
One in four of the MPs who voted against introducing standardised cigarette packaging have declared links to the tobacco industry in the past.
A further seven MPs who abstained on the vote have also accepted gifts and hospitality from tobacco firms since 2008.
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH, welcomed the result but said the incessant lobbying from the industry on MPs was “disgraceful”.Source: Independent, 11 March 2015
Video: Deborah Arnott debates Forest’s Simon Clark on standardised packaging
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH went head to head with Forest’s Simon Clark to discuss standardised packaging on a BBC News Channel feature.
The video is available on YouTube.Source: BBC News Channel, 11 March 2015
TobaccoTactics: Opposition to standardised packaging
TobaccoTactics, a resource by the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, has a new page which summarises tobacco industry opposition to standardised packaging since the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Jane Ellison, announced that regulations would be introduced before the General Election in May 2015.Source: Tobacco Tactics, 10 March 2015
Facebook ‘cigarette lighter’ ad banned for condoning smoking
An advert for a mobile phone case with an inbuilt lighter which appeared on Facebook and featured close up images of a cigarette being lit has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
A spokesperson for the ASA said: “The overall impression of the ad was that it normalised and condoned smoking and presented it in an appealing manner. We concluded that the ad was therefore irresponsible.”Source: The Guardian, 11 March 2015
Leading experts bust the myths around giving up smoking
To mark No Smoking Day, nutritional therapist Lucy McCrickard and cardiac rehab exercise specialist Rob Jones bust myths about the effects of smoking.
This included the beliefs that quitting smoking encourages weight gain, depletes energy and will make a person feel less calm.Source: Daily Mail, 11 March 2015
London: Smoking to be banned at all London bus shelters
No smoking signs will be installed at all London bus shelters by the end of April.
Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat leader at City Hall, said: “Whatever one thinks about smoking no one, and especially children, should be forced to inhale cigarette smoke simply because they are waiting for a bus.
“This long overdue decision to make all of London’s bus shelters no smoking is good news for the lungs of London’s children.”Source: Mayor Watch, 11 March 2015
Australia: Plain packaging to thank for Australia’s decline in smoking, says Labor
The latest figures released by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that tobacco consumption fell by almost 3% in the last quarter.
The opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King said that the lastest fall “takes the total fall in tobacco consumption to a staggering 12.8% in the two years since Labor’s plain packaging laws came into effect.”Source: The Guardian, 12 March 2015
Standardised Packaging for tobacco products
Regulations for standardised packaging were approved by 367 to 113 in a deferred vote in the House of Commons. A breakdown of Ayes and Noes is available here.
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Standardised Packaging for tobacco products
The regulations for standardised packaging will now be debated in the House of Lords on Monday 16th March.