ASH Daily News for 13 December 2018



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UK

  • British American Tobacco set to meet profit targets
  • Jersey: Free pouches offered to smokers for cigarette butts

International

  • Sweden votes to extend smoking ban

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary questions

UK

British American Tobacco set to meet profit targets

British American Tobacco (BAT) has said that it will achieve its profit and sales forecasts for this year. The prominent tobacco company has had a difficult year with its share price falling by nearly half amid fears that it will struggle to replace declining sales of cigarettes with vaping and heated tobacco products, which are growing in popularity.

The decline in share price has been compounded by rumours of a proposed US ban on menthol cigarettes, which account for more than a third of BAT’s American market.

Cigarette makers have traditionally been able to offset falling sales by increasing prices and cutting costs to ensure steady profit growth, year after year. But the advent of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products has changed the cigarette market and forced tobacco giants to either invest in these new technologies or watch as their market share is eroded.

Source: The Telegraph, 12 December 2018

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Jersey: Free pouches offered to smokers for cigarette butts

The harmful health effects of smoking might be well-known, but a new campaign, Plastic Free Jersey, is aiming to highlight the environmental problems they can also cause, such as releasing toxins into water and harming marine life. As part of the campaign, signs reminding islanders that “cigarette butts are litter too” will be displayed on the parish’s road sweeping vehicles, while special pouches will be provided free to smokers and gum chewers to make sure their litter is disposed of responsibly.

Cigarette butts contain cellulose acetate – a form of plastic that can take up to twelve years to degrade. The butts leak toxins that contaminate water, harming marine life and the environment. Cigarette filters have been found in the stomachs of fish, birds, whales and other marine creatures who mistake them for food.

Source: Bailiwick Express, 12 December 2018

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International

Sweden votes to extend smoking ban

Sweden has voted to extend the smoking ban to certain public places, including playgrounds and train station platforms as of July 1, 2019. Smoking in outdoor restaurants and entrances to booths for smokers will also be banned.

In Sweden, smoking is currently allowed in designated smoking areas in most workplaces and public places. Official figures show only 11% of the Swedish population of 10 million smoked daily in 2016, with about 10% smoking occasionally.
According to the new law, the goal is to make Sweden smokefree by 2025.

Source: Ottowa Citizen, 13 December 2018

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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary questions

PMQ 1: Smoking cessation campaigns

Asked by Bob Blackman, Harrow East
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on campaigns to promote the cessation of smoking in 2018-19; and what funding his Department plans to allocated to cessation campaigns in 2018-19.

Answered by Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care
Public Health England runs smoking cessation campaigns. Media spend to date during 2018/19 on campaigns to promote the cessation of smoking is £1.2 million.

£2.4 million has been allocated in total for the media spend on cessation campaigns in 2018/19.

As the 2018/19 financial year is not yet complete and campaign work is ongoing, these figures should be considered provisional. Figures are net plus agency fees and commissions (rounded to the nearest £100,000). Figures exclude Value Added Tax.

Source: Hansard, 11 December 2018

Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2018-12-03.198221.h

PMQ 2: NHS tobacco initiatives

Asked by Gregory Campbell, Shadow DUP Spokesperson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what initiatives the NHS has undertaken as a result of the March 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

Answered by Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care
We are not aware of any local initiatives launched in the National Health Service as a direct result of the 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health. As with previous World Conferences, the United Kingdom Government attended the 2018 World Conference to share our experiences as a world leader on tobacco control, and to inform our thinking on future policy development. NHS England has a number of commitments to tackle smoking, as set out in the 2017 Tobacco Control Plan and associated Delivery Plan.

Source: Hansard, 10 December 2018

Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2018-12-04.198743.h