ASH Daily news for 13 February 2015



HEADLINES

  • Tobacco industry-backed survey warns of black market trade but anti-smoking campaigners cast doubt on claims
  • Smoking ban in prisons: Inmate wants access to enforcement hotline
  • Wales: Smoking ban in cars with children from October
  • Is a complete ban on smoking next?
  • US: More Americans die from smoking than previously thought
  • Parliamentary Business

    Tobacco industry-backed survey warns of black market trade but anti-smoking campaigners cast doubt on claims

    Research backed by the tobacco industry suggests more than a quarter of cigarettes smoked are either illegal or bought abroad.

    However, the research which was funded by the four major tobacco companies has been branded worthless by Trading Standards officials. Richard Ferry, of the North East Trading Standards Association, said the illicit tobacco market has roughly halved over the past decade to one in ten cigarettes- contrary to the survey’s results which show an increase from 21.5 per cent in 2013 to 25.8 per cent in 2014.

    Source: Northern Echo, 12 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1A34wj4

    Smoking ban in prisons: Inmate wants access to enforcement hotline

    Paul Black, a prisoner who suffers from health problems aggravated by passive smoking, has launched a legal challenge to give inmates the right to report unauthorised smoking in jail.

    He wants a judicial review of a policy which denies prisoners access to an NHS phone line designed to help enforce smoking bans in enclosed public places.

    Source: BBC News, 12 February 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1E6RVMy

    Wales: Smoking ban in cars with children from October

    Welsh Health Minister, Mark Drakeford has confirmed that a ban on smoking in cars carrying children is also planned for introduction in Wales on 1 October 2015.

    Health charities welcomed the move, with a similar ban coming into force in England on the same day.

    Source: BBC News, 12 February
    Link: http://bbc.in/19ed4ut

    Is a complete ban on smoking next?

    Following confirmation that smoking in cars with children present will be banned from October 1 in England and Wales, the BBC asks whether a complete ban on smoking will be next.

    [Interactive video is available here]

    Source: BBC News, 12 February 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/17rLWHW

    US: More Americans die from smoking than previously thought

    A study funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests estimates from the Surgeon General that show smoking kills about 480,000 people in the US every year, may be too low.

    Current estimates exclude diseases such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. Increases of these diseases have been linked to smoking, but they are currently not formally classed as being caused by smoking.

    Source
    The New England Journal of Medicine: Smoking and mortality — beyond established causes

    Source: Medical News Today, 12 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1uIzCgs

    Parliamentary Business

    Consultation response

    The Department of Health has published its summary report in response to the Consultation on the introduction of regulations for standardised packaging of tobacco products.

    http://bit.ly/1zR4yvm
    DH, 12 February 2015


    PQ1: Standardised packaging

    Philip Davies, Conservative, Shipley
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the introduction of standardised tobacco products.

    Jane Ellison, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    The Department published a consultation stage Impact Assessment, which assesses the costs and benefits of standardised packaging of tobacco products, on 26 June 2014.

    A final Impact Assessment will be published shortly.

    Source: Citation: HC Deb, 12 February 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1yvoxuB


    PQ2: Standardised packaging and illicit tobacco

    Philip Davies, Conservative, Shipley
    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging on the UK illicit tobacco market.

    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment HM Revenue and Customs has made of the potential effect of the possible introduction of standardised tobacco products on the illicit tobacco market in the UK.

    Priti Patel, The Exchequer Secretary
    HMRC have carried out an assessment of the potential effect of standardised packaging on the illicit tobacco market, working with Border Force and the National Crime Agency to develop the assessment. HMRC plans for their assessment to be published alongside the Department of Health’s consultation summary in due course.

    Source: Citation: HC Deb, 11 February 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F50qer