ASH Daily news for 13 June 2016



  • Wales: PA system to stop smoking at Hywel Dda hospitals

    A PA system is being launched at hospitals in mid and west Wales to discourage smokers from lighting up.

    Hywel Dda University Health Board is the first in Wales to launch the “Push the Button” system to curb smoking at Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire hospitals.

    It enables people to anonymously push a red button which triggers an announcement reminding them hospitals are smoke-free. The policy also includes e-cigarettes.

    Source: BBC News – 12 June 2016

  • Blu launches EUTPD retailer guide

    E-cigarette maker Blu has launched a guide for retailers to help them understand the changes resulting from the new EUTPD legislation now in force.

    Blu said it has been working closely with its customers over the past few months to understand the challenges they face and the fears they have about the new legislation – and has developed a comprehensive four-page guide in response to feedback and questions from retailers.

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    Source: Talking Retail – 10 June 2016

  • EU: Links between ex-commissioner Dalli and Philip Morris exposed

    Alfred Mifsud, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, took money from tobacco giant Philip Morris to form a relationship with then Commissioner for Health John Dalli, responsible for EU’s tobacco legislation portfolio, according to an investigative journalist in Malta.

    Dalli, who was sacked by the then Commission president José Manuel Barroso in October 2012 after a tobacco lobbying scandal involving a Swedish company, has always claimed he was a victim.

    But new information, revealed by investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in her blog “Running Commentary”, asserts that Dalli was also in touch, through an intermediary, with the US tobacco giant Philip Morris.

    Source: EurActiv – 13 June 2016

  • South Korea: BAT builds second plant

    British American Tobacco (BAT) has decided to build a second plant in South Korea to develop its unit in the country as an export hub in the Asia-Pacific region.

    BAT is to invest $86 million over the next year and a half, creating more than 100 new jobs and extending its business dealings with local partners.

    The new plant will be built near its existing production facility in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province.

    Source: Korea Times – 12 June 2016

  • Australia: Study suggest pregnant teens are taking up smoking to make their babies small

    Pregnant girls as young as 16 are taking up smoking to reduce the size of their babies because they’re scared of giving birth to a large child, a study has claimed.

    Research found Australian teens have seen warnings on packs of cigarettes about smoking reducing birth weight of babies.

    The discovery was made during a decade long study of smoking, and Associate Professor Simone Dennis of the Australian National University said she was ‘stunned’ by the finding.

    Source: Daily Mail – 12 June 2016