ASH Daily news for 13 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Experts call for UN to lead efforts toward tobacco-free world by 2040
  • Standard packaging: tobacco firms, retailers and lawyers oppose move
  • Motorists support ban on smoking in cars with children, says survey
  • Cambridgeshire: Smoking ban at county council sites gets positive response
  • London: Number of fires per week falls
  • Nick Clegg quits smoking, becomes a vaper
  • Jersey health say no plans for cigarette pack change
  • US: Institute of Medicine report provides evidence to increase tobacco sale age to 21
  • US: Man sues e-cigarette store for $1million after batteries explode in his cargo shorts and gives him second degree burns
  • Parliamentary business: Tobacco levy

    Experts call for UN to lead efforts toward tobacco-free world by 2040

    An international group of health and policy experts writing in The Lancet has called for the United Nations to lead a “turbo-charged” effort toward a world essentially free from tobacco products.

    “A world where tobacco is out of sight, out of mind, and out of fashion – yet not prohibited – is achievable in less than 3 decades from now,” claims series author Prof. Beaglehole.

    The article is part of a new series in The Lancet and will be launched at the 2015 World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The conference is the world’s largest gathering of public health experts and tobacco control advocates.

    See also:
    – What will it take to create a tobacco-free world?, The Lancet
    – Could the world be smoke-free by 2040? ‘Turbocharged’ global campaign to ban the sale of tobacco could save one billion lives, experts say, Daily Mail
    – Researchers call for elimination of tobacco use worldwide by 2040, Business Standard
    – Experts call for a tobacco-free world by 2040, Medical Xpress

    Source: Medical News Today – 13 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Gz6xVO

    Standard packaging: tobacco firms, retailers and lawyers oppose move

    Retailers, lawyers and the tobacco industry have criticised the Government’s decision to introduce standardised packaging on cigarettes across the UK next year.

    James Lowman, chief executive at the Association of Convenience Stores, said he is disappointed with this decision, and would have liked to see a review of existing and upcoming tobacco control measures, such as the tobacco display ban, before the Government introduce more regulations on small stores.

    Nicky Strong, regulatory lawyer at law firm Bond Dickinson, said the move would encourage counterfeiting, was not grounded in evidence that it would work and would potentially be illegal.

    The world’s largest tobacco firms vowed to fight the government in court to reverse the decision.

    But ASH congratulated the MPs that voted for plain packaging.

    Chief executive Deborah Arnott said: “The Government and MPs from all parties are to be congratulated for resisting the bully-boy tactics and misinformation of the tobacco industry and for implementing the most important public health reform of this Parliament.”

    See also:
    – Tobacco giants to take legal action as MPs vote in favour of plain packs, The Grocer
    – UK tobacco manufacturers gear up for plain pack battle, Convenience Store
    – Tobacco companies threaten legal challenge as MPs approve plain packaging regulations, Talking Retail
    – Is the UK’s new plain cigarette packaging law a test case for trademarks?, The Drum
    – Cigarette companies won’t go down without a fight: What plain packaging means for Britain’s tobacco industry, The Drum
    – Tobacco industry claims for compensation “blown out of the water”, ASH press release
    – Stortford’s MP Mark Prisk explains why he believes plain cigarette packets are a bad idea, Herts Essex Observer

    Source: Off Licence News – 12 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Gz2zMV

    Motorists support ban on smoking in cars with children, says survey

    More than 90 per cent of motorists support Government plans to ban smoking in cars with children according to a new poll by Motorpoint.

    An online survey by the car supermarket chain found an overwhelming 92.8 per cent of people quizzed agreed with the introduction of the new law that would criminalise smoking in cars containing anyone under the age of 18 from this autumn. More than 1,760 took part in the poll on the Motorpoint website.

    Source: Staffordshire Newsletter – 12 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Gz3r4d

    Cambridgeshire: Smoking ban at county council sites gets positive response

    For the past five months, smoking has been banned at Cambridgeshire County Council sites … and the policy seems to have paid off.

    A report, which will go before the council’s Health Committee today, says 81 per cent of staff quizzed are supportive of the policy (562 people took part in the survey).

    As part of the policy, which was introduced on October 1, smoking and the use of  e-cigarettes, is not permitted on walkways, in car parks or in outdoor seating areas.

    A whistleblowing policy is in place where employees are encouraged to report colleagues or visitors who breach the policy. However, a survey revealed only 36 per cent of people would definitely remind colleagues not to smoke and 36 per cent would do likewise with visitors.

    Source: Cambs24 – 12 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Gz40ee

    London: Number of fires per week falls

    The number of fires caused by smokers carelessly stubbing out cigarettes has fallen by a quarter in four years.

    Figures released yesterday (March 11) by London Fire Brigade (LFB) show the number of incidents have dropped from 1,113 in 2011 to 828 in 2014.

    Fire chiefs are putting the reduction down to the introduction of fire safe cigarette standards in 2011 which meant that every cigarette made in the EU would go out if it is not actively smoked.

    However, there is still 16 fires a week caused by cigaretters, cigars and pipes compared to around 21 a week in 2011 suggesting illegal cigarettes are impacting on the rate of reduction.

    Source: East London Guardian – 12 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Gz4mkZ

    Nick Clegg quits smoking, becomes a vaper

    In 2011 Nick Clegg revealed he had gone ‘cold turkey’ to give up smoking, but it did not work.

    Two years later he declared he was ‘off the ciggies’, but admitted it might not last. It didn’t.
    But now there may have been a breakthrough. The Deputy Prime Minister has become a convert to ‘vaping’, in particular using a blueberry flavoured e-cigarette.

    Source: Daily Mail – 12 March 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1Gz5d5o

    Jersey health say no plans for cigarette pack change

    There are no plans for Jersey to follow England in enforcing plain packaging for cigarettes, according to the health improvement officer.

    If agreed by the House of Lords, from 2016 every packet in England will look the same except for the make and brand.

    Martin Knight, from Jersey Public Health, said more work was needed before it could come to Jersey.

    Both the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly passed consent orders allowing the introduction of standardised packaging.

    Source: BBC News – 12 March 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1GzdcPU

    US: Institute of Medicine report provides evidence to increase tobacco sale age to 21

    The following is an extract of a statement from Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

    Today’s report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is a clarion call to states and localities across the country to raise the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to 21.

    This report, by one of the most prestigious scientific authorities in the United States, strongly concludes that boosting the tobacco sale age to 21 will have a substantial positive impact on public health and save lives. It finds that raising the tobacco sale age will significantly reduce the number of adolescents and young adults who start smoking; reduce smoking-caused deaths; and immediately improve the health of adolescents, young adults and young mothers who would be deterred from smoking, as well as their children. Significantly, the greatest impact would be among adolescents 15-17 who would no longer be able to pass for legal age and would have a harder time obtaining cigarettes from their older friends and classmates.

    Overall, the report predicts that raising the minimum age for the sale of tobacco products to 21 will, over time, reduce the smoking rate by about 12 percent and smoking-related deaths by 10 percent.

    See also:
    – Raising minimum age to buy cigarettes to at least 21 would reduce smoking and save lives, Medical Xpress

    Source: Yahoo! News – 12 March 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1Gz7ttf

    US: Man sues e-cigarette store for $1million after batteries explode in his cargo shorts and gives him second degree burns

    A Texas man is suing the store where he bought electronic cigarette batteries after they exploded in his pocket and caused injuries to his thighs and scrotum.

    David Powell, of Arlington, is seeking a minimum of $1million after receiving first and second degree burns from the incident that occurred while he was playing kickball at his daughter’s birthday party.

    The two lithium-ion batteries Mr Powell bought from Vixen Vapors a couple days earlier were not struck, but exploded in his cargo shorts and sent ‘a scathing hot mixture of shrapnel’ into his groin.

    Source: Mail Online – 12 March 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1Gz7Rbk

    Parliamentary business: Tobacco levy

    On Monday March 23, Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow will introduce a Bill under the ten minute rule procedure on the subject of the Tobacco Manufacturers Producer Responsibility.

    The full text is as follows:

    That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State to undertake a programme of research into the costs and benefits of introducing an annual levy on sales to be paid by tobacco manufacturers, with the proceeds to be used to support tobacco control measures, to discourage young people from starting to smoke tobacco, to help existing tobacco smokers to stop smoking; and for connected purposes.

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    Source: Parliament Today – 12 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Gz83qR