ASH Daily News for 13 October 2016



  • Scotland: East Renfrewshire launches anti-smoking campaign
  • WHO denies members are failing to pay tobacco agency
  • USA: Philadelphia Considers Density Restrictions on Tobacco Retailers
  • South Korea: Tobacco CEOs to be questioned by lawmakers
  • Philippines: Tough new smoking laws could affect Philip Morris
  • Philip Morris to begin manufacturing in Nigeria

Scotland: East Renfrewshire launches anti-smoking campaign

East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Smokefree Service will be raising awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke at the Barrhead Foundry this week.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke in the home and car, focussing specifically on the dangers faced by children. There will be a visual interactive display which is designed to mimic a typical living room set.

Staff will use augmented reality software to show visitors the invisible toxins of second-hand smoke floating around and inside of them which will be mirrored on to a TV screen.

By taking smoking right outside, the proportion of children exposed to secondhand smoke in the home and car will be reduced from 12 per cent to 6 per cent by 2020 and this will help put Scotland on the path to becoming a tobacco-free generation.

Source: Barrhead News – 12 October 2016
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WHO denies members are failing to pay tobacco agency

A new report published by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, TPA, (which has links to the tobacco industry) claims that nearly 80% of countries are refusing to pay their obligations to the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization in Intensive Care report says that among the EU countries that have not paid their contribution are Germany, France, the UK as well as the European Union itself.

Samuel Compton, Media Coordinator of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, said that the report produced by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance was “inaccurate” and failed to account for the payment schedules adopted by many member states. Compton went on to say: “In attempting to present itself as an independent institute it fails to report its own association with the tobacco industry,” adding that the TPA had a history of supporting the tobacco industry’s attempts at delaying and reducing the effectiveness of tobacco control measures.

The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) at the WHO FCTC will take place on 7–12 November in Delhi, and the UN agency sees growing signs that the tobacco industry is attempting to influence the work being planned.

Source: Euractive – 12 October 2016
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USA: Philadelphia considers density restrictions on tobacco retailers

The Philadelphia Department of Health has provisionally adopted a new set of tobacco regulations that would impose a limit of one shop that sells tobacco products per 1,000 residents in each of the 18 districts in the city.

This means that if the current density of retail stores that sell tobacco products is higher than the 1/1,000 ratio in any given district, then a retailer cannot relocate its store in that district, nor can a retailer open a new store in that district.

However, a health department map shows that the density of retail stores exceeds the 1/1,000 limit in 14 out of the 18 planning districts. This limitation essentially guarantees that no new retail shop development will occur in three-quarters of the city. The regulations are yet to be formally implemented.

Source: CPS – 12 October 2016
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South Korea: Tobacco CEOs to be questioned by lawmakers

The heads of four cigarette manufacturers were questioned by lawmakers on Wednesday, 12th October, over allegations that they evaded hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes on profits stemming from a tobacco price hike in January last year.

The allegations relate to the Korean branches of British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International, Philip Morris International and KT&G. The four CEOs were questioned by lawmakers of the safety and public administration subcommittee over whether their companies illegally earned millions of dollars in “inventory profit.”

Source: Korean Times – 11 October 2016
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Philippines: Tough new smoking laws could affect Philip Morris

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign a regulation this month banning smoking in public across the country.

Around 17 million people, or nearly a third of the adult population, smoke in the Philippines, according to a 2014 report by Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance.

Philip Morris International is estimated to hold more than 70% of the Philippines market through its joint venture with Fortune Tobacco, and will be among the international producers most affected by the proposed ban.

In 2015, the Philippines accounted for almost 1 in every 13 cigarettes sold by Philip Morris globally, though analysts estimated it was worth a far smaller 2% of profit.

Source: Reuters – 12 October 2016
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Philip Morris to begin manufacturing in Nigeria

Philip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco company, has concluded plans to begin manufacturing in Nigeria before the end of 2016.

Although Philip Morris has long been operating within Nigeria, the company have only recently expressed their confidence in Nigeria’s economy.

Source: Uncova – 12 October 2016
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