ASH Daily News for 14 April 2015



HEADLINES

  • Imperial Tobacco shares drop following Labour announcement on tobacco tax
  • Brighton & Hove: Smokers sign up for new text and email quit service
  • Leicestershire and Rutland: New stop smoking service opens
  • Exeter and Devon: Fire Service warning
  • Ireland: Standardised packaging case adjourned in High Court
  • Indonesia: Boy, 7, smokes 16 cigarettes a day after cutting down from 60
  • China: Government lauches new social media account to combat smoking
  • Cigarettes, damn cigarettes and statistics

    Imperial Tobacco shares drop following Labour announcement on tobacco tax

    Tobacco company Imperial saw its shares fall after the Labour Party once again said it would partly fund an increase in National Health Service staffing with a levy on tobacco firms.

    The stock slid as much as 1.8 percent following the release of Labour’s manifesto for next month’s general election.

    Source: Bloomberg Business, 13 April 2015
    Link: http://bloom.bg/1HmVYI8

    Brighton & Hove: Smokers sign up for new text and email quit service

    Smokers in Brighton and Hove can now sign up to a new course specially designed by psychologists to help them quit. The Smoke Free Me scheme uses texts and email to send people messages of support, tips to distract them and ideas of things to do.

    Source: The Argus, 13 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1CDUCDA

    Leicestershire and Rutland: New stop smoking service opens

    A new service to encourage the counties’ 96,000 smokers to quit smoking has been launched in Leicestershire and Rutland. Quit 51 has been commissioned by Leicestershire County Council and is a free service that is easily accessible via the internet and public venues including pharmacies, GP surgeries, dentists and hospitals.

    Source: ITV News, 14 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1crgonP

    Exeter and Devon: Fire Service warning

    With warm dry weather predicted for the next week Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are advising people to be vigilant in rural areas to avoid fires. Advice includes extinguishing cigarettes and other smoking materials properly and not throwing cigarette ends out of car windows. The area’s woods and heathland are exceptionally dry so a single discarded cigarette could cause massive destruction.

    Source: Exeter Express & Echo, 14 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1H2v2x7

    Ireland: Standardised packaging case adjourned in High Court

    Japan Tobacco International’s (JTI) High Court case in Ireland over standard packaging has been adjourned for two weeks. JTI’s legal team requested the adjournment to apply to admit the case to the fast-track Commercial Court division. The judge agreed to the adjournment.

    Source: Independent.ie, 14 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1I9aku8

    Indonesia: Boy, 7, smokes 16 cigarettes a day after cutting down from 60

    A seven-year-old boy, Dihan Awalidan from West Java in Indonesia, who has been addicted to cigarettes since he was three has cut down his smoking from three packets a day to sixteen cigarettes daily.

    Indonesia has the fifth largest tobacco market in the world and one third of young people have tried a cigarette before the age of 10.

    Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said: “What we have in Indonesia is a perfect storm. It is a government that is failing to protect its children, [and] an industry that is marketing its products like it was sixty years ago.”

    Source: The Mirror, 13 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FJBCtx

    China: Government lauches new social media account to combat smoking

    On June 1, smoking in restaurants, bars and other indoor public places, will be banned in Beijing and this week the city’s government launched an account on social messaging app WeChat to allow residents to report violators. The account also offers anti-smoking information including the full text of the regulations and health warnings.

    Source: China Real Time, 14 April 2015
    Link: http://on.wsj.com/1IZjQzS

    Cigarettes, damn cigarettes and statistics

    In a feature for the Financial Times Magazine, Tim Harford explores the early use of smoking statistics to both prove the dangers of smoking and to mask the health harms caused.

    Source: Financial Times Magazine, 10 April 2015
    Link: http://on.ft.com/1FJJ5Zy