ASH Daily news for 14 December 2015



HEADLINES

  • Plans for Brighton beach smoking ban scrapped
  • Blu-branded tobacco gantry shutters
  • Wales: E-cigarette ban ‘unhelpful’ to licensed hospitality – ALMR says
  • Coventry: City Council pension fund won’t remove investment from ‘unethical’ companies
  • Scotland: Smokers at Wishaw General Hospital flout smoking ban despite NHS spending thousands on new signs
  • Leicester: Undercover operation finds illegal cigarettes on sale
  • Wirral: MEP backs challenge by tobacco firms
  • Netherlands: Ban on vaping for under 18s
  • US: Senate approves bill to child-proof liquid nicotine bottles
  • Malawi: Leading football club signs controversial tobacco deal
  • US: N.J. lawmakers push bill raising tobacco sales age to 21
  • Poland: Tobacco exports up by a third

    Plans for Brighton beach smoking ban scrapped

    Proposals to ban smoking on Brighton and Hove’s beaches have been scrapped, after 72.7 per cent of residents who responded to a consultation strongly opposed the idea.

    While there was some support for the plan, most residents argued banning smoking on the beach would be ‘unenforceable’.

    Brighton and Hove City Council commissioned a survey to see if it should extend its smoke-free areas in the city to beaches, parks, and open spaces.

    Although the survey showed those who responded were overwhelmingly opposed to banning smoking on beaches, the majority – both smokers and non-smokers – agreed that entrances to play parks (58.6%), schools (63.8%), and children’s centres (64.3%) should become smoke-free.

    As a result of the consultation, Brighton and Hove City Council’s health and wellbeing board will consider supporting the extension of smoke-free areas outside schools, play parks and children’s centres but dropped the idea for beaches and parks.

    Source: Shoreham Herald – 11 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NrYPiV

    Blu-branded tobacco gantry shutters

    E-cigarette company blu (UK) has announced the roll out of branded gantry shutters to enable retailers to take advantage of the tobacco display ban.

    The new shutters highlight the company’s entire range of e-cigarettes and liquid flavours. The company expects to be represented on over 10,000 shutters nationwide.

    Source: Asian Trader – 11 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NrZl0B

    Wales: E-cigarette ban ‘unhelpful’ to licensed hospitality – ALMR says

    The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers has responded to the Welsh Government’s decision to amend plans for a ban on e-cigarettes in public places.

    The ALMR has argued that any ban incorporating licensed hospitality venues is likely to be unhelpful.

    Source: Eat Out Magazine – 11 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NrZvF0

    Coventry: City Council pension fund won’t remove investment from ‘unethical’ companies

    Coventry City Council’s pension fund has said it has no immediate plans to withdraw millions of pounds invested in companies considered ‘unethical’.

    The statement came after the Telegraph revealed the West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF), which Coventry and six other West Midlands councils contribute to, had investments of £168,104,128 in 30 alcohol and tobacco companies.

    According to the latest accounts, Coventry City Council invested £30.6million in the WMPF last year, with a further £8.6m contribution from employees.

    Source: Coventry Telegraph – 14 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NrZHnW

    Scotland: Smokers at Wishaw General Hospital flout smoking ban despite NHS spending thousands on new signs

    Visitors to Wishaw General Hospital are continuing to flout the smoking ban in the hospital grounds despite NHS Lanarkshire reinforcing the message with dozens of new signs.

    NHS Lanarkshire banned smoking in hospital grounds in 2008. However some visitors at Wishaw General Hospital are still failing to adhere to the smoke-free rules.

    A NHS Lanarkshire spokesman said they have spent £7108 on the posters in the hospital’s grounds.

    Source: Daily Record – 11 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ns02H0

    Leicester: Undercover operation finds illegal cigarettes on sale

    Undercover investigators have revealed how easy it is to buy illegal cigarettes in shops in Leicester.

    A team led by ex-Metropolitan Police officer Will O’Reilly visited a number of off-licences and convenience stores in the east of the city last week to determine the scale of the ‘under the counter’ trade.

    The team, which works for cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris International, was visiting the city for the first time, and stressed it was choosing shops at random.

    On Thursday, the team was able to buy smuggled or counterfeit cigarettes in 31 shops – the vast majority of those visited.

    Source: Leicester Mercury – 13 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ns0bdG

    Wirral: MEP backs challenge by tobacco firms

    A legal challenge by major tobacco firms against the government’s plain packaging rules is being supported by Fylde MEP Paul Nuttall, UKIP’s deputy leader.

    Source: Blackpool Gazette – 11 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ns0oxn

    Netherlands: Ban on vaping for under 18s

    Electronic cigarettes and water pipes will be banned in the Netherlands for children under 18 from next year, the government said, citing health concerns.

    Source: Reuters – 11 December 2015
    Link: http://tmsnrt.rs/1Ns0x3O

    US: Senate approves bill to child-proof liquid nicotine bottles

    The US Senate has approved a measure to require manufacturers to put child-proof caps on bottles of liquid nicotine in stores across the country.

    It is the first time the Senate has passed a bill aimed at regulating liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.

    Source: My Sun Coast – 11 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ns0SUb

    Malawi: Leading football club signs controversial tobacco deal

    Malawi’s most prestigious football team, the Big Bullets, has controversially signed a $900,000 (€822,000) sponsorship deal with a cigarette manufacturing company, attracting the wrath of a local rights group.

    The deal, with the country’s sole cigarette manufacturer Nyasa Manufacturing Company (NMC), will be effective from January and the sponsorship money will be spread over five years.

    But local NGO, Drug Fight Malawi, has attacked the deal, saying this was a “deliberate and well-orchestrated strategy for the company to market its products and increase tobacco consumption among children.”

    Source: Mail Online – 11 December 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1Ns1adO

    US: N.J. lawmakers push bill raising tobacco sales age to 21

    Tobacco and electronic vaping product retailers in New Jersey would be prohibited from selling to young adults under the age of 21 instead of age 19, under a bill a state Assembly panel approved on Thursday.

    Vendors who sell to young adults under 21 would pay $500 for the first offence and $1,000 for subsequent offences, according to the bill.

    Representatives from the New Jersey Food Council and the American Vaping Association urged the Assembly Health and Senior Citizens Committee to vote against, or at least amend what is called the “Tobacco 21” bill.

    Source: NJ.com – 10 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ns1qcU

    Poland: Tobacco exports up by a third

    Exports of tobacco products from Poland rose 32.1% year on year in the first six months of 2015. The country is the largest producer of tobacco and tobacco products in the EU, selling huge quantities of cigarettes around the world.

    According to the Polish Tobacco Association, the tobacco industry employs a total of 60,000 people in Poland and contributes around zl.20bn to the budget a year. This accounts for around 8 percent of Poland’s total government revenues—an exceptionally high figure compared with other EU member states.

    Four companies account for 99 percent of total Polish production.

    Exports of Polish tobacco products were worth almost zl.8.2bn last year and almost zl.4.7bn in the first half of this year, according to Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS).

    Source: Warsaw Voice – 13 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ns1Rnk