ASH Daily News for 14 October 2016



  • Call for Government to publish tobacco plan
  • Wales: Parents to be told not to smoke outside school gates in Swansea as council extends smoke-free zones
  • Canada: B.C. government argues against giving health information to tobacco industry
  • India: 90% rise in consumption of smuggled cigarettes – Report
  • Zambia: Govt requests JTI to set up a cigarette manufacturing plant in East
  • Internet controversy over airbrushed image of Walt Disney

Call for Government to publish tobacco plan

During a debate in the House of Commons, MPs have called for the Government to publish its promised new Tobacco Control Plan without further delay.

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health have stressed the importance of a renewed Government strategy on tobacco that is sustained and progressive.

Alex Cunningham MP stressed the need to tackle smoking to reduce health inequalities: “Helping disadvantaged people to quit is not only good for their health, but can also help lift families out of poverty. The new Tobacco Control Plan therefore needs to prioritise cutting health inequalities, rather than budgets, and in doing so must protect public health funding for tobacco control.”

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Debate: Tobacco Control Plan, Hansard

Source: Berwick Advertiser – 17 October 2016
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Wales: Parents to be told not to smoke outside school gates in Swansea as council extends smoke-free zones

School gates across Swansea will be the latest parts of the city to be declared smoke-free zones. Parents and people picking-up children will be urged not to light up as they do so.

It follows a previous council campaign that saw signs go up in 77 play areas in Swansea declaring them out of bounds to smokers and a move earlier this year to declare Caswell a smoke-free beach.

The bans are voluntary and people won’t be fined for breaking them but it is hoped smokers will observe the signs.

Source: South Wales Evening Post – 13 October 2016
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Canada: B.C. government argues against giving health information to tobacco industry

A long-running legal battle between the British Columbia (B.C.) government and the tobacco industry has returned to court, with lawyers for the province arguing it should not be forced to turn over private health information.

But lawyers for Philip Morris International say a judge has already ruled it should receive the anonymized data and withholding it would deny a fair trial.

The B.C. government first launched legal action against several tobacco companies and sought to recover health-care costs in 1998.

The matter has been delayed by a number of constitutional and jurisdictional challenges, as well as appeals. A trial date has not been set.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge last year ruled in favour of a Philip Morris application and ordered the province to provide information from a number of government databases.

But lawyers for the province told the Court of Appeal that the government is being ordered to turn over information about every medical event experienced by every B.C. resident over the past quarter century.

Source: NewsCaf – 14 October 2016
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India: 90% rise in consumption of smuggled cigarettes – Report

According to a report by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, consumption of smuggled cigarettes in India has increased by over 90% in the past 10 years.

Over 56% of smokers say they prefer the “attractive” packaging of smuggled foreign brands, which do not adhere to Indian regulations such as pictorial warnings on 85% of the packet.

The findings are part of the report ‘Need for Policy Reforms to Combat Illicit Markers – Case Study on Tobacco Industry’ issued by the FICCI Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy (CASCADE).

Source: Economic Times – 13 October 2016
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Zambia: Govt requests JTI to set up a cigarette manufacturing plant in East

The Zambia Government has invited Japan Tobacco International (JTI) to set up a cigarette manufacturing industry in the Eastern Province, where most of the country’s tobacco is produced.

The decision followed a meeting between JTI and Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo.

Source: Lusaka Times – 13 October 2016
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Airbrushed images of Walt Disney

Photographs of Walt Disney have been altered by the billion dollar company he started to gloss over the fact he was a heavy smoker who died from lung cancer linked to his three-pack-a-day habit.

Disney, who died in 1966 at the age of 65, was known to be an inveterate chain smoker and even had his left lung removed shortly after the movie release of Mary Poppins.

The company is understood to have edited the pictures of its founder so as not to encourage smoking – particularly among children who visit Disneyland.

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Source: Daily Mail – 13 October 2016
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