ASH Daily news for 17 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Durham: Council receives award for efforts to tackle smoking
  • EU: Hungarian govt “ready to face” EC probes
  • Philip Morris expands e-cigarette deal with Altria
  • Swedish Match and Philip Morris end snus joint venture
  • US: New report shows how Chamber of Commerce fought anti-smoking laws in low-income countries
  • US: Philadelphia Housing Authority bans smoking
  • US: E-cigarette, smoking age bills revived in Legislature

    Durham: Council receives award for efforts to tackle smoking

    Durham City Council has won a CLeaR award for reducing the number of people who smoke and for its work with NHS trusts in ensuring people, particularly those in hospital, those with poor mental health and pregnant women, receive support in quitting smoking.

    The panel commended the awareness campaigns run by the council-commissioned programme – Fresh Smoke Free.

    Source: Durham City Council – 16 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1V9OSNF

    EU: Hungarian govt “ready to face” EC probes

    The Hungarian government is ready to face European Commission probes into its extra taxes on foreign supermarkets and tobacco companies, government office chief János Lázár said.

    He added that the Spar supermarket chain and tobacco maker Philip Morris had filed complaints against Hungary in Brussels, and the government is ready to “argue its case”. He accused the commission of openly supporting the interests of these two companies after their “open lobbying”.

    See also:
    – Government seeks to drive foreign businesses out of Hungary, Budapest Beacon

    Source: ExpatLoop – 17 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1V9Plza

    Philip Morris expands e-cigarette deal with Altria

    Philip Morris International and its American counterpart Altria Group announced on Thursday an expansion of their agreement on e-cigarettes to include research and development, as the market for tobacco alternatives continues to evolve.

    The companies, which split from each other in 2008, said in 2013 that Philip Morris would have the exclusive right to sell Altria’s e-cigarettes outside the United States, and Altria the exclusive right to sell two of Philip Morris’s “heated tobacco products” in the United States. They also said they would cooperate on scientific assessments of the products, engaging with regulators and sharing improvements in the products.

    On Thursday, the companies said they were expanding that framework to include a joint research, development and technology-sharing agreement, which a Philip Morris spokeswoman said would set a framework to develop the next generation of e-cigarettes.

    Source: Reuters – 16 July 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1V9PX83

    Swedish Match and Philip Morris end snus joint venture

    Tobacco companies Swedish Match and Philip Morris have agreed to dissolve their joint venture that focused on selling smokeless tobacco products outside Scandinavia and the U.S.

    Formed in 2009, the venture aimed to commercialize Swedish Match’s snus and other smokefree tobacco products using Philip Morris’ sales and distribution infrastructure. But despite growing demand, the development has taken longer than the companies had expected.

    They will now focus on independent strategies to commercialize snus in the former joint venture markets, with trademark licenses reverting back to the original owners.

    Source: ADVFN – 16 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1V9QJC2

    US: New report shows how Chamber of Commerce fought anti-smoking laws in low-income countries

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce targeted low- and middle-income countries in lobbying against anti-smoking regulations, according to a new report unveiled by health and safety groups.

    The report,: “Blowing Smoke for Big Tobacco,” from nine groups including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Public Citizen and Corporate Accountability International comes after The New York Times reported that the Chamber is lobbying alongside foreign affiliates to fight anti-smoking laws and advance the interests of the tobacco industry.

    The report found that the Chamber has fought policies consistent with the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, an international public health treaty that has been ratified by 179 countries and the European Union.

    The report said the Chamber fought laws related to smoke-free workplaces and public places, higher tobacco taxes, tobacco advertising bans, graphic health warnings and provisions governing tobacco packages in countries ranging from Burkina Faso to Ukraine.

    See also:
    – Blowing Smoke for Big Tobacco: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Fights Life-Saving Measures, Tobacco-Free Kids

    Source: The Hill – 16 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1V9PQth

    US: Philadelphia Housing Authority bans smoking

    The Philadelphia Housing Authority has adopted a universal smoking ban that affects 80,000 residents.

    The policy will take effect on 05 August and follows similar moves around the country.

    Officials in Philadelphia say a poll shows that about one-third of residents smoke or live with a smoker while 55% support a smoking ban.

    Source: NBC Philadelphia – 16 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1V9Qcjt

    US: E-cigarette, smoking age bills revived in Legislature

    After several antitobacco bills stalled in the state Legislature, California lawmakers have said they will revive the proposals in special session in order to bypass their reluctant colleagues.

    Among the bills being brought back to life is a measure to regulate e-cigarettes the same way tobacco products are regulated, and a proposal to increase the smoking age from 18 to 21.

    Both the Senate and Assembly introduced six bills which will be taken up during a special session on health care when lawmakers return from summer recess in August.

    Source: SF Gate – 16 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1V9R0EV