ASH Daily news for 17 March 2015
- Standardised tobacco packaging gets go-ahead
- Lynton Crosby: can the “Lizard of Oz” win the election for the Conservatives?
- Flower shows and festivals: tobacco industry hospitality and MP voting
- Farage will ‘save British pubs’ by axing the smoking ban
- Somerset: Illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized
- Woman lights cigarette on plane
- Parliamentary Business
Standardised tobacco packaging gets go-ahead
Regulations enforcing standardised tobacco packaging will come into effect next year after they were approved by the House of Lords.
Peers agreed the move without a vote after MPs overwhelmingly backed the move last week. Lord Naseby who had led the fight against the plans in the Lords withdrew his bid to block the regulations, admitting he knew he would lose the vote.Source: Daily Mail, 16 March 2015
Lynton Crosby: can the “Lizard of Oz” win the election for the Conservatives?
The Guardian asks whether political strategist Lynton Crosby can help win the election for the Conservatives.
Crosby’s firm, Crosby Textor, has been criticised for its links to the tobacco industry. Private clients of the firm include tobacco companies, and in 2013, shortly after Crosby started working for the Conservatives again, standardised packaging, a measures already opposed in Australia by Crosby Textor clients, disappeared from the government’s immediate legislative programme.
Ed Miliband subsequently called Cameron the “Prime Minister for Benson and Hedge funds”.Source: Guardian, 16 March 2015
Flower shows and festivals: tobacco industry hospitality and MP voting
In response to the article “Plain cigarette packaging: One in four MPs who opposed measures have declared links to tobacco industry”, which appeared on the Independent Online last week, academics Dr Olivia Maynard and Dr Karen Evans-Reeves explore the figures and the importance of examining the role of the tobacco industry in attempting to influence the political decision-making process.Source: Guardian, 16 March 2015
Farage will ‘save British pubs’ by axing the smoking ban
UKIP’s Nigel Farage has said he will slash beer tax and bring back smoking rooms in pubs should his party enter government as part of a coalition in May’s General Election.Source: Daily Star, 17 March 2015
Somerset: Illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized
Nearly £4,000 worth of illegal cigarettes and tobacco have been seized from a Bridgwater off-licence and a Taunton shop.
Avon and Somerset Police worked alongside officers from Devon and Somerset Trading Standards and tobacco detection dogs funded by Smokefree South West, Scamp, Phoebe and Yoyo.
Fiona Andrews, director of Smokefree South West said: “The public in Somerset told us clearly during our awareness campaign last summer that they don’t want criminals putting our children at risk or making it harder for adults to quit by making illegal tobacco available so cheaply. We are pleased to fund the detection dogs to help our enforcement colleagues continue to sniff out illegal tobacco.”Source: Central Somerset Gazette, 17 March 2015
Woman lights cigarette on plane
The Daily Mirror draws attention to recent footage of a woman lighting a cigarette on board a plane.Source: Daily Mirror, 16 March 2015
Lords have approved the introduction of regulations for Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products. The motion was agreed without a vote and the regualtions will be introduced in May 2016.
HL Deb, 16 March 2015, c936
Up and coming business
Draft regulations for “Nicotine Inhaling Products” (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) and draft regulations for Proxy Purchasing of Tobacco and Nicotine Products will be tabled in the Lords Grand Committee on 19th March.