ASH Daily news for 17 March 2016



HEADLINES

Tobacco and Gambling hit by higher ‘Sin Taxes’ in the Budget
Wales: Public Health Bill Defeated in Assembly vote
Norfolk: Swaffham and Thetford introduce voluntary smoke-free zones around children’s play areas
Romania: Ban on smoking in public places comes into effect
USA: National Kick Butts Day

Tobacco and Gambling hit by higher ‘Sin Taxes’ in the Budget
In yesterday’s Budget the Chancellor George Osborne announced that duty on hand-rolled tobacco will increase to 5% above inflation in recognition that more and more people are switching to this instead of manufactured cigarettes. Duty on regular packs of cigarettes will also increase by 2% above inflation.

The changes mean tobacco taxes will add 21p to a pack of 20 cigarettes and 44p to a 30g pack of hand-rolling tobacco.

ASH chief executive Deborah Arnott said: ‘This is excellent news and we’re delighted the Chancellor has heeded the calls of the health community to further raise tobacco taxes, to reduce the incentive for smokers to downtrade to cheaper products. The new tax structure will increase the effectiveness of taxation and encourage more people to quit. It will also help close the gap in health inequalities.’

See also:
Third Voice News: Poverty groups in Scotland slam chancellor’s budget
The Times: Boost for drinkers but smokers are made to pay
Mirror: Budget 2016 explained: Summary of key announcements from sugar tax to petrol prices
The Sun: Budget 2016: Smokers punished as Chancellor puts cost of cigarettes up again

Source: The Mail Online 17 March 2016
Link: http://dailym.ai/1pNetAC

Wales: Public Health Bill Defeated in Assembly vote
The National Assembly’s last full session before the election in May ended in acrimony with the defeat of the Labour government’s Public Health Bill, which would have introduced a partial ban on electronic cigarettes in public places.

Plaid Cymru, which had originally given its AMs a free vote on the Public Health Bill, opted to vote against the Bill following a “jokey” comment made by a Government Minister.

This unexpected decision means there will be no legal ban on “vaping” in public places in Wales.

See also:
ITV: Parties, campaigners and traders react to failed e-cig ban

The Guardian: ‘Cheap date’ remark stubs out proposed Welsh vaping ban

Adrossan and Saltcaots Herald: Proposed e-cigarette ban in public places with children present defeated

Source: Wales Online 17 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/22mPkOG

Norfolk: Swaffham and Thetford introduce voluntary smoke-free zones around children’s play areas
Swaffham and Thetford Town Councils have signed up to a scheme to introduce voluntary smoke free zones in areas where children play. They have asked children across the authority to design signs which will be put up in play areas the councils are responsible for, requesting adults not to smoke.

Source: Thetford and Brandon Times 16 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1pNhuRj
Romania: Ban on smoking in public places comes into effect
A law banning smoking in public places came into effect at midnight on the 16th March 2016. The legislation was introduced after a fire in a nightclub in Bucharest on October 30th killed 64 people and inspired calls for stricter safety regulations in public places.

See also:
Calvin Ayre: Romania’s casinos brace for effects of statewide smoking ban

Source: The Mail Online 16 March 2016
Link: http://dailym.ai/1Ui47Fh
USA: National Kick Butts Day
In Boston Massachusetts more than 200 high school students rallied at the State House for “Kick Butts Day.” These students came together to speak out against the tobacco industry, arguing that tobacco products are too cheap, too sweet and too easy to get. They want to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco in convenience stores and gas stations statewide.

Kick Butts Day, organised by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and held on the 16th March, is a national day of activism that encourages young people to speak out against the tobacco industry.

See also:
NYSE Post: Wednesday events to mark Kick Butts Day NYSE Post
KDLT News: Kickings Butts: Saying No To Tobacco

BioPortfolio: Louisiana Youth, TFL and Elected Officials Host Capitol Press Conference In Recognition of Kick Butts Day 2016

Source: 22 News 16 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1Ui5wLZ