ASH Daily News for 17 March 2017



  • Debrett’s issues guide vaping etiquette
  • Vaping: The small print that could invalidate all your insurance
  • Japan: BAT says strong demand for ‘glo’ smokeless tobacco
  • Ireland: This is the number of ‘current smokers’ today
  • US: Poor, minority neighbourhoods have more tobacco-selling shops per capita
  • South Africa: Boxer knocks out BAT in pipe tobacco battle

Debrett’s issues guide vaping etiquette

Debrett’s has issued an etiquette guide to the use of e-cigarettes.

Vaping in bed, over a meal, while queuing or without the permission of guests are all deemed bad manners.

Likening e-cigarettes to mobile phones, Debrett’s says that the lack of a legal ban on their use should not be taken as a green light for indiscriminate vaping.

Offices, restaurants and shops have been left to set their own rules and a poll of 2,000 people carried out for the guide found that a third of users were confused about where it is permitted.

The guide says vapers should ask if there was any doubt about whether the habit was allowed, and apologies must be issued if you blow a cloud of vapour in someone’s face.

Source: The Times – 17 March 2017 (£)
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Vaping: The small print that could invalidate all your insurance

When applying for insurance policies, such as health insurance or life insurance, people are likely to be asked whether they are a smoker or not.

However claiming not to be an active smoker because of vaping could invalidate the insurance contract.

The evidence suggests that health risks are lessened by the use e-cigarettes instead of smoking a cigarette, but as the insurers don’t make this distinction when asking about nicotine use, it means vapers may be overcharged.

Source: Daily Mirror – 16 March 2017
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Japan: BAT says strong demand for ‘glo’ smokeless tobacco

BAT has said demand for its “glo” tobacco heating device overwhelmed supply in its Japan test marketing, as global cigarette companies shift focus to the new product category amid a declining smoking population.

The “heat but not burn” tobacco is rapidly gaining popularity in Japan. Philip Morris International said earlier this month that it has more than doubled the supply of its IQOS tobacco device but it was not enough to cover the demand.

BAT and Philip Morris were the first of the big tobacco firms to invest in cigarette alternatives a few years ago, as growing health consciousness reduces traditional smoking.

Source: Reuters – 17 March 2017
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Ireland: This is the number of ‘current smokers’ today

A new report into the Irish Government’s plans to make Ireland ‘smoke free’ by 2025 has shown that about one in five people smoke tobacco every day in Ireland.

The Annual Report of Tobacco Free Ireland Action Plan looks at the actions taken to eliminate smoking.

The report records that 19% of people smoke daily and 4% smoke occasionally. It therefore records 23% of people as being ‘current smokers’.

The report also states that smoking is directly related to more than 5,600 deaths in Ireland every year.

Source: MSN – 16 March 2017
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US: Poor, minority neighbourhoods have more tobacco-selling shops per capita

Neighbourhoods with a high proportion of black residents or high poverty tend to have the greatest density of stores selling cigarettes and tobacco products, U.S. researchers say.

Poverty explained some of the association, but an urban planning concept, neighbourhood “stability” – including the proportion of homes that are rented versus owned – accounted for most of the link, the study team reports in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The researchers calculated the density of 90,400 tobacco outlets in 97 counties, containing 79 million people, or about a quarter of the population, across the nation to get a broad picture.

Across all counties, the average density of tobacco shops was 1.3 per 1,000 people. But as neighbourhood income fell, density of tobacco shops rose. It also rose as the proportion of the neighbourhood’s residents who were African American increased.

In addition, a high proportion of vacant housing units or a high proportion of rental units were tied to sharp rises in the density of stores selling tobacco.

Neighbourhoods with a high proportion of Hispanic, white or Asian/Pacific Islander residents did not display changes in tobacco store density relative to race or ethnicity.

Source: Reuters – 16 March 2017
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South Africa: Boxer knocks out BAT in pipe tobacco battle

Leonard Dingler‚ the manufacturer of the 95-year-old Boxer pipe tobacco‚ has won its long-running bout with BAT.

Less than two years ago, BAT had launched a product known as Africa Gold with branding similar to the Boxer’s product.
Leonard Dingler complained to the Advertising Standards Authority of SA (ASASA) in December 2015 that BAT’s Africa Gold product had a similar overall packaging to that of its Boxer product and was sold in the same low price segment with similar pricing‚ to the same target market.

In March last year‚ ASASA upheld Leonard Dingler’s complaint and ordered BAT to withdraw the packaging of the product with immediate effect but BAT appealed the decision and won.

Dingler then approached the Final Appeal Committee of the Advertising Standards Authority and in a judgement on February 27‚ the Final Appeal Committee overturned the Advertising Industry Tribunal’s finding, equating packaging to advertising.

The committee ordered that BAT’s current packaging of Africa Gold be withdrawn with immediate effect.

Source: Sunday Times ZA – 16 March 2017
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