ASH Daily news for 17 November 2015
17 November 2015
- How can Philip Morris sue Uruguay over its tobacco laws?
- Mouth cancer awareness saves lives
- Shares in Imperial Tobacco hit record high on fresh takeover talk
- China continues to lag in effective tobacco control, studies show
- Parliamentary Business
How can Philip Morris sue Uruguay over its tobacco laws?
In an opinion piece published in the Guardian, Alfred de Zayas a United Nations independent expert, argues that the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions of the TPP, which has allowed tobacco company Philip Morris to sue Uruguay after it adopted a number of anti-tobacco regulations, puts companies’ rights ahead of human rights.
He argues that ISDS, which “is a privatised system of arbitration” which allows an investor the right to use private dispute settlement proceedings against a foreign government, threatens the existing system of justice and must be abolished.Source: The Guardian, 16 November 2015
Mouth cancer awareness saves lives
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation writes that awareness of mouth cancer can save lives.
The main things to be aware of are ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth and any unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth, head and neck area.
Awareness of the risk factors is also vital, as roughly 91% of all diagnoses are linked to lifestyle. Smoking and chewing tobacco are the leading causes of mouth cancer and excessive alcohol is linked to more than a third of cases in men and a fifth in women. Poor diet and the HPV virus are also major risk factorsSource: Independent Nurse, 17 November 2015
Shares in Imperial Tobacco hit record high on fresh takeover talk
Shares in Imperial Tobacco touched an all-time high on Monday amid speculation that a tie-up between Imperial and Japan Tobacco International was imminent.Source: The Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2015
China continues to lag in effective tobacco control, studies show
A series of articles published in the journal of Tobacco Control based on findings from the University of Waterloo’s International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project), suggest that efforts to reduce tobacco consumption in China have been ineffective.
Lead researcher Professor Fong said: “The new ITC studies demonstrate the urgent need for the Chinese government to accelerate progress towards ending the tobacco epidemic across several key policy fronts including a national comprehensive smoke-free law, pictorial health warnings, and strong controls on misleading marketing and harmful cigarette design practices.”Source: Science Daily, 16 November 2015
Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the illegal trade of cigarettes in Northern Ireland.
Damian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary
Estimates of the volume and total revenue losses associated with the tobacco illicit market are published in ‘Tobacco Tax Gap Estimates 2014 to 2015’.
These estimates cannot be broken down on a regional basis.
The methodology for producing the estimates are provided in the ‘Measuring Tax Gaps 2015 edition: Methodological Annex’.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/469973/HMRC-Measuring-tax-gaps-2015-methodological-annex.pdfSource: Hansard: HC Deb, 16 November 2015, cW