ASH Daily news for 17 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • 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
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MQRZlY

    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 factors

    Source: Independent Nurse, 17 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Od3K9M

    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
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NYwcy7

    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
    Tobacco Control: Continuing Challenges to Tobacco Control in China: Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) China Project

    Source: Science Daily, 16 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MyOtxi

    Parliamentary Business

    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’.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tobacco-tax-gap-estimates

    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.pdf

    Source: Hansard: HC Deb, 16 November 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1LjnT9E