ASH Daily news for 18 December 2015



HEADLINES

  • Scotland to ban smoking in cars with children
  • Glasgow: Paisley hospital e-cigs ban U-turn
  • Australian government wins plain packaging case against Philip Morris Asia
  • France votes for plain cigarette packaging from 2016
  • Ireland: Smoking in cars with children to be banned
  • US: Boston raises age for buying cigarettes, tobacco to 21
  • New Zealand: Calls for tobacco plain packaging
  • Indonesia: Health Ministry rejects tobacco draft bill
  • Parliamentary business

    Scotland to ban smoking in cars with children

    Scotland is to ban smoking in cars that are carrying children after MSPs voted unanimously in favour of a change in the law.

    The new legislation will mean fines of up to £100 for anyone who smokes in a car which has a passenger under the age of 18.It aims protect children from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

    The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) Bill was introduced by Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume.

    See also:
    – MSPs pass ban on smoking in cars when children are present, The Scotsman
    – Smoking in cars with kids outlawed ‘within weeks’ as MSPs vote for ban, Daily Record
    – Protecting children from second-hand smoke, The Scottish Government
    – Law Society welcomes ban on smoking in cars with children, NYSE

    Source: BBC News – 18 December 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1MkKmUk

    Glasgow: Paisley hospital e-cigs ban U-turn

    Administrators have lifted a ban and will now let people use e-cigarettes at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said vaping will now be allowed in designated areas following a change in policy.

    The decision was taken following new evidence from a range of sources that show electronic-cigarettes to be an effective tool in tackling harmful tobacco smoking rates.

    The move is also consistent with guidance published by Health Scotland, which recommends that NHS smoking cessation services should support those choosing to quit smoking by using e-cigarettes.

    The board also considered that allowing the controlled use of e-cigarettes on healthcare grounds will further support the drive to make all NHSGGC sites completely tobacco free in line with the national policy.

    Source: Daily Record – 17 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MkKXW7

    Australian government wins plain packaging case against Philip Morris Asia

    The federal government has won its case against tobacco giant Philip Morris Asia challenging Australia’s tobacco plain-packaging laws.

    It means the former Gillard government’s plain-packaging laws, introduced in 2011, will remain in place.

    The tribunal in the arbitration, based in Singapore, has issued a unanimous decision agreeing with Australia’s position that it has no jurisdiction to hear Philip Morris’s claim.

    Philip Morris has criticised the decision, saying it does not validate plain packaging in Australia or anywhere else.

    See also:
    – Australia wins international legal battle with Philip Morris over plain packaging, The Guardian
    – Australia welcomes plain cigarette packaging ‘win’, Yahoo! News/AFP
    – Tobacco giants face uphill battle to keep branding on packs after Philip Morris loses court battle, International Business Times
    – Plain cigarette packaging likely to snowball globally, WN
    – Australia successfully defends plain packaging against Philip Morris legal challenge, Cancer Council Victoria
    – Philip Morris Asia Comments on Tribunal’s Decision to Decline Jurisdiction in Arbitration Against Australia Over Plain Packaging, Bioportfolio

    Source: Sydney Morning Herald – 18 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MkLKX9

    France votes for plain cigarette packaging from 2016

    Cigarettes in France will be sold in plain packaging under a law that was finally passed in parliament on Thursday despite objections from the conservative opposition.

    Starting in May 2016, the brand name will appear but in a small, uniform typeface and packets will be shorn of logos.

    With backing from the ruling Socialists and the Greens, the text finally came into law after mainly conservative senators added amendments to the draft that was first voted in April, which would allow the brand name to appear in small letters.

    The senate had initially demanded that the neutral packaging clause be removed from the draft legislation.

    Source: The Guardian – 18 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MkLXtd

    Ireland: Smoking in cars with children to be banned

    A ban on smoking in vehicles when children are present will come into effect in the Republic of Ireland on New Year’s Day, 1 January 2016.

    Anyone caught smoking in a vehicle in front of a child or youth under the age of 18 will be fined 100 euros (£73). Failure to pay the fine, or to stop a vehicle and give personal details to the police could lead to a prosecution and 1,000 euros (£727) penalty.

    A similar ban is being considered by the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    Source: BBC News – 17 November 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1MkLfvW

    US: Boston raises age for buying cigarettes, tobacco to 21

    Boston health officials have voted to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other nicotine products — including electronic cigarettes — from 18 to 21.

    Mayor Marty Walsh said the city now joins more than 85 other Massachusetts cities and towns — as well as New York City and Hawaii — in raising the age for purchasing cigarettes.

    The Boston Board of Health also voted to increase the age for admission to adult-only retail tobacco stores and smoking bars to 21.

    The changes will also limit the sale of flavored tobacco and nicotine products, other than menthol, to adult-only retailers.

    Source: Yahoo! News/AP – 18 December 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1MkMifE

    New Zealand: Calls for tobacco plain packaging

    Following the collapse of the legal case against the Australian Government’s standardised packaging policy, Kerri Nuku, president of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has called on the New Zealand Government to announce plain packaging laws in the country immediately.

    Source: Scoop – 18 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MkMHi8

    Indonesia: Health Ministry rejects tobacco draft bill

    The Health Ministry has rejected the draft bill on tobacco affairs bill to be included in the 2016 National Legislation Program.

    “We consistently reject [the draft bill]. The draft bill has no sense of urgency,” Lily Sulistyowati, director of non-transmitted disease at the Health Ministry.

    Lily explained that relevant ministries under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration had agreed to halt the discussion of the draft bill. Lily explained that the tobacco industry was a subject of other laws.

    The House of National Representatives National Legislation Board insisted on accelerating the discussion of the draft bill on tobacco affairs in the House’s plenary session. The House claimed that the draft bill would protect tobacco farmers by limiting tobacco imports.

    Source: Tempo – 17 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MkMWK5

    Parliamentary business

    A Westminster Hall debate on tobacco control policy and the government strategy took place on Thursday. The Health Minister was in attendance and responded to comments made by MPs.

    Source: Hansard – 17 December 2015 : Column 613WH
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MkNdg7