ASH Daily News for 18 January 2017



  • Implications for Imperial Tobacco of BAT deal
  • Wales: E-cigarette chargers seized after more than half fail survey safety tests
  • Coventry: Tobacco litter following smokefree hospital policy
  • Canada: B.C. health minister’s tweet on tobacco consumption age garners controversy
  • US: Altria acquires Sherman Group
  • Ireland: Hospitals urged to lift the ban on vaping
  • Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse

Implications for Imperial Tobacco of BAT deal

An industry expert from Hargreaves Lansdown has stated that Imperial Tobacco is increasingly “looking like a minnow swimming in a tank of big, hungry fish” after British American Tobacco agreed a 49.4 billion US dollar (£40.8 billion) takeover of US rival Reynolds in a deal creating the world’s largest listed tobacco company.

According to Steve Clayton, fund manager at Hargreaves Lansdown, the bulk of the newly created company could push competitors to look at taking over Imperial in an attempt to carry on competing effectively.

Source: South West Business – 17 January 2017
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Wales: E-cigarette chargers seized after more than half fail survey safety tests

More than half of e-cigarette chargers surveyed by a regulatory body have been seized after they failed safety tests.

The Shared Regulatory Services, which covers the Vale of Glamorgan as well as Cardiff and Bridgend, is advising businesses to proceed with caution when selling e-cigarette chargers to consumers.

In total, 17 e-cigarette chargers were purchased from a number of small retailers across the Vale, Cardiff and Bridgend and 10 (58%) failed an initial screening test.

Source: Barry and District News – 17 January 2017
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Coventry: Tobacco litter following smokefree hospital policy

People living near University Hospital are are taking matters into their own hands after smokers who have been banned from the site started dumping rubbish on the Sowe Valley path.

Two Wyken residents have started litter picking in their own time and say mounds of rubbish are dumped there every day.

Gary Haigh and his partner Helen first started voluntarily picking litter around 12 months ago, and they say it has got worse since a smoking ban came into force in the hospital grounds.

Source: Coventry Telegraph – 17 January 2017
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Canada: B.C. health minister’s tweet on tobacco consumption age garners controversy

British Columbia’s health minister has floated the idea on social media of raising the age of tobacco consumption from 19 to 21. It’s a change supported by medical professionals, but not everyone sees the benefits.

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Source: Chek News – 17 January 2017
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US: Altria acquires Sherman Group

Altria Group Inc has purchased Sherman Group Holdings LLC, a Greensboro, N.C.-based tobacco manufacturer, and its subsidiaries (Nat Sherman).

Nat Sherman sells premium cigarettes and cigars and will join Philip Morris USA and John Middleton Co. as part of Altria’s smokeable products segment. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Source: Virginia Business – 17 January 2017
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Ireland: Hospitals urged to lift the ban on vaping

Patients should be allowed to vape in hospitals to encourage people to quit smoking, a lobby group has said.

The Irish Vape Vendors Association (IVVA), which represents e-cigarette sellers, said that forcing people to use their devices alongside smokers in designated areas away from hospitals was creating the impression that the products are as damaging for health as tobacco.

Public health experts in Britain have called for a relaxation of rules around vaping in hospitals and a number of hospital trusts in Scotland and England have reversed bans.

The Health Service Executive has banned vaping in its buildings and on hospital campuses since 2014.

Gillian Golden, spokeswoman for the IVVA, claimed there was a lack of joined-up thinking in the HSE’s approach to smoking cessation.

Source: The Irish Times – 18 January 2017 (£)
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Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse

In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Journalist Emma Young finds out for The Independent how they did it, and what the lessons might be for other countries.

Source: The Independent – 17 January 2017
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