ASH Daily News for 18 October 2016



  • Cigarette sales no longer key profit source for UK corner shops
  • Tobacco giants return to court against new plain-packaging rules
  • Merseyside: E-liquids that ‘look like children’s sweets’ taken off shelves
  • Gillingham: Medway Maritime Hospital goes smoke-free
  • Brighton: Two in three fines are for dropped butts
  • ASH Scotland: Smoke-free homes for all kids is still our goal
  • India: MPs, doctors seek 40% tax on tobacco products
  • US: Alyssa Edwards urges fans to chuck their cigarettes and quit smoking

Cigarette sales no longer key profit source for UK corner shops

Cigarettes are no longer a core product for Britain’s corner shops and small retailers, new research from ASH has shown.

ASH analysed the electronic point-of-sale data from 1,500 convenience stores and found that they now generated less than 10 per cent of their profits, or a mere £242 a week, from tobacco products.

ASH said its research contradicts the tobacco industry’s longstanding argument that small retailers heavily depend on cigarette sales.The research included a telephone survey of 600 newsagents which found that 69% had said they only made small profits from tobacco.

According to the research, the profit margin on tobacco products are on average 6.6 per cent — substantially lower than the 24.1 per cent margin on non-tobacco products sold.

The report, a joint project with the National Centre for Addiction at King’s College London, argues that selling tobacco requires retailers to tie up their capital in bulky excess stock, which is often placed in prime positions behind the counter despite behind hidden by boardings.

ASH also hits back at the industry’s argument that tobacco entices customers into stores to then buy other products — 79 per cent of transactions do not include the purchase of tobacco products, and those who do buy tobacco spend on average only 25p more on non-tobacco items than shoppers who do not.

See also:
Counter Arguments – How important is tobacco to small retailers?, ASH report
Think cigarette sales keep local corner shops open? Retailers say tiny tobacco profits are a burden, Chronicle Live
ASH says small retailers don’t need tobacco to boost profits, Talking Retail
Tobacco companies ‘exaggerating need for small retailers to sell cigarettes’, BT/PA
Report shows cigarette sales not vital to profits for North-East shopkeepers, Northern Echo

Source: Financial Times – 18 October 2016 (£)
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Tobacco giants return to court against new plain-packaging rules

Tobacco companies return to court today in their battle against the Government’s new plain-packaging rules.

They suffered what anti-smoking campaigners described as a ”crushing defeat” at the High Court in May.

Three Court of Appeal judges in London will now hear a challenge against the judge’s ruling, expected to last four days.

See also:
Big Tobacco’s dirty tricks in opposing plain packaging, The Conversation

Source: Morning Star – 18 October 2016
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Merseyside: E-liquids that ‘look like children’s sweets’ taken off shelves

Concern has been raised over potentially harmful e-liquids being sold to look like “children’s sweets”.

Trading standards officers in Knowsley on Merseyside seized a “large number” of the vaping liquids which are used in e-cigarettes.

A council spokesman said they were packaged to appeal to children and lacked the necessary warning signs. According to the Food Imitations Safety Regulation 1989, it is an offence to supply products which are not food, but could easily be confused with food due to their packaging or shape, particularly by children.

The council removed the items from five business premises in Huyton, Prescot and Kirkby in September.

Source: BBC News – 17 October 2016
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Gillingham: Medway Maritime Hospital goes smoke-free

Patients, visitors and staff will no longer be able to light up at Medway hospital as smoking is now banned across the site. The ban came into force today and means people will not be able to smoke in the buildings, hospital grounds and car parks.

Source: Kent Online – 17 October 2016
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Brighton: Two in three fines are for dropped butts

More than two in three fines handed out by the council’s new enforcement officers in their first six months were for dropped cigarette butts, new figures show.

Of the 882 fines handed out by 3GS officers, 602 were issued for dropped butts.

Source: Brighton and Hove News – 17 October 2016
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ASH Scotland: Smoke-free homes for all kids is still our goal

Sheilla Duffy, CEO of ASH Scotland reacts to the latest figures from the Scottish Health Survey.

Source: Edinburgh News – 17 October 2016
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India: MPs, doctors seek 40% tax on tobacco products

Parliamentarians, medical experts and health advocates have appealed to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council to levy a 40% tax on all tobacco products to curb the addiction.

Source: News 24 Online – 17 October 2016
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US: Alyssa Edwards urges fans to chuck their cigarettes and quit smoking

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Alyssa Edwards has sent out a PSA to her fans urging them to say no to smoking.

In a new article for the Advocate magazine, she writes that ‘smoking will kill your flawlessness’ and urges people to throw those cigarettes away.

Alyssa also very candidly spells out some of the harmful effects of smoking tobacco.

Source: Gay Star News – 18 October 2016
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