ASH Daily news for 19 February 2015



HEADLINES

  • American Legislative Exchange Council helps Philip Morris block standardised packaging tobacco rules
  • First vaping tribunal ruling sounds warning for employer
  • Should we celebrate 10 years of the global tobacco control treaty?
  • Nicotine may supports learning and memory in mental health patients
  • Ireland: Arthur Cox faces queries from Health Service Executive over tobacco role
  • German court halts eviction of 76-year-old smoker

    American Legislative Exchange Council helps Philip Morris block standardised packaging tobacco rules

    On Sunday the US TC show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” critised Philip Morris and other tobacco companies.

    Oliver, who awarded the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) the honorary title of “Associate Producer of Creating Horrifying Things for Us to Talk About”, didn’t mention how ALEC has helped the tobacco companies, with whom it has a long shared history and from whom it receives significant funding, push their anti-regulatory agenda globally.
    ALEC also tried to derail the UK government’s plain packaging proposals in 2012, as reported by The Guardian.

    Source: PR Watch, 16 February, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1w009GZ

    First vaping tribunal ruling sounds warning for employer

    A recent employment tribunal considered whether an employer had acted fairly in taking disciplinary action against an employee for using an electronic cigarette. The ruling acts as a warning to employers that if they wish to dismiss an employee for ‘vaping’, they cannot rely on a conventional smoking policy to justify any action taken.

    Source: CIPD, 16 February, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1AVZN4J

    Should we celebrate 10 years of the global tobacco control treaty?

    February 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
    Laurent Huber, the Director of the Framework Convention Alliance comments that although great strides have been made he questions whether the FCTC lived up to its lofty goals and whether we are on track to end the tobacco epidemic.

    Source: EnvironmentGuru, 18 February, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Lgrt7i

    Nicotine may supports learning and memory in mental health patients

    New research supported by the US National Institutes of Health, suggests that cotinine — a bi-product of nicotine may boost effectiveness, at least for a time, of existing therapies for Alzheimer’s and possibly other memory and psychiatric disorders.

    Source:  The Journal of Pharmacology  R-(+) and S-(−) Isomers of Cotinine Augment Cholinergic Responses In Vitro and In Vivo

    Source: Science 2.0, 18 February, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1AnPsfS

    Ireland: Arthur Cox faces queries from Health Service Executive over tobacco role

    Legal firm Arthur Cox is facing questions from the Health Service Executive over its involvement in threatened court action over the plan to ban branded cigarette packaging.

    The firm which is among Ireland’s most powerful solicitors’ practices, is the legal adviser to JTI Ireland, which has threatened to sue Ministers James Reilly and Leo Varadkar if they fail to halt standardised packaging legislation by tomorrow.

    Source: The Irish Times, 19 February, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1LdZ3ce

    German court halts eviction of 76-year-old smoker

    A German court has ruled that a 76-year-old smoker, facing eviction over smoke and smell of ashtrays emanating from his home, can stay in his apartment.
    A lower court had sided in June with the flat’s owner, who ended the lease of pensioner for the apartment that had been his home for more than fourty years.

    Source: France 24, 18 February, 2015
    Link: http://f24.my/1MzM3AZ