ASH Daily news for 19 January 2015



HEADLINES

  • Plain tobacco pack regulation plans squeezed by general election
  • London: Smoking ban for mental health patients in Islington’s high-security wards
  • Birmingham: Tipton hero tells of saving neighbour from bungalow blaze
  • Ireland: €120m boom for cigarette smugglers
  • GSK’s nicotine patches and gum feel the heat from e-cigarettes
  • South Korea: Cigarette imports drop 14.4% amid surge in demand for e-cigarettes: report

    Plain tobacco pack regulation plans squeezed by general election

    Time is running out for the government to introduce plain packaging regulation for tobacco before the General Election in May.

    There are 12 preliminary steps the government must take before 2 March, including a joint committee on statutory instruments receiving the regulations by 26 January for consideration on 4 February.

    The Department of Health was non-committal this week about whether the regulations would be passed in this parliamentary session.

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    Source: The Grocer – 16 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/15qkubV

    London: Smoking ban for mental health patients in Islington’s high-security wards

    Camden and Islington Foundation Trust has become one of the first in the country to stop offering supervised smoking breaks to in-patients, warning that smoking is the “main cause of death” among its “service users” and “interferes with psychiatric treatment”.

    The new smoking policy means sectioned patients – who are diagnosed with serious disorders and judged not well enough to mix with the public – are not free to go outside on their own and so have no choice but to quit.

    They are being offered nicotine patches, gum and will be allowed to use electronic cigarettes.

    Source: Islington Tribune – 16 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1CrE5mJ

    Birmingham: Tipton hero tells of saving neighbour from bungalow blaze

    A neighbour braved thick smoke and flames to save a woman from a burning bungalow in the Black Country.

    Mick Dabbs was watching snooker on TV late last night when he noticed smoke pouring through the front door of his neighbour’s property in Sandgate Road, Tipton.

    He told his wife and heroically forced his way into the next-door property at around 1.40am before returning to his home and alerting the fire brigade.

    The householder was not badly injured. It is believed the blaze was started by a stray cigarette in the front bedroom of the bungalow.

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    Source: Birmingham Mail – 16 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1CrEG7U

    Ireland: €120m boom for cigarette smugglers

    Customs and police fear that the Government’s plans to introduce plain packaging will increase smuggling.

    They estimate that border-based smugglers are importing around €90m worth of tobacco products a year, mainly from the Far East. Based on the experience of Australia, the first and only country to bring in the plain packaging, they estimate the IRA-controlled trade here could boom to around €120m in value.

    Source: Independent.ie – 18 Januray 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1CrF3iR

    GSK’s nicotine patches and gum feel the heat from e-cigarettes

    GlaxoSmithKline is feeling the heat from the rapid growth in electronic cigarettes, with enthusiasm for the nicotine delivery devices dampening sales of the British drugmaker’s patches and gum, its chief executive said.

    In an interview with Reuters, Andrew Witty also said he and his team had spent “a few days” exploring whether the drugmaker should compete directly by becoming an e-cigarette maker, but had swiftly decided against it.

    See also:
    – Rapid rise of vaping dents GlaxoSmithKline’s sales of nicotine patches and gum, The Guardian
    – Glaxo boss bemoans rise of ‘vaping’, The Times (£)

    Source: Reuters – 26 January 20145
    Link: http://reut.rs/1CrFfi1

    South Korea: Cigarette imports drop 14.4% amid surge in demand for e-cigarettes: report

    Cigarette imports dropped in 2014, but imports of electronic cigarettes leaped as South Koreans tried to kick the habit after the government raised prices, the customs office has reported.

    The government raised the average price of a pack of cigarettes by 2,000 won (US$1.84) on Jan. 1, pushing smokers to quit with the help of e-cigarettes.

    A tally from the Korea Customs Service (KCS) showed cigarette imports dropped 14.4 percent last year from the year before, or $15.9 million in value, down from $18.57 million in 2013.

    In terms of volume, South Korea bought 823 tons of cigarettes from abroad, down 15.4 percent from 973 tons the year before.

    Imports of electronic cigarettes, on the other hand, skyrocketed 342 percent on year to $10.14 million, with 138 tons worth of the products being brought into the country. This is a gain of 348.2 percent from the year before in volume.

    Source: Korea Herald – 19 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1CrFPMI