ASH Daily News for 2 May 2018



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International

  • Medical opinion shifts from tolerating e-cigarettes to actively promoting them to smokers
  • Thailand: ASH Thailand continues push for smoking control measures
  • US: FDA warns vaping companies to stop making packages that appeal to children
  • Tasmania: Smokers enticed to quit with shopping vouchers that build a network of support

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Question 1
  • Parliamentary Question 2

 

International

Medical opinion shifts from tolerating e-cigarettes to actively promoting them to smokers

This week, when leading medical experts met in Washington DC, the professional opinion on e-cigarettes was clear: legalise but regulate them, promote them to hardened smokers, and hammer conventional cigarettes with high taxes.

“E-cigarette use has remained stable in the UK since 2013, and e-cigarette use by non-smokers remains very low,” said Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). “Innovative technologies that reduce harm should be permitted and encouraged, and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is offering the latest public health guidance to support harm reduction.”

Ann McNeill, Professor of Tobacco Addiction at the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, also made the point that UK surveys have provided no evidence that e-cigarettes were leading people to take up smoking.

See also: Dotemirates, UK leading the way in e-cigarette regulation

Source: The National, 2 May 2018

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Thailand: ASH Thailand continues push for smoking control measures

ASH Thailand has stressed the importance of smoking control measures to discourage new smokers, help those who wish to quit smoking and protect non-smokers.

With the overall number of smokers in Thailand still accounting for 20% of the population, the Action on Smoking and Health Foundation (ASH Thailand) President, Prakit Vathesatogkit, gave a lecture this week in Phuket on why Thailand needs to control smoking.

Source: Pattaya Mail, 1 May 2018

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US: FDA warns vaping companies to stop making packages that appeal to children

The US Food and Drug Administration is clamping down on manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who are selling vaping products in packages that look like candy or snacks.

“No tobacco products should be marketed in a way that endangers kids — especially by using imagery that misleads them into thinking the products are things they’d eat or drink,” the FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.

See also:
The Daily Mail, US warns companies marketing candy-like nicotine fluid, ‘Stop misleading kids’: FDA slams liquid nicotine forms for making products look like juice and candy
Reuters, U.S. clamps down on child-fiendly packaging for e-cigarette liquids
Medical Xpress, US warns liquid nicotine packets resemble juice boxes, candy

Source: Business Insider UK, 1 May 2018

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Tasmania: Smokers enticed to quit with shopping vouchers that build a network of support

Pharmacies and other local businesses on Tasmania’s east coast have been enlisted in a project to pay smokers to quit. Under the Tobacco Free Communities pilot project, pharmacies in Bicheno, Swansea and Triabunna will give residents vouchers to spend at local businesses if they sign up to stop smoking for at least three months.

If the participants can prove through a regular carbon monoxide breath-test that they have not smoked, they will get a voucher each week for the first month, and another at the end of the second and then third months, adding up to a total value of $310.

University of Tasmania senior lecturer Dr Mai Frandsen, who will evaluate the results of the trial, said “It’s based on the simple premise that if we reward someone for changing their behaviour in the short term, they’re more likely to do that and to continue with that behaviour change.”

Source: Brexit News, 1 May 2018

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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary Question 1

Johnathon Ashworth, Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for that reasons the UK has not ratified the WHO Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Robert Jenrick, The Exchequer Secretary

The government is fully committed to the Protocol and preliminary steps to achieve ratification have begun. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the government plans to complete the ratification process by 2 July 2018. This will enable the UK to participate in the first Meeting of the Parties later this year.

Source: Hansard, HC, 1 May 2018

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Parliamentary Question 2

Johnathon Ashworth, Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what track and trace system will be in operation for cigarettes, other tobacco products such as IQOS and substitutes such as e-cigarettes after the UK leaves the EU.

Robert Jenrick, The Exchequer Secretary

Until the UK leaves the EU, we continue to be bound by the requirements of its Directives, which includes implementing a track and trace system for all tobacco products. For cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco, this must be in place by May 2019 and for other tobacco products, by May 2024.

In February 2018, the UK government announced plans to introduce a new category of tobacco product for heated tobacco products, such as IQOS. However, these products and e-cigarettes are not captured under the planned EU system to be in place by May 2019.

It is not possible to comment on post exit scenarios until our future relationship with the EU has been agreed. However, irrespective of EU exit, the government remains committed to introducing a global track and trace system for tobacco products under the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Illicit Trade Protocol.

Source: Hansard, HC, 1 May 2018

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