ASH Daily News for 20 February 2017



  • Smokers trying to quit hit by postcode lottery as GPs ration help
  • Stansted: Passenger using an e-cigarette causes major alarm at airport
  • Kenya: BAT loses challenge to tobacco control law
  • US: Cigarette giant to sponsor Nashville schools gala
  • US: Lobbyists helped bankroll President Trump’s transition
  • Malaysia: Proposed licensing aimed at curbing illegal distribution of tobacco products, says minister
  • US: How Truth Initiative is reframing anti-smoking ads

Smokers trying to quit hit by postcode lottery as GPs ration help

Smokers in England wanting to quit face a postcode lottery as cash-strapped councils and GPs restrict access to services that can help them.

The revelation has alarmed health experts and charities who claim that lives are being put at risk as a result of the fragmented provision.

Evidence obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows that an increasing number of clinical commissioning groups – the 200 or so organisations that deliver NHS services in England – have been instructing GPs to stop providing the services. Many of the groups argue that it is no longer their responsibility.

Source: The Observer – 19 February 2017
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Stansted: Passenger using an e-cigarette causes major alarm at airport

It’s thought a passenger using an e-cigarette in a toilet set off an alarm at Stansted Airport in Essex.

Passengers were kept back from entering security for 15 minutes while the matter was being investigated.

Source: ITV – 17 February 2017
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Kenya: BAT loses challenge to tobacco control law

Cigarette manufacturers will be required to contribute a percentage of their profits to cater for adverse effects of tobacco use, a court has ruled. They will also have to publish graphic images on their packaging to warn the public against tobacco use.

A three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal dismissed an application by British American Tobacco Limited challenging the 2014 Tobacco Control Act.

Appellate Judges Festus Azangalala, Hannah Okwengu and Fatuma Sichale ruled that the regulations are meant to protect the public against the adverse effects of tobacco use and did not violate the rights of the manufacturers.

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BAT loses major case against printing gory images on cigarette packets, The Star

Source: Standard Media – 18 February 2017
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US: Cigarette giant to sponsor Nashville schools gala

For as long as the Nashville Chamber of Commerce has been holding its annual Academies of Nashville gala, which honours teachers and principals, and recognises partnerships between the businesses and schools in the academies, Altria has been a sponsor.

Courtney Cotton, the chamber’s vice president of communications and marketing, says that typically the chamber doesn’t discuss the specifics of any sponsorship agreements with media, but that the chamber is “proud of the AoN sponsor partnerships we’ve had over the last six years that have made this fantastic event possible.”

Source: Nashville Scene – 17 February 2017
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US: Lobbyists helped bankroll President Trump’s transition

At least a dozen registered lobbyists have donated money to Trump for America, as the transition team was officially known, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of federal filings. These include people who represent defence contractors, drug-makers, private prisons, telecommunications giants and tobacco companies, among other interests.

The actual number of lobbyists who donated to Trump’s transition is likely to be higher, as the transition team is yet to file all its mandatory financial report. But some lobbyists disclosed these contributions in separate documents filed with Congress.

Source: TIME – 17 February 2017
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Malaysia: Proposed licensing aimed at curbing illegal distribution of tobacco products, says minister

The proposed licensing of tobacco and tobacco products is aimed at curbing the illegal distribution of tobacco products in the market, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Mah Siew Keong.

He said the enforcement of the regulations could help reduce the sale and use of illegal tobacco products, as well as leakages in tax collection by the government.

It is also in line with the government’s commitment under the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) protocol to stem the distribution of tobacco, including cigarettes illegally.

Source: Malay Mail Online – 17 February 2017
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US: How Truth Initiative is reframing anti-smoking ads

Typically, anti-drug campaigns frame abstention from smoking as an individual choice, a sign of sound moral judgement (“Just say no!”) but two adverts aired during the Grammy’s ceremony use a social message against institutional racism.

As the Truth Initiative, the nonprofit behind the ads, has found, framing quitting smoking as an act of resistance against authority is more effective than trying to make the argument that lighting up is a silly choice.

[includes video]

Source: Fusion – 15 February 2017
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