ASH Daily News for 20 July 2016



  • Ban on smoking in films ‘infringes free speech’, says MPAA

    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has said that a ban on smoking in films would be an “infringement of the first amendment right to free speech”.

    The comments follow a legal complaint about smoking in films deemed suitable for children.

    In response the plaintiffs are arguing that movie ratings are not protected by the first amendment and that the link between on-screen smoking and teenage uptake is scientifically provable, therefore their complaint is about false advertising.

    Source: The Guardian, 19 July 2016

  • Philip Morris International’s share price hit

    Tobacco Company, Philip Morris International’s share price was down almost 4% on the New York Stock Exchange after it missed expectations in its second quarter results yesterday.

    Source: City AM, 19 July 2016

  • South West: Illicit cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco seized in raids in Somerset and Bristol

    Officers from HM Revenue and Customs, supported by Trading Standards in Bristol, Devon, Somerset and North Somerset, seized 1.2million cigarettes and 244 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco in an operation which saw 50 retail premises and self-storage units visited last week.

    Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s deputy leader, said: “All tobacco is harmful but illegal tobacco poses an additional threat to our children and communities because it is sold at pocket money prices by criminals who are not interested in asking for proof of age.”

    Source: Chard and Ilminster News, 19 July 2016

  • Thailand: Tobacco control in Thailand means creative approaches to quitting

    An article paid for by the Centre for Global Development explores the reasons behind declines in smoking prevalence in Thailand, which fell from 60% among men and 5% among women in 1991, to 42% and 2%, respectively, by 2007.

    Source: Guardian, 29 July 2016

  • Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Tobacco Control Plan

    Lord Young of Cookham Conservative
    To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date they plan to publish the Tobacco Control Plan for England.

    Lord Prior of Brampton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health
    The Tobacco Control Plan is currently being developed and Ministers will decide on an appropriate publication date in due course.

    Source: Hansard: HL Deb, 14 July 2016, cW

    PQ2: Electronic cigarettes
    Craig Tracey Conservative, North Warwickshire
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure people who smoke have access to (a) heat-not-burn tobacco and e-cigarettes and (b) other smoking cessation products.

    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    The Government’s advice remains that the best thing a smoker can do is to quit and quit for good. Any smokers wanting to quit, with or without the help of products available on the market, are further advised to seek expert support and advice from their local stop smoking service. Smokers using the personalised support offered by stop smoking services are four times more likely to stop smoking and quit for good.

    We recognise that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) help some smokers quit and the evidence indicates that they are considerably less harmful to health than cigarettes. Public Health England has been working with Local Stop Smoking Services encouraging them to be open to the use of e-cigarettes, where clients choose to use them to support their quit attempts, alone or alongside other nicotine replacement therapies and the behavioural therapy that the services offer.

    The forthcoming tobacco control plan will consider the role of e-cigarettes and other harm reduction products in further reducing the prevalence of smoking in England.

    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 13 July 2016, cW)