ASH Daily News for 20 March 2017



  • Isle of Man: Prison considers introducing e-cigarettes
  • Scotland: Support for smoking charity’s care stance
  • Bangladesh: Tobacco companies ‘continue to flout rules’ on health warnings
  • Indonesia: Pro-tobacco bill stubbed out but concerns remain
  • Philippines: Duterte postpones planned ban on public smoking
  • France: Tobacconist action against illicit trade from Andorra
  • Greece: Researcher claims “academic McCarthyism” over e-cigarettes

Editorial note

The Debrett’s guide to vaping included in ASH Daily News on Friday 17th March has been produced in partnership with Vype, a British American Tobacco electronic cigarette. Media coverage of the guide has been widespread and usually mentions the product name, enabling BAT to get considerable publicity for its product, which it can no longer advertise in the print or broadcast media. Unfortunately this was not spotted at the time of distributing ASH Daily News.


Isle of Man: Prison considers introducing e-cigarettes

The Isle of Man Department of Home Affairs which wants Tynwald (parliament) to approve the use of e-cigarettes saying it will provide a “practical, harm reduction approach”.

Smoking was banned at the prison in 2008 when it relocated to Jurby

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Source: Three FM – 18 March 2017
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Scotland: Support for smoking charity’s care stance

Ash Scotland has published a briefing note saying there should not be a bar on recruiting smokers within Scotland’s care system.

The charity highlighted wide variations in the attitudes taken by councils in a 2014 survey, although fostering and adoption agencies usually followed guidance banning smokers from fostering or adopting babies, children under five, disabled children unable to play outside, and children with respiratory problems.

The Herald’s Social Affairs Correspondent welcomes the fact that ASH Scotland is saying there are wider considerations to take into account.

Source: Herald Scotland – 20 March 2017
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Bangladesh: Tobacco companies ‘continue to flout rules’ on health warnings

One year after rules on printing the graphical health warning on pack were made mandatory, a study finds most tobacco companies are still flouting the law.

The tobacco industry resorted to fresh tactics to undermine the implementation of the law, said anti-tobacco group Progga which was involved in the study. The group called for the government to strengthen the National Tobacco Control Cell.

The law was passed in the parliament in Apr 2013, but it took 22 months to adopt the implementation rules mostly due to industry pressure. It took a further year to implement the graphic health warning.

Source: BD News 24 – 20 March 2017
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Indonesia: Pro-tobacco bill stubbed out but concerns remain

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has rejected a draft law that if approved could have led to a sharp increase in local tobacco output, putting himself on a collision course with the Indonesian tobacco industry.

The move by the president has been lauded by tobacco control lobbyists and is regarded as a step in the right direction for Indonesia.

Under the draft law that seeks to protect domestic farmers, manufacturers of tobacco products would have to use locally sourced tobacco for at least 80% of their production, while imports of ready-to-use cigarettes may be subject to an excise tax of 200%.

Source: Asian Correspondent – 19 March 2017
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Philippines: Duterte postpones planned ban on public smoking

President Rodrigo Duterte postponed the signing of a controversial executive order that will impose a nationwide ban on public smoking.

More reactions from doctors are needed to prove the importance of the executive order, Duterte said, in what some see as the president seeking to build support for his order.

See also:
Health expert weighs in on importance of smoking ban in public places, indoors, MSN
Provincial Board backs total smoking ban, The Freeman

Source: Gulf News – 20 March 2017
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France: Tobacconist action against illicit trade from Andorra

Tobacconists in the south west region of France have taken action to denounce the illicit tobacco trade coming from nearby Andorra by partially blocking the road leading to the Principality, on Sunday.

Source: 20 Minutes – 19 March 2017
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Greece: Researcher claims “academic McCarthyism” over e-cigarettes

Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos, of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre in Athens, has commented on cases where scientists have come under pressure not to attend conferences funded by the tobacco industry. He made his comments ahead of speaking at a conference taking place in Glasgow, which will discuss issues such as the evidence around e-cigarette safety and whether vaping should be banned in public places.

Farsalinos said there were growing misconceptions around the risk of e-cigarettes worldwide, particularly in comparison to smoking.

Source: Herald Scotland – 19 March 2017
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