ASH Daily News for 21 October 2016



  • British American Tobacco plans $47bn Reynolds merger
  • Tobacco Retail Alliance urges MPs to protect independent retailers from crime
  • Suffolk: Good response to Trading Standards illegal tobacco roadshow
  • Tobacco industry scheme extends to N Ireland
  • South Africa: Philip Morris shuts production amid wage strike
  • North Korea: Zookeepers defend making chimp smoke cigarettes because she ‘doesn’t inhale’
  • E-Cigarette Summit –Science, Regulation and Public Health

British American Tobacco plans $47bn Reynolds merger

British American Tobacco is planning to merge with its US partner Reynolds in a deal valued at $47bn (£38bn).
BAT wants to buy the 57.8% of Reynolds it does not already own.

The merger would bring together some of the tobacco industry’s best-known brands, including Lucky Strike, Rothmans, Dunhill and Camel cigarettes.

BAT has been a shareholder in Reynolds since 2004 and the company said the merger was “the logical progression in our relationship”.

Source: BBC News -21 October 2016
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Tobacco Retail Alliance urges MPs to protect independent retailers from crime

The tobacco-industry-funded Tobacco Retailer’s Alliance (TRA) has called on the government to do more to fight against the sale of illegal tobacco in independent retailers.

In its manifesto revealed today, the TRA’s plan dubbed “Fair Deal for Small Shops 2017” lays out key areas needed to protect independent retailers from “retail crime”.

These include a review of the sentencing guidelines for those guilty of trade offences and the creation of a “hotline” to report the sale of illegal products.

It also calls on the government to give shop workers the same legal protection as emergency workers and to create a fund helping retailers in high-risk areas to buy crime prevention equipment.

In light of Brexit, the manifesto also calls on the government to reverse EU imposed measures, such as the ban of small pack sizes of cigarettes and rolling tobacco.

See also:
TMA Responds to the HMRC’s Measuring Tax Gaps Report 2016, Le Lézard

Source: Retail Gazette – 20 October 2016
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Suffolk: Good response to Trading Standards illegal tobacco roadshow

The Illegal Tobacco Unit toured the county as part of the operation with Suffolk Trading Standards and Suffolk County Council.

During the week, officers received 75 reports relating to illegal tobacco products and suppliers, with Suffolk Trading Standard to follow up on all intelligence.

The roadshow visited Ipswich, Felixstowe, Lowestoft, Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds, and included demonstrations by Yo Yo and the sniffer dog team, while officers spoke to the public about how to spot and report cases of illegal cigarettes and tobacco.

A 61-year-old man was also arrested following intelligence received from a member of the public, which indicated that he was selling illegal tobacco.

Matthew Hicks, cabinet member for environment and public protection, thanked everyone who visited the Illegal Tobacco Unit as it made its way across Suffolk and invited anyone knowing of a trader selling illegal tobacco to report them to Trading Standards via 03454 040506.

Source: Sudbury Mercury – 20 October 2016
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Tobacco industry scheme extends to N Ireland

Over 90 retailers across Northern Ireland will be visited by mystery shoppers throughout the month as a compliance programme is rolled out to reduce the risk of underage access to tobacco.`

The Responsible Tobacco Retailing programme was launched in March 2015 in a joint partnership between tobacco manufacturers JTI, Philip Morris and Imperial Tobacco.

Source: Convenience Store – 20 October 2016
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South Africa: Philip Morris shuts production amid wage strike

Philip Morris International has suspended production at its Boksburg factory in the East Rand‚ where some workers are on strike.

Workers at the company have been on strike for over a month demanding a 10% salary increase. A company spokeswoman said production was halted as a precaution.

Workers who come to work despite the strike have reportedly been intimidated and roads leading to the company were barricaded, while strikers have claimed they were attacked and shot at by security guards.

Source: Times Live – 20 October 2016
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North Korea: Zookeepers defend making chimp smoke cigarettes because she ‘doesn’t inhale’

North Korean officials have defended allowing a chimpanzee at a zoo in Pyongyang to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, saying the primate “does not inhale”.

Azalea, also known in Korean as “Dallae”, came to international attention after her 20-a-day habit was captured by an Associated Press photographer.

See also:
Chimp smokes a pack of cigarettes a day at North Korean zoo, MSN

Source: Independent – 21 October 2016
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E-Cigarette Summit –Science, Regulation and Public Health

The 4th annual E-Cigarette Summit –Science, Regulation and Public Health will take place at The Royal Society in London on 17th November 2016.

The discounted early bird rate for the Summit will expire on Monday 24th October at 5pm.

Register at www.e-cigarette-summit.com