ASH Daily News for 22 February 2017

  • NFRN welcomes tougher penalties for ‘shameless’ tobacco smugglers
  • FT: Special issue on regulation
  • How people think about the chemicals in cigarette smoke: a systematic review
  • Spain: JTI renews its commitment to tobacco leaf for three more years
  • Uganda: BAT profits drop by 65%

NFRN welcomes tougher penalties for ‘shameless’ tobacco smugglers

Plans by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to crack down on tobacco smugglers have been welcomed by the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN).

HMRC wants to make it easier to ‘name and shame’ those people involved in the illicit trade and to impose civil penalties for those caught handling illegal tobacco.

The plans also include penalties for repeat offenders of up to 400% of the duty evaded.

HMRC is currently consulting on the plans.

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Source: Talking Retail – 20 February 2017
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FT: Special issue on regulation

The Financial Times has a series of articles on regulation including on standardised packaging and one on nicotine regulation.

The article on standard packs reviews the question of trademarks and intellectual property, and how this might be applied to other products such as alcohol.

The second article examines nicotine regulation in the UK. David Sweanor, an adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa, argues that the UK is adhering much more closely to a rational template of health regulation by offering cigarette smokers a viable alternative to total nicotine abstinence.

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Comment: Pragmatism on nicotine could save lives

Source: Financial Times – 22 February 2017 (£)

How people think about the chemicals in cigarette smoke: a systematic review

Laws and treaties compel countries to inform the public about harmful chemicals (constituents) in cigarette smoke. To encourage relevant research by behavioural scientists, researchers examined how the public thinks about cigarette smoke chemicals. Four central findings emerged across 46 articles that met inclusion criteria. First, people were familiar with very few chemicals in cigarette smoke. Second, people knew little about cigarette additives, assumed harmful chemicals are added during manufacturing, and perceived cigarettes without additives to be less harmful. Third, people wanted more information about constituents. Finally, well-presented chemical information increased knowledge and awareness and may change behaviour.

Source: Journal of Behavioral Medicine – 21 February 2017
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Spain: JTI renews contract for tobacco leaf

JTI (Japan Tobacco International) will continue to purchase tobacco leaf from the Extremadura region of Spain. Minister Isabel García Tejerina and Vassilis Vovos, JTI’s President for the Western Europe region, signed a new agreement for a period of three years in the presence of the President of Extremadura at the Ministry in Madrid.

Source: Japan Tobacco International – 21 February 2017
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Uganda: BAT profits drop by 65%

British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU) has blamed increased taxation and a tough economic environment for the decline in its 2015 net profit position.

The company reported a profit of Shs7.8 billion in 2016, down from Shs20.2 billion at the end of 2015.

About Shs9.8 billion of the decline was contributed by the discontinuation of the tobacco leaf export businesses that was halted at the end of 2015.

With the exclusion of the leaf business from the financial statements released on Monday, BATU’s profit was down by 25%.

Source: Asoko Insight – 21 February 2017
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