ASH Daily news for 22 January 2016



HEADLINES

  • Somerset: Year 8 pupils take part in smoking prevention programme
  • Bradford: Woman ‘lucky to be alive’ after e-cigarette catches fire while charging
  • Opinion: Time to take tobacco dependence treatment seriously
  • EU: Brussels blocks Big Tobacco lobbying push
  • France: Constitutional Council agrees to standardised packaging
  • INTA elects JTI trademarks chief as 2016 president
  • Cambodia: Tobacco ad ban law not being enforced
  • Tobacco control: a victim of political instability in Greece

    Somerset: Year 8 pupils take part in smoking prevention programme

    Dedicated pupils in year eight at Bridgwater College Academy have been taking part in a smoking prevention scheme. The group of 24 were nominated by their peers to attend a training day, as part of DECIPHer-ASSIST, an evidence-based smoking prevention programme which aims to reduce adolescent smoking prevalence.

    The programme encourages new norms of smoking behaviour by training influential year eight students to work as peer supporters. They then relay the information to the other pupils, encouraging them to be smoke free.

    Source: This is the West Country – 21 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VdamHx

    Bradford: Woman ‘lucky to be alive’ after e-cigarette catches fire while charging

    Danushia Bulmer says she is lucky to be alive after her e-cigarette caught fire as it was being charged while she was asleep.

    The e-cigarette was being charged using an extension lead.

    Source: Telegraph and Argus – 22 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VdaOWg

    Opinion: Time to take tobacco dependence treatment seriously

    Global public health experts Martin Raw, Judith Mackay and Srinath Reddy call for countries to increase support for tobacco dependence treatment. They point out that only one in seven of the world’s smokers have access to treatment, noting the disproportionate burden of tobacco addiction on low and middle-income countries. They also highlight effective cessation interventions that can be put in place quickly and affordably.

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    Source: The Lancet – 20 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VdaVB9

    EU: Brussels blocks Big Tobacco lobbying push

    The European Commission has stopped an attempt by the tobacco industry to use an industry standards organization to sway Brussels on proposed changes to cigarette packaging.

    Tobacco companies planned to use the group as a means to lobbying for its preferred packaging technology over that of its competitors, according to documents obtained by POLITICO. The Commission faces a looming deadline to implement controversial and expensive “track and trace” measures that are intended to fight tobacco counterfeiting and smuggling.

    The tobacco companies’ move backfired after a Commission health official intervened. The organization, established by industry to set common standards for consumer goods, said it would defer to the Commission.

    Source: Politico – 21 January 2016
    Link: http://politi.co/1VdblHL

    France: Constitutional Council agrees to standardised packaging

    The French Constitutional Council has given the go-ahead for standardised packaging for cigarettes, one of the headline measures of Health Minister Marisol Touraine’s Health Bill, after a difficult parliamentary process.

    Implementation will be in May 2016.

    Source: BFM TV – 21 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VdbZ87

    INTA elects JTI trademarks chief as 2016 president

    The International Trademark Association (INTA) has announced that the director of trademarks for Japan Tobacco International will be its president for 2016.

    Ronald van Tuijl, who has also worked as a senior counsel for technology company Philips, will take over from 2015 president J. Scott Evans.

    Source: WIPR – 21 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Vdce32

    Cambodia: Tobacco ad ban law not being enforced

    The Ministries of Health and Information are working together to enforce last year’s law restricting the advertisement of tobacco products.

    In a workshop, ministry officials, NGO staff and the media met to discuss cigarette companies’ non-compliance with the law. Mom Kong, executive director of the NGO Cambodia Movement for Health, said that since the law was passed in May 2015, tobacco sellers have continued to place ads in public places – from clubs to stores to parking lots.

    Source: Phnom Penh Post – 21 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VdcoaK

    Tobacco control: a victim of political instability in Greece

    After decades of inertia, resulting in the highest smoking prevalence in the OECD countries, Greece finally made a step forward in tobacco control in 2009 by implementing a series of smokefree laws and tax increases on tobacco products. Between 2008 and 2011, the prevalence of smoking decreased from 42·6% to 38·1%, despite poor enforcement of smoking bans in public places. However, tobacco control efforts coincided with the recession, which led to a fiscal, political, and health crisis. Since then tackling tobacco has not been a priority.

    Source: The Lancet – 22 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VdcZsN