ASH Daily News for 23 December 2016



  • Scotland: Public health claim for SNP’s tobacco and alcohol tax on retailers was ‘misleading’, study finds
  • 10 top tips to quit smoking in 2017
  • Lincolnshire: Illegal cigarettes and alcohol seized in raid turned into electricity
  • New Zealand: With smoking rates falling, will we reach the Smokefree 2025 target?
  • USA: Summit teaches Nebraska teens to take on tobacco
  • Zimbabwe: Govt fails to disburse tobacco levy funds
  • ASH Public Reputation Survey

This is the last issue of ASH Daily News for 2016. The bulletin will be back on 03 January 2017. The ASH team would like to wish you all a merry festive season and a prosperous, healthy and smokefree new year. Thank you all for your support.


Scotland: Public health claim for SNP’s tobacco and alcohol tax on retailers was ‘misleading’, study finds

Ministers have been accused of misleading the public over a £95 million “public health” tax on cigarette and alcohol retailers after a study published in the Milbank Quarterly journal of health policy found no evidence that the cash raised was ever spent on health initiatives.

Researchers from Edinburgh University’s school of social and political science said the Scottish Government had caved under lobbying from major supermarkets opposed to the Public Health Supplement to cut both the cost and duration of the levy, and that contrary to claims it would fund public health interventions related to smoking and alcohol abuse there was “no evidence that [the revenue raised] was earmarked for health”.

Source: Herald Scotland – 23 December 2016
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10 top tips to quit smoking in 2017

The  Northern Ireland Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging smokers to use the opportunity offered by New Year’s resolutions to make a plan to quit, think about what steps they are going to take to stay off tobacco for good, and seek practical support and advice from a free ‘Stop Smoking Service’. They also offer 10 tips to help people quit.

Source: Newry Times – 22 December 2016
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Lincolnshire: Illegal cigarettes and alcohol seized in raid turned into electricity

Almost 150,000 cigarettes and tonnes of illegal alcohol seized during raids in Lincolnshire have been turned into electricity.

The substances were taken to a specialist recycling centre where the cigarettes were broken down and the energy fed into the National Grid.

Source: Lincolnshire Live – 22 December 2016
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New Zealand: With smoking rates falling, will we reach the Smokefree 2025 target?

An ever-increasing number of people are quitting cigarettes, bringing renewed hope that New Zealand could be smokefree by 2025 as planned.

New research has revealed the number of regular smokers dropped to 15.1% in 2013, according to NZ Census data, which translates to a 22.5% drop in smokers since 2006.

However, Maori smoking rates remain a concern. Latest Health Survey data from the Ministry of Health reveals Maori levels were at 38.6%, a small decline from 42.1% in 2006-07. Among Maori women, the rate dropped from 45.1% in 2006-07 to 39.7%.

Study co-author Professor Richard Edwards, of Otago University, said the Goverment goal of being smokefree by 2025 is within reach.

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Source: Stuff.co.nz – 16 December 2016
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USA: Summit teaches Nebraska teens to take on tobacco

Teens from approximately a dozen Nebraska communities gathered Dec. 10-11 in Ashland for hands-on training in anti-tobacco tactics at the No Limits Fall Summit Dec. 10–11 at the Carol Joy Holling Youth Camp.

No Limits is Nebraska’s youth-led anti-tobacco movement for young people in grades 7–12. Summit sessions educate teens about ways tobacco companies target young people to become new customers.

Source: Lincoln Journal Star – 22 December 2016
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Zimbabwe: Govt fails to disburse tobacco levy funds

The 1.5% tobacco levy which had been scrapped in 2005, was re-introduced by the government in 2015, as tobacco leaf production increased, to improve the environment through afforestation. The money is meant to assist tobacco farmers in growing gum trees and access alternatives to firewood for curing tobacco.

Farmers are lobbying for the removal of the levy citing lack of transparency in the manner it was being administered.

In his budget presentation last week, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said the levy would be administered by Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB).

Statistics from Timb shows that as of December 1 2016, the tobacco planted area for 2016/17 was 32 208 hectares up from 28, 865 hectares planted last year.

At the same time, the number of tobacco farmers, who have registered to grow tobacco for the 2016/2017 season has risen by 6% to 73,492 from 69,518. Tobacco is the second source of liquidity after gold and, as of 1 December, earned US$ 902,4 million after 161,3 million kg of tobacco was exported to various destinations.

The Treasury has projected the 2017 tobacco output at 205 million kg up from 202 million kg attained this year.

Source: Zimbabwe Independent – 23 December 2016
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