ASH Daily news for 23 January 2015
January 23, 2015
- ‘Delight’ at plain packaging vote for MPs
- Plain cigarette packaging: pro-smoking groups and Ukip condemn move
- MPs courted by tobacco firms criticise move towards plain packaging
- Burnham praises Hunt for cigarette packaging plans
- Some e-cigarettes may release more cancer causing chemicals than regular tobacco, study suggests
- Sark tobacco sale age limit rises to 18
- NICE support to help local authorities tackle tobacco use
- US: Jury finds Philip Morris liable in Engle-Progeny Cigarette case
- US: Washington State could raise the legal smoking age to 21
‘Delight’ at plain packaging vote for MPs
North-east health campaigners have reacted with delight after the Government announced it would give MPs a free vote on plain packaging for cigarettes.
If MPs back the proposal could be implemented in 2016.
Lisa Surtees, acting director of the North-East tobacco control office Fresh said: “We are delighted the Government will give MPs the chance to make the lure of cigarette packs history for more children. Young people deserve protection from every type of tobacco marketing.”
– Plain as day: The removal of cigarette branding will boost public health, The Independent (editorial)
– The Guardian view on cigarette packaging: smoking out Conservative thinking, The Guardian (editorial)
– If ‘plain’ packaging does not deter smokers, why was industry against it?, The Guardian
– Response to UK announcement on standardised packs, Scottish Government
– Cigarette packaging vote welcomed by Welsh government, BBC News
– Wales: Health minister welcomes cigarette packaging vote, ITV
– Nick Clegg: Plain packaging minimises marketing appeal, ITV
– Luciana Berger: After U-Turns on U-Turns, the Government Must Now Honour Their Promise on Standardised Packaging, The Huffington Post
– Smoke clears on cigarette packaging debate, BBC News
– Plain packaging for cigarettes will see the end of some wickedly wonderful marketing, The Independent
– Wavertree MP claims 200,000 kids smoking because of delay in plain packaging plan, Liverpool Echo
– Farage is wrong on cigarette packaging law says Harborough UKIP candidate, Leicester Mercury
– Shropshire doctor welcomes plain packaging for cigarettes, Shropshire Star
– Cancer Research UK welcomes action on tobacco packaging, The Exeter Daily
– Cumbria Council gives plain cigarette packets thumbs up, ITV [includes video]
– Plain cigarette packaging will put young people off taking up smoking, say campaigners, Manchester Evening News
– Packaging law ‘changes attitudes’, Dorset Echo
– MPs vote on plain packaging signals industry defeat – but there may be a sting in the tale, The Conversation
– Branded cigarette packets could be outlawed in Wales next year and replaced with plain packets and large warnings, Wales Online
– Government to introduce legislation on tobacco plain packaging, Packaging News
– Cigarettes likely to be sold in plain packets by next year, The Independent
– Market Report: Government’s plan for plain cigarette packaging puts heat on tobacco firms, The Evening Standard
– Leicestershire: Cigarette plain package plan welcomed, Leicester MercurySource: Northern Echo – 22 January 2015
Plain cigarette packaging: pro-smoking groups and Ukip condemn move
Pro-smoking groups, Ukip and libertarian MPs have all condemned the government’s surprise decision to bring forward a law on plain cigarette packaging before the general election.
Nigel Farage, the Rothmans-smoking leader of the UK Independence party, said the proposal represented meddling in the free market that would damage the economy. Condemning the move in a tweet, he said: “Plain packaging is an appalling intrusion into consumer choice and the operation of the free market. Jobs and tax revenue would suffer.”
– Interview: Axel Gietz is director of corporate affairs for Imperial Tobacco, BBC Radio 4 Today[1hr34min in]
– Cabinet facing split on plan for cigarettes in plain packaging: Foreign Secretary questions proposals because of concerns it could lead to rise in smuggling, Daily Mail
– Cabinet split over plain packaging for cigarette packs, The Telegraph
– Hammond’s concern over cigarette plans, Politics Home
– David Cameron facing Tory backlash over plain cigarette packs, City AM
– Tobacco industry: Cigarette package law ‘flawed’, BBC News
– Plain cigarette packaging proposals: Industry response, Talking Retail
– Plain tobacco packaging announcement: the industry reacts, The Grocer
– Tobacco packaging to go plain in a hurry, The Grocer
– All the plain packaging lobby really wants is to hear tobacco companies squeal, The Telegraph
– What will the cigarette branding ban mean for design? Taxi Studio, Studio Minerva and Fabrik share reaction, The Drum
– Nigel Farage: Plain packs legislation ‘ineffectual and wrong’, Talking Retail
– Pre-election vote on plain packaging sparks industry and Twitter outrage, Better Retailing
– Industry reacts in horror to government vote on plain packaging, Forecourt Trader
– Plain packaging for cigarettes ‘will not work’ says Burton councillor, Burton News
– Channel Islands: Mixed reaction to cigarette packaging, ITV
– Could Big Tobacco Sue Over Plain Packaging?, Sky News [includes video]
– Reasoned debate over plain tobacco packaging goes up in smoke, The Grocer
– Why would plain packaging stop anyone’s craving for a cigarette?, The Independent
– IPA reaction to plain packaging legislation on tobacco, Institute of Practitioners in AdvertisingSource: The Guardian – 22 January 2015
MPs courted by tobacco firms criticise move towards plain packaging
More than a third of the MPs who have registered a financial interest related to a tobacco company have spoken out against a proposal to bring forward a law on plain cigarette packaging since it was announced on Wednesday.
Following the government’s announcement, six of the 15 MPs who have declared “gifts, benefits and hospitality” related to a tobacco company in the current register of MPs’ interests (pdf) have criticised the plan.
All six were given a £1,404 trip to the Chelsea flower show that included a day pass and lunch for themselves and their spouses paid for by Japan Tobacco International, whose cigarette brands include Winston, Camel, Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut.
Five were Conservatives: Gerald Howarth, Angela Watkinson, Christopher Chope, Simon Hart and Glyn Davies. The sixth was Labour’s Gerry Sutcliffe.
– Tory MP who saw bid to stop plain cigarette packaging go up in smoke has links to tobacco firm, Daily MirrorSource: The Guardian – 22 January 2015
Burnham praises Hunt for cigarette packaging plans
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has praised Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for setting a “clear timetable” for introducing standardised plan cigarette packaging.
Andy Burnham: I often take to Twitter to challenge @Jeremy_Hunt. But today I congratulate him for having courage to set clear timetable for standard packsSource: ITV – 22 January 2015
Some e-cigarettes may release more cancer causing chemicals than regular tobacco, study suggests
Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde – a cancer-causing chemical – than smoking traditional cigarettes, new lab tests at Portland State University suggest.
The research, published as a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, does not prove a health risk – it involved limited testing on just one brand of electronic cigarettes and was done in test tubes, not people.
It also does not mean electronic cigarettes are better or worse than tobacco cigarettes; tobacco smoke contains dozens of substances that can cause cancer.
But it does highlight how little is known about the safety of electronic cigarettes – battery-powered devices that heat liquid to deliver nicotine in a vapour rather than from burning tobacco.
– Is Vaping Safe? Cancer-Causing Substance ‘Formaldehyde’ Hidden In E-Cigarettes, The Huffington PostSource: Mail Online – 22 January 2015
Sark tobacco sale age limit rises to 18
The legal age for buying tobacco in Sark has been raised to 18 under new rules that also require retailers to be licensed.
Previously there has been no register for retailers and those aged 16 and over were able to buy tobacco products.
Retailers breaking the law risk a £5,000 fine or one month in prison.Source: BBC News – 22 January 2015
NICE support to help local authorities tackle tobacco use
An updated briefing to help local authorities and partner organisations tackle tobacco use has been published.
The NICE local government briefing summarises its new recommendations on effective actions to reduce the harm from smoking, helping people in South Asian communities to stop using smokeless tobacco (tobacco which is chewed or sucked, such as Pan Masala), and smoking cessation help for people attending or working in hospitals.Source: Wired Gov – 22 January 2015
US: Jury finds Philip Morris liable in Engle-Progeny Cigarette case
A Florida federal jury found that Philip Morris USA is liable to Florida resident Donna Brown and awarded her $17.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages in the first federal court Engle-progeny cigarette trial of 2015. Ms. Brown began smoking cigarettes as a minor, became addicted, and now suffers from a painful disease that cost her the loss of her legs.Source: Moultrie News – 22 January 2015
US: Washington State could raise the legal smoking age to 21
Washington’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, proposed a bill that would raise the state’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21. Should the bill pass, Washington would be the only state in the country to have such a law.
[includes video]Source: The Examiner – 22 January 2015