ASH Daily News for 23 March 2017



  • Opinion: Is the UK government still serious about reducing smoking?
  • Warwickshire: NHS and council officials aim to reduce harmful effects of smoking
  • Hull: £580 fine for dropping cigarette in car park
  • Philip Morris commits third factory to Reduced-Risk Products
  • Canada: Smoking rate falls slightly in 2015

Opinion: Is the UK government still serious about reducing smoking?

Health journalist Sophie Arie reports on how the lack of a tobacco control plan since 2015 could damage recent gains in reducing prevalence.

The government has repeatedly indicated that a new plan will be published soon, but when urged to stop saying “shortly” and commit to a date during a recent House of Lords debate, the undersecretary of state for health, Lord O’Shaughnessy, said that he would use synonyms for shortly next time he was asked.

Some antismoking campaigners suspect the delay may be the result of the government’s focus on Brexit since the referendum last June and on tackling immediate problems in the NHS that get more publicity, such as the pressure on emergency departments. “The urgent always trumps the important,” says Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

Source: BMJ – 22 March 2017
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Warwickshire: NHS and council officials aim to reduce harmful effects of smoking

Leaders from South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) and Warwickshire County Council recently met at Shire Hall, Warwick, where they signed the NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control.

The document has been developed to enable the health community to support colleagues in local government in their tobacco control work.

By signing the statement SWFT is committed to actively support local work to reduce smoking prevalence and health inequalities.

Source: Cotswold Journal – 22 March 2017
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Hull: £580 fine for dropping cigarette in car park

A woman has been ordered to pay £580 for dropping a cigarette in a McDonald’s car park.

Jennifer Bell, 32, refused to pay an initial £75 fine despite Hull City Council sending her photographic evidence – insisting the cigarette butt was not hers.

But after the matter went to court she was found guilty in her absence and landed with a sizeable fine.

Source: The Sun – 22 March 2017
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Philip Morris commits third factory to Reduced-Risk Products

Philip Morris International (PMI) has announced a new capital investment to convert a Greek cigarette plant over to production of Reduced-Risk Products (RRPs).

The move will see investment of 300 million Euros to upgrade the factory to a larger operation, due to the increased facility requirements of producing Heatsticks, a tobacco stick which is used with the “smoke free” IQOS unit.

Heatstick production at the Papastratos factory will begin in January 2018, making it the third PMI facility to be given over to harm reduced products.

See also:
Philip Morris to invest 300 million euros in Greece for smoke-free product, Parikiaki

Source: C-stores – 23 March 2017
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Canada: Smoking rate falls slightly in 2015

The number of Canadians who smoke tobacco appears to be dropping, a national survey suggests.

The Canadian Community Health Survey found 17.7% of Canadians aged 12 and older — or roughly 5.3 million people — smoked either daily or occasionally in 2015, down from 18.1% a year earlier.

The Statistics Canada survey showed the proportion of people who smoked daily or occasionally was higher among males at 20.4%, compared to 15% of females.

Smoking rates have been steadily falling in Canada. In 2000-01, 26% of respondents to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) reported using tobacco.

Source: CTV News – 22 March 2017
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