ASH Daily news for 23 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • Imperial Tobacco shares hit record levels after reports BAT looking at a bid
  • South Gloucestershire Council signs tobacco declaration to cut down on smoker numbers
  • Wales: Person injured after e-cigarette explodes in Newport
  • Wales: Pensioner who sold counterfeit tobacco had more than £4,000 in cash when he was stopped
  • Criminal gangs are selling fake cigarettes on social media
  • Netherlands: Lobby group welcomes ban on tobacco lobbyists
  • US: E-cigarette industry faces string of lawsuits in California
  • Australia: Criminals eager to beat the smoking ban in prison are using the Bible and smuggled tobacco
  • India: Declare cigarette butts as toxic waste, NGO tells NGT
  • Vape this phone — the Vaporcade Jupiter

    Imperial Tobacco shares hit record levels after reports BAT looking at a bid

    Shares in cigarette maker Imperial Tobacco rose to record levels on speculation that British American Tobacco has been courting bankers about financing for a full takeover of its rival.

    The Financial Times’ Alphaville website said that while BAT is said to be raising funds, it hasn’t made an approach and it’s possible none will be made, citing unnamed people close to the matter.

    The website said BAT may back off from a bid given recent gains in Imperial Tobacco’s share price, with the stock having risen by 26 per cent this year. Imperial’s market value is now around £35billion.

    Source: Mail on Sunday – 20 November 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1Yp7zh1

    South Gloucestershire Council signs tobacco declaration to cut down on smoker numbers

    Health and council leaders have signed a pledge to reduce the number of people smoking in South Gloucestershire.

    Leader of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Matthew Riddle (Con, Severn) and director of public health Professor Mark Pietroni have signed the Local Authority Declaration on Tobacco Control to help protect people from preventable diseases such as lung cancer.

    The declaration commits the council to tackle the number of people who smoke in the district and health inequalities amongst communities including priority neighbourhoods where lung cancer is more prevalent.

    Source: Gazette Series – 21 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Yp6JAQ

    Wales: Person injured after e-cigarette explodes in Newport

    A person had to be treated for burns after an e-cigarette exploded in a house in Maindee last night.
    Firefighters from Maindee were called to the fire at 9.41pm.

    Source: South Wales Argus – 23 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Yp6RAj

    Wales: Pensioner who sold counterfeit tobacco had more than £4,000 in cash when he was stopped

    Michael Khakias, 70, has pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to counterfeit tobacco and lack of health warnings on the products.

    The pensioner was found with more than £4,000 in cash as well as fake tobacco and wrongly labelled cigarettes when he was stopped by council and police officers in a pub in Blackwood.

    The man also sold a council officer mislabelled cigarettes and counterfeit tobacco. He was taken to court after a Trading Standards investigation following an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public and was sentenced to an 11-week custodial sentence, suspended for nine months, when he appeared at Newport Crown Court.

    Source: Wales Online – 20 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Yp7cmq

    Criminal gangs are selling fake cigarettes on social media

    According to a Daily Star Sunday investigation criminals are using social media to sell illicit tobacco which costs the Government billions in lost duty. Criminals buy untraceable mobile phones to set up bogus accounts on Facebook. Then they sell their illegal wares via legitimate sales groups on the social media network.

    According to the Daily Star Sunday one seller in Leeds was sold packets of 20 cigarettes for just £3.50 – less than half the retail price – and rolling tobacco at a 50% discount.

    Source: Daily Star – 22 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QDut2B

    Netherlands: Lobby group welcomes ban on tobacco lobbyists

    The doors to the Dutch government have been closed against the tobacco industry and its lobbyists, according to an anti-tobacco lobby group, the Framework Convention Alliance.

    In a note posted on its website, the alliance said that while a court in the Netherlands had denied a civil society suit brought against the government because of its contacts with the tobacco industry, the action had produced a new policy that laid out rules for future interactions.

    The Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation (YSPF) had challenged government dealings with the industry on the basis of Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

    Days before the court sat to hear the arguments, the government distributed a document, ‘Clarification of implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO-Framework Convention’, to both houses of Parliament.

    Source: Tobacco Reporter – 20 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Yp7PfL

    US: E-cigarette industry faces string of lawsuits in California

    A former LA Galaxy star had a hole blown in his cheek after an e-cigarette exploded without warning.
    Daniel Califf, who also represented the US at the 2000 Olympics suffered a broken cheek and severe burns when the device malfunctioned.

    The 35-year-old former professional soccer player is one of three people in California who are suing companies for supplying the products. Another plaintiff suffered burns and had to have finger amputated due to a diffective device.

    [includes graphic pictures]

    See also:
    – E-cigarette explosions prompt three lawsuits in California, LA Times
    – Lawsuits Filed in California After Exploding E-Cigarettes Leave 3 Injured, KTLA5 [includes video]

    Source: Mail on Sunday – 20 November 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1Yp8kqi

    Australia: Criminals eager to beat the smoking ban in prison are using the Bible and smuggled tobacco

    Victorian prisoners have been caught smoking smuggled tobacco using papers from the Bible, despite an implemented smoking ban.

    Used for their likeness to the branded rolling paper, Tally-Ho, the thin papers reportedly burn well as inmates struggle to quit smoking.

    But a Corrections Victoria spokesman said the unconventional act is not new and has been in use behind bars for years – even though the ban only came in to effect this year.

    Source: Mail Online – 21 November 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1Yp8LB0

    India: Declare cigarette butts as toxic waste, NGO tells NGT

    Following a recent order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), in which it had asked the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to file their response on the harm caused by cigarette/bidi butts and chewing tobacco to the environment, an NGO, ‘Doctors for You,’ has moved a petition in the NGT and asked the tribunal to direct the Centre to declare cigarette and bidi butts as “toxic waste”.

    Source: The Pioneer – 23 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Yp9jqB

    Vape this phone — the Vaporcade Jupiter

    Vaping enthusiasts will apparently soon be able to call, text, email, take pictures, and vape from a single unit that combines all of those activities. The Vaporcade Jupiter is dubbed “the world’s first and only cellular vaporizer”. However details on the phone’s capabilities are still scant.

    Source: Yahoo! Lifetsyle – 22 November 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1Yp9wtQ