ASH Daily News for 23 November 2016



  • Australia’s plain cigarette packs are ‘putting teens off smoking’
  • North West: New hotline launched to help tackle illicit tobacco and alcohol in Halton
  • Canada: E-cigarettes to come under federal regulation
  • Pakistan: National mass media campaign launched to highlight the harms of tobacco
  • Russia: Philip Morris accused of hampering Grand Tobacco activity

Australia’s plain cigarette packs are ‘putting teens off smoking’

The introduction of plain, standardised packaging for cigarettes in Australia is putting teens off taking up the lethal addiction, according to new research.

The research conducted by Cancer Institute NSW (New South Wales), found that almost a third of teens (31%) who had tried smoking or who had previously smoked said plain packs made them less likely to smoke again.

Results further showed that 41% of teenage smokers had either tried to quit or thought about quitting as a result of standard packs, with 18% of those who’d never smoked saying standard packs would put them off starting.

Data from more than 8,800 people were collected three times before standardised packaging was introduced, and once following its introduction.

George Butterworth, Cancer Research UK’s tobacco policy manager, said the findings were “extremely encouraging”. “The evidence shows standard packs are doing their job by turning young people off smoking, and even encouraging young smokers to quit,” he said.

See also:
Australia’s plain tobacco packs: anticipated and actual responses among adolescents and young adults 2010–2013, Tobacco Control

Source: Cancer Research UK – 22 November 2016
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North West: New hotline launched to help tackle illicit tobacco and alcohol in Halton

A dedicated hotline has been established in Halton to help tackle sales of illicit tobacco and alcohol. Halton Trading Standards team can be contacted directly via the new line which can also be used to report underage sales.

Source: Liverpool Echo – 22 November 2016
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Canada: E-cigarettes to come under federal regulation

The Federal Government has introduced legislation which would regulate e-cigarettes, in an attempt to make vaping products safer and less accessible to young people.

The Government has proposed an amendment to the Tobacco Act which would regulate e-cigarettes and vaping products in a separate category. The amendment would introduce regulations on the manufacturing, promotion, sale and labelling of e-cigarettes.

Key elements of the proposals include:

  • Regulating health claims, such as that a specific product will help smokers quit.
  • A ban on the sale and promotion of all vaping products to those under age 18.
  • Prohibiting the promotion of flavours that appeal to youth, such as candy flavours.
  • Creating regulatory authority to display health warnings on vaping devices.

A spokesman said the aim of the regulations is to protect youth and non-users from nicotine addiction while allowing adult access to e-cigarettes as a likely less harmful alternative to tobacco.

See also:
Government of Canada Introduces New Tobacco and Vaping Products Legislation, Department of Health of Canada

Source: Health Medicine Network – 22 November 2016
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Pakistan: National mass media campaign launched to highlight the harms of tobacco

The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has launched a national mass media campaign showing the deadly impact of tobacco smoke of the lungs and encouraging smokers to quit.

The campaign features a public services announcement (PSA) which will run on major TV networks, billboard and community posters across the country until the end of 2016.

The PSA compares a smoker’s lungs to a sponge showing how the chemicals found in tobacco smoke build up in the lungs as carcinogenic tar. The level of tar from the lungs of a 20-a-day smoker across a year is enough to fill a beaker. The PSA lists the diseases associated with tobacco use and urges smokers to “Quit Today!”

Source: Pakistan Observer – 23 November 2016
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Russia: Philip Morris accused of hampering Grand Tobacco activity

Grand Tobacco, Armenian-Canadian Joint Venture, has complained to the RA State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition over sale restrictions imposed by Philip Morris in Russia.

The matter has come to light given a case brought by Philip Morris at the Moscow Arbitration Court complaining of a “confusing similarity” between their distinctive Marlboro products and Ararat Products produced by Grand Tobacco. Following bringing this case Philip Morris has signed sales contracts on the basis that the seller will end deals with Grand Tobacco and remove their products from circulation.

The Commission has found that Philip Morris’ actions could be qualified as non-competitive activity as the company signed contracts aimed at hampering the sale of Grand Tobacco products.

Source: Panorama – 22 November 2016
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