ASH Daily news for 24 April 2015



HEADLINES

  • South Africa: BAT implicated in cigarette smuggling
  • Gloucester: Vape shop ‘will not be beaten’ after thieves break in
  • Slaying the dragon: how the tobacco industry refuses to die
  • US: Cigars can be as deadly as cigarettes, FDA study says
  • US: North Carolina passes child resistant packaging bill for e-cigarettes
  • Ireland: Taoiseach wants controversial EU-US trade deal wrapped up ‘by end of this year’
  • China: Ad ban urged to help stub out smoking

    South Africa: BAT implicated in cigarette smuggling

    A former South African Revenue Service (Sars) spokesperson, Adrian Lackay, has claimed that evidence has emerged that British American Tobacco, a private investigation firm, and State Security Agency officials have been involved in cigarette smuggling.

    Lackay makes the claim in a document submitted to Parliament’s Finance Portfolio Committee.

    Lackay left Sars after several officials were suspended following claims of a rogue spy unit within the organisation.

    In the document, he says former Sars investigator Johann van Loggerenberg learnt from cellphone data that the parties named were “involved in a range of illegal activities that had cost the fiscus hundreds of millions of rands”.

    Both BAT South Africa and BAT United Kingdom are named in the document.

    The document also claims Sars has still not investigated this evidence.

    See also:
    BAT denies smuggling claims, Eyewitness News
    – The British American Tobacco smuggling scam goes international, Cape Talk
    – South Africa’s Tax Agency Didn’t Spy on Zuma, Ex-Official Says, Bloomberg

    Source: Eyewitness News – 23 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Hzk6XP

    Gloucester: Vape shop ‘will not be beaten’ after thieves break in

    Staff at The Smoker’s Angel in Gloucester have vowed not to be beaten after their shop was broken into by thieves last week.

    Hundreds of pounds worth of e-cigarettes accessories and cash were stolen last Thursday at 5.45am after a half-glazed door was smashed in by a brick.

    Source: Gloucester Citizen – 23 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HziMEk

    Slaying the dragon: how the tobacco industry refuses to die

    The tobacco industry is using an increasing range of techniques to regain its influence over public policy making—with some alarming success, reports Jonathan Gornall.

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    Source: BMJ – 22 April 2015
    Link: http://bmj.co/1HzlCtb

    US: Cigars can be as deadly as cigarettes, FDA study says

    The risk of dying from smoking-related disease is just as high for some cigar smokers as it is for people who smoke cigarettes, according to new findings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Researchers at the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products analyzed a group of studies from the latter half of the 20th century and concluded that cigar smokers are at risk of dying from a range of common smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, stroke and several types of cancer. Cigar smokers are also at risk of certain throat and neck cancers, suggesting they may be inhaling more smoke than they think.

    Source: CNBC – 24 April 2015
    Link: http://cnb.cx/1HzkBkH

    US: North Carolina passes child resistant packaging bill for e-cigarettes

    The North Carolina Senate has passed a bipartisan bill that would make child-resistant packaging and warning labels mandatory for liquids used with electronic-cigarette vaporizers.

    Once approved, the law that would be effective from 1 December, would ban the sale of any e-liquid product without the necessary child-resistant packaging and warning labels in North Carolina.

    Source: Packaging Business Review – 23 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HzkKEM

    Ireland: Taoiseach wants controversial EU-US trade deal wrapped up ‘by end of this year’

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed trade agreement between the EU and the US that would create the world’s largest free-trade zone. Proponents argue that it would result in more trading and economic growth while those against say it would make it difficult for national governments to regulate markets.

    Speaking at the US Embassy in Dublin’s annual economic conference yesterday, Mr Kenny said that it is important that the agreement “should be concluded by 2015 if at all possible. The American election process kicks in after that and it would make it more difficult.”

    However, a strong lobby against the deal has managed to make the subject somewhat toxic in parts of Europe, including Germany where thousands took to the streets during the weekend to oppose the trade talks.

    The agreement has also been viewed with scepticism by some in Ireland, with the Irish Medical Organisation recently claiming that it could help tobacco firms in their fight against plain packaging.

    The IMO claims a transnational arbitration system to be set up under the TTIP could allow tobacco companies to bypass national governments and Irish courts.

    Source: Independent.ie – 23 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Hzl7PD

    China: Ad ban urged to help stub out smoking

    Health officials have called for a complete ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship as a draft amendment to the Advertisement Law is under review by China’s top legislature and expected to be put to a vote before the end of this month.

    Source: China Tibet Online – 24 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HzloCa