ASH Daily News for 24 December 2015



HEADLINES

  • Tobacco industry responds to European Court ruling
  • Small shops ‘at risk’ over age-restricted sales
  • Isle of Man: Views sought on ban on smoking in cars with children
  • Sussex: Shop owner fined £3,300 for selling illegal tobacco
  • Opinion: Tobacco industry lobbying: the scandal of the century
  • Christmas Break

    Tobacco industry responds to European Court ruling

    A ruling by the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General yesterday dismissed a legal challenge from the tobacco industry against EU plans to increase health warnings, ban menthol cigarettes and regulate electronic cigarettes.

    Responding, British American Tobacco said: “While we are still analysing the [advocate general’s] opinion, we are obviously disappointed with its conclusions. We have always maintained that the Tobacco Products Directive represents an unlawful and disproportionate incursion into the autonomy of the [EU] member states.”

    The industry had hoped that a ruling in its favour would block attempts by the UK, France and Ireland to introduce standardised packaging. Though the Advocate General’s opinion is not binding it is usually upheld by the ECJ.

    Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH said: “The advocate general’s opinion that standardised packaging of cigarettes is legal in Europe, one of the world’s big trading blocks, sets the scene for it to go global.”

    Source: Financial Times, 23 December 2015
    Link: http://on.ft.com/1U4R9at

    Small shops ‘at risk’ over age-restricted sales

    According to a new survey, small independent shops and newsagents are most at risk of prosecution for selling tobacco products to under-age customers. Serve Legal carried out age-verification tests at 4,600 stores selling tobacco in 2015 and found that 64% of total stores passed the test purchases, down by 6% on 2010 figures.

    In the survey, supermarkets had a pass rate of 77%, but only 53% of small stores passed the test purchase. The survey found that retailers appear more vigilant when it comes to alcohol sales, with 83% of outlets passing the test purchase.

    Source: Talking Retail, 21 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IqvysD

    Isle of Man: Views sought on ban on smoking in cars with children

    Residents of the Isle of Man are to be consulted on a proposed ban on smoking in cars when children are present. The regulations – brought under the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2006 – will go before Tynwald in February 2016.

    If passed, offenders could be fined £50 in line with laws in England and Wales which came into force in October.

    The consultation can be found on the Isle of Man government website.

    Source: BBC News, 22 December 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1NLL6Uy

    Sussex: Shop owner fined £3,300 for selling illegal tobacco

    A shopkeeper in West Sussex has been fined £3,300 for selling illegal tobacco and cigarettes. Mr Hemen Anwri pleaded guilty to five charges at Worthing Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.

    West Sussex trading standards officers seized 119 packets of foreign labelled cigarettes and tobacco from Mr Anwri’s shop in Worthing.

    Source: The Argus, 23 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IqCFRP

    Opinion: Tobacco industry lobbying: the scandal of the century

    In an opinion piece for website euobserver, Gilles Pargneaux, a French member of the European Parliament describes the tobacco industry’s efforts to undermine the Parliament’s work during the negotiations to adopt the 2014 Tobacco Directive. Mr Pargneaux, who is a vice-chair of the parliament’s committee on environment, public health and food safety, calls for further action to limit the tobacco industry’s interference with health policy and to reduce the industry’s duplicity in the illicit trade of tobacco products.

    Source: euobserver, 21 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1V85Hal

    Christmas Break

    Please note ASH Daily News will next be published on 4 January 2016. Best wishes for the Christmas & the New Year from all at ASH.

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