ASH Daily news for 24 June 2016



  • Bristol: Electronic cigarettes ‘greatest opportunity’ to boost public health since 1960s, says professor

    Electronic cigarettes offer one of the greatest opportunities to improve public health since the 1960s, according to a Bristol University professor.

    They deliver ‘vast public health gain’ and smokers who choose them over tobacco will be much better off in the long run, according to Professor Marcus Munafo, an expert in psychological biology.

    Writing for online academic magazine The Conversation, Professor Munafo also challenges the view that young people who try vaping are likely to move on to smoking cigarettes.

    See also:
    Electronic cigarettes could have a huge effect on public health, The Conversation

    Source: Bristol Post – 22 June 2016

  • Colchester: Council clamps down on smoking area

    The bosses of bar and nightclub Qube have been informed by Colchester Council that their smoking area is too enclosed to be used legally.

    Legislation brought in by the government after the smoking ban in 2007 says if there is a ceiling or roof on a structure and more than 50 per cent of the walls are present then it is classified as substantially enclosed and cannot be used as a smoking area.

    Managing director Ash Afzalnia disputes the council’s claim, stating that three sides of the area are open.

    Source: Halstead Gazette – 22 June 2016

  • US: Supreme Court rules for R.J. Reynolds in racketeering case

    On Monday the US Supreme Court limited the scope of federal racketeering law, handing RJ Reynolds a victory over a lawsuit by EU nations. The tobacco company was accused of running a global money-laundering scheme involving narcotics smuggling into Europe.

    In a 4-3 ruling, the court reversed a lower-court decision that backed the EU and 26 member states, finding that the racketeering law does not extend to claims not made by US authorities concerning conduct that takes place overseas.

    The case focused on whether the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a US law used to target illegal conspiracies including organized crime, applied to overseas conduct. David Frederick, a lawyer for the EU states, said the litigation will continue in federal district court on certain remaining claims.

    Source: Reuters, 20 June 2016

  • Poland may tax e-cigarettes

    Poland is considering taxing e-cigarettes in addition to a set of regulations for the tobacco industry, deputy Finance Minister Wieslaw Jasinski said.

    The Finance Ministry has also set up a team for preparing detailed solutions to limit the shadow economy in tobacco.

    Source: Warsaw Voice – 23 June 2016

  • US: Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal from Illinois smokers

    The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from Illinois smokers over the industry’s alleged deceptive advertising of “light” and “low tar” cigarettes.

    Following the recent Supreme Court ruling that Reynolds American could not be sued by the European Union under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the latest decision quashes a $10 billion class action judgment against Altria’s Philip Morris division.

    Price v. Philip Morris was one of the first suits of its kind, asserting that the tobacco giant had engaged in consumer fraud by marketing its “light” and “low-tar” Marlboro cigarettes as a healthier alternative to regular ones.

    Source: MSN – 23 June 2016