ASH Daily News for 24 October 2016



  • One day I hope we won’t sell cigarettes, says Marlboro boss
  • Why boom in e-cigarettes is key to a £38bn merger as tobacco sales go up in smoke
  • Secondhand smoke linked to higher risk of stroke
  • Brent council launches shisha clampdown
  • Australia: Medibank moves $170m to tobacco-free investment fund
  • Actor smoked 20-a-day to impersonate UKIP politician Nigel Farage

One day I hope we won’t sell cigarettes, says Marlboro boss

In an interview in The Times, Philip Morris chief executive André Calantzopoulos admits that he has quit smoking and now uses the company’s iQOS heat-not-burn tobacco product. He also hopes other smokers wil follow suit and says he can even see the day when Philip Morris stops selling cigarettes entirely: “Not in my time as chief executive, but in my lifetime, I do hope.”

Asked whether he can he envisage a truce with the public health lobby Calantzopoulos replies: “I am not asking them to support my marketing efforts but I am asking them to give me an environment that is conducive to this effort being more successful and faster.”

Source: The Sunday Times – 23 October 2016
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Why boom in e-cigarettes is key to a £38bn merger as tobacco sales go up in smoke

The Daily Mail reports that the success of the merger between BAT and Reynolds American announced last Friday may hinge not on tobacco sales but on the booming market for e-cigarettes.

One adviser commented: “Both players are chasing the new generation market hard, putting in a lot of research and development and clearly it’s a big market opportunity.”

Nicholas Hyett, equity analyst at financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, said the deal also brought two different types of e-cigarette technologies under the same roof. While BAT has favoured forms of vaping where liquid nicotine is heated, Reynolds has gone down a route known as ‘heat not burn’, in which tobacco itself is heated but not burnt.

Source: Mail on Sunday – 22 October 2016
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Secondhand smoke linked to higher risk of stroke

The increased risk of stroke that comes with smoking may extend to nonsmokers who live in the same household and breathe in secondhand smoke, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers found that never-smokers who had a stroke were nearly 50 percent more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke at home than people who had never had a stroke.

During the study, stroke survivors exposed to secondhand smoke were also more likely to die from any cause compared to those without secondhand smoke exposure.

“Second-hand smoke is a risk to all people, but those with a history of stroke should take extra care to avoid it,” said lead author Dr. Michelle Lin of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Source: Reuters Health News – 21 October 2016
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Brent council launches shisha clampdown

The London borough of Brent is launching a 10-week campaign to check on all shisha bars in the borough to ensure they are complying with the smokefree law.

In addition to checking the premises are complying with smoke-free legislation, officers will also ensure they meet health and safety and fire safety regulations and tobacco products are not being sold to anyone under the age of 18.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said: “Brent Council takes a zero tolerance approach to any shisha venue that is breaking the law.

“Too many of Brent’s shisha cafes are in breach of their licences, and in some instances operating illegally without a licence. We are putting the safety and wellbeing of our residents first by cracking down on these venues.”

Source: Brent and Kilburn Times – 21 October 2016
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Australia: Medibank moves $170m to tobacco-free investment fund

The Australian private health company Medibank has moved $170m of investment in international equities to a new tobacco-free investment fund. The money had previously been in an international equities index, with a portion of that index invested in tobacco companies.

The chief executive of Medibank, Craig Drummond, said the money had been reinvested into a fund with State Street Global Advisors, which excludes companies that have significant business activities involving tobacco and controversial weapons.

“We’re proud to be investing in a tobacco-free portfolio,” Drummond said. “This decision is just good business sense. Our mission for better health has to carry all the way through our business – from our employees and customers through to investments.”

Source: The Guardian – 24 October 2016
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Actor smoked 20-a-day to impersonate UKIP politician Nigel Farage

Actor and impressionist Kevin Bishop has revealed he had to chain-smoke to capture the rasp of Nigel Farage’s voice for an upcoming BBC comedy.

Bishop plays the politician in Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back, which follows the former Ukip leader’s exploits after he stepped down in the wake of the EU referendum result.

Source: Evening Express – 24 October 2016
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