ASH Daily news for 25 April 2016



HEADLINES

  • Trial supports safety and efficacy of varenicline for those with or without a psychiatric disorder
  • Wales: Smoking to be banned at Caswell Bay as part of new trial
  • Scotland: Aberdeenshire Council approves new smoking policy
  • Hampshire: Council gives out more than 6,400 fines for dropping cigarette ends
  • Durham: Judge orders fraudster to quit smoking and pay fines faster
  • North Somerset: Smoking comes at a million-pound price
  • JTI launches Logic Pro tank system with multi-million pound campaign
  • EU: Pressure grows for Commission President to end tobacco lobbying secrecy
  • India: Supreme Court to hear cases challenging tobacco pack warnings today
  • US: ITG Brands details plans for laying off hundreds at Greensboro plant

    Trial supports safety and efficacy of varenicline for those with or without a psychiatric disorder

    Pfizer has announced data from the largest ever randomised clinical trial of approved smoking cessation medicines.

    The trial is the largest placebo-controlled trial to compare the neuropsychiatric safety and efficacy of Champix (varenicline) and bupropion to placebo and nicotine patch to help people quit smoking.

    The results demonstrated the use of varenicline or buproprion in patients with or without a history of psychiatric disorder is not associated with an increased risk of serious neuropsychiatric adverse events. In addition, patients taking varenicline showed statistically superior continuous abstinence rates at weeks 9-12 and 9-24 than patients treated with placebo, bupropion or nicotine patch during both time periods. Patients treated with each of the medications had higher abstinence rates than those treated with placebo.

    Source: European Pharmaceutical Review – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VNzpVO

    Wales: Smoking to be banned at Caswell Bay as part of new trial

    One of Swansea’s most popular beaches will be the first in the area to go smokefree.

    A ban on smoking will be trialled at Caswell Bay as part of a drive to create more smokefree places.

    Swansea Council says the ban, which comes into force from April 27, will help to provide a cleaner, healthier beach for people to enjoy and cut down on pollution caused by cigarette ends.

    The beach is set to become the latest in more than 70 smoke-free areas across the city.

    Source: South Wales Evening Post – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VNxEYP

    Scotland: Aberdeenshire Council approves new smoking policy

    Aberdeenshire Council has approved a new smokefree policy to ban smoking on any premises or sites owned by the local authority. The policy includes electronic cigarettes.

    Under the policy, everyone including staff, councillors, volunteers, contractors, visitors and service users will be banned from smoking in their vehicles. It will not affect people parked in public pay and display sites.

    See also:
    – Smoking ban in car parks ‘unenforceable‘, Mearns Leader

    Source: Evening Express – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VNy3dG

    Hampshire: Council gives out more than 6,400 fines for dropping cigarette ends

    More than 6,600 litter fines have been given out by Havant Borough Council in the past two years, of these, 6,434 fines of £75 were dished out to members of the public dropping cigarette butts on the ground.

    It comes as Havant Borough Council’s zero-tolerance approach to littering reaches its two-year anniversary next month.

    Source: The News – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VNyq8h

    Durham: Judge orders fraudster to quit smoking and pay fines faster

    A judge has told a woman to cut down or quit smoking after hearing she was unable to afford the £1,000 fine and costs for her involvement in an £8,000 fraud.

    Whitney Varey appeared in court alongside her brother Abraham who was sentenced for conning a car buyer out of the cash after advertising a car for sale. She was fined £750 plus £250 costs.

    Judge Christopher Prince refused to accept she had no money to pay after being told by Lewis Kerr, mitigating, she was on benefits and only had £6 left for luxuries, including cigarettes.

    Despite being told Varey “cannot afford to smoke”, Judge Prince heard she smoked 20 a day, costing her about £35 a week.

    Judge Prince rejected her offer to pay her fine and costs at £5 a week – upping the figure to £15, telling her: “I’m told you cannot afford to pay a fine; you can if you cut back or stop smoking.”

    Source: Northern Echo – 23 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VNyLrE

    North Somerset: Smoking comes at a million-pound price

    The financial cost of smoking in North Somerset is exceeding £40million a year including a £7million burden on the NHS, according to figures by ASH.

    Approximately 20,500 people smoke in the district, equating to a cost of more than £2,000 per smoker.

    A spokeswoman for ASH said: “Few people are aware that the cost of smoking to a community is much larger than the impact on the NHS.

    “For example, smokers are more likely to get sick at any time in their working life. For businesses in North Somerset, this means a loss of around £3million a year in additional sick days.

    “Investment in the support to help people quit not only generates a healthier community but also a wealthier one.”

    Source: Ely Standard – 24 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VNyXag

    JTI launches Logic Pro tank system with multi-million pound campaign

    JTI will be rolling out its “tank” vaping system, Logic PRO, in the UK this month.

    The launch of the system, which has proved succesful in the US, will be supported by a TV advertising and outdoor media campaign from May 1.

    The Tank market has grown 161% in the last year and is the fastest growing sector within the e-cigarette category.

    Source: Wholesale News – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VNz9X4

    EU: Pressure grows for Commission President to end tobacco lobbying secrecy

    Splits have opened within European Commission, as European Parliament, Ombudsman and NGOs increase the pressure for implementing UN rules for contacts with tobacco industry lobbyists.

    In his response to the Ombudsman, Commission President Juncker argued that tobacco lobbying transparency is not needed because the number of meetings between top officials and tobacco lobbyists has decreased since decision-making on the Tobacco Products Directive came to an end in 2014.

    Source: Corporate Europe – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VNzEjY

    India: Supreme Court to hear cases challenging tobacco pack warnings today

    India’s Supreme Court said on Friday it would hear petitions filed by the $11 billion tobacco industry against the government’s package warning rules this week.

    The Court said it will hear the case on Monday. It will also review several other cases that challenge how health warnings are printed on tobacco products sold in the country.

    See also: 
    – Label ‘tobacco’ as food item to ban it, suggests Delhi government to Centre, Economic Times

    Source: Reuters – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://tmsnrt.rs/1VNzSax

    US: ITG Brands details plans for laying off hundreds at Greensboro plant

    ITG Brands has confirmed it expects to layoff 375 workers at its cigarette manufacturing plant in east Greensboro in June.

    The layoffs come as production volumes have been cut by half with the end of a reciprocal manufacturing agreement with Winston-Salem-based Reynolds American Inc..

    As part of a three-way deal last year that included the merger of Reynolds American with Lorillard and the sale of Lorillard’s plant to its U.K.-based parent company Imperial Tobacco Group, ITG Brands continued making cigarettes under Lorillard’s Newport brand for a year.

    That agreement comes to an end this summer, with the complete shift of Newport production to Reynolds American’s Tobaccoville plant, and a significant reduction in production volumes at the ITG Brands plant.

    Source: Triad Business Journal – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VNAfSB