ASH Daily news for 25 February 2015



HEADLINES

  • Australia: Smoking epidemic likely to kill two out of three smokers
  • BAT considers £2.3 billion deal for remaining stake in its Brazilian offshoot
  • Ireland: Health Minister insists standardised packaging will go ahead
  • Plymouth: pub landlord arrested after being caught selling illegal cigarettes
  • California: Bill would ban smokeless tobacco at baseball games

    Australia: Smoking epidemic likely to kill two out of three smokers

    Results from the first Australian large-scale study on smoking and mortality show that two out of three smokers, or about 1.8 million Australians, will die because of their smoking habit. The study was carried out by researchers from Sydney’s Sax Institute, who linked health information from 204,953 study participants over the age of 45 with data from the register of births, deaths and marriages.

    The study also found those who gave up the habit before the age of 45 could mostly avoid the major risks associated with smoking.

    The president of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, Mike Daube, has said that the study revealed smoking as a “national catastrophe” because even though Australia had among the lowest smoking rates in the word, its effects remain widespread.

    He said: “That smoking will kill 7.5% of Australians means it deserves a massively increased focus, and we need to keep increasing taxes on tobacco, step up public health campaigns and limit the number of outlets that sell it.”

    Source:

    Tobacco smoking and all-cause mortality in a large Australian cohort study, BMC Medicine

    Source: Guardian, 25 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1zGKiJs

    BAT considers £2.3 billion deal for remaining stake in its Brazilian offshoot

    In a deal that would cost £2.3 billion, British American Tobacco is considering buying out the minority in its Brazilian unit Souza Cruz SA. News of the deal sent BAT’s shares 71½p higher to £37.27½p. Souza Cruz has approximately 72 per cent of the legal cigarette market in Brazil, with six of the top-selling brands.

    See also:

    BAT set to pay £2.3bn for remaining stake in Souza Cruz, Financial Times

    Source: The Times, 24 February 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1DTdPEK

    Ireland: Health Minister insists standardised packaging will go ahead

    On Tuesday morning Irish Health Minister Leo Varadkar responded to recent threats of legal action from the tobacco industry over standardised packaging. Speaking at the launch of a new innovation centre, he stated “The Government is absolutely pressing ahead with our plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco.”

    Source: The Irish Times, 24 February, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1wnwh7R

    Plymouth: pub landlord arrested after being caught selling illegal cigarettes

    A pub landlord has been fined more than £2,000 selling illicit tobacco. Glen Smith appeared before Plymouth magistrates’ court last week on 13 counts of possessing and supplying illegal tobacco and a further charge of failing to have proper health warnings in place.

    On top of a fine for £2,000 for selling more than a 1,000 illegal cigarettes, the 50-year-old was also ordered to pay Trading Standard’s court costs of £1,584 and a victim surcharge of £200.

    Local councillor Brian Vincent, responsible for Trading Standards cases for Plymouth City Council, said the fine “reflected the seriousness of the offence”.

    Source: Plymouth Herald, 19 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1zH3Ayv

    California: Bill would ban smokeless tobacco at baseball games

    In California, Assemblyman Tony Thurmond of Richmond introduced legislation this week to ban Major League Baseball players from using smokeless tobacco at games. If enacted, the bill would make California the first state and San Francisco the first city in the country to ban chewing tobacco from players and fans at the ballparks.

    Source: ABC7 24 February 2015
    Link: http://abc7ne.ws/1DSZSbg