ASH Daily news for 25 January 2016
January 25, 2016
- Coventry: No fines issued for smoking in a car with children
- Stafford: Businesses urged to display no smoking signs or face £200 fines
- Gloucestershire: Teenager hospitalised after inhaling cannabis oil through vaporizer
- EU: No trace of tobacco-pack tracking system
- Russia: Industry opposes Radio Frequency Identification tracking device
- Australia: Anger at Lynton Crosby’s UK Australian of the Year award over tobacco lobby links
- Japan: JT seeks price hikes, emboldened by inflation drive
Coventry: No fines issued for smoking in a car with children
Police are yet to fine anyone in Coventry for smoking in a car with children present.
A Freedom of Information request has revealed West Midlands Police have not issued a single fine since October 1 last year when it became illegal.
In October, a National Police Chiefs’ spokeswoman said: “As the existing smokefree law extends to vehicles, police forces will be taking an educational, advisory and non-confrontational approach when enforcing the new legislation.
“This would see people being given warnings rather than being issued with fines, which would give time for public awareness of the offences to build.”Source: Coventry Telegraph – 25 January 2016
Stafford: Businesses urged to display no smoking signs or face £200 fines
Businesses across Stafford Borough are being urged to display no smoking signs at entrances to their premises – or they could be slapped with £200 fines.
Checks by the borough council have revealed a number of firms are still not complying with legislation.
Now managers and owners are being warned they could face £200 on the spot fines or a maximum fine of £1,000 in court for failing to put them up.Source: Staffordshire Newsletter – 25 January 2016
Gloucestershire: Teenager hospitalised after inhaling cannabis oil through vaporizer
An 18-year-old woman is in a serious condition in hospital after taking a form of cannabis through a vaporizer, police said. The woman was admitted into the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital early on Friday evening in a serious condition.
Gloucestershire police said that the teenager purchased a substance called Cannabidiol, an oil derived from the cannabis plant, online. The substance can be inhaled or smoked through a vaporizer, similar to an e-cigarette.Source: Telegraph – 23 January 2016
EU: No trace of tobacco-pack tracking system
The EU Commission has not yet selected the technology that it would prefer to use in tracking and tracing tobacco packs, according to a Politico.eu story relayed by the TMA.
A ‘senior Commission official’ reportedly said that it was waiting on the results of a second feasibility study.
The Commission is up against a May 2016 deadline to implement track and trace measures to combat the illegal trade in tobacco products.Source: Tobacco Reporter – 22 January 2016
Russia: Industry opposes Radio Frequency Identification tracking device
In a letter sent to the Russian deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, the tobacco industry lobbying group Tabakprom and the Council for the Development of the Tobacco Industry have come out against the tobacco product tracking system due to take effect on January 1, 2017, according to a RosBusinessConsulting report relayed by the TMA.
The system would require the attachment of Radio Frequency Identification tags to each cigarette pack.
The lobbyists said that the system had the ‘potential to disrupt the entire market’, given that each tag costs five rubles (US$0.06) and could require additional annual spending of an estimated seven billion rubles (US$82.3 million).
The letter suggested that the system could cause ‘tobacco product delivery interruptions, excise revenue suppression, and additional unreasonable burden on business’.Source: Tobacco Reporter – 22 January 2016
Australia: Anger at Lynton Crosby’s UK Australian of the Year award over tobacco lobby links
The chief executive of the Public Health Association of Australia, Michael Moore, says he is “shocked and appalled” that London-based Australian political strategist, Lynton Crosby, has been named the UK Australian of the Year despite his history of involvement with the tobacco industry.
Crosby, who was also recently honoured with a knighthood, received the award from the Australia Day Foundation UK last week. He was awarded for his role in running the Conservative party’s election campaign.
But the move has left public health experts reeling.
– Lynton Crosby, UK Australian of the Year? You must be joking, The GuardianSource: The Guardian – 24 January 2016
Japan: JT seeks price hikes, emboldened by inflation drive
Japan Tobacco plans to raise prices on its core cigarette brands to pass rising costs on to customers amid calls from the government to support inflation.
The company on Friday said it has applied for permission to price its Mevius products at 440 yen ($3.70) per box, 10 yen above the current level, starting April 1. Approval could come as soon as February.
– Third-class cigarettes losing ‘preferential’ tax status, Tobacco ReporterSource: Nikkei Asian Review – 23 January 2016