ASH Daily news for 25 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Illicit tobacco clampdown plan issued by HMRC and Border Force
  • NICE redoubles efforts to reduce harm from alcohol, smoking and physical inactivity
  • Response: ‘4D’ ultrasound shows effects of smoking on unborn babies
  • Retailers urged to guard against cigarette con
  • Derbyshire: High Peak health chiefs sign up to tobacco control statement
  • Northampton: Cab driver fined £370 after being caught smoking in his taxi
  • France: Report suggests French smokers should pay €13 for a packet of cigarettes
  • Zimbabwe: Tobacco sales decline by 21%

    Illicit tobacco clampdown plan issued by HMRC and Border Force

    HMRC and Border Force have published a refreshed joint strategy to tackle illicit tobacco.

    Measures include the introduction of a registration scheme for those who deal in raw tobacco, a consultation on sanctions and the creation of a cross-government ministerial group to oversee the future anti-illicit strategy.

    HMRC and Border Force said the strategy would build on progress made in the last 15 years, a time period in which the size of the illicit cigarette market has halved.

    Source: The Grocer, 24 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C9T2ey

    NICE redoubles efforts to reduce harm from alcohol, smoking and physical inactivity

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued three new quality standards to encourage healthy living and reduce harm from smoking, alcohol and physical inactivity.

    The standards include specific actions which can be used at a local level to help prevent harm, including that “healthcare services use contracts that do not allow employees to smoke during working hours to set an example to the wider community and ensure that ‘no smoking’ is the norm”.

    Source: NICE press release, 25 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DYcFJO

    Response: ‘4D’ ultrasound shows effects of smoking on unborn babies

    The NHS choices website explores the limitations of the study “4D ultrasound shows effects of smoking on unborn babies” which was reported in yesterday’s ASH Daily News and suggests that some headlines were misleading.

    The critique focuses on the size of the study and concludes “we need more research to investigate whether the differences seen in this study do represent slower development of the baby’s nervous system, and whether they could have any meaning for the continued growth and development of the infant or child”.

    Source: NHS choices, 24 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N5owHx

    Retailers urged to guard against cigarette con

    Retailers are being urged to watch out for a fake JTI voucher scheme which offers £3 off Benson and Hedges cigarettes.

    Source: Convenience Store, 24 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FUpGmT

    Derbyshire: High Peak health chiefs sign up to tobacco control statement

    Health chiefs have signed up to the NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control to highlight their commitment to tackle the harm smoking causes communities in Derbyshire.

    Jackie Pendleton, Chief Officer at NHS North Derbyshire CCG, said: “Stopping smoking brings real lifestyle and health benefits, like improvements in breathing and fitness, improved circulation, improved ability to taste and smell, improved appearance of skin and teeth, and having more money to spend.

    “Tobacco is the single greatest cause of death and disability in our communities and kills more people than the next six causes of premature death. Smoking is harmful not only to smokers but also to the people around them.”

    Source: Buxton Advertiser, 24 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Cp73Gw

    Northampton: Cab driver fined £370 after being caught smoking in his taxi

    A taxi driver has been ordered to pay £370 after being caught smoking in his vehicle 3 times.

    The presiding Magistrate said: “Smoking in a place of work is a criminal offence and, as the taxi is your place of work, you broke the law…

    “Smoking puts other people’s lives at risk and it is not up to you to make that decision for them.”

    Source: Northampton Chronicle, 25 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Bq7Thl

    France: Report suggests French smokers should pay €13 for a packet of cigarettes

    A study carried out by economics consultant firm Microeconomix suggests that the price of cigarettes in France should be around €13.07 –  about a 67% increase on the current price.

    The estimate takes into account the annual cost of treating smoking related diseases and the cost of lost production as a result of smoking.

    Source: The Local, 23 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NeXNGD

    Zimbabwe: Tobacco sales decline by 21%

    The Zimbabwean Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board has announced that sales of flue-cured tobacco declined by 21% compared with the same period last year.

    Source: Herald, 25 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FUimrw