ASH Daily news for 26 January 2015



HEADLINES

  • Charities delight at standardised tobacco packaging announcement
  • Warning that ‘plain packaging’ will boost tobacco black market
  • Ukip’s official health spokesperson: “I absolutely love the smoking ban
  • Sheffield: Sports teams back anti-smoking scheme with free tickets offer
  • Warrington: Wolves’ second U-turn on e-cigarettes
  • Imperial Tobacco launches caffeinated mouth strips
  • Derby: E-cigarette blamed for illness of Allenton boy, 11
  • US: E-cigarettes in checked luggage pose fire risk, U.S. FAA says
  • France: Four tobacco makers accused of collusion

    Charities delight at standardised tobacco packaging announcement

    Tobacco Free Futures and the British Dental Health Foundation have given a warm welcome to the government announcement that it will put Regulations on the standardised ‘plain’ packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products to a vote in Parliament before the General Election.

    The move to prevent cigarettes being sold in glitzy packaging will help protect the next generation of children and young people from starting to smoke.

    See also:
    – Smoke Free, The Times (£) (editorial)
    – Smoking stuck in the last chance saloon, The Times (£)
    – Tempus: the smoke signals are still hazy, The Times (£)
    – Tobacco giants choke at revived plain pack plans, The Times (£)
    – Plain tobacco packaging government regulations will make category “much harder” says major wholesaler, The Grocer

    Source: Rochdale Online – 23 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/15AkplJ

    Warning that ‘plain packaging’ will boost tobacco black market

    The proposal by the Westminster government to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes has provoked a backlash in Scotland, with warnings that the move threatens to spark a surge in the illicit tobacco trade.

    Jane Ellison, a UK health minister, revealed last week that the government would give MPs a free vote before the general election in May on regulations forcing tobacco firms to introduce plain packaging. The move was backed by Glasgow North Labour MP Ann McKechin, who led a debate in the House of Commons on the issue.

    However, Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Conservative MSP and chair of the Scottish parliament’s economy, energy and tourism, suggested it could breathe life into the black market tobacco trade. Tax officials warned last week that contraband accounts for about £2.1bn in lost duty.

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    See also:
    – Sell government tobacco shares to stub out smoking, say retailers, Sunday Times (£)
    – Government plans for plain packaging for tobacco are politically motivated, claims packaging body, Retail Times
    – Dominic Lawson: Why persecuting smokers will cost us all more in the long run, Daily Mail
    – Cigarette packaging move is far from plain and simple, The Plymouth Herald
    – Analysts aren’t scared to cheer plain cigarette packaging’s Australian failure, The Evening Standard
    – Plain packs ‘will lead to more illegal cigarettes on streets’ of Derbyshire, Derby Telegraph
    – Dame Angela Watkinson is The Freedom Association’s ‘Parliamentarian of the Week’, Before It’s News

    Source: Sunday Times – 25 January 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/15AmLkJ

    Ukip’s official health spokesperson: “I absolutely love the smoking ban

    Louise Bours, a former actress and town councillor in her native Cheshire, was elected as a UKIP MEP last May. She was chosen to be the party’s health lead last summer. She disagrees with party leader Nigel Farage on standard packaging and the smoking ban in public places, although she does back the party’s policy of providing ventilated smoking rooms in pubs and clubs.

    “I love the smoking ban. Absolutely love it… Who wouldn’t think it’s a good thing? Except smokers…except Nigel,” she says, with a hearty laugh.

    Source: The Independent – 23 January 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/15AqLlc

    Sheffield: Sports teams back anti-smoking scheme with free tickets offer

    Sheffield’s top sporting sides have teamed up with health bosses to help city smokers kick the habit.

    Yorkshire Smokefree are offering local people who attempt to quit smoking for at least four weeks the chance to win free tickets to a Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday or a Sheffield Steelers game.

    Those who attempt to quit in the next few weeks will be entered into a draw where match tickets and signed shirts will be offered as prizes.

    Source: The Star – 22 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/15Arxi9

    Warrington: Wolves’ second U-turn on e-cigarettes

    Warrington Wolves have performed a second U-turn on the use of electronic cigarettes at their Halliwell Jones Stadium.

    After lifting a ban on electronic cigarettes at the same time as clinching a sponsorship deal with a firm of electronic cigarette manufacturers, the club has now announced that the ban will be lifted only in the stadium concourse.

    A spokesman said: “It was never the intention that vaping would be allowed indiscriminately throughout the whole of the stadium.”

    However, the move will be seen by many as a second change-of-heart, brought about by pressure from angry fans opposed to “vaping” in the stadium.

    Source: Warrington Worldwide – 22 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/15AtWcw

    Imperial Tobacco launches caffeinated mouth strips

    Imperial Tobacco Group, the world’s third largest cigarette maker, is moving into caffeine as more people kick the deadly smoking habit, launching a melt-in-your-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost in seconds.

    The product, called Reon, comes in flavours such as “grapefruit & zing” and “black currant & fresh”. For now it is only sold in the English city of Manchester and online.

    Developed by Imperial’s Fontem Ventures subsidiary, Reon comes in packs of eight strips, each with 20 mg of caffeine, or less than a third of the amount in a shot of Starbucks espresso. A pack costs £2.50.

    Source: Mail Online – 25 January 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/15AuKOH

    Derby: E-cigarette blamed for illness of Allenton boy, 11

    A mother has issued a health warning after her 11-year-old son became ill from using an e-cigarette.

    Reece Warner suffered from a persistent cough and inflamed tonsils for weeks after using the device in December.

    Mum Sian said she was shocked when she found it in his bedroom.

    See also:
    – Bristol man abused train staff and spat at police after being told to stop smoking e-cigarette, Bristol Post

    Source: Derby Telegraph – 26 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/15AvbZ9

    US: E-cigarettes in checked luggage pose fire risk, U.S. FAA says

    Electronic cigarettes in checked luggage could cause a fire in airliners, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned.

    “In several incidents both inside and outside the transportation industry, electronic cigarettes have overheated or caught fire when the heating element was accidentally activated,” the FAA said in a safety alert issued to airlines.

    The FAA said it was recommending to airlines that electronic cigarettes be carried in the aircraft cabin instead of in checked luggage that goes into the cargo hold where they could cause a serious fire in mid-flight.

    See also:
    – Norwich: Family issue e-cigarette warning after a devastating fire engulfed their home, Norwich Advertiser
    – Parents warned to not use counterfeit chargers after toy car bursts into flames, ITV

    Source: Mail On Sunday – 24 January 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/15AtkDR

    France: Four tobacco makers accused of collusion

    A French anti-smoking association said on Sunday it had filed a case accusing makers of Marlboro, Camel, Lucky Strike and Gauloise cigarettes of colluding to limit prices so smokers won’t cut their consumption.

    According to Yves Martinet, president of the National Committee Against Tobacco, the companies cited in the complaint agreed to “limit themselves to small increases that in reality are adjustments for inflation, (and) which don’t influence the (consumption) of smokers.”

    Source: Yahoo! News/AFP – 26 January 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/15AvTWu