ASH Daily news for 26 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Scotland to ban smoking in cars with children
  • Accountancy firm KPMG takes British American Tobacco in hand with auditing brief
  • Blackpool: Shop owner in court after tobacco raids
  • US: the CDC’s anti-Smoking ads now include electronic cigarettes
  • Wales: Children using electronic cigarettes at school says report
  • Parliamentary Questions

    Scotland to ban smoking in cars with children

    The Scottish government has announced that it will ban smoking in cars with children. The bill, which it is hoped will receive Royal Assent before the Holyrood elections in May 2016,will bring legislation in line with England and Wales and come into effect in October.

     

    See also:

    BBC News: Car smoking ban MPs welcomes backing of Scottish government

    Herald Scotland: Ministers back car smoking ban bill

    The Scotsman: MSPs back ban on smoking in cars with children

    STV: Scottish Government backs smoking ban while children in car

    Source: The Guardian, 26th March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FVNgQk

    Accountancy firm KPMG takes British American Tobacco in hand with auditing brief

    BAT has appointed KPMG as its new auditor. The announcement comes after the tobacco firm ended a relationship with PwC following the launch of a law suit against them over a pollution scandal in the US.

    Source: The Times, 25th March, 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1D0PLSi

    Blackpool: Shop owner in court after tobacco raids

    A businessman found with illicit tobacco at his Blackpool shop has been given a suspended prison sentence for two years, with 60 hours’ unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs.

    Source: Blackpool Gazette, 26th March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1CR7PwK

    US: the CDC’s anti-Smoking ads now include electronic cigarettes

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will launch a $68 million advertising campaign on 30th March. The campaign expands on the CDC’s “Tips from Former Smokers” series and for the first time, will include former electronic cigarette users.

    Source: The Bloomberg, 26th March, 2015
    Link: http://bloom.bg/1FWpJ1x

    Wales: Children using electronic cigarettes at school says report

    A report published by the Welsh Government has found that almost a fifth – 17% – of secondary schools in Wales have seen pupils use electronic cigarettes within school grounds.

    Source: ITV news, 26 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ybJMTe

    Parliamentary Questions

    Ulla Tørnæs (ALDE), MEP from Denmark

    In its work programme for 2015, the Commission is focusing on improved legislation. A decisive factor for good legislation is a suitable and predictable implementation period, which gives companies sufficient time to adjust.

    In its answer to Question E-009558/2014, the Commission addressed the complications caused by delays in delegated legislative acts and implementing acts. In this answer, the Commission stated that the consequences of a delay must be ascertained when assessing a particular case. The deadline for implementing the Tobacco Products Directive, Directive 2014/40/EU, is 20 May 2016. The text of the law will be supplemented by delegated legislative acts and implementing acts. The industry ‐particularly the packaging sector — will need 12 to 18 months to adjust production so that it complies with the new legislation. According to the indicative plan for the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive, some of the delegated legislative acts and implementing acts are expected to be published in the last quarter of 2015 or later. This will not give the industry the 12 to 18 months it needs to convert production. Would the Commission explain what consequences delays in delegated legislative acts and implementing acts will have?

    Would the Commission give earlier examples of directives, where delays in delegated legislative acts or implementing acts made it difficult to comply with the time limit for implementation?

    Would the Commission describe the steps it took to alleviate these difficulties?

    Mr Andriukaitis, on behalf of the Commission

    A timely adoption of the secondary legislation provided for under the new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) (1) is a priority for the Commission. The Commission is proceeding as efficiently as possible, whilst acknowledging the need to respect legal procedures and produce well-thought-out legislation.

    Further examination is required in all cases, including consultation of stakeholders. The industry is involved in the process preceding the proposals for secondary legislation. According to the Commission’s information the industry is already taking the necessary preparatory steps taking into account the key elements of the directive.

    Prior to the Commission proposal for a new TPD, representatives of the packaging sector were consulted. They indicated that changes to the design of cigarette packages were frequent practice. They also stated that no major investments would be required if pictorial warnings would be made mandatory (2).

    It should be highlighted that in Article 30 the TPD provides for a transitional period during which tobacco products manufactured before the transposition deadline can be placed on the market for twelve months following this date.

    (1)

    Directive 2014/40/EU of 3.4.2014, OJ L 127, 29.4.2014, p. 1.

    (2)

    http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/docs/ev_20120206_mi_en.pdf

    Source: Question E-000858/2015, 3rd February 2015