ASH Daily news for 27 February 2015
27 February 2015
- Half million youngsters to die smoking unless we make changes, warns charity
- BAT says it would fight UK standardised “plain packaging” law
- IEA Survey on smoking in pubs
- Proposal to make proxy tobacco purchase illegal welcomed by retailers
- ‘Massive’ tobacco industry third party lobbying for revised European Directive
- Ireland passes standardised
- Ireland: Minister to restrict tenders from firms linked to tobacco group
- 10th anniversary of international tobacco control treaty
Half million youngsters to die smoking unless we make changes, warns charity
Cancer Research UK estimates that 2.7 million of today’s 12 million children younger than 16 will become smokers. This could lead to about 500,000 cigarette related deaths.
The charity insists that more be done to reduce the number of young people turning to tobacco. It supports a proposal for plain tobacco packaging after an Australian project found it reduced the numbers of new smokers.
Research found that between 2010 and 2013 – the period when standard packs were introduced – Australia reported a 15 per cent reduction in the use of cigarettes. The study also found fewer young people took up the habit.Source: The Express – 27 February 2015
BAT says it would fight UK standardised “plain packaging” law
British American Tobacco , the world’s second-largest cigarette maker, has announced it would take action against the UK government if it enacts a plan to put cigarettes in “plain packaging”.
“If the regulations, as published this week, are passed, we anticipate taking legal action,” said Jerome Abelman, BAT’s director of corporate and regulatory affairs.
The UK parliament is expected to vote on regulations to limit branding on cigarette packs to only the product name before it is dissolved on March 30, in preparation for the general election on May 7.Source: Daily Mail – 26 February 2015
IEA Survey on smoking in pubs
A survey of 4,135 adults by ComRes for the tobacco industry funded Institute of Economic Affairs has found that more than half (51%) said pubs should have private rooms for customers to smoke in, while only 35% opposed the idea.
This compares with a poll by YouGov for ASH of over 12,000 adults which found that over 80% of the public, including a majority of smokers, support the existing law.Source: Gloucester Citizen – 26 February 2015
Proposal to make proxy tobacco purchase illegal welcomed by retailers
Retail industry representatives have welcomed the publication of regulations to make the proxy purchase of tobacco and nicotine inhaling products for under-18s an offence.
The Nicotine Inhaling Products (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) Regulations 2015 have been laid under Part 5 of the Children and Families Act 2014, and will make it an offence to buy tobacco or cigarette papers on behalf of a minor and also e-cigarettes, liquids and refills.Source: The Grocer – 26 February 2015
‘Massive’ tobacco industry third party lobbying for revised European Directive
The tobacco industry deployed “massive” third party lobbying to subvert revised European regulations on tobacco products, helped by regulatory reforms that seem to have made it easier for corporate interests to influence public health legislation, reveals research published online in Tobacco Control.Source: Science Daily – 24 February 2015
Ireland passes standardised
On Thursday (26 February) Ireland passed a law mandating standardised “plain” packaging for tobacco products
Under the new law, branding apart from the product name is forbidden on the packaging, including logos and colours. Tobacco products will have a uniform packaging containing graphic health warnings.
Following Thursday’s vote, a spokesperson for JTI Ireland said: “We have made our views known to the government many times so they should come as no surprise. If this proceeds we will go to court to protect our rights.”
The plain packaging legislation will be sent to the president to pass into law following a technical vote next week and the law will not be fully implemented until May 2017.
– We will not be bullied on plain cigarette packets, says Reilly, Irish TimesSource: International Business Times – 26 February 2015
Ireland: Minister to restrict tenders from firms linked to tobacco group
Minister for Children James Reilly is taking steps to prevent any firm which has a contract with a tobacco group from tendering to work for bodies under his remit, among them the child and family agency Tusla.
The development comes on foot of the Minister’s disquiet that solicitors Arthur Cox are simultaneously working as corporate legal adviser to Tusla while acting for Japan Tobacco in threatened legal action against the State over plain cigarette packaging.
– Cancer charity bans law firm from making donations, Roll on FridaySource: Irish Times – 27 February 2015
10th anniversary of international tobacco control treaty
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty.
– “Aggressive” tobacco firms threaten global health deal, warns UN chief, UN press release
– India a champion in controlling tobacco marketing in films: WHO, First Post
– WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control celebrates 10 years, Global Post
– UN-backed treaty set to mark 10 years of dramatic change in tobacco use worldwide, Herald GlobeSource: Voxy – 27 February 2015