ASH Daily News for 27 May 2015



HEADLINES

  • Anti-plain pack legal action grows as JTI files suit
  • Juggling e-cigarettes
  • Patients flout Bristol Southmead Hospital smoking ban
  • USA: Reynolds American wins US antitrust approval to buy rival Lorillard
  • Pakistan among top four countries with rising tobacco use
  • Bangladesh: Anti-tobacco group calls for end to tobacco cultivation

    Anti-plain pack legal action grows as JTI files suit

    JTI has become the third tobacco company to begin legal action against standardised packaging. The move, by the UK’s second biggest cigarette seller by market share, follows lawsuits filed by Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco against the UK government.

    Japan Tobacco International also began legal proceedings last month in Ireland where a bill to introduce standardised packaging was the first to be passed in Europe.

    Source: Packaging News, 26 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HKL5ij

    Juggling e-cigarettes

    In an opinion piece in the Scotsman, ASH Scotland’s Chief Executive Sheila Duffy reviews the relative risks and benefits of using electronic cigarettes compared to tobacco smoking. Ms Duffy expresses concern over the involvement of the tobacco companies in the e-cigarette market noting that cigarettes remain the more profitable option and the companies will remain keen to sell both.

    Source: The Scotsman, 27 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JVcNLI

    Patients flout Bristol Southmead Hospital smoking ban

    Patients and visitors at a Bristol hospital are routinely ignoring a site-wide smoking ban, its chief executive has said. Andrea Young said there was a “particular problem” around Southmead Hospital’s main entrance, despite staff challenging smokers. About half put out their cigarettes when challenged, she said, but others responded in a “less positive” way.

    A task force is assessing whether a smoking shelter should be provided.
    [Ed Note: NICE guidance does not support the provision of smoking shelters.]

    Source: BBC News Bristol, 26 May 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1HKwOVR

    USA: Reynolds American wins US antitrust approval to buy rival Lorillard

    Reynolds American Inc has won U.S. approval to buy smaller rival Lorillard in a deal that would combine the No. 2 and No. 3 U.S. cigarette companies.

    The Federal Trade Commission said it would allow the acquisition to go forward on condition that the companies sell four cigarette brands – Winston, Kool, Salem and Maverick. They will be purchased by Imperial Tobacco Group PLC.

    The vote to approve the deal was 3-2 with Democrat Julie Brill and Republican Joshua Wright dissenting. In her dissent, Brill argued that the deal meant that the remaining cigarette companies would be able to raise prices and that Imperial was too small and weak to provide real competition.

    Source: Reuters, 27 May 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1euxxhq

    Pakistan among top four countries with rising tobacco use

    Pakistan is among the top four countries of the world experiencing a rapid rise in smoking.
    The finding was presented at a conference by the National Alliance for Tobacco Control (NATC) in collaboration with the Aga Khan University (AKU) and the Pakistan Chest Society.

    In Pakistan, it is estimated that 40 per cent of males and nine per cent of females are smokers.

    “The Asia Pacific region represents the fastest growing tobacco market in the world with Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam being the top four countries reporting a rapid increase in tobacco use,” chairman of the NATC and AKU consultant chest physician Prof Javaid A. Khan said.

    Source: Asia News Network, 27 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1euzScd

    Bangladesh: Anti-tobacco group calls for end to tobacco cultivation

    The anti-smoking pressure group ADHUNIK has urged the Industries Minister to stop all new investment and new tobacco product development in the tobacco industry within Bangladesh. The group’s President Amanullah Khan suggested the Industries Ministry should also impose a ceiling on production of cigarettes and bidis.

    Mr Khan added that the government should initiate a programme to replace tobacco cultivation with essential food and cash crops.

    Source: UNB, 26 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PMDXsT