ASH Daily news for 27 May 2016


  • Lung disease kills one person every five minutes in the UK – but research is badly underfunded

    A new study from the British Lung Foundation says 700,000 people are admitted to hospital with lung disease in the UK every year.

    One person dies of lung disease and five more are diagnosed with the condition every five minutes in the UK, according to a new report.

    Three of the UK’s top six killer diseases are lung conditions – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia and lung cancer – but it is poorly understood and underfunded, said the study from the British Lung Foundation (BLF).

    Source: Mirror – 27 May 2016

  • Sweden: E-cigarettes no longer considered medicinal products

    The Supreme Administrative Court has ruled that e-cigarettes not marketed for smoking cessation purposes should not be classified as medicinal products. This is contrary to the Medical Product Agency’s long-standing position and rulings of the first and second-instance courts.

    As a result, the EU Tobacco Product Directive (2014/40/EU) rules for e-cigarettes will apply to e-cigarettes in Sweden as of May 20 2016, when the directive must be implemented in national legislation.

    Source: Lexology- 25 May 2016

  • Norway to detail progress on plain packaging

    The Norwegian government will discuss the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products next week, as the Nordic nation seeks to become the latest country to stamp out one of the last remaining vestiges of cigarette marketing.

    The Norwegian health minister will present new research and provide an update on legislation to require the sale of cigarettes in packages without logos on May 31, when the World Health Organization celebrates World No-Tobacco Day.

    Source: Bloomberg – 26 May 2016

  • China: Capital launching 100-day effort to help smokers quit

    Beijing will carry out an anti-smoking campaign for 100 days starting July 1 to encourage more smokers to quit.

    The effort will build on the success already achieved since China’s strictest tobacco control regulation took effect in the capital a year ago.

    Since then, tobacco control in Beijing has made significant progress, with smoking in indoor public places decreasing greatly, Mei Hongguang, deputy director for health promotion at the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, said at a news conference.

    Source: China Daily – 27 May 2016

  • Philippines and Thailand returning to WTO on tobacco row

    The Philippines is set to confront Thailand in June at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to demand compliance to a 2011 tax ruling on tobacco imported from the Philippines, because the livelihood of 1.9 million Filipino farmers is at stake if Bangkok continues to ignore the WTO verdict.

    Source: Business Mirror – 25 May 2016

  • Czechia: Smoking ban failure triggers emergency coalition talks

    Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has called for emergency talks after a failure to pass a long-awaited law banning smoking in restaurants caused tension in his ruling coalition.

    The prime minister scheduled a meeting after coalition partners accused each other of breaking their coalition pact and warned that intensifying bickering could sink the government.

    Source: Bloomberg – 26 May 2016

  • Indonesia: 8-year-olds could be picking the tobacco in your cigarettes

    Thousands of children as young as eight are working in hazardous conditions on tobacco farms in Indonesia, putting them at risk of cancer, respiratory problems and nicotine poisoning, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

    The report claims child tobacco workers are being exposed to nicotine, toxic chemicals and extreme heat throughout Indonesia, the world’s fifth-largest tobacco producer.

    Source: CNN – 25 May 2016

  • Parliamentary business – EDMs


    Tabled by Norman Lamb and sponsored by Peter Bottomley

    That this House affirms the enormous potential benefits to public health of e-cigarettes, or vaping, as an aid to smoking cessation; acknowledges the current best estimate, accepted by Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians, that e-cigarettes are around 95 per cent less harmful than smoking tobacco; further acknowledges the lack of evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes act as a gateway into smoking for children and non-smokers; notes that the European Commission’s Tobacco Products Directive prohibits most forms of advertising for e-cigarettes, which would hinder the promotion of e-cigarettes as a way of assisting smokers to stop smoking tobacco; is deeply concerned that this is likely to undermine efforts to discourage people from smoking cigarettes, particularly in light of evidence that nearly half of the population do not currently realise that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than tobacco; also notes concerns that, due to restrictions on maximum nicotine concentrations and refill container and tank sizes, and a subsequent reduction of choice of vaping products, there is a risk that some vapers will revert back to smoking; supports regulation of the vaping industry that is proportionate to the risks and potential benefits of e-cigarettes; and calls on the Government to withdraw the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and to encourage the European Commission to propose amendments to the Tobacco Products Directive at the earliest opportunity.

    26 May 2016 Source

    Early day motion 117: CONSUMER PROTECTION

    Tabled by Anne Main and sponsored by Steve  Baker and Christopher Chope

    That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (S.I., 2016, No. 507), dated 18 April 2016, a copy of which was laid before this House on 22 April 2016 in the last Session of Parliament, be annulled.

    26 May 2016 Source

    Source: Parliament – 26 May 2016