ASH Daily news for 28 May 2015
May 28, 2015
- Car smoking ban difficulties cited
- Imperial Tobacco share price rises after $7.1bn purchase of Reynolds cigarette brands wins regulatory approval
- Tobacco Industry funded report finds 56.6 billion illegal cigarettes consumed in the EU in 2014
- Smokers of counterfeit cigarettes warned
- Canada: Whistler ski resort launches total smoking ban
- Nigeria: President Goodluck Jonathan signs Tobacco control bill
- Australia: Greens MP in ‘vape’ stunt
Car smoking ban difficulties cited
The Law Society of Scotland has suggested that a planned change in the law to ban smoking in cars when children are present would be difficult to enforce.
The organisation said that while it supported the intention of the smoking prohibition, it would be challenging to police.Source: BT News, 27 May 2015
Imperial Tobacco share price rises after $7.1bn purchase of Reynolds cigarette brands wins regulatory approval
Imperial Tobacco’s takeover of a number of cigarette and electronic cigarette brands from Reynolds American is set to go ahead after winning regulatory approval from the Federal Trade Commission.
Imperial entered into a purchase agreement for the brands in July last year following Reynolds’ $27bn (£17.5bn) takeover of Lorillard.Source: City AM, 27 May 2015
Tobacco Industry funded report finds 56.6 billion illegal cigarettes consumed in the EU in 2014
A new KPMG report funded by the four biggest tobacco companies, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International asserts that 56.6 billion illegal cigarettes were consumed in Europe in 2014.Source: UK Finance, 28 May 2015
Smokers of counterfeit cigarettes warned
Warwickshire Trading Standards have launched a campaign to crackdown on illegal and illicit tobacco. The campaign warns that illicit tobacco isn’t regulated and that illegal cigarettes have been found to contain substances including asbestos, ground glass, rat and mouse droppings, dead insects, floor sweepings, dust and hay.
A spokesman said: “Young people are often tempted to start smoking illegal tobacco as it is cheaper and easier to get hold of than normal cigarettes. These factors also make it harder to quit.”Source: Coventry Telegraph, 28 May 2015
Canada: Whistler ski resort launches total smoking ban
Canadian ski resort Whistler, has announced it will introduce a resort-wide no smoking policy from May 31, to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.
This means smoking will be prohibited in lift lines, on chairlifts, gondolas, ski runs, hiking trails, streets, parking lots, bike park trails and all bars and restaurants, including outdoor patios.Source: The Telegraph, 28 May 2015
Nigeria: President Goodluck Jonathan signs Tobacco control bill
Nigeria’s outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan, has signed the Tobacco Control bill into law, hours before his presidency was due to end.Source: Premium Times, 27 May 2015
Australia: Greens MP in ‘vape’ stunt
An Australian upper house MP has been told off for using an electronic cigarette in the New South Wales Parliament House.
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham was ordered to put down his electronic cigarette because of a long-standing upper house rule against parliamentarians using props.
Mr Buckingham said he was trying to call attention to the consideration of a ban of the sale of electronic cigarettes and their accessories to minors.Source: Mail Online, 27 May 2015