ASH Daily News for 28 November 2016



  • Cigarette giant close to £1.2bn tax rebate
  • Lancashire: Pupils threatened with expulsion as school bans ‘vaping’
  • Oxford: Vaping business leads to young entrepreneur of the year award for 21-year-old owner
  • Australia: Smoking cigarettes and using BBQs on apartment balconies to be banned in sweeping new strata laws affecting two million tenants
  • Afghanistan: Kabul police raid shisha cafes in ‘debauchery’ crackdown
  • Pakistan: Civil society report unveils tactics of tobacco industry

Cigarette giant close to £1.2bn tax rebate

British American Tobacco (BAT) has moved a step closer to securing £1.2bn from the government for decades of overpaid taxes.

The Court of Appeal ruled that BAT paid too much tax on dividends made by foreign subsidiaries from the early 1970s until the late 1990s. HMRC overcharged BAT and other multinationals in contravention of European law, the court said.

The rebate for the world’s second-largest listed cigarette company would be enough to sustain the government-backed fund that invests in new cancer treatments for more than two years.

Source: Sunday Times – 27 November 2016 (£)
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Lancashire: Pupils threatened with expulsion as school bans ‘vaping’

A primary school has warned parents that any pupils caught with electronic cigarettes will be excluded after a group were discovered with the devices.

The crackdown has been launched at Burnley’s Lowerhouse Junior School and is thought to be the first case in Lancashire.

The move comes after staff said they have confiscated an ‘increasing number’ of e-cigs from pupils over the past few weeks.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph – 27 November 2016
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Oxford: Vaping business leads to young entrepreneur of the year award for 21-year-old owner

A 21-year-old who runs a successful vaping business has been named young entrepreneur of the year in an Oxfordshire competition.

Dan Greenall picked up the Haines Watts Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for establishing and developing his own company: Oxford Vapours Ltd.

After first buying a vaping franchise in 2012, Mr Greenall now has three of his own locations across the county and is looking ahead to further expansion in the future.

Mr Greenall said he was surprised to find he had won the award following a day in which all the competitors had to deliver Dragon’s Den style pitches to an expert panel.

Source: This is Oxford – 26 November 2016
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Australia: Smoking cigarettes and using BBQs on apartment balconies to be banned in sweeping new strata laws affecting two million tenants

Residents could be banned from smoking cigarettes and hosting BBQs on their apartment balconies when a set of new strata laws come into effect on November 30.

The radical reforms – which include more than 90 changes to existing strata law – will affect the two million-plus people in NSW who own, rent or manage apartments.

As part of the reforms, it will be much easier for tenants to make a complaint about their neighbour’s cigarette or barbecue smoke wafting into their apartment.

Source: Daily Mail – 28 November 2016
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Afghanistan: Kabul police raid shisha cafes in ‘debauchery’ crackdown

Afghan police and health officials raided cafes and restaurants in Kabul on Sunday, confiscating shisha water pipes and paraphernalia in a campaign to halt “debauchery and vulgarity”.

Critics say the campaign will only distract police from the Afghan capital’s deteriorating security situation, while doing little to change the pervasive smoking culture in the long-term.

Led by the health ministry, authorities plan to go through each Kabul neighborhood this week to enforce, for the first time, a two-year-old law banning indoor smoking in restaurants.

Source: Yahoo! News – 27 November 2016
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Pakistan: Civil society report unveils tactics of tobacco industry

Fifty percent of the 500 shops surveyed in six major cities of Pakistan place cigarettes for sale together with candies and snacks, 14% give ‘limited time offers’ or free gifts on purchase of cigarettes, and 89% shops do not display ‘No sale to Minors’ signage.

The findings of the survey conducted by The Network for Consumer Protection, which is the first of its kind conducted in Pakistan to expose the marketing techniques of tobacco companies, were released at the launching of a report on ‘Monitoring of Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, Sponsorships (TAPS) and Point of Sales (POS) Advertising’.

Tobacco manufacturers are exposed as employing aggressive marketing techniques including placement of cigarette advertisements on shops selling candies and chocolates, and directly outside the gates of primary and secondary schools throughout Pakistan.

Source: The News – 26 November 2016
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