ASH Daily news for 29 February 2016



HEADLINES

  • British American Tobacco accused of corporate espionage in South Africa
  • Council warns “don’t smoke in work vehicles”
  • Thailand: Tobacco maker plans cheap cigarettes to offset new tax
  • Italian fashion brand launches smoking themed collection
  • Parliamentary Questions

    British American Tobacco accused of corporate espionage in South Africa

    Lawyers investigating bribery and corruption allegations against British American Tobacco have been urged to expand their investigation after accusations emerged of corporate espionage against rival cigarette makers in South Africa.

    Source: Independent, 27 February 2016
    Link: http://ind.pn/1ReDF9f

    Council warns “don’t smoke in work vehicles”

    In the run up to No Smoking Day on March 9, South Kesteven District Council is urging employers to check the rules around smoking in vehicles used for work.

    The council is warning that all public transport and work vehicles should be smokefree and ‘no-smoking’ signs should be displayed in a prominent position.

    Source: Grantham Journal, 29 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QmMaTt

    Thailand: Tobacco maker plans cheap cigarettes to offset new tax

    Thailand’s state tobacco company, Thailand Tobacco Monopoly, has announced plans to launch a new, cheaper brand of cigarettes to “keep smokers from rolling their own or buying illegally imported untaxed ones due to higher prices from a recently imposed tax hike.”

    Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, a program director for the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance said: “All tobacco products are harmful to health regardless of their form or source, whether roll-your-own or manufactured cigarettes, whether legal or illicit.”

    “It is a farce to believe that tobacco companies are interested in protecting the health of smokers by promoting the access and use of cheap legal cigarettes.”

    Source: CNS News, 27 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1LpGCr0

    Italian fashion brand launches smoking themed collection

    Italian fashion label, Moschino, has launched a collection themed around smoking and features cigarette-like designs.

    Source: Guardian, 28 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1n8d4Tn

    Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Meetings with tobacco manufacturers

    Helen Goodman Labour, Bishop Auckland
    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department have had with (i) arms manufacturers, (ii) tobacco manufacturers and (iii) representatives of the Israeli embassy since the period covered in his Department’s most recent ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings data release.

    Matthew Hancock The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General
    Departments publish details of Ministers meetings’ with external organisations routinely on www.Gov.uk.

    Details of meetings held during the period October – December 2015 will be published in due course.

    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 26 February 2016, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1TMfsgw