ASH Daily news for 29 January 2016



HEADLINES

  • Cambridgeshire: Flash mob gives Saturday shoppers a surprise
  • Thieves thwarted by automated tobacco dispenser
  • EU: MEP defends confidentiality of tobacco meeting
  • US: Makers of Marlboro laying off workers to invest in more vaping
  • US: New packaging law aims to protect kids from liquid nicotine exposure
  • Philippines: Tobacco industry seeks issuance of delayed regulations
  • China: Lack of graphic labels on cigarette packs hampers tobacco control
  • Ireland: Ten million contraband cigarettes seized by customs in just one week

    Cambridgeshire: Flash mob gives Saturday shoppers a surprise

    Students from schools across the county have been promoting the national health harms campaign which reminds smokers about the physical damage caused by smoking – the Kick Ash campaign.

    The aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of young people in Cambridgeshire who smoke. They also provide volunteer support to local services such as Camquit, Cambridgeshire’s Stop Smoking Service, Trading Standards with their tobacco control business visits as well as supporting community stop smoking events.

    The Kick Ash mentors performed three surprise performances on Saturday January 23 in areas around Huntingdon town centre including the Market Square, Chequers Court Area and outside Commemoration Hall.

    Source: Ely Standard – 26 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JL4o0f

    Thieves thwarted by automated tobacco dispenser

    Thieves who attempted to steal thousands of pounds-worth of cigarettes from a forecourt in central England had to leave empty-handed after they were thwarted by the store’s automated tobacco dispenser which had been fitted when the display ban came into force.

    Source: Convenience Store – 29 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JL4Hbf

    EU: MEP defends confidentiality of tobacco meeting

    MEPs discussed EU deals with four tobacco firms behind closed doors in Brussels on Wednesday (27 January), while saying they have nothing to hide.

    German MEP Ingeborg Graessle, who organised the meeting, defended its secrecy, but not everyone thought it was needed.

    A man who attended the event described the roundtable discussion – about the value of the four so-called Tobacco Agreements – as being “normal”, but would not elaborate.

    A woman, carrying a binder with the words “tobacco agreements” written on them, said it was just “an exchange of views”.

    Source: EU Observer – 28 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JL4WmE

    US: Makers of Marlboro laying off workers to invest in more vaping

    Altria Group, America’s biggest tobacco company is laying off roughly 5% of its workforce (200 to 250 workers) to save $300 million per year.

    Chief Executive Marty Barrington declined to give details but did say the company continues to invest in “reduced harm products” such as electronic cigarettes and in its brands.

    Source: Gizmodo – 28 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JL5ed8

    US: New packaging law aims to protect kids from liquid nicotine exposure

    President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine containers used for e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.

    Poison-control centers last year received 3,067 exposure reports across all age groups. In 2014, poison-control centers responded to 3,783 e-cigarette and liquid nicotine exposure cases. More than half of those involved children under age 6.

    Source: Yahoo! Finance – 28 January 2016
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1JL5tVB

    Philippines: Tobacco industry seeks issuance of delayed regulations

    Tobacco companies have expressed concern over the delay in the issuance of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) on the Graphic Health Warning (GHW) Act.

    Consultations with all stakeholders on the IRR were finished as early as May, 2015. The law takes effect March 3, 2016, but the IRR of the GHW law has yet to be formally published.

    Source: Manila Bulletin – 28 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JL5Nnq

    China: Lack of graphic labels on cigarette packs hampers tobacco control

    China’s tobacco regulatory body has been blocking the use of graphic warning labels on cigarette packages, another reason why the country is struggling to reduce the number of smokers, according to the newly released 2015 China tobacco control report.

    The biggest obstacle to using graphic warning labels on cigarette packages comes from the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA), which believes such images could lead to a decline in sales, especially for premium cigarette brands, Wu Yiqun, deputy director of Beijing-based NGO ThinkTank Research Center for Health Development, said in an interview with the Global Times.

    Cigarettes sold in mainland China are usually printed with large brand logos or images of scenic spots, with only a small number carrying written health warnings in small font sizes.

    As of May 2015, 85 countries and regions have made the use of graphic warning labels mandatory, with the images usually covering more than half of the package in 60 countries and regions, the report said.

    Source: Yibada – 28 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JL6HjV

    Ireland: Ten million contraband cigarettes seized by customs in just one week

    Customs officers have seized almost ten million black market cigarettes in the last week.

    Revenue said a string of raids were carried out on the back of intelligence, which landed them €5million in contraband. Those searches were part of an ongoing operation to target the illegal selling of cigarettes in Dublin

    The single biggest find came on Wednesday evening when 6.6million cigarettes were found in a warehouse in Co Meath.

    Source: Irish Sun – 28 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JL74uM