ASH Daily News for 29 July 2016



  • Japan: Smoking rate for men falls below 30%

    The smoking rate for Japanese men stood at 29.7% as of May this year, slipping below 30% for the first time since the survey began in 1965, Japan Tobacco Inc. said. The rate was down 1.3 percentage points from a year before.

    Behind the drop were various factors, including an aging population, growing awareness about the health risks associated with smoking, tighter smoking-related regulations, and tax and price hikes, the company said.

    The smoking rate for women rose 0.1 point to 9.7%. The rate for overall Japanese adults dropped 0.6 point to a record low of 19.3%, the survey showed.

    Source: Japanese Times – 28 July 2016

  • US: Corporate donors provide perks to convention-goers in Philadelphia

    The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reviews the range of corporate sponsored activities at the Democratic Party National Convention.

    For example, tobacco giant Altria, Duke Energy and others hosted a charity outing at Merion Golf Club. Members of Congress and other officeholders were invited. The press was not.

    Sponsors often say such convention-related events are meant to boost the democratic process or help a city play host. Critics say there’s more to it.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette – 29 July 2016

  • Cambodia: JTI quits industry group over packaging dispute

    The local arm of tobacco giant Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has criticised the Association of the Tobacco Industry of Cambodia (ATIC) for failing to ensure its members adhere to new regulations mandating graphic health warnings on cigarette packages.

    Accusing the tobacco association of failing to ensure a “level playing field” for all companies by holding its members accountable to rules they had all previously agreed upon, JTI said it was pulling out of the industry group.

    Source: Cambodia Daily – 29 July 2016

  • Philippines: DepEd intensifies fight against tobacco

    Following on from the National No Smoking Month, which ended in June, the Filippino Department of Education’s fight against tobacco continues with the issuance of new Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control.

    The order aims to ensure the effective implementation of a tobacco control program to promote a healthy environment in and around schools and DepEd offices.

    Source: Metrocebu – 29 July 2016

  • BAT hunts for acquisitions in Asia, North Africa: CFO

    British American Tobacco has said it is looking for acquisitions in emerging markets as a major tobacco industry consolidation now looks improbable.

    “We’re particularly interested in bits of Asia and North Africa,” BAT CFO Ben Stevens said, adding the company is looking everywhere.

    Source: Money Web – 28 July 2016

  • Australia: Tasmanian Government drops plan to increase legal smoking age

    The Tasmanian Government has dropped its controversial plan to lift the smoking age to as high as 25.

    Last year the State Government announced the plan, that could have resulted in Tasmania becoming the only state in Australia to raise the legal age for smoking above 18. The plan was to lift it to at least 21, but it could have been as high as 25.

    In a short statement Tasmania’s Health Minister Michael Ferguson said the plan was being dropped.

    See also:
    Call for Health Minister to resign over smoking age backdown, ABC News

    Source: ABC News – 28 July 2016

  • Ukraine to launch digital excise payment tracking system next year

    Ukraine’s State Fiscal Service is planning to launch a digital control system of payment of excise duty as well as the traceability of the origin and movement of excisable products in the tobacco industry in 2017.

    Source: Ukrainian Journal – 26 July 2016