ASH Daily news for 29 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • Scotland: Consumers unclear about risks or benefits of e-cigarettes
  • Malaysia: BAT raises cigarette prices
  • Philippines: Antismoking group hits cheaper cigarettes
  • Malawi: VP says tobacco is strategic crop to country
  • Taiwan: Water park fire likely caused by cigarette butt
  • Canada: Toronto café owner’s plan to recycle cigarette butts coming to fruition
  • New Zealand: Save lives and don’t buckle to tobacco industry on plain packaging – opinion

    Scotland: Consumers unclear about risks or benefits of e-cigarettes

    While some smokers consider electronic cigarettes a potential aid in quitting, some people who have already quit see them as a temptation to resume a habit they fought hard to ditch, a small study suggests.

    Researchers in Scotland interviewed 64 smokers and found little consensus about the potential benefits and harms of e-cigarettes, which may reflect division in the medical community on the appropriateness of promoting e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to the real thing, the authors note in the journal Tobacco Control.

    Source: Reuters – 26 June 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1Nppzln

    Malaysia: BAT raises cigarette prices

    After absorbing the cost of Goods and Services Tax (GST) for three months, British American Tobacco (BAT) Malaysia has decided to increase cigarette prices.

    The increase, which takes effect on Monday, will see the price of BAT brands raised by 30 sen.

    Source: The Star – 28 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NpqjHc

    Philippines: Antismoking group hits cheaper cigarettes

    An antismoking group, the New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP), called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to assess the impact of the looming entry of cheaper tobacco products into the local market as its presence could sabotage the tax law.

    According to NVAP president Emer Rojas, giant tobacco firms Fortune Tobacco and Philip Morris plan to produce cheaper cigarettes called “Splash” to be sold at P2 per stick.

    Source: Inquirer – 29 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NpqtOO

    Malawi: VP says tobacco is strategic crop to country

    The Tobacco Association of Malawi (TAMA) on Thursday officially opened its 27th Annual Congress, a gathering that draws together, stakeholders, tobacco farmers representatives across the entire country.

    On the occasion, the Vice President of the country, Saulos Chilima, stated that the role tobacco farming plays an important role in the country’s economy, saying tobacco is a strategic crop to Malawi and it generates earning, offers employment and contribute to the social wellbeing of the county.

    Also speaking during the opening of the annual congress the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water development Erika Maganga added that tobacco will remain the key cash and security crop in Malawi despite the pressure from anti-lobbying to stop growing it.

    She further appealed to the Government to continue formulating programs and to safeguard the benefits that tobacco farming is currently giving to famers and the country as a whole.

    Source: All Africa – 25 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NpqFxw

    Taiwan: Water park fire likely caused by cigarette butt

    Investigators in Taiwan were focusing on Monday on the possibility that a cigarette butt or spark caused the blaze that injured more than 500 people at a weekend water park party when colored powder sprayed from the stage caught fire.

    More than 400 people remained hospitalized, 200 in serious condition, city officials said. Eight suffered life-threatening injuries, local media said.

    Source: The Indian Express – 29 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NpqSAV

    Canada: Toronto café owner’s plan to recycle cigarette butts coming to fruition

    Fed up with seeing abandoned cigarette stubs on his way to work, Warren Hawke, manager of the Out of This World Café, has teamed up with his city councillor, Mike Layton, and U.S.-based recycling company TerraCycle to do something about the problem.

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the West Queen West Business Improvement Area, a group representing businesses in the neighbourhood, are also backing the initiative.

    Café staff will be in charge of emptying the cigarette recycling boxes and shipping the butts to a TerraCycle plant in north Toronto, where they’ll be shredded and separated into organic and inorganic waste. The organic material will be turned into non-agricultural compost. The rest will be made into plastic lumber and shipping pallets.

    Source: Metro News – 28 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NprtT3

    New Zealand: Save lives and don’t buckle to tobacco industry on plain packaging – opinion

    In March 2011, the New Zealand Government committed to becoming the first country in the world to be smokefree by 2025, an innovative goal to reduce the smoking prevalence to lower than 5 per cent.

    To help achieve this the Government introduced tobacco plain packaging legislation in April 2012.

    Australia became the first country to enact plain packaging in November 2011, taking 19 months to bring the legislation to completion.

    It was followed earlier this year by Ireland (22 months) and the United Kingdom (35 months). The legislation in New Zealand is still awaiting its second reading, after more than 38 months, with no clear date from the Government on when it will proceed.

    To understand the lack of progress in New Zealand it is imperative to recognise the importance of tobacco industry delay tactics.

    Source: Stuff.co.nz – 29 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NprEOp