ASH Daily News for 29 March 2017



Isle of Man:  E-Cigarette approval for Island prisoners
 

Ireland: Order to implement standardised tobacco packaging 
 

New Zealand: Government legalises e-cigarettes in effort to make New Zealand smokefree by 2025
 

Thailand: New ‘Tobacco Authority’ could ease cigarette restrictions 

 
 US: Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs
 

Isle of Man:  E-Cigarette approval for Island prisoners
Plans to allow prisoners to use e-cigarettes have won unanimous backing from Island politicians.
Tynwald (the Island Parliament) has voted in favour of allowing custody rules to be changed so that the devices can be introduced to the Isle of Man Prison.

There will be a six month trial of e-cigarettes, during which time nicotine replacement therapy patches will not be available.

Source: 3fm News, 29 March 2017

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Ireland: Order to implement standardised tobacco packaging

Plain packaging and graphic health warnings for cigarettes will be required for all packs from 30th September.   The commencement order has been signed by Minister for Health, Simon Harris and Health Promotion Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.

Retailers will have a year to sell through existing branded stock.

Source: Independent (Ireland), 29 March 2017

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New Zealand: Government legalises e-cigarettes in effort to make New Zealand smokefree by 2025

The Government has published plans to make e-cigarettes legal, in a bid to meet its ambitious target to make New Zealand smokefree by 2025.

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner has announced the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal and will likely come into force late next year.

“Scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is still developing but there’s a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking,” she said.

“This is an opportunity to see if restricted access to e-cigarettes and e-liquid can help lower our smoking rates, reduce harm and save lives.”

Source:  Manawatu Times, 29 March 2017
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Thailand: New ‘Tobacco Authority’ could ease cigarette restrictions 
Health campaigners have warned that a bill to set up a tobacco authority of Thailand, approved by the cabinet on Dec 13 last year, contains loopholes that could be exploited by transnational tobacco firms aiming to make products in Thailand.  The bill could allow the conversion of the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly from a state enterprise under the Finance Ministry into the Tobacco Authority of Thailand, an entity with the flexibility to conduct transactions.

Hatai Chitanondh, president of the Thailand Health Promotion Institute said the bill should be reviewed to plug loopholes that could endanger public health.

Source: Bangkok Post, 29 March 2017

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US: Broad support exists for larger warnings on cigarette packs

A University of North Carolina study has found that while health warnings only cover about 10 percent of a cigarette pack’s exterior surface in the United States  there is broad support, even among smokers, for making them significantly larger.

The study, published in the journal PLoS One, found that a majority of smokers and nonsmokers who responded to a randomised telephone survey said they supported increasing warning sizes to cover 25 percent, 50 percent, or 75 percent of cigarette packs. The data was presented in a poster session at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health.

“These findings show there is national public support for implementing larger pack warnings in the United States,” said Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, a UNC Lineberger member and professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine. “There’s broad support, even among smokers.”

Source: Medical Express, 28 March 2017

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