ASH Daily News for 29 May 2019



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UK 

  • Prisoners using e-cigarettes to vape smuggled spice

International 

  • Ferrari drops Mission Winnow branding at Canadian and French grands prix
  • Tobacco sales decline in USA causing stock prices to tumble
  • Over half of Israeli children exposed to secondhand smoke
  • PMI calls for World No Tobacco Day to be World No Smoking Day

UK

Prisoners using e-cigarettes to vape smuggled ‘spice’

Spice, a synthetic marijuana drug which is a type of NPS (new psychoactive substance), is getting into prisons in liquid form, on photographs and even clothing.

According to Barrie Meakin the chairman of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Leeds an A4 sheet of paper soaked in spice was worth £100. The paper is cut into credit-card size bits and sold to inmates who consume it in vaping gadgets. Spice used to be smoked before the Ministry of Justice implemented a smoking ban in prisons.

The board’s annual report for last year said that the availability of NPSs such as spice had posed particular challenges because of the negative effects on people using them. The substances disrupted the prison regime as officers were frequently needed to transfer seriously affected inmates to hospital. The report said that additional funding had been made available for a body scanner at the jail, which holds 1,050 inmates.

Source: The Times, 27 May 2019

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International

Ferrari drops Mission Winnow branding at Canadian and French grands prix

Ferrari has announced that it will drop the Philip Morris International (PMI) Mission Winnow branding for the upcoming Canadian and French grands prix. An earlier investigation into PMI’s Mission Winnow branding in Australia led Ferrari instead run 90th anniversary decals, which it has confirmed it will do again at the next two rounds on the Formula 1 calendar.

Source: Motorsport Week, 28 May 2019

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Tobacco sales decline in USA causing stock prices to tumble

Tobacco stocks have declined rapidly in May and industry data shows a 11.2% decline in cigarette sales volume over a four week period. Citigroup managing director Adam Spielman wrote that he expects a total drop in sales of 6% this year, worse that the 4-5% forecast by Altria.

On Tuesday, Altria and Philip Morris International (PMI) stocks fell more than 4% at their lowest point.

Source: Bloomberg, 28 May 2019

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Over half of Israeli children exposed to secondhand smoke

The Israel Cancer Association has found that 59% of Israeli children are exposed to secondhand smoke. Further data from the Health Ministry show that every year 8,000 people die from smoking related illnesses, of which 800 are caused by the effects of secondhand smoke.
To tackle smoking rates in the country, the Finance Ministry announced in February that it had signed an order to increase tax on tobacco products.

Source: The Jerusalem Post, 29 May 2019

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PMI calls for World No Tobacco Day to be World No Smoking Day

To mark this year’s World No Tobacco Day, tobacco company Philip Morris International is calling a for “old ideological fights” between the tobacco industry and public health regulators to be left aside. It states that the focus should be on encouraging people to stop smoking and switch to electronic cigarettes instead, which are viewed as less harmful alternatives.

Source: Business Wire, 28 May 2019

Editorial note: PMI continues to produce, promote and sell traditional cigarettes worldwide and in markets where they have not made their e-cigarettes or heated tobacco (IQOS) products available.

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