ASH Daily news for 30 January 2015



HEADLINES

  • Retail press asks readers to contact their MP over standard packs
  • Wales: Standardised cigarette packets will be introduced, Health Minister confirms
  • Birmingham: A million cigarettes seized by customs in crackdown
  • Philip Morris reveals new plain look for Marlboro
  • US: Reynolds American, Lorillard shareholders agree merger
  • Australia: 5 Seconds Of Summer guitarist lights up a cigarette at petrol station
  • Letter: Justifying tobacco control is simple

    Retail press asks readers to contact their MP over standard packs

    In an editorial, Chris Gamm, the editor of Retail Newsagent, says it is “crucial that [retailers] use the timing of the announcement to [their] advantage” by contacting their MPs, providing a template letter.

    He also advises his readers to “invite [their MP] to [their] store, tell them about the impact plain packaging would have on [their] business and show them everything [they] are already doing to be a responsible retailer.”

    A similar article has also appeared in Convenience Store.

    Source: Better Retailing – 29 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BCP91c

    Wales: Standardised cigarette packets will be introduced, Health Minister confirms

    Health Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed that a new law to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco will apply in Wales.

    Although the regulations will be subject to a vote, it is intended that they will come into force in May 2016.

    See also:
    – Health Minister gives go-ahead for standardised packaging for cigarettes to be introduced in Wales, Wales Online

    Source: South Wales Evening Post – 29 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BCN0Cy

    Birmingham: A million cigarettes seized by customs in crackdown

    More than a million suspected illicit cigarettes were seized during an operation across Sandwell and Birmingham in an attempt to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco.

    Shops and self-storage units were visited in the operation by HM Revenue and Customs in Wednesbury, Smethwick and Birmingham, with seizures of stock from 11 of 22 shops.

    The haul totalled around £260,000 in unpaid duty and VAT.

    Source: Express & Star – 29 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BCPzEJ

    Philip Morris reveals new plain look for Marlboro

    Philip Morris Limited has unveiled new designs and product upgrades for Marlboro, the UK’s number one premium cigarette brand. The designs for Marlboro Red, Gold, Silver Blue, Ice Blast and White Menthol will all evolve simultaneously from early February.

    The new packs have retained the Marlboro chevron but the brand name itself is barely visible in an overall look some might call plain.

    [includes picture]

    Source: Talking Retail – 29 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BCRXeI

    US: Reynolds American, Lorillard shareholders agree merger

    Reynolds American Inc. on Wednesday won shareholder approval for its $25 billion acquisition of Lorillard Inc.

    Shareholders of Reynolds, Lorillard and Imperial Tobacco Group TLC voted in favour of the deal, which still needs regulatory approval. The Federal Trade Commission is expected to make a ruling later this quarter.

    Investors have expressed scepticism the FTC will approve the deal.

    Source: Wall Street Journal – 28 January 2015
    Link: http://on.wsj.com/1BCRmJR

    Australia: 5 Seconds Of Summer guitarist lights up a cigarette at petrol station

    5 Seconds Of Summer guitarist Calum Hood put himself and others in danger when he lit and smoked a cigarette at a petrol station in Sydney.

    The 19-year-old disregarded the ‘No Smoking’ signs plastered all over the station, even standing next to the petrol bowser to draw from the burning cigarette.

    [includes video and pictures]

    See also:
    – 5SOS fans defend Calum Hood for smoking incident, Daily Telegraph (Oz)

    Source: Daily Mail – 27 January 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1BCTC3O

    Letter: Justifying tobacco control is simple

    John Doherty from Vienna, Austria writes: “Robert A Hurst (Letters, January 28) is surprised by the UK government’s intention to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes as “use of a trademark in the course of trade shall not be unjustifiably encumbered . . . ”. The key word is “unjustifiably”.

    The justification for tobacco control is simple: cigarettes are highly addictive, killing half their users.”

    Source: FT – 29 January 2015
    Link: http://on.ft.com/1BCU16h