ASH Daily News for 30 January 2017



  • Smoking ‘creates £760 million annual social care bill’
  • Scotland: Newsagent goes over and above with under-counter cigarettes
  • Ireland: Dublin restaurants and cafés are cracking down on smoking outside
  • US: Patent application suggests Apple might be eyeing the vaping industry
  • US: Anti-tobacco groups worried about Trump, Congress
  • US: Tobacco companies are still targeting vulnerable people with their ads, according to a new study

Smoking ‘creates £760 million annual social care bill’

The costs of smoking to social care are thought to stand at £1.4 billion annually, including £760 million to local authorities and £630 million worth of private care funded by individual people.

These figures are included in a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health, which has urged the Government to renew its efforts to drive down smoking rates and look at ways to force tobacco firms to pay for health campaigns.

The APPG said a Government strategy on smoking is now a year overdue. It added that local authorities in England are struggling to fund stop-smoking services due to financial cuts by central Government.

The APPG inquiry said “new ways” need to be found to cut smoking rates. “The tobacco manufacturers, whose products cause so much health, social and economic damage, should make a greater contribution to mitigating that harm,” it said. “The four major tobacco manufacturers remain among the most profitable companies on Earth, so they could certainly afford to do this.”

It added: “The Government should reconsider its decision not to proceed with a levy on tobacco manufacturers to fund measures to reduce smoking prevalence, in line with the principle that has been established by the soft drinks industry levy.”

The cost of smoking in England is thought to be at least £12.9 billion a year, including NHS, social care and lost productivity costs.

See also:
Burning Injustice – reducing tobacco driven harm and inequality, APPG on Smoking and Health
The Cost of Smoking to the Social Care System in England, ASH
Home care for over-50s with smoking-related conditions in West Yorkshire cost taxpayers £34.2m in a single year, Telegraph and Argus
Report highlights the care costs linked to smoking, Northern Echo
Smoking increases cost of social care in Islington by nearly £4million, Islington Gazette

Source: The Express – 30 January 2017
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Scotland: Newsagent goes over and above with under-counter cigarettes

A newsagent in Balloch is making alterations to his current display of tobacco products by moving his cigarette gantry under the counter.

Andrew Howell, Loch Lomond News’ owner, said: “I have been toying with the idea of removing the gantry for some time as the plain shutters are not very attractive to look at, but was worried that it may harm sales. However, in May there is some new legislation coming in to effect which I believe will do this anyway. So, although I will still be carrying the core range, a number of brands will be disappearing.”

The prominent space on the wall behind the counter which previously housed cigarettes will now display some of the toys and collectibles available in the shop.

Editorial note: Moving the cigarette gantry is one of the recommendations of ASH’s report Counter Arguments on the importance of tobacco to retailers.

Source: Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter – 27 January 2017
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Ireland: Dublin restaurants and cafés are cracking down on smoking outside

A number of cafés and restaurants in the capital are cracking down on smoking outside their premises, by designating no-smoking areas on their terraces.

JoBurger and the Metro Café are two of the Dublin locations which have installed ‘no smoking’ zones outside, where customers sit and eat. They told us that they haven’t had major complaints from customers over the move.

Source: MSN News – 29 January 2017
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US: Patent application suggests Apple might be eyeing the vaping industry

A recently published patent application suggests the company may be eyeing the booming vaping industry with its own high-tech vaporiser unit.

Filed in June 2016 and released on January 26, 2017 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the patent application describes a vaporiser that uses high temperature to convert a substance into a vapour. The patent focuses on the method of vaporisation being developed with an emphasis on ways of maximising the vaporisation rate so more of the substance will be converted to vapour and less will be lost to cooling.

However Apple fails to reference the materials being used for in this process vaporisation and never mentions the intended end use of the product.

Source: Yahoo! News – 27 January 2017
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US: Anti-tobacco groups worried about Trump, Congress

The federal government and most states continued to receive mostly failing grades from the American Lung Association (ALA) for efforts to reduce tobacco use among adults and teens during 2016, despite the enactment of the long-awaited “deeming” rule giving FDA regulatory authority over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars.

The failure to require graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging and to move toward banning menthol cigarettes earned federal administrators and lawmakers an “F” grade from the ALA for tobacco regulation, according to the group’s newly released annual State of Tobacco Control report.

See also:
State of Tobacco Control, American Lung Association

Source: Medpage Today – 28 January 2017
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US: Tobacco companies are still targeting vulnerable people with their ads, according to a new study

For years, tobacco has targeted African Americans, the LGBTQ community, people of lower socio-economic means and those with mental illness, for whom the smoking rate is higher than the national average according to Truth Initiative in partnership with the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Source: Teen Vogue – 27 January 2017
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