ASH Daily News for 30 March 2017



Every 1 pound spent on public health in UK saves average of 14 pounds
 

US: IQOS one step closer to FDA consideration
 

Malaysia: BAT’s share price falls on cigarette price hike news
 

US: Republican-linked nonprofit downplays ties to Big Tobacco while fighting smoking age increase
 

US: Bill in General Assembly could raise smoking age to 21 in NC
 

US: VA smoking ban gets first hearing in House
 

 

Every 1 pound spent on public health in UK saves average of 14 pounds

Every £1.00 spent on public health returns an extra £14 on the original investment, on average—and in some cases, significantly more than that—concludes a systematic review of the available evidence, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

The recent cuts made to public health budgets in the UK are therefore a “false economy” and are set to cost an already overstretched NHS and the wider economy “billions,” conclude the researchers, who warn other countries to think again before going down a similar route.

Prompted by recent rounds of austerity measures in high income countries on what are often perceived as ‘soft targets’ for cuts, the researchers decided to find out the average return on investment (ROI) for a range of public health interventions.

See also:
– Return on investment of public health interventions: a systematic review.   JECH
Source: Medical Xpress – 29 March 2017

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US: IQOS one step closer to FDA consideration

Philip Morris International reported research results earlier this week which it says confirms that its “alternative tobacco product IQOS reduces smoker exposure to select harmful chemicals as compared to cigarette smoke”.

The announcement comes as the New York City-based multinational industry leader seeks Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to market IQOS as a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) in order to beat mounting competition in the alternative tobacco market. PMI applied for FDA approval in December, after launching IQOS in late 2014.

Source: Investopedia – 29 March 2017
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Malaysia: BAT’s share price falls on cigarette price hike news

BAT’s share price dropped RM2.46 or 5.14% to RM45.44 following reports the government plans to increase cigarette prices by as much as 26.5% next year.

Deputy Health Minister, Dr Hilmi said the price rise will be among the measures taken to curb cigarette smoking among Malaysians and fund government anti-smoking campaigns, averaging some RM2 million annually since 2004.

He added that the government plans to table a Tobacco Products and Cigarettes Bill next year, which could include introducing plain packaging as well as increasing the smoking age limit to 21 years of age.

The anticipated 26.5% price rise comes after the government revised the excise duties by 40% in November, 2015, which caused BAT’s sales volume to slump by 27.8% year-on-year in 2016.

Source: Malaysian Reserve – 30 March 2017
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US: Republican-linked nonprofit downplays ties to Big Tobacco while fighting smoking age increase

Impact Oregon, a nonprofit organisation controlled by Senate Republican leaders, has actively opposed a proposal to increase Oregon’s tobacco age of sale law.

The group didn’t publicly disclose that its treasurer, Paul Rainey, has close ties with a tobacco lobbyist: Justen Rainey, his twin brother, who works for cigarette giant Reynolds American.

The lack of disclosure presents “a clear conflict of interest,” said Terry Cooper, professor at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Source: TVN – 30 March 2017
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US: Bill in General Assembly could raise smoking age to 21 in NC

A new bill in the North Carolina General Assembly might raise the minimum age to buy or receive tobacco or vapour products in the state from 18 to 21.

The bill, proposed last Wednesday by a group of four Republican legislators in the North Carolina House of Representatives, would raise the legal minimum age to purchase and possess tobacco products by three years, through it would grandfather in people who are currently 18 years old.

Source: Daily Tarheel – 30 March 2017
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US: VA smoking ban gets first hearing in House

The Department of Veterans Affairs has attempted for years to rally congressional support against a 25-year-old mandate that there must be smoking areas at its health care facilities. A bill has now been introduced to repeal the law.

Source: Stars and Stripes – 30 March 2017
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