ASH Daily news for 30 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • Fears of violence over smoking ban in prisons
  • Stoptober 2015 concludes
  • Cambridgeshire: Man arrested after raid uncovers more than 14,000 illegal cigarettes and 1.3kg of tobacco
  • US: FDA takes enforcement action against retailers who have repeatedly sold tobacco products to minors
  • US: Japan Tobacco buys rights to Reynolds American brand outside US
  • US: E-cig firms prepare for legal battle
  • US: Faith-based shareholder groups confront tobacco companies
  • US: Altria reports boost in 3Q profit on higher cigarette prices, reaffirms outlook
  • Parliamentary business

    Fears of violence over smoking ban in prisons

    Sky News has seen letters from prisoners threatening violence and unrest when the smoking ban is introduced in jails across England and Wales, next year. The smokefree policy have been introduced in open prisons today.

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    Source: Yahoo! Finance – 30 October 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1Wlrlwm

    Stoptober 2015 concludes

    Public Health England (PHE) has revealed that over 215,000 smokers signed up to this year’s Stoptober, the country’s 28-day mass quitting challenge, reflecting latest figures which show substantial reductions in smoking over the last 30 years.

    The latest official figures show rates across England have fallen dramatically since the mid eighties, from a third of the population in 1985 to less than a fifth now (18%), meaning there are 37% fewer smokers than 30 years ago.

    The significant decline in smoking can also be seen in the reduction in the number of households that include a smoker, from half (50%) in 1985, to 21% in 2013.

    However, there are still around 8 million smokers in England and smoking causes almost 80,000 deaths per year. Treating smoking related diseases is estimated to cost the NHS £2 billion each year.

    Source: GOV.UK – 30 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WlrorQ

    Cambridgeshire: Man arrested after raid uncovers more than 14,000 illegal cigarettes and 1.3kg of tobacco

    A man has been arrested after 14,000 illegal cigarettes and 1.3 kilograms of tobacco were found during three separate police raids in Wisbech.

    The raids were carried out with the help of tobacco detection dogs from Wagtail who sniffed out the hidden illegal substances.

    The operation was carried out by Cambridgeshire Trading Standards officers with support from Cambridgeshire Police and HM Revenue and Customs.

    Source: Cambs Times – 29 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WlrsYN

    US: FDA takes enforcement action against retailers who have repeatedly sold tobacco products to minors

    This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration filed complaints initiating the first-ever No-Tobacco-Sale Order (NTSO) actions for a group of retailers who have repeatedly violated certain restrictions on the sale and distribution of tobacco products, including sales to minors. Under the law, the FDA may pursue an NTSO against retailers that have a total of five or more repeated violations of those restrictions during compliance inspections within 36 months.

    Source: Medical News Today – 29 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WlruQh

    US: Japan Tobacco buys rights to Reynolds American brand outside US

    Japan Tobacco will buy the rights to the Natural American Spirit cigarette brand for its business outside the U.S. from Reynolds American for about 600 billion yen ($4.94 billion).

    The addition, which Japan Tobacco calls “a new step totally different from past mergers and acquisitions,” takes place amid scepticism over whether it will prove successful.

    Japan Tobacco stock fell 7% on Sept. 30, the day after the deal was announced, reflecting doubts raised by investors about the hefty price the Tokyo-based company will pay to buy a business that posted a pretax profit of 2.1 billion yen on sales of 17.6 billion yen in fiscal 2014.

    Source: Nikkei Asian Review – 30 October 2015
    Link: http://s.nikkei.com/1Wlrz6t

    US: E-cig firms prepare for legal battle

    Electronic cigarette companies are preparing for a legal dispute with the Obama administration over coming regulations they believe could wipe out the fast-growing industry.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming rule, now under final review at the White House, would bring e-cigarettes under the agency’s jurisdiction.

    Though the FDA has not made the language public, sources with knowledge of the rulemaking expect major changes in the final regulations, compared with a draft version released last year.

    One group claiming to have obtained a leaked copy says the FDA aims to leave intact the provision of most concern to industry groups: a mandate that any nicotine delivery devices that hit stores after Feb. 15, 2007, will have to apply retroactively for approval.

    Source: The Hill – 29 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WlrAYd

    US: Faith-based shareholder groups confront tobacco companies

    Religious groups that hold shares in Altria and Reynolds American this week called on the companies to test their products, particularly electronic cigarettes, for toxic chemicals and take other measures to protect the safety of consumers.

    Source: JS Online – 29 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WlrIXy

    US: Altria reports boost in 3Q profit on higher cigarette prices, reaffirms outlook

    Altria Group Inc. has reported a boost in third-quarter profit as higher tobacco product prices helped drive revenue.

    The owner of Philip Morris USA, the nation’s largest cigarette maker, reported a 9.4% profit rise to $1.53 billion. That fell just shy of Wall Street expectations, however. Meanwhile, revenue excluding excise taxes rose 4.7% to $4.98 billion.

    The company said Marlboro cigarettes gained some market share to reach 43.9%. Philip Morris, overall, now has 51.3% of the market.

    Altria reaffirmed its full-year outlook for profit. It expects a strong U.S. dollar to continue impacting revenue.

    Source: Yahoo! News/AP – 29 October 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1WlrQGF

    Parliamentary business

    Written question: Electronic Cigarettes

    Lord Bradley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which regulatory body is responsible for regulating the safety of e-cigarettes.

    Lord Prior of Brampton: The General Product Safety Directive and associated regulations apply to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), for which Trading Standards are the enforcement authority.

    The Department of Health is responsible for the transposition of the revised Tobacco Products Directive (Directive 2014/40/EU), which from May 2016 will introduce additional rules on the composition, safety and presentation of e-cigarettes.

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency will be the designated competent authority under the Directive, which will operate a notification system for e-cigarettes and nicotine-containing refills prior to placing on the market.

    Source: Hansard – 29 October 2015 : HL2735
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WlrWxS