ASH Daily News for 30 October 2018



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UK

  • Budget 2018: Cost of cigarettes to rise
  • London: Brent Council launches campaign against paan spitting

International

  • Finnish Medical Association seeks total ban on snus tobacco
  • Editorial: E-cigarette policy should consider environmental effects

UK

Budget 2018: Cost of cigarettes to rise

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the tobacco tax escalator will remain at 2% above inflation. This means that on top of September’s inflation rate of 2.4%, a further 24p will be added, excluding inflation, to a standard-priced pack of cigarettes. The increase will take the average price for a pack of cigarettes to over £10.

Hand rolling tobacco taxes will go up by 3% above inflation.

See also: ASH press release, ASH comment on Budget: Missed opportunity

Source: The Sun, 30 October 2018

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London: Brent Council launches campaign against paan spitting

People caught spitting paan in the street could face a fine of £100, after Brent Council launched a campaign against the practice. Paan is a combination of leaf and nut, which is chewed, often with tobacco, to produce stimulant effects. It is popular in Asian communities and is widely available across Brent.

The council has urged users not to spit out the mixture onto roads and pavements as it can leave a distinctive red stain. Councillor Krupa Sheth, responsible for the environment at Brent Council, said the campaign highlights that such action will not be tolerated in the borough.

Source: Harrow Times, 29 October 2018

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International

Finnish Medical Association seeks total ban on snus tobacco

The Finnish Medical Association (FMA) says the import of snus, an orally-ingested tobacco product, should be banned altogether. Snus is legal in neighbouring Sweden.

As part of its agenda to reduce tobacco use in Finland, a working group of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health proposed in May that the daily limit on snus imports should be lowered from 1 kg to 100 grams.

According to the FMA, this does not go far enough.

“Selling snus is illegal in Finland. Therefore it would be more logical to completely prohibit its import, instead of just reducing the allowed amount.” the FMA said in a response to the proposal.

Source: Uutiset, 29 October 2018

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Editorial: E-cigarette policy should consider environmental effects

An editorial in the American Journal of Public Health argues that health policy debates around e-cigarettes need to consider the health of the environment too. Each stage of the e-cigarette product lifecycle, including mining, manufacturing, using and disposing, could pose a potential environmental harm, wrote Yogi Hale Hendlin of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco.

“Anytime we make something that is disposable, we’re essentially stealing from the future… In 2015, more than 58 million e-cigarettes and refills were sold in the U.S. at grocery stores and convenience stores, which doesn’t include vape shops or online sales” Hendlin writes.

See also: BMJ Editorial: Tobacco smoke and environmental injustice

Source: Reuters, 30 October 2018

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