ASH Daily News for 30 September 2016



  • NHS, Bury Council and Cancer Research UK join forces to stub out smoking this Stoptober
  • Philip Morris boosts cigarette alternative investments
  • Imperial Brands “on track” but cigarette packaging changes and end of Philip Morris International distribution agreement take their toll
  • India: Tobacco farmers want to be heard at WHO FCTC meeting
  • New Zealand: Beware ‘heat not burn’ tobacco devices, e-cigarette seller warns Ministry of Health
  • USA: $55M damages award against four tobacco companies overturned due to attorney misconduct
  • Singapore: The real cost of contraband cigarettes

NHS, Bury Council and Cancer Research UK join forces to stub out smoking this Stoptober

NHS Bury CCG has pledged its support to tackle the harm caused by tobacco by standing shoulder-to-shoulder with local health partners.

The CCG has signed the NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control, following Bury Council’s recent decision to sign the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control.

The council and local NHS have come together, with the advice and support of Cancer Research UK, to redouble their efforts to help Bury go smokefree ahead of this year’s Stoptober – the nation’s 28-day stop smoking campaign.

See also:
– Former smoker who lost one leg due to diabetes and cigarettes urges others to give up the habit, The Argus
– Stoptober: 7 effective ways to quit smoking, Get Hampshire

Source: Bury Council – 29 September 2016
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Philip Morris boosts cigarette alternative investments

The head of Philip Morris International, Andre Calantzopoulos, has announced that the company will invest an additional $100m in 2016 to develop next-generation tobacco products.

One product in particular has received more funding: the iQOS heat-not-burn tobacco device. Philip Morris forecasts the product will hit shelves in 20 markets by the end of 2016.
IQOS consists of a rechargeable electronic device that heats tubes of tobacco.

According to the company, iQOS has already gained more than a million smokers in Italian and Japanese test markets.

Source: NACS Online – 30 September 2016
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Imperial Brands “on track” but cigarette packaging changes and end of Philip Morris International distribution agreement take their toll

Tobacco group Imperial Brands is on track to meet its full-year expectations but has taken a hit from new packaging regulations and the termination of a distribution agreement with Philip Morris.

The company is set to make £7.16bn in total tobacco revenue and total group adjusted profit of £3.51bn. This will be a 15% year-on-year rise in both revenue and overall profit.

However, in established markets, particularly the UK, benefits from price increases have been offset by the cost of changing its cigarette packaging across Europe to adhere to the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) and additional laws in Britain that now also require plain cigarette packaging.

Source: City AM – 29 September 2016
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India: Tobacco farmers want to be heard at WHO FCTC meeting

Over one million tobacco farmers have signed an appeal, addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting representation at the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) seventh Conference of Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) that will be held in India between November 7 and 12.

The farmers have been appealing with the government to be included in the official delegation to the FCTC “to promote balanced regulations to safeguard the interests and livelihood of millions of small farmers and rural workers and their families,” according to the Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA), an umbrella organisation that represents farmers of commercial crops.

Source: The Hindu Business Line – 29 September 2016
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New Zealand: Beware ‘heat not burn’ tobacco devices, e-cigarette seller warns Ministry of Health

E-cigarette retailer Cosmic has warned the Government to beware of “heat not burn” tobacco devices.

The Ministry of Health is considering how to regulate e-cigarettes, which are electronic devices that deliver nicotine to the user without the harmful smoke.

But the e-cigarette maker has used its submission on the proposed regulations to warn the ministry to be wary of a new kind of tobacco device developed by “Big Tobacco” as the giant international tobacco companies are collectively known.

Cosmic has written to the ministry calling for devices that “heat not burn” tobacco to be more tightly controlled than the e-cigarettes it sells.

Source: Stuff.co.nz – 30 September 2016
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USA: $55M damages award against four tobacco companies overturned due to attorney misconduct

The Florida Court of Appeal for the Fourth District issued a new opinion overturning a nearly $55 million punitive damages award against four tobacco companies and ordering a new trial based primarily on its finding that the cumulative effect of plaintiff counsel’s improper statements and arguments was highly prejudicial to the tobacco companies and impacted the outcome of the jury’s findings.

The new opinion, which replaces the court’s January 5, 2016 decision, reversed its earlier finding that these comments did not constitute sufficient basis for a mistrial but retained its finding that the trial court’s jury instructions on the fraudulent concealment and conspiracy to commit fraudulent concealment claims were insufficient in that they did not address the element of detrimental reliance.

The trial court also should have reduced compensatory damages awards to the smoker’s wife and daughter based on the jury’s finding that the smoker was 20.5 percent at fault.

Source: Daily Reporting Suite – 27 September 2016
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Singapore: The real cost of contraband cigarettes

Contraband cigarettes have been a perennial problem in Singapore, with reports of smugglers being caught at borders every other month.

According to Singapore Customs, 243 vehicles were caught for smuggling contraband cigarettes through Singapore checkpoints in 2014, and 3 million packets of contraband cigarettes seized in operations.

Despite these large numbers, however, the contraband cigarette scene in Singapore has remained largely steady in the past few years.

Source: The Middle Ground – 29 September 2016
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