ASH Daily news for 31 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • ‘Majority in favour’ of Brighton beach smoking ban
  • Scotland: Anti-litter stunt raises eyebrows
  • Exchange rates hit sales at BAT
  • Plymouth: Woman died after 8ft head-first fall when she went for a cigarette
  • Noel Gallagher warns Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere: ”If you are smoking and drinking you are not an athlete”
  • Study: Every country in the world can afford to support its smokers to stop
  • US: Better economy has smokers buying more cigarettes
  • Malawi: Forests going up in smoke as tobacco industry takes heavy toll

    ‘Majority in favour’ of Brighton beach smoking ban

    The majority of people are in favour of a smoking ban on Brighton beach and think the plans should be considered for other British resorts, an online survey has found.

    Many of those questioned (48%) said they thought stopping people lighting up would make traditional seaside towns more attractive places to visit and one in five (19%) said they would even travel further to visit a no-smoking beach.

    Just under a third (31%) of the 2,000 adults polled said they feel Brighton and Hove City Council’s proposals are a step too far. One in 10 (9%) said a smoking ban would speed the decline of seaside towns by putting smokers off.

    While 57% said they would like it to happen on more of Britain’s beaches, even more (60%) said they think smoking should be banned in playgrounds, 45% said they did not want to see it in outdoor restaurants and more than a third (36%) are in favour of a ban in parks.

    But the nationwide survey, which was commissioned by the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor Service, found that people worry more about how they look on the beach (42%) than the possibility of breathing in cigarette smoke (17%).

    Source: The Argus – 30 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MBcQP2

    Scotland: Anti-litter stunt raises eyebrows

    An advert featuring a bare bum to stop cigarette litter on Edinburgh’s Rose Street has raised eyebrows among passers-by.

    The poster is part of a joint trial between Keep Scotland Beautiful and BID Scotland to tackle the negative impact of cigarette litter surrounding business premises.

    Working with Essential Edinburgh, Rose Street was selected as a hot spot for cigarette litter and to help tackle this issue, posters and beer mats were created with the ‘no butts on Rose Street’ branding.

    During the five-week trial, surveys will also take place along the street to see if the campaign has made a difference.

    Source: STV – 30 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MBdlIU

    Exchange rates hit sales at BAT

    People quitting smoking, currency swings and higher taxes hit half-year sales at the world’s second-largest cigarette firm.

    The weaker Russian rouble and Brazilian real together with the strong pound lowered British American Tobacco’s sales which fell 5.9% to £6.4bn in the six months to June 30.

    But results at the Dunhill and Lucky Strike cigarette-maker were better than City forecasts.

    It grew market share for some of its big brands and its rate of sales decline was less than many of its competitors, analysts said. The volume of the tobacco it sold fell 2.9%.

    Pre-tax profit rose 34% to £3.5bn. The group has cut costs in the face of continuing falls in demand for tobacco globally.

    Source: Bloomberg Business – 30 July 2015
    Link: http://bloom.bg/1MBdCf4

    Plymouth: Woman died after 8ft head-first fall when she went for a cigarette

    A woman died after she fell from a garden wall when she went outside for a cigarette, an inquest has heard.

    Patricia Bailey fell to her death at a friend’s house on the evening of 10 February.

    She had spent the night drinking wine and planning a holiday with a close friend.

    Source: The Plymouth Herald – 30 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MBe7Ws

    Noel Gallagher warns Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere: ”If you are smoking and drinking you are not an athlete”

    Ex-Oasis singer Noel Gallagher has issued a word of warning to footballer Jack Wilshere for his multiple smoking transgressions.

    The Arsenal midfielder has been photographed smoking twice in the past 24 months.

    “You think of the great midfielders in the game now, like [David] Silva and the Barcelona players – they’re athletes,” Gallagher told talkSPORT. “They don’t smoke and drink. If you are smoking and drinking you are not an athlete. The great players in the league dedicate themselves to be the best, and smoking and drinking isn’t going to cut it.”

    Source: Mirror – 30 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MBewIj

    Study: Every country in the world can afford to support its smokers to stop

    A major new review, written by leading world experts and published in the medical journal, Addiction has concluded that every country in the world can afford to support its smokers to stop.

    The review examined a wide range of measures that healthcare systems in different countries can adopt to help smokers to stop. It reviewed how effective they are and how much they cost, and offers a new tool to help governments and healthcare administrators calculate the cost – and affordability – of stop smoking treatments.

    Source: MNT – 30 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MBeKiL

    US: Better economy has smokers buying more cigarettes

    A better economy is helping sell more Marlboros and Camels, even as prices climb, bringing higher profits for their makers in the second quarter.

    Marlboro maker Altria has now seen two straight quarters of increase in cigarettes sales. That is unusual at a time when tobacco companies have routinely seen declines, as people smoke less because of tax increases, smoking bans, health concerns and increasing social stigma.

    Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American said a day earlier that it also sold more cigarettes in the quarter. Altria said it estimates the total industry sales of cigarettes held even with last year.

    Altria said part of the 3.1% increase resulted from retailers’ inventory movements, which often come when they stock up ahead of a price increase. But the company said volume rose 1% in the quarter even adjusting for that factor.

    Source: The Tampa Tribune – 30 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MBfaFP

    Malawi: Forests going up in smoke as tobacco industry takes heavy toll

    Malawi, now the poorest country in the world according to the World Bank, depends on tobacco as a cash crop.

    However, while tobacco is central to the economy, there is a high price to pay. The industry contributes greatly to the destruction of forests, with millions of trees required for the drying barns involved in air- and heat-curing. The cost also includes floods, changed rainfall patterns, and a reduction in food growing.

    Source: The Guardian – 31 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MBfmVw