ASH Daily news for 31 March 2016



HEADLINES

Philip Morris steps up fight against illicit trade
“Nanny State Index”: Britain is one of the most nannying states in Europe says IEA
Zimbabwe: Drought to cut tobacco exports
USA: New figures show a decline in cigarette sales but a rise for smokeless tobacco:

Philip Morris steps up fight against illicit trade
Tobacco company Philip Morris (PML) is rolling out its retailer education programme, EX-IT, to 6,500 independent retailers as part of the battle against the illicit tobacco trade. The programme was trialled in Manchester last year and will now be rolled out across the country over the next four months.

The campaign is designed to educate retailers about the problems associated with illicit tobacco and heighten awareness of illicit trade, encouraging retailers and shoppers to report illegal sales to HM Revenue & Customs and Crimestoppers.

Source: Talking Retail 29 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1V8LPFJ

“Nanny State Index”: Britain is one of the most nannying states in Europe says IEA
Excessive regulation and so-called “sin taxes” make Britain among the most meddling countries in the European Union, according to a new report out today from the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).

The IEA has published its annual “Nanny State Index”, which gives every EU country a score out of 100 based on how it regulates individuals’ lifestyle choices on alcohol, food, soft drinks, tobacco and electronic cigarettes. The report places the UK third in the league table, with Ireland taking the fourth spot.

Editorial Note:
There is substantial public support for further action on tobacco control: 37% of adults in England feel that the government is not doing enough to limit smoking and 39% feel that government action is about right. Only 14% feel that the government is doing too much. (YouGov, Smokefree Britain Survey, ASH, 2015)

ASH 2015: Smoking Still Kills. Protecting children reducing inequalities.

See also:
The Telegraph: Revealed: Britain is third worst country in EU for nanny state regulation
The Express: Britain branded one of the WORST countries in Europe for ‘nanny state’ meddling

Source: City A.M 31 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1ZMDS9R
Zimbabwe: Drought to cut tobacco exports
Production of tobacco, Zimbabwe’s largest export earner, is expected to fall 15 percent to 160 million kilograms this season following severe drought, an industry survey showed on Wednesday.

Monica Chinamasa chairwoman of industry regulator, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board, said 72,000 farmers had registered to sell their crop compared with 91,000 last year, blaming the decline on drought and a lack of financing for producers.

Zimbabwe exports the bulk of its tobacco to China, which has become the largest investor in the Southern African country.

See also:
Pantagraph: Drought affects Zimbabwe’s main export crop, tobacco
The Rakyat Post: Severe drought causes big drop in Zimbabwe tobacco output

Source: EM TV Online 32 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1MDiyS1
USA: New figures show a decline in cigarette sales but a rise for smokeless tobacco:
New data from the Federal Trade Commission’s Cigarette Report for 2013, shows cigarette sales to the largest wholesalers and retailers declined from 267.7 billion in 2012 to 256.7 billion in 2013.

The amount spent on cigarette advertising and promotion also decreased to $8.95 billion in 2013. Of this, $7.64 billion went towards price discounts for cigarette retailers or wholesalers in order to reduce the price of cigarettes for consumers.

However, the Federal Trade Commission’s parallel report, Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2013, shows that spending on advertising and promotion by the major manufacturers of smokeless tobacco products mirrored the boom in the smokeless tobacco industry during this time, increasing from $435.9 million in 2012 to $503.2 million in 2013.

Full reports:
Cigarette Report for 2013
Smokeless Tobacco report for 2013

Source: AAFP 30 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1SoCg0q