ASH Daily News for 9 October 2018



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UK

  • Brexit: How ‘no deal’ could change tobacco warnings

International

  • Daily Bulletin 2: Framework Convention Alliance at the WHO FCTC Meeting of the Parties
  • Ireland: Tax rise on cigarettes in budget

UK

Brexit: How ‘no deal’ could change tobacco warnings

The government has announced that the current graphic warnings on cigarette packets will be replaced by Australian versions in the event that the UK leaves the EU with ‘no-deal’. The current set of images will potentially need to be replaced after Brexit because the copyright is owned by the European Commission.

According to the Department of Health and Social care: [In the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit] “manufacturers will need to ensure that tobacco products produced from exit day onwards feature new picture warnings, which have been secured by agreement with the Australian government. Tobacco products featuring pictures from the EU library, produced before exit day, may be sold for 12 months after exit day.”

Source: BBC, 9 October 2018

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International

Daily Bulletin 2: Framework Convention Alliance at the WHO FCTC Meeting of the Parties

Today is Day 2 of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Illicit Trade Protocol (ITP). Today’s bulleting discusses the involvement of the tobacco industry in the illicit trade of tobacco and the challenge of implementing Article 12 of the FCTC in ‘Free Zones’.

The bulletin also includes a story on the success of the UK’s anti-smuggling strategy:
“The UK Government held its nerve and continued to increase taxes, while implementing a tough anti-smuggling strategy, which included strict supply chain controls and financial sanctions very much along the lines of the Protocol. Between 2000 and 2016, the last year for which there are figures, the size of the illicit market for cigarettes fell by nearly 60 per cent from 17 to 7 billion sticks, with revenue losses down from US$3.67 billion to US$2.36 billion (at current exchange rates). Illicit trade is a major and growing global problem but the lesson from the UK is clear. The Illicit Trade Protocol can help countries raise taxes, increase revenues and drive down smoking prevalence.”

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Ireland: Tax rise on cigarettes in budget

The Irish government has published their Budget for 2019 which includes a €0.50 increase in the excise tax on cigarettes.

This follows a recent survey showing high levels of public support for higher taxes on cigarettes. Amarách Research surveyed over 1000 adults and found that 71% of people want the cost of cigarettes to be increased by €5 in the 2019 budget and the extra money to be ring-fenced for cancer treatment.

Source: Irish Times, 9 October 2018

See also: Most people want cost of cigarettes increased by fiver to fund cancer treatments

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