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ASH Daily News for 31 October 2018

UK

  • Budget: new tobacco duty for heated tobacco

International

  • Canada considering mandating written health warnings on individual cigarettes
  • Opinion: Why vaping won’t stop the long-term decline of ‘big tobacco’
  • US Study: Teens more likely to use e-cigarette brand Juul than older age groups

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Questions

UK

Budget: new tobacco duty for heated tobacco

A new (tobacco) duty for heated tobacco will come into force in July next year, it was announced in the recent Budget. The new tax applies to tobacco use in heat-not-burn products such as Philip Morris’ IQOS device.

The tax will be set at the same level as hand rolling tobacco, which has risen to 3% above inflation, compared to 2% above inflation for manufactured cigarettes.

Source: The Sun, 31 October 2018

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International

Canada considering mandating written health warnings on individual cigarettes

Canada could soon become the first country in the world to require cigarette manufacturers to include warnings about the dangers of tobacco on individual cigarettes. The federal government has launched a consultation process looking at regulations around warnings on tobacco products.

One of the ideas being floated in the consultation is a new requirement for health warnings to be included on individual cigarettes. It is suggested that “smoking causes cancer” could be the phrase included. Currently, Canada only mandates that such warnings be placed on or inside cigarette packaging.

Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society, describes the proposal as a “logical next step” for health warning requirements.

“It’s an incredibly cost-effective way to reach every smoker every day with the health message.” he said.

Source: CTV News, 30 October 2018

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Opinion: Why vaping won’t stop the long-term decline of ‘big tobacco’

Shane De La Haye, assistant fund manager at Ashburton Investments, writes about the rise of vaping and what it means for investors in ‘big tobacco’ companies.

“The global cigarette industry has been in decline for the last five years. Cigarette demand peaked in 2012, with around six trillion cigarettes being consumed worldwide. Since then, the volume of consumption has declined by 9.2% to 5.4 trillion cigarettes in 2017. The decline in volume has been driven by a number of factors including rising regulation, higher excise duties, growing consumer health consciousness, as well as the availability of cheaper alternatives.

“Smoking rates in the US and UK are currently at their lowest levels in years, at 15.5% and 15.8% respectively. Vaping has become a popular alternative for smokers seeking to quit the habit – the cost of maintaining a vaping habit is considerably cheaper than traditional smoking.

“The rapid growth of the vaping industry has been a double-edged sword for large tobacco companies. On one hand, the popularity of vaping has provided much needed growth within the industry, but at a cost, given the margin dilution. Rising demand for vaping has also resulted in cannibalisation from the traditional cigarette businesses, exacerbating the size and speed of volume declines within factory made cigarettes. As a result, we do not expect the rising demand for vaping to arrest the long-term decline in the global tobacco industry.”

Source: FE Trustnet, 30 October 2018

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US Study: Teens more likely to use e-cigarette brand Juul than older age groups

A study looking at e-cigarette use among American teenagers and adults has found a relatively higher level of experimentation and use of Juul e-cigarettes amongst younger age groups. The study looked at more than 13,000 people.

Amongst the respondents aged 15-17 years, 10% had previously experimented with Juul and this fell around 3% for those aged 25-34 years.

Source: BMJ Tobacco Control, Prevalence and correlates of JUUL use among a national sample of youth and young adults

Source: Yahoo Finance, 30 October 2018

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International

Parliamentary Questions

Parliamentary Questions 1/2/3: Smoking cessation support

Norman Lamb (North Norfolk)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate the number and proportion of people in receipt of nicotine replacement products dispensed via the NHS who have subsequently quit cigarettes for at least 3 months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the smoking cessation treatments available through the NHS that are most effective at (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) one year after the patient initially stops smoking.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost per patient of smoking cessation in terms of the (a) medication and (b) staff time involved in the dispensing of such products in the last year for which information is available.

Answered by: Steve Brine, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

This information is not available in the format requested.

Source: Hansard, 30 October 2018

Q1 link: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2018-10-25/183887/

Q2 link: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2018-10-25/183886/

Q3 link: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2018-10-25/183883/

Parliamentary Question 4: Smoking cessation treatments

Norman Lamb (North Norfolk)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the relative cost effectiveness of the smoking cessation treatments available on the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by: Steve Brine, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guideline NG92 provides a summary of the relative effectiveness of individual stop smoking medications (when used both with or without behavioural support), compared to effectiveness of no medication. This summary and accompanying guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng92/evidence/b-interventions-to-aid-smoking-cessation-behavioural-support-and-pharmacotherapy-pdf-4788920847

Source: Hansard, 30 October 2018

Link: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2018-10-25/183885/

ASH Daily News for 30 October 2018

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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Timeline of changes in tobacco taxation in the UK from 1993 to the present

ASH analysis of tobacco tax increases in the United Kingdom

Timeline_tax_increases.pdf

 

Letter to Financial Secretary to the Treasury re Spring Budget 2017

Letter to Financial Secretary to the Treasury re ASH/UKCTAS Spring Budget submission 2017

Letter to Financial Secretary to Treasury re Budget 2017

Autumn Statement 2016 – Joint submission by ASH & UKCTAS

A joint submission by ASH and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in advance of the 2016 Autumn Statement.

Autumn Statement 2016 - ASH & UKCTAS submission

Covering letter for 2016 Budget

Letter from ASH & UKCTAS to HM Treasury re: Budget

Covering letter for 2016 Budget

ASH: Tobacco tax in the 2014 Budget

A joint submission by ASH and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies for the 2014 Budget.

ASH_UKCTAS_Budgetsubmission2014.pdf
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