ASH Daily news for 09 May 2016



  • Warrington: Council backs end of Wolves’ Truvape deal as stadium e-cigarette ban comes into force

    Warrington Borough Council has backed the end of Warrington Wolves’ sponsorship deal with Truvape as the club’s e-cigarettes ban comes into force.

    The club announced in February that its 18-month sponsorship deal with the e-cigarette company would be terminated after what it called a ‘successful partnership’ that saw Truvape sponsor the South Stand at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

    Vaping has now been banned at the stadium after the deal ended on May 1.

    Source: This is Cheshire – 07 May 2016

  • France: Pregnant women could be paid €300 to stop smoking

    French hospitals are offering money to pregnant women who smoke if they give up smoking in a new study to test the impact of financial incentives.

    Expectant mothers who commit to giving up will be paid incrementally in €20 vouchers [around £15], with the chance to earn up to €300 [around £230] if they do not start smoking again.

    The study, carried out by Paris’s public hospital system in association with the National Cancer Institute, will test whether offering pregnant women money will help convince them to stay away from tobacco throughout their pregnancy.

    Women over 18 who have been pregnant less than four months can apply to take part in the study, if they smoke more than five manufactured cigarettes (or three rolled cigarettes) each day. The use of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, or other tobacco products, is prohibited, and participants must submit to frequent testing to check they are abiding by these rules.

    Figures from 2015 showed one in five French women did not give up smoking during their pregnancy, and French health minister Marisol Touraine said France was “the European country where pregnant women smoke the most”.

    Source: The Independent – 08 May 2016

  • Argentina: 75% increase in tax on tobacco companies

    The Argentine government made official a 60 to 75% tax rise on the manufacture of tobacco products.

    The funds collected with the tax increase will allow the diversion of additional money to the provinces and greater coverage of expenses by the health system associated with fighting tobacco-related illnesses.

    The government also decided to maintain the emergency surcharge on sales of cigarettes at 7% by turning it into an increase in the share of taxes on production.

    The measures have been announced by the Finance Ministry and was rejected by cigarette producers, who warn that the measure will translate into a price hike at the retail level.

    Source: Po and Po – 06 May 2016

  • India: Largest cigarette maker to print larger warnings on packs after SC ruling

    After a two-month-long showdown with the government, Indian tobacco companies have finally decided to reopen their factories and start producing cigarette packs with larger health warnings on both sides in compliance with the law and the Supreme Court ruling.

    India’s largest tobacco product maker, ITC Ltd., said on Sunday that the company will progressively begin production of cigarettes again.

    Source: International Business Times – 08 May 2016

  • Korea: JTI to stop making cigarettes

    Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has decided to stop producing cigarettes in Korea, officials at its Korean unit have announced.

    Currently, the company leases part of KT&G’s Shintanjin plant in Daejeon to produce Mevius and other cigarette brands after importing tobacco leaves and other raw materials. This is to avoid paying a 40% tariff imposed on imported cigarette goods.

    But the company has opted to produce cigarettes abroad, probably in its Philippine plant, and bring them to Korea, even with having to pay the tariff. Korea increased the tariff imposed on cigarette imports in 2001 to encourage multinational firms to build plants and hire workers here.

    Source: Korea Times – 08 May 2016

  • US: Young LGBT adults target of FDA stop-smoking campaign

    Hoping to reduce tobacco use by young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched an LGBT stop-smoking campaign.

    The campaign specifically targets 18- to 24-year-old LGBT smokers. At least 800,000 of the more than 2 million LGBT young adults in the United States are occasional or social smokers, according to the FDA.

    A key reason for high tobacco use among this group of young adults is the real and perceived social stigma, discrimination and anxiety they experience when they “come out,” the FDA stated.

    Entitled “This Free Life,” the campaign was scheduled to launch in 12 regions nationwide this week with print, digital and out-of-home ads. Local outreach efforts will also highlight tobacco-free attitudes and lifestyles within the LGBT community.

    The $35.7 million campaign is funded by user fees collected from the tobacco industry, not taxpayer dollars.

    Source: UPI – 06 May 2016