ASH Daily News for 20 May 2019


  • Concerns raised over track and trace registration deadline
  • North West: New campaign launched to keep illicit tobacco off the streets
  • North East: Incentive scheme helps 1 in 4 South Tyneside mums quit smoking


  • Study: Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Question



Concerns raised over track and trace registration deadline

Retailers have raised concerns over being able to meet today’s (20 May) registration deadline for the new EU tobacco track and trace system, as technical issues have prevented some from registering to receive Economic Operator IDs (EOIDs) from De La Rue – the company managing the system. Those that fail to receive the IDs will not be able to legally purchase tobacco from wholesalers after today.

Retailers have reported experiencing technical issues with the online registration forms and De La Rue’s customer support.

HMRC said previously that only around 2,000 businesses had signed up for track and trace directly by 3 May, though this did not include stores that had been signed up through their wholesaler or symbol group. A spokesperson from De La Rue said: “We are on track to meet the deadline of the 20th May for all retailers to register their details and we try to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.”

Retailers can register for the required track and trace codes for free at

Source: Better Retailing, 15 May 2019

See also:
ASH press release: EU introduces revolutionary new tracking system for cigarette packs today

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North West: New campaign launched to keep illicit tobacco off the streets

People who supply illicit tobacco, which undermines regulations designed to prevent children getting hooked on smoking, are to be targeted through a new campaign in Greater Manchester. The Keep It Out campaign, which launches today, aims to raise awareness of the harm done to under-18s and the wider community by the dealers and suppliers who provide cheap cigarettes and tobacco.

In 2018/19 trading standards officers across Greater Manchester seized 804,000 illegal cigarettes and 146 kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco from 99 premises. It is estimated that the total loss to the UK economy from duty and tax evasion on cigarettes and tobacco is £2.5 billion. It is hoped that the campaign will support Greater Manchester’s Making Smoking History strategy which aims to reduce smoking rates by a third by 2022.

Source: The Bolton News, 18 May 2019

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Keep it out

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North East: Incentive scheme helps 1 in 4 South Tyneside mums quit smoking

Almost a quarter of pregnant women who signed up to a stop smoking initiative in South Tyneside successfully managed to quit smoking before their delivery date. The Smoking in Pregnancy Incentive Scheme offers financial incentives of up to £300 to women who manage to go smokefree, and has seen 185 women sign up since it launched in 2017.

According to figures in South Tyneside Council’s Public Health Annual Report, which is due to be presented to the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board on Wednesday (22 May), the introduction of the incentive scheme coincided with a sustained fall in the rate of smoking in pregnancy in the borough.

Under the scheme, expectant mothers can claim a £25 gift card for attending an initial appointment and setting a quit date. And they can be eligible for up to three further instalments, one of £75 and two of £100, which can be spent at stores such as Mothercare, Halfords and Boots if they can go 35 weeks without a cigarette.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, deputy leader of the council and Cabinet Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said stop smoking initiatives were driving down smoking rates in the borough. She added: “We know that children whose parents smoke are more likely to suffer from asthma and other serious illnesses that may need hospital treatment. By stopping smoking before a baby is born, women reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and are more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby.”

Source: The Shields Gazette, 19 May 2019

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Study: Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes

A recent Chinese study has found that smokers who have a stroke are much more likely to have another one if they don’t quit or reduce the amount they smoke. Smoking has long been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and serious cardiac events like heart attacks and strokes, but the new study sheds light on how smoking influences the risk of a second stroke in patients who have already had one.

Among the 3,069 stroke survivors in the study, 1,475 or 48% were current smokers and another 9% were former smokers. Among the current smokers, 908 or 62%, managed to quit within a few months after their stroke. Smokers had a higher risk of a second stroke than people who never smoked at all, even if they managed to quit after their first stroke. However, smokers who did quit after that first stroke were 29% less likely to have a second one than people who kept smoking. Smokers’ risk of a repeat stroke rose with the number of daily cigarettes they smoked.

One limitation of the study is the potential for smokers to go through other lifestyle changes when they quit, like improving eating and exercise habits that contributed to a reduced stroke risk.

Source: Reuters, 17 May 2019

JAHA: Impact of Smoking Status on Stroke Recurrence. 2019

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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary Question

PQ: Smoking on the Lord’s Terrace

Asked by Lord Storey
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what assessment he has made of smoking on the Lords’ Terrace.

Answered by Lord Laming
The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chairman of the Services Committee, to respond on his behalf. Smoking is permitted on the Lords’ Terrace in the designated smoking area adjacent to the House of Commons and on the Peers’ smoking table, which is located near the top of the ramp and is currently outside the designated smoking area. The Services Committee will consider a paper on this matter at its meeting in June.

Source: Hansard, 16 May 2019

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