ASH Daily news for 26 April 2016


ASH Daily news for 26 April 2016


  • ONS study finds maternal socioeconomic status can significantly influence infant mortality rates

    A new study by the ONS has found that 5.3 babies die for every 1,000 born to mothers who work in routine and manual occupations whereas, on average 2.1 die for every 1,000 babies born to mothers who work in higher managerial, administrative and professional occupations.

    The ONS report said: “Variations in infant and perinatal mortality by socio-economic classification may be the result of the link between increasing levels of deprivation and poorer maternal health, which can ultimately affect infant mortality.”

    Health charity ASH said: “Workers in manual and routine jobs are twice as likely to smoke as those in managerial and professional roles and unemployed people are twice as likely to smoke as those in employment.”

    The report called Childhood mortality in England and Wales: 2014, looks at stillbirths, infant and childhood deaths occurring every year in England and Wales, and the associated risks factors.

    Source: The Express 25 April 2016

  • London: Southwark council encourages no smoking in children’s playgrounds

    Southwark council has introduced a voluntary smoking ban in children’s playgrounds. The scheme has been rolled out across 60 playgrounds in the borough.

    The new ‘no smoking’ signs were designed by local pupils from Bellenden Primary School and states: “Smoking harms our health. Please do not smoke in our playground.”

    Cllr Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for public health, parks and leisure, said: “I am delighted that our playgrounds are going smoke free. It’s really important that parents get behind this campaign to ensure our playgrounds are healthier and cleaner places for children to enjoy.”

    Source: South London Press 25 April 2016

  • USA: Study finds association between electronic cigarette ads and teen use in the last 30 days

    The more adverts for electronic cigarettes middle and high school students see, the more likely they are to have used these devices in the last 30 days, a new study has found.

    Research conducted by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health, found middle-school students who said they very often viewed adverts for vaping products had nearly triple the odds of having used an electronic cigarette in the last 30 days, compared to similarly aged kids who “rarely” saw the adverts.

    The risk of electronic cigarette use doubled for high school students who said they very often saw the adverts, compared to those who rarely viewed them, the study found.

    Researcher added that between 2011 and 2014, estimated spending on electronic cigarette advertising rose from $6.4 million to $115 million a year.

    The full research report can be accessed here.

    Source: Medical X Press 25th April 2016

  • Thailand: Tobacco giant Philip Morris denies tax evasion charge in Thai court

    Philip Morris International’s Thai unit denied tax evasion charges in the Criminal Court of Thailand, on Monday.

    Thai prosecutors accused eight executives from the Thai unit of the company of dodging massive import tax by under-declaring the value of 272 batches of its L&M and Marlboro cigarettes from Philippines between 2003 and 2006.

    The total cost of all the imported goods and the evaded tax amounts to some 20 billion baht (570 million USD). According to Thai customs law, if convicted, the company could be fined fourfold of the unpaid tax plus the value of the imports and those defendants could face a maximum of 10 years in jail.

    Source: China Economic Net 26 April 2016

  • India: Plans to ban foreign tobacco investment may singe cigarette companies

    Following a dispute over health warnings on tobacco packaging the Indian Government is considering a proposal to completely ban foreign direct investment (FDI) in the tobacco sector.

    The Union Ministry of commerce is proposing to ban FDI in licensing for franchise, trademark, brand name and management contract in the sector. It would eventually mean that FDI would be totally banned in tobacco segment in any form.

    According to industry analysts such a move would eliminate the possibility of foreign companies buying stakes in local cigarette manufacturers.

    Source: ET Retail 26 April 2016

  • Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1 Regulation
    Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour
    To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the 2016 Institute of Economic Affairs Nanny State Index suggesting that the UK is the third worst country in terms of regulation of lifestyle choices, they will take action to reduce the influence of government on the private lives and lifestyles of the population.

    Lord Prior of BramptonThe Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health
    The Government seeks to develop public health policies proportionate to the risks and or harms to health, supporting economic development.

    For example, smoking is the biggest preventable cause of ill health and death in England and a significant cause of health inequalities in the United Kingdom. All smoking is addictive and harmful to health. Around half of all regular smokers are eventually killed by a smoking-related illness, accounting for almost 80,000 deaths in England each year. There are significant costs to society in terms of premature illness and death and to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities.

    Source: Hansard Citation: HL Deb, 25 April 2016, cW