ASH Daily news for 29 April 2015



  • Cigarette-maker British American Tobacco posts lower revenue
  • ‘Sultry’ e-cigarette advert banned
  • The King’s warning: expert says George VI should be anti-smoking image
  • ‘Bribes’ to get healthy only work for three months
  • Indonesia: Cigarette warnings covered by excise bands: Survey
  • India: MoS, bureaucrats on guest list of tax meet funded by tobacco giants
  • US: Councilwoman tweets photo of flowers from Harrah’s casino employee thankful for smoking ban

    Cigarette-maker British American Tobacco posts lower revenue

    British American Tobacco, the world’s No. 2 cigarette maker, reported a drop in revenue for the first-quarter, hurt by the strength of the pound against various currencies and as more people cut back on smoking.

    The company said revenue fell 5.8 percent for the three months ending March 31. Excluding the impact of currency, revenue rose 1.7 percent.

    Volume, which measures the amount of tobacco sold, fell 3.6 percent.

    The company said its sales in markets such as South/Central Asia and Mexico were more than offset by declines in countries such as Brazil, Russia and Vietnam.

    NB: A protest by young people will take place outside BAT’s AGM in central London today.

    See also:
    – BAT On Track To Meet Target As Price Rises Offset Volume Declines, Morningstar

    Source: Reuters – 29 April 2015

    ‘Sultry’ e-cigarette advert banned

    A “glamorous” television ad for electronic cigarettes has been banned for creating a strong association with tobacco smoking.

    The ad for Mirage Cigarettes showed a man and woman using e-cigarettes amid clouds of vapour, while on-screen text read “choice”, “flavour” and “freedom”.

    Five viewers complained that the depiction of the couple glamorised smoking tobacco products, and challenged whether the ad promoted the use of tobacco.

    The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the general impression of the ad was of “sultry glamour and intimacy”, and the shots of heavy vapour had the appearance of tobacco smoke.

    Source: MSN/PA – 29 April 2015

    The King’s warning: expert says George VI should be anti-smoking image

    Images of the Queen’s father, George VI, should appear on cigarette packets as a warning of the perils of smoking, one of Britain’s leading surgeons has suggested.

    Speaking to the Royal College of Surgeons on Tuesday, Prof Harold Ellis said the monarch’s death in 1952 at 56 should serve as a national reminder of the health problems caused by smoking.

    In a lecture on royal operations Ellis said: “I think George VI should be on every cigarette packet, because he had severe vascular disease in his legs – 99% due to smoking. He had carcinoma of the lung – 99% due to smoking. [And] he died of coronary thrombosis – 90% due to smoking.”

    Source: The Guardian – 28 April 2015

    ‘Bribes’ to get healthy only work for three months

    Incentivising people to live healthily only works for three months before they fall off the wagon, a Cambridge University study has found.

    The first ever systematic review of schemes which offer financial incentives to lose weight, get fit or quit smoking has found that their impact is limited – and only works in the short-term.

    The new research by Cambridge University and King’s College London examined 34 international studies in which financial incentives were offered as a reward for healthy living.

    They included 22 schemes with rewards for giving up smoking, eight with incentives for weight loss and exercise, and eight which paid out for exercise alone.

    The review, published in Preventive Medicine, follows the introduction of numerous reward schemes in the UK.

    Source: The Telegraph – 28 April 2015

    Indonesia: Cigarette warnings covered by excise bands: Survey

    The Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI) has revealed that the pictorial health warnings on more than half of the tobacco product packages it surveyed were covered by excise bands.

    “We suspect that the covering was done intentionally to blur the warning on health damage caused by smoking,” said Tulus Abadi of the YLKI at the launch of the survey of pictorial health warning implementation.

    Government Regulation (PP) No. 109/2012 on tobacco control stipulates that cigarette packages circulating on the market must bear a pictorial warning that must not be covered by anything, including excise bands.

    The survey, conducted from February to March, took samples of tobacco products, including products from PT Philip Morris International, PT British American Tobacco.

    PT BAT had the lowest compliance with the regulation as all of the pictorial warnings on the sampled products were covered by excise bands. Local brands led in compliance with 65 percent.

    See also:
    Indonesian Govt Pro-Cigarette Industry, Says Observer, Tempo

    Source: Jakarta Post – 28 April 2015

    India: MoS, bureaucrats on guest list of tax meet funded by tobacco giants

    After courting controversy over its decision to stay implementation of 85 per cent pictorial warnings on packets of tobacco products, the NDA government has once more run afoul of health activists over a tax conference that is being co-organised by a consortium funded by several transnational tobacco companies.

    The 12th Annual Asia Pacific Tax Forum, which will be held in Delhi from May 5-7, is being organised by Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and International Tax and Investment Centre (ITIC). Among those participating in the event, according to the event website, are MoS (Finance) Jayant Sinha,revenue secretary Shakti Kant Das, Central Board of Direct Taxes chairperson Anita Kapur and Central Board of Excise and Customs chairman Kaushal Srivasatava.

    The list of sponsors on the ITIC website includes four tobacco companies – Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco Ltd, British American Tobacco and JTI Group.

    Source: The Indian Express – 28 April 2015

    US: Councilwoman tweets photo of flowers from Harrah’s casino employee thankful for smoking ban

    Gaming corporation Harrah’s was the most strident opponent of New Orleans’ smoking ban that went into effect this week, but a photo that New Orleans Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell posted online Friday (April 24) indicates its rank-and-file casino employees were pleased to see cigarettes snuffed out at their workplace.

    Cantrell, who championed the smoking ban, posted a photo on her Twitter feed that shows a vase of flowers and an unsigned note purportedly from a Harrah’s employee.

    Source: NOLA – 24 April 2015