ASH Daily News for 3 June 2019


  • Smoking ‘major’ cause of complaints at Blackburn hospital despite smokefree policy


  • Opinion: What does the future hold for the world’s tobacco companies?
  • Marlboro-maker Philip Morris lashes out at critics over Formula 1 adverts
  • China: Tobacco use declines on the mainland
  • US: Juul considering opening its own vape shops
  • Paris: Smoking ban extended to 51 public parks and gardens



Smoking ‘major’ cause of complaints at Blackburn hospital despite smokefree policy

East Lancashire Hospitals Trust chiefs say smoking on site remains a major source of the complaints it receives, despite the Trust having implemented comprehensive smokefree policies which include providing support for smokers to quit and smokefree grounds.

A Trust spokesperson said: “The trust is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our patients, visitors and staff and has been a smoke free organisation for a number of years. Yet despite extra signage, frequent patrols and polite requests not to smoke, smoking remains a major cause of complaints to the Trust…We’re also here to help people quit smoking. Members of our Smokefree team offer support and advice every day about the benefits to health and wellbeing of stopping smoking to patients and visitors alike.”

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, 3 June 2019

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Opinion: What does the future hold for the world’s tobacco companies?

Writing in The Telegraph, Jack Torrance reflects on the tobacco industry’s future amidst its claims of reform and a landscape of tighter regulation:

“The Monaco Grand Prix is an annual opportunity for the world’s wealthiest to see how their super-yachts measure up. At last week’s event, there was one boat that dwarfed all of the others. The 200 or so guests on the Seabourn Odyssey – including Jose Mourinho, the former Manchester United manager, Sir Martin Sorrell, the advertising tycoon, and Richard Madden of Bodyguard and Game of Thrones fame – didn’t have to put their hands in their pockets for anything…after mingling with Formula 1 stars…they were treated to a meal by Massimo Bottura, the three Michelin-star Italian chef, and a performance by Robbie Williams. And for the race, they were ferried across the harbour to watch the action unfold from a private box.

“The lavish event was hosted by Philip Morris International (PMI), the Western world’s largest tobacco company, and likely cost millions of pounds to organise – on top of the tens of millions it is thought to spend sponsoring the Ferrari team.

“Tobacco brands were a familiar feature in Formula 1 until a ban that came into effect in 2006. But while most other companies pulled their sponsorships, PMI has continued to fund Ferrari… since November they [the cars] have been branded with ‘Mission Winnow’, a campaign to promote PMI’s shift away from cigarettes [towards its heated tobacco product IQOS and its e-cigarettes].

“Vicky Salt of Action on Smoking and Health…says it has “severe reservations” about the campaign. “The association with a glamorous, popular sport and a healthy lifestyle, we feel is not compatible with the products PMI is promoting. It’s all very well for them [Mission Winnow] to say it doesn’t promote specific products, but it does promote the brand, and their logos, and if you search Mission Winnow you will find their products.”…The company [PMI] has even paid the youth-focused Vice Media to produce articles such as “How Smoking Kills Your Chances of Having Children” and “Why Your Pets are Sick of Cigarettes” in a tie-up reportedly worth £5m.

“PMI is yet to roll out the product [IQOS] to many developing countries, where sales of cigarettes remain relatively stable – leading some critics to suggest this latest anti-smoking push is a show for Western regulators and consumers as it continues to gobble up market share in poorer countries…PMI insists IQOS is only targeted at current smokers and that it doesn’t need to attract younger customers, new to the habit. But it’s hard to get a convincing answer to the question of how its business can be sustainable if that remains the case long term.”

Source: The Telegraph, 2 June 2019

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Marlboro-maker Philip Morris lashes out at critics over Formula 1 adverts

A top executive at tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) has hit out at critics of its Mission Winnow Formula 1 sponsorship, suggesting those who see a similarity between its logo and that of its Marlboro brand should “see a doctor”.

PMI still sponsors Ferrari’s F1 team even though tobacco advertising was banned in 2006. Since October, its cars and drivers have carried the emblem for Mission Winnow, which PMI says promotes science and technology and thus its shift in focus from cigarettes to its ‘reduced risk’ products.

Critics claim it is subliminal advertising, drawing parallels between chevrons in Mission Winnow logos and Marlboro’s, PMI’s largest brand. The World Health Organisation singled out PMI and British American Tobacco, which sponsors rival F1 team McLaren, as it called for governments and sports bodies to more rigorously enforce the ban on tobacco sports sponsorship.

Source: The Telegraph, 2 June 2019

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China: Tobacco use declines on the mainland

Smoking has been declining on the Chinese mainland according to a survey released on Thursday 30th May 2019 by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC). Last year, 26.6% of the population aged 15 years old or above across the mainland were smokers, according to the survey conducted between July and December 2018. A similar survey conducted by China CDC in 2014 and 2015 showed 27.7% of the population smoked.

More than 90% of those surveyed said they support a total ban on tobacco in the workplace, and more than 95% said they support banning smoking in hospitals, middle and primary schools and public transportation. Nearly 80% said they hope to see a ban on tobacco in restaurants. The survey also showed adult smokers generally lack the motivation to quit, with only 16% planning to quit within the year.

Zhi Xiuyi, vice-president of the Chinese Association on Tobacco Control, said China faces severe challenges in tobacco control to protect people’s health, despite the progress made. “To achieve the government target of bringing down the percentage of adult smokers to 20 percent by 2030, we have a lot of work to do,” he said.

Source: China Daily, 31 May 2019

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US: Juul considering opening its own vape shops

Juul is looking into opening its own vape shops in the US, according to reports. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the company has not made a definitive decision on whether to open retail locations. CNBC separately cited a source as saying that Juul was weighing the decision, and both outlets said that Juul is planning to soon open a retail location in South Korea.

According to The Wall Street Journal, though a final decision about the move has not been made, Juul has already hired staff for two locations in Texas. These stores would have age restrictions of 21 and over and would reportedly still limit the number of devices and refills that can be purchased by a single individual, as is its policy online.

Source: Gizmodo, 1 June 2019

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France: Smoking ban extended to public parks, gardens and beaches

Smoking has been banned from dozens of Paris gardens and three beaches in Marseilles as France claims to be tackling its cigarette addiction. Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, has extended an experimental ban this month to 51 public gardens and small parks, making smoking illegal in 10 per cent of the capital’s green space. From next month a €38 fine will be imposed on people breaching the ban.

Marseilles has banned smoking on three of its busiest beaches — Pointe-Rouge, Borély and Bonneveine. Strasbourg introduced a smoking ban in its parks last year while Nice beaches have been smokefree since 2012. Fifty French beaches along the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Channel coasts had banned smoking by the end of last season.

According to Public Health France, the number of people smoking every day has fallen by 1.6 million over the past two years to 25% of the population.

Source: The Times, 3 June 2019

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