ASH Daily News for 8 May 2019


  • Harrow council to reintroduce stop smoking service
  • Birmingham raids see £1.7m of illicit cigarettes and tobacco seized


  • Vaping companies facing European opposition to higher nicotine level
  • Juul launches in Irish market
  • US: Beverly Hills nears ban on most tobacco sales



Harrow council to reintroduce stop smoking service

Harrow Council have confirmed that they will reintroduce a Stop Smoking Service after discussions with Public Health England regarding their health and long-term financial benefits.

Sally Cartwright, a Consultant in Public Health at Harrow Council, explained that additional money has become available thanks to savings across other services. The council’s Health and Wellbeing Board confirmed that it will sign-up to an information portal covering London and will appoint an advisor who will work three days a week. There is also money set aside to join up with a neighbouring borough for stop smoking support during pregnancy.

The decision to reintroduce a stop smoking programme was roundly supported by the Board, with Cllr Simon Brown, responsible for Adults and Public Health at Harrow Council, describing it as “the best buy in public health”.

Source: Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times, 7 May 2019

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Birmingham raids see £1.7m of illicit cigarettes and tobacco seized

Illegal tobacco and cigarettes worth £1.7 million was seized by HM Revenue and Customs officers when they raided dozens of retail premises in Birmingham. The three-day operation uncovered more than 943,000 cigarettes and 4 tonnes of loose tobacco.

HMRC officers and tobacco detection dogs visited 53 retail premises and self storage units in the central areas of the city last month. Paul Fisher, Assistant Director of the Fraud Investigation Service at HMRC, said: “The sale of illegal tobacco will not be tolerated by us or our partner agencies. Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco market, which costs the UK around £2.5 billion a year. This is theft from the taxpayer and undermines legitimate traders.”

Source: Birmingham Live, 3 May 2019

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Vaping companies facing European opposition to higher nicotine level

A push by e-cigarette manufacturers to raise the cap on nicotine levels in the European Union is running into opposition, a senior executive at US market leader Juul said on Tuesday 7th May.

The company says the roll-out across European Union countries of Juul has been hampered by limits of 20 milligrams of nicotine per millimetre of liquid, compared to 59 in the United States. This, the company says, makes it less effective as an alternative to cigarettes for heavy smokers.

“We will put forward our position that we think the limit should be increased,” Grant Winterton, Europe, Middle East and Africa President at Juul said, looking ahead to a review of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive in 2021. “At the moment I would say there is quite a lot of resistance to that,” he added.

E-cigarettes have seen rapid growth in the US, prompting Marlboro cigarette maker Altria Group to buy a 35% stake in Juul for $12.8 billion in December 2018. Winterton said Juul plans to launch in multiple Asian locations in 2019 and the Middle East and Africa in 2020 and 2021. “There is no one who is not on our radar if you look forward next 4-5 years,” he said.

Source: Reuters, 7 May 2019

See also:
ASH Daily News for 21 December 2018 – Marlboro-maker Altria takes $12.8bn stake in Juul
ASH Daily News for 10 April 2019 – Altria seeking voice on Juul’s board through share conversion

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Juul launches in Irish market

The US e-cigarette maker Juul launched its products in Ireland on Tuesday 7th May.

Circle K service stations and specialist Hale vaping shops will initially sell Juul’s products. However the company’s Ireland General Manager indicated that discussions were underway to expand to other retailers.

Ireland is Juul’s 10th national market – it sells in the US, Canada, Britain and several other European Union countries, along with Russia and Israel.

Source: The Irish Times, 8 May 2019

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US: Beverly Hills nears ban on most tobacco sales

Beverly Hills’ City Council moved closer to banning almost all sales of tobacco products on Tuesday 7th May. Council members unanimously agreed to send a proposed ordinance banning most tobacco sales back to their city staff, pending minor amendments.

A deciding vote is scheduled for the council’s next meeting on May 21st 2019. If passed, Beverly Hills would be the first city in the nation to enact such a ban.

Source: Yahoo News UK, 8 May 2019

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