ASH Daily News for 9 October 2019



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UK

  • Menthol ban will include click dual flavoured cigarettes

International

  • Republic of Ireland: Cigarette prices increase
  • USA: School districts sue e-cigarette manufacturer Juul
  • USA: Retailers Kroger and Walgreens to stop selling e-cigarettes

 

UK

Menthol ban will include click dual flavoured cigarettes

New tobacco laws will see flavoured cigarettes banned next year. Menthol cigarettes are currently in a four-year phasing-out period, which started in May 2016 and will be completed by May 20, 2020. The ban will also see the production of click dual cigarettes – such as Sterling Dual – that change from normal to menthol, stopped.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, said the new rules will mean that “no person may produce or supply cigarettes or hand rolling tobacco with:
(a) a filter, paper, package, capsule or other component containing flavourings;
(b) a filter, paper or capsule containing tobacco or nicotine; or
(c) a technical feature allowing the consumer to modify the smell, taste, or smoke intensity of the product.”

Source: Liverpool Echo, 8 October 2019

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International

Republic of Ireland: Cigarette prices increase

The price of a pack of cigarettes has risen following the new 2020 budget announcement in the Republic of Ireland yesterday. An average pack of 20 cigarettes now costs €13.50 (£12.13). Finance minister Paschal Donohoe announced the increase on the excise duty on a pack of 20 cigarettes by 50 cents, with a pro-rata increase on other tobacco products.

The announcement has been celebrated by the Irish Cancer Society, who say that sharp increases in the cost of tobacco is the most effective way of getting people to quit.

Source: Irish Post, 8 October 2019

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USA: School districts sue e-cigarette manufacturer Juul

Three school districts in the US filed suit against Juul, the e-cigarette manufacturer, on Monday 7 October. They accused the company of endangering students and forcing educators to divert time and money to fight an epidemic of nicotine addiction.

The school systems in St Charles in Missouri, Olathe in Kansas, and on Long Island, New York, are believed to be the first in the United States to sue Juul. The districts say Juul explicitly marketed its products to youths, leaving schools to shoulder the costs of stopping students from vaping, disciplining them when they break school rules and providing support services when they become addicted.

Source: The Independent, 8 October 2019

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USA: Retailers Kroger and Walgreens to stop selling e-cigarettes

Kroger Co and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc have announced that they are to stop selling e-cigarettes at their stores. The move comes weeks after Walmart Inc said they would stop selling e-cigarettes, citing regulatory complexity and uncertainty.

Kroger said it would discontinue sales of e-cigarettes at its stores and fuel centres after selling through its current inventory.

Walgreens said it had decided to stop selling e-cigarette products at its U.S. stores as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) examine the issue. The pharmacy chain, which earlier this year set a minimum age to sell tobacco products at 21 years, said the decision was also reflective of developing regulations in a growing number of states and municipalities.

Source: Reuters, 7 October 2019

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