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June 30th, 2013:

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Totally Wicked’s Managing Director agrees to step down after inappropriate e-mails

Jason Cropper, founder and CEO of Totally Wicked E-Liquid, has agreed to resign from the multimillion-pound global business that he created.

Mr Cropper has on a number of occasions made direct contact with Ms Linda McAvan MEP, lead Rapporteur of the EU ENVI committee, and Mr Jeremy Mean of the MHRA. In these communications, Mr Cropper has called into question the legitimacy and motivations of these two individuals and the organisations that they represent.

Business Development Director, Fraser Cropper, will assume the role of CEO.

Source: Yahoo! – 26 June 2013

St Ives newsagent in court for smoking

Smoking at work has cost a newsagent more than £500 after he was caught by a council official investigating a complaint by a member of the public.

Christopher Whateley had already received three warnings about smoking at the shop, magistrates at Huntingdon heard.

Source: News and Crier – 01 July 2013

Smoking ban is hailed a success by pub landlords

Six years ago a ban prohibiting smoking in public places was introduced across the country.

While some pubs have seen some negative effects, many have hailed the ban as a success.

There was initial outcry from landlords and pub regulars alike when the ban was first enforced but many have since adapted to the changes in the law.

See also:
– ‘Dirty’ confessions of a smoker and why I’ll be celebrating the smoking ban anniversary, Daily Mirror
– Should smoking be banned in public places? Vote here as UK smoking ban celebrates sixth anniversary, Daily Mirror

Source: Swindon Advertiser – 30 June 2013

Dutch pension fund blacklists tobacco companies

A Dutch pension fund has sold its stakes in tobacco companies and put them on its investment blacklist amid child-labor allegations and concerns over worker conditions in the sector.

PFZW, a pension fund for health-care workers, said it shed some 600 million euros ($780 million) in stakes in several tobacco companies, including Malboro-maker Altria. and British American Tobacco. The pension fund said it decided to sell the stakes after the companies failed to address its concerns about the alleged use of child labor and labor conditions in general. It also cited objections to the way the companies market and sell tobacco products to young people.

Source: ADVFN – 01 July 2013

Greece: Tobacco smuggling ‘soars’

According to the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE), a survey done by AC Nielsen in Greece in April 2013, estimated that tobacco trafficking consists 18.6% of the total consumption, compared to 7.3% at the end of the year 2010.

Source: Greek Reporter – 29 June 2013

Australia: PM’s overseas trip linked to tobacco group

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd accepted international flights and hotel accommodation from a German foundation that controls a key part of the international tobacco industry, despite his earlier declarations that “cigarettes kill people”.

Mr Rudd’s declarations of interests lodged with the federal parliament reveal that in October last year he was given return international tickets and two days accommodation in Berlin from the Korber Foundation, a German non-profit foundation that is the sole owner of the world’s leading supplier of machines for the production of filter cigarettes.

The Prime Minister’s acceptance of this benefit would appear to be at odds with the Federal Labor Party’s long standing policy of not accepting political donations or any other benefits from the tobacco industry.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald – 29 June 2013

Tobacco measures ‘save 7.4m lives’

June 30, 2013 11:30 pm

Tobacco measures ‘save 7.4m lives’

Tax rises on cigarettes save more lives than smoking bans, according to a global study which shows tobacco control measures averting seven million deaths by 2050.

A new study shows tobacco control measures could prevent seven million deaths by 2050


Scientists looked at the effects of six anti-smoking policies introduced in 41 countries, excluding the UK, between 2007 and 2010. Projections of the number of premature deaths the measures were likely to prevent by 2050 produced a figure of 7.4 million.

Increasing taxes on cigarettes to 75% of their price in 14 regions had the biggest impact, which was greater than legal smoking bans. Tax rises prevented 3.5 million smoking-related deaths while “smoke-free air laws” in 20 of the countries studied averted 2.5 million.

Lead researcher Professor David Levy, from Georgetown University Medical Centre in Washington, US, said: “It’s a spectacular finding that by implementing these simple tobacco control policies governments can save so many lives.”

The evidence-based measures, known by the acronym MPOWER, were identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2008. They consist of monitoring tobacco use, protecting people from tobacco smoke, warning about the dangers of tobacco, enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and raising tobacco taxes.

The study targeted 41 countries known to have implemented at least one of the policies at the highest impact level. In 2007, almost 290 million people living in the countries smoked.

The UK, US, France and Germany were not in the list which included countries in Africa, Asia, South America and eastern Europe. Of the total, 33 countries had put in place one of the measures and eight had adopted more than one. Computer modelling was used to predict the life-saving potential of the policies.

Turkey was one of the countries most affected by anti-smoking policies. There, tax rises alone were predicted to save more than 1.5 million lives and smoking bans around 880,000.

The findings, published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, also forecast a total of 700,000 deaths averted by health warnings, 380,000 by cessation treatments, and 306,000 by restrictions on tobacco marketing.

Prof Levy added: “In addition to some 7.4 million lives saved, the tobacco control policies we examined can lead to other health benefits such as fewer adverse birth outcomes related to maternal smoking, including low birth weight, and reduced healthcare costs and less loss of productivity due to less smoking-related disease.”

Thiruvananthapuram walks the talk, to become tobacco free city

Thiruvananthapuram walks the talk, to become tobacco free city

Laxmi Ajai Prasanna, TNN Jun 30, 2013, 04.50AM IST

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The capital city is all set to declare itself ‘Tobacco free’ soon. A statewide drive was launched a month ago warning shops and vendors who fail to remove illegal tobacco advertisements by June 15 of punitive action.

“After removing illicit tobacco advertisements, the shops and vendors are supposed to exhibit health warnings such as ‘Tobacco Causes Cancer, ‘Tobacco Kills’ written prominently (20 x 15 cm measurement) in black letters on white background on the top edge of the board,” assistant director of Health Services Dr Pradeep Kumar told TOI.

It is mandatory as per Section 5 of Cotpa (Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution Act) that prohibits display of brand pack shots and brand name of the tobacco products in the point-of-sale boards and allows only listing the type of tobacco products, he said.

The statewide drive was launched on World No Tobacco Day on May 31 . “Health officials in all districts have begun the mission and among them Thiruvananthapuram district has taken the lead,” Dr Pradeep said.

In the district, over 160 shops have been issued legal notices as they had failed to comply with the mandate of the law to exhibit health warnings against tobacco and instead displayed illicit advertisements promoting tobacco sales, district health officials said.

In the first 17 days of the drive in the city, as many as 657 boards were removed from various shops and vendors, the officials said. In total more than 800 advertisements from shops across the city have been removed and they have been issued warnings not to display advertisements promoting tobacco sales, the health officials said.

Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies head Dr K R Thankappan has infomed that tobacco use causes about 40,000 deaths every year in the state.