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September 13th, 2013:

ASH Daily News for 13 September 2013

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Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow urges Government to bring in unbranded cigarette packets

Sutton and Cheam’s MP has argued in Parliament the Government must bring in non-branded cigarette packaging.

Paul Burstow said the issue must be addressed and compared the delays in action to the Government “kicking a can down the road”.

[the article includes an online poll on standard packaging]

Source: This is Local London – 12 September 2013

Scotland: E-cigs firm complete deal with Rangers Football Club

Rangers FC have announced a partnership with E-Lites electronic cigarettes.

E-Lites announced recently that they had become partners with the Rangers’ traditional rivals, Celtic.

Source: Herald Scotland – 12 September 2013

Ulster: Hospital trust to implement total ban on smoking

Smoking is set to be banned outright at the Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh after the Western Trust announced its intention to become Northern Ireland’s first ‘smoke free’ health body. It will implement the smoke-free policy to co-incide with National No Smoking Day on March 12 next year.

Source: Ulster Herald – 12 September 2013

Ireland: Tobacco tax ‘forcing low-income people to go without food’

The Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform is considering pre-budget submissions from a range of charitable, interest and lobby groups.

During a discussion with a range of health interest groups, Labour TD Kevin Humphreys said the rise in the price of cigarettes in shops was forcing people to either buy smuggled or counterfeit products or go without essential items.

Source: Irish Times – 12 September 2013

WHO joins chorus against tobacco lobbying

Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has accused tobacco giant Philip Morris of seeking to “sabotage” a proposed update of the EU’s tobacco directive, which was recently postponed in the European Parliament.

See also:
– Philip Morris International unapologetic as it lobbies against Europe’s Tobacco Products Directive, International Business Times

Source: EurActiv – 13 September 2013

India: Huge tobacco use predicted to kill 1.5 million a year

Tobacco inflicts huge damage on the health of India’s people and could be clocking up a death toll of 1.5 million a year by 2020 if more users are not persuaded to kick the habit, according to a report by the International Tobacco Control Project.

Source: Reuters – 12 September 2013

Jerusalem: Health Ministry ignoring smoking prohibitions at covered bus stations

Although the Health Ministry got a law passed 14 months ago to bar smoking along the platforms of the capital’s open-air light-rail stations – with each cigarette smoked worth a NIS 1,000 fine – the Jerusalem Municipality hasn’t issued a single fine for such violations since then.

Source: Jerusalem Post – 09 September 2013