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ASH Daily News for 26 April 2013


Hope for lung cancer patients as new clinical trial plan launched

A new alliance is to bring fresh hope to lung cancer patients, aiming to enrol every sufferer in a clinical trial in a bid to beat the devastating disease.

Source: The Telegraph – 26 April 2013

Steve Reed MP calls for ban on smoking in cars when children are present

The Croydon North MP Steve Reed has propose a change to the Children & Families Bill at a committee meeting to ban smoking in cars when children are present.

Source: This is Croydon Today – 25 April 2013

Protest as BAT announces that price hikes offset declining cigarette sales

The second-biggest tobacco firm in the world announced at its AGM on Thursday that its revenues had risen despite falling volume sales.

British American Tobacco (BAT) said that in the first quarter of the year, price hikes had driven a 1% rise in revenues. This was despite a 3.4% fall in the amount of tobacco it sold.

See also:
– BAT Sales Top Estimates as Higher Prices Offset Lower Volume, Washington Post
– BAT feels pinch as smokers kick the habit, The Times (£)
– Asian sales keeps fire burning under British American Tobacco, The Times (£)

As the meeting was taking place at Banqueting House in Whitehall, a group of about 70 young people from various parts of the country were protesting outside, calling for standardised packaging to be introduced soon. They later went to the House of Lords to meet MPs to discuss the subject.

Images of the protest and the meeting can be seen on our flickr account here.

Source: City AM – 26 April 2013

Leicestershire: Man says he was made to feel like a leper for smoking outside Nuneaton hospital

A Hinckley man feels his life is at risk after he discharged himself from hospital due to George Eliot staff ‘harassing him’ about his smoking.

Source: The Hinckley Times – 25 April 2013

Altria to launch e-cig as cigarette demand softens

Altria Group Inc., which reported a reduction in cigarette volumes for the  first-quarter, will enter the e-cigarette market later this year, a move to address a change in the market.

Profitability grew 16% for the quarter, aided by higher pricing for cigarettes and smokeless products, as well as a credit tied to a landmark tobacco settlement.

Source: ADVFN – 25 April 2013

Bollywood delivers 14.3 billion tobacco images to Indian audiences each year

Top grossing Bollywood films deliver about 14.3 billion separate tobacco images to Indian audiences (in terms of numbers of images multiplied by numbers of viewers)—many more than the estimated 920 million images delivered by Hollywood films screened to UK audiences, a study has found.

The study, published in Heart Asia, said that the association between young people’s use of tobacco products and the depiction of tobacco use in films in India has already been established.

Source: BMJ – 24 April 2013

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