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Apr10, 2015: The 51st World #TobaccoControl Weekly is out!

This week ▸ stories via @smokeandmirror @FurberA @ASTHO

 

WEEKLY NEWS ABOUT TOBACCO CONTROL WORLDWIDE. For everyone who wants to know all about recent tobacco control news. Even for those who do not want to be on Twitter.

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@FurberA (Apr05, 2015): UK tobacco display ban extended to all shops

@FurberA (Apr05, 2015): UK tobacco display ban extended to all shops | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

#Tobacco display ban extended to all shops http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32188988 … Good to see, or rather not see. 

 

A ban on showing tobacco products at the point of sale in small shops across the UK has come into force. The display of such goods has been illegal in large stores and supermarkets since 2012. Now small stores, and other outlets such as pubs and clubs, will also have to keep cigarettes out of sight. Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at Ash, said: "Two-thirds of smokers start before the age of 18, so it is vital that everything is done to put tobacco out of sight to protect future generations. The display ban in small shops will work hand in hand with standardised packs, which will be introduced in May 2016, to further protect children from glitzy tobacco packaging."

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@ASHScotland (Apr01, 2015): ASH Scotland launches Children's Charter

@ASHScotland (Apr01, 2015): ASH Scotland launches Children's Charter | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Today we launched our 'Children's Charter' for a #tobacco-free generation in Scotland. http://bit.ly/1IPtPbz #smoking

 

ASH Scotland today launches a “Children’s Charter” to highlight the goal of creating a tobacco-free generation in Scotland by 2034. Formally known as the Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation, it’s aimed at organisations working directly or indirectly with young people and families and puts the focus on Scotland's ambition to achieve an adult smoking rate of 5% or less in 20 years' time. Organisations are being asked to sign up to the Charter’s six principles and to pledge to review their views, policy and practice to help protect children from the harms caused by smoking, reducing the burden of tobacco on our communities. The Charter principles set out the rights of children in relation to tobacco for the first time, to be protected from cynical tobacco marketing, from exposure to toxic second-hand smoke and from getting hooked into a lethal addiction as children. 

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@HMCollab (Mar26, 2015): CDC launches new Tips from Former Smokers ads

@HMCollab (Mar26, 2015): CDC launches new Tips from Former Smokers ads | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

New Tips from Former Smokers ads show lesser known #health effects of #smoking like colon cancer: http://1.usa.gov/1D1oGyh #CDCTips

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching its 2015 “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign with a series of powerful new ads featuring former smokers who suffer from smoking-related illnesses, including vision loss and colorectal cancer. Ads also highlight the benefits of quitting for smokers’ loved ones, and the importance of quitting cigarettes completely, not just cutting down. Beginning March 30, these ads will run for 20 weeks on television, radio, billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers. CDC’s successful Tips national tobacco education campaign has helped prompt millions of smokers to try to quit since it began in 2012. It has also proven to be a “best buy” in public health by costing just $393 to save a year of life. “All the Tips ad participants are heroes,” said Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., senior medical officer in CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “By courageously sharing their painful personal stories, they’re inspiring millions of Americans to make the life-saving decision to quit smoking.”

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@DDNMagazine (Mar25, 2015): California launches campaign against e-cigarettes

@DDNMagazine (Mar25, 2015): California launches campaign against e-cigarettes | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

California launches campaign against e-cigarettes http://ti.me/19f9HDc

 

California rolled out new television and digital ads about the dangers of e-cigarettes on Monday. The new ads are part of the agency’s new campaign called “Wake Up,” which suggests e-cigarettes are just another mass marketed product with serious health consequences. Both ads feature songs from the ’50s and ’60s, when traditional cigarette marketing was prevalent. One ad titled “What Could Go Wrong” underlines the fact that Big Tobacco is also involved in the e-cigarette market. The ads call e-cigarettes “a new way to inhale toxic chemicals.”

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@JulieBarratt1 (Mar23, 2015): Scans suggest effects of smoking may be seen in unborn babies

@JulieBarratt1 (Mar23, 2015): Scans suggest effects of smoking may be seen in unborn babies | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Reasons not to smoke during pregnancy - scans reveal what smoking does to an unborn baby http://dailym.ai/1FQWrl0

 

New ultrasound images show how babies of mothers who smoke during pregnancy touch their mouths and faces much more than babies of non-smoking mothers. Foetuses normally touch their mouths and faces much less the older and more developed they are. Experts said the scans show how smoking during pregnancy can mean the development of the baby's central nervous system is delayed. Doctors have long urged pregnant women to give up cigarettes because they heighten the risk of premature birth, respiratory problems and even cot death. Now researchers believe they can show the effects of smoking on babies in the womb - and use the images to encourage mothers who are struggling to give up.

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@MikeBloomberg (Mar18, 2015): New effort to help countries fight against tobacco companies

@MikeBloomberg (Mar18, 2015): New effort to help countries fight against tobacco companies | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Great to partner with my friend @BillGates on a new effort to help countries fight back against tobacco companies http://mikebloom.bg/1F3NAxw

 

Michael R. Bloomberg & Bill Gates today announced the launch of the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund, a new joint effort to combat the tobacco industry’s use of international trade agreements to threaten and prevent countries from passing strong tobacco-control laws. Backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the new support for low and middle-income countries is the most recent element in a comprehensive strategy to reduce tobacco use globally. “We are at a critical moment in the global effort to reduce tobacco use, because the significant gains we have seen are at risk of being undermined by the tobacco industry’s use of trade agreements and litigation,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “We will stand with nations as they work to protect their populations against the deadly health effects of tobacco use.”

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@WorldLungFdn (Mar11, 2015): UK will introduce plain packaging

@WorldLungFdn (Mar11, 2015): UK will introduce plain packaging | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Great move! #UK becomes latest country to vote to introduce #plainpackaging for cigarette products just 1 week after #Ireland http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31839859

 

MPs have voted in favour of introducing standardised packaging for cigarettes in the UK. It means from 2016 every packet will look the same except for the make and brand name, with graphic photos accompanying health warnings if the House of Lords also approves the move. The Irish Republic passed a similar law earlier this month and Australia has had plain packaging since 2012. Health campaigners said they were "delighted" with the move. Some 367 MPs voted in favour of standardised packaging with 113 against it in a free vote.

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@gillespargneaux (Mar05, 2015): MEPs declare 'war' on tobacco companies

@gillespargneaux (Mar05, 2015): MEPs declare 'war' on tobacco companies | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Les députés européens déclarent la "guerre" à l'industrie du #tabac #NouveauPlanAntiTabac #Santé @paulinedelpech http://bit.ly/1EisStd ;
[MEPs declare 'war' on tobacco companies #NewAntiTobaccoPlan #Health]

 

A cross-party working group has been set up in the European parliament to counter the growing influence of tobacco companies. 

The group was put together by S&D deputy Gilles Pargneaux, who is a vice-chair of parliament's environment, public health and food safety committee, at the behest of Paris councillor Pauline Delpech, who has been campaigning against the tobacco industry in France. Outlining the working group's priorities, he said, "our main focus is to make sure the tobacco products directive is implemented in all member states". The Frenchman added that the group would be looking at "combating contraband, counterfeiting and cross-border shopping". Additionally, he called for the enforcement of "article 5.3 of the world health organisation's framework convention on tobacco control". 

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@NHSGGC (Mar02): Public Health Minister launches smokefree NHS grounds campaign

@NHSGGC (Mar02): Public Health Minister launches smokefree NHS grounds campaign | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Public Health Minister launches smokefree grounds campaign #greencurtain http://bit.ly/1DPvVUB

 

ALL NHS grounds across Scotland are to become smokefree by 31st March 2015. From this date, patients, visitors and staff will be asked to wait until they are off NHS grounds before lighting up. This ambitious move to achieve smokefree status in the grounds of every hospital, health centre and NHS building across the country is part of a national drive to create a tobacco-free generation within Scotland by 2034. And today, 2nd March 2015, Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt MSP, launched a major new national TV and radio campaign asking smokers for their help to make this vision a reality: “Hospitals are places where people come to recover from illness and injury, so it can’t be right for patients and visitors to have to walk through clouds of smoke on hospital grounds". 

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@Theatfi (Mar02, 2015): Kenyan anti-smoking regulations start this week

@Theatfi (Mar02, 2015): Kenyan anti-smoking regulations start this week | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Kenya: Harsh anti-smoking regulations start this week http://bit.ly/1GNi6cF

 

Stringent anti-smoking laws that require manufacturers to display graphic images on cigarette packages are set to take effect this week as Kenya moves to implement its global obligation. The new regulations among other things ban advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco and tobacco products. It also bans smoking in public places to protect members of the public from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. Manufacturers or importers of tobacco products will be required to display health warning messages and graphic images on every package. Health secretary James Macharia said that even though the tobacco industry generates income for the country through taxes, Kenya was spending much more with regards to addressing the health impacts associated with it.

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@ASH_LDN (Feb25, 2015): Tobacco kills two in three smokers

@ASH_LDN (Feb25, 2015): Tobacco kills two in three smokers | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Tobacco 'kills two in three smokers' http://bbc.in/1Ar9JT4

 

The death risk from smoking may be much higher than previously thought - tobacco kills up to two in every three smokers not one in every two, data from a large study suggests. The study tracked more than 200,000 Australian smokers and non-smokers above the age of 45 over six years. Mortality risk went up with cigarette use, BMC Medicine reports. Smoking 10 cigarettes a day doubled the risk, while 20-a-day smokers were four to five times more likely to die. Stopping smoking can bring a person's health risks back down.

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@FCAforTC (Feb24, 2015): FTCT turns 10 years old

@FCAforTC (Feb24, 2015): FTCT turns 10 years old | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

This Friday the #FCTC for #tobaccocontrol turns 10! Take a look at what we have planned for the anniversary http://bit.ly/1LydTwi

 

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) turns 10 on 27 Feb 2015. Besides celebrating this anniversary with the 180 Parties to the treaty, it’s also a time to recommit to fighting the devastating health, social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco and tobacco use.

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@smokeandmirror (Apr07, 2015): French MPs vote in favor of standardized packaging

@smokeandmirror (Apr07, 2015): French MPs vote in favor of standardized packaging | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Standardised packaging given the go ahead by French National Assembly http://ow.ly/LhOmO

 

French MPs on Friday passed a government-backed proposal to force cigarette-manufacturers to use plain packets without logos, identical in all respects apart from a small mention of their name. The debate was heated with some right-wing MPs claiming that the measure would encourage smuggling and that the government was "assaulting" tobacconists. Health Minister Marisol Touraine defended the proposal, pointing to "encouraging results" in Australia, which have reportedly seen the number of smokers falling three per cent in a year. MPs adopted several other anti-smoking measures: 

-  An extra tax on cigarette manufacturers if their turnover either rises or fails to fall less that three per cent, the government's target for the reduction in sales;

-  An obligation on tobacconists to ask for proof that customers are over 18;

-  A ban on smoking in cars with passengers under 18 years old - higher than the 12-year-old limit proposed in the original draft;

-  A ban on tobacconists' shops near schools;

-  More transparency on lobbying by cigarette manufacturers and tighter limits on their sponsorship rights.

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@ASTHO (Apr03, 2015): Childhood ADHD linked to secondhand smoking

@ASTHO (Apr03, 2015): Childhood ADHD linked to secondhand smoking | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Childhood ADHD linked to secondhand smoking: http://ow.ly/Lb2zs #tobacco #kidshealth

 

Children exposed to tobacco smoke at home are up to three times more likely to have attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) as unexposed kids, according to a new study from Spain. The association was stronger for kids with one or more hours of secondhand smoke exposure every day, the authors found. And the results held when researchers accounted for parents’ mental health and other factors. Lucy Popova, from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, said there is a lot of evidence about the harms of secondhand smoke on physical wellbeing. “But research on effects of secondhand smoke on mental health have been really just emerging and this study really contributes to this growing body of evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke in children might be responsible for cognitive and behavioral problems,” she said.

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@Gocuinn (Mar31, 2015): JTI takes Irish government to court over plain packaging

@Gocuinn (Mar31, 2015): JTI takes Irish government to court over plain packaging | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Tobacco giant takes Irish govt to court over plain cigarette packaging #fctc #globalhealth http://bit.ly/1y3eVxU

 

The Japan Tobacco group has initiated action against the Government in the High Court to block the introduction of plain cigarette packets. The Irish arm of Japan Tobacco, JTI Ireland, is understood to be challenging the legislation on grounds of competence. The group is expected to argue that the State had no right to enact the legislation, as it went further than the provisions of a European Union directive. It is further expected to say the State should have awaited the outcome of a British case before the European Court of Justice before enactment. Minister for Children James Reilly, who championed the legislation, indicated months ago that the Government was preparing for a legal challenge. Asked last night about the action, Dr Reilly said: “We will defend it robustly in the firm belief it’s in the best interests of the health and welfare of the public, especially of children.”

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@PHAIatNUSL (Mar26, 2015): Center for Public Health Litigation files lawsuits against tobacco manufacturers

@PHAIatNUSL (Mar26, 2015): Center for Public Health Litigation files lawsuits against tobacco manufacturers | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Boston Non-profit Takes Cigarette Companies to Court http://wp.me/p3Nxs2-Lv

 

The Public Health Advocacy Institute (“PHAI”) announced today that its newly formed Center for Public Health Litigation has filed lawsuits against two major tobacco companies and several local distributors on behalf of the families of two former smokers who suffered devastating disease from smoking cigarettes. “This is the first time a non-profit organization has directly taken on the tobacco industry in court,” said Richard Daynard, University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University School of Law and the President of PHAI.  “The Center for Public Health Litigation is going to ask the Massachusetts courts to hold the tobacco companies accountable in these two cases, and in more cases to be filed soon.”

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@tff4kids (Mar24, 2015): Parental smoking increases risk of future heart disease for children

@tff4kids (Mar24, 2015): Parental smoking increases risk of future heart disease for children | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Study shows parental smoking increases risk of future heart disease for children http://ow.ly/KJhPG

 

A new study has found children exposed to their parents' smoking are at a greater risk of developing heart disease in adulthood than the children of nonsmoking parents. Regardless of other variables, the risk of developing plaque in the carotid artery in adulthood was 1.7 times higher in participants who had been exposed to at least one parental smoker as a child compared with those whose parents had not smoked. The findings suggest that the children of parents that smoke have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, although this risk can be lessened by parents exercising good smoking hygiene - not smoking in the vicinity of children, for example.

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@DrBFreeman (Mar19, 2015): Australia's plain packaging is working

@DrBFreeman (Mar19, 2015): Australia's plain packaging is working | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Australia's Plain Packaging is Working: First Comprehensive Evaluation of World-First Tobacco Laws Released http://bit.ly/1FDyKwG

 

The introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia is delivering on its promise to restrict the ability of the pack to create appeal, according to the first comprehensive evaluation of the legislation. Published in a special supplement to the British Medical Journal, fourteen peer-reviewed papers examine various aspects of the implementation and the impact it has on the community, including young people and adult smokers.
Key findings of the evaluation include:

•Plain packaging has delivered on its aim to reduce appeal of packs, particularly with adolescents and young adults

•There was no evidence of an increase in the consumption of illicit "cheap white" cigarettes

•The impact of plain packaging extends beyond expectation with studies suggesting the initiative encourages thinking about quitting and quit attempts

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@ForgetTobacco (Mar13, 2015): Disney bans smoking from their movies

@ForgetTobacco (Mar13, 2015): Disney bans smoking from their movies | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Disney has banned smoking from all future movies, including Marvel & Star Wars films! http://fb.me/4tttLIgEc

 

Disney has banned smoking in all of its forthcoming movies, unless characters being depicted were historically known for lighting up. The news broke at Disney’s annual shareholder meeting in San Francisco on Thursday, during which the studio also confirmed plans for Frozen 2 and revealed the title of its Star Wars spin-off project, Rogue One. Walt Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said he would “absolutely prohibit” smoking in all Disney films going forward, including those produced by the studio’s wholly owned comic-book-movie division, Marvel Studios, and Star Wars unit Lucasfilm. "I thought it was the right thing for us to do,” said Iger, who was responding to a query from an investor.

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@Crave_changeMN (Mar9, 2015): Hawaii considers raising age to buy tobacco to 21

@Crave_changeMN (Mar9, 2015): Hawaii considers raising age to buy tobacco to 21 | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

#Hawaii considers bill that would raise age to purchase #tobacco to 21 http://goo.gl/e0P6So

 

The state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 years. The bill would ban all sales of cigarettes, tobacco and electronic smoking devices to anyone under 21 years old. State health officials, the Honolulu Police Department, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific and the American Heart Association all support the bill.

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@DrBFreeman (Mar04, 2015): Ireland passes plain packaging bill for cigarettes

@DrBFreeman (Mar04, 2015): Ireland passes plain packaging bill for cigarettes | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

2004, Ireland was the first country to ban smoking in public places and now takes the silver medal for #plainpacks. http://bit.ly/1B5wbQI

 

Ireland has become the first country in Europe to ban branded cigarette packets. The Republic’s second chamber, the Seanad, passed the plain packaging law on Tuesday night, which also makes it illegal to sell cigarettes in lipstick-style containers designed for female smokers. The public health (standardised packaging of tobacco) bill 2014 requires the removal of all industry marketing from tobacco packaging. It has now passed all stages of the Republic’s parliament. Ireland’s minister for children and youth affairs, James Reilly, said: “Standardised packaging will strip away the illusions created by shiny, colourful cigarette packets and replace them with shocking images showing the real consequences of smoking.”

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@andy_rowell (Mar02, 2015): Tobacco industry accused of 'intimidation and interference' in Kenya

@andy_rowell (Mar02, 2015): Tobacco industry accused of 'intimidation and interference' in Kenya | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Big #Tobacco accused of "intimidation and interference" in Kenya and BAT of having "undue influence" over government: http://bit.ly/1BxJZ8C

 

Kenya’s efforts to try to introduce tobacco control legislation that regulates the marketing and sale of tobacco products is being fiercely resisted by BAT and other tobacco companies, which see Kenya as a key frontier for profit growth. Consequently legislation in the country has repeatedly been thwarted by the tobacco industry, of which BAT is the major player. Kenya’s Tobacco Control Act 2007 took more than 13 years to be passed, largely due to what has been labelled by the Kenya Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation as “intimidation” and “interference” from the tobacco industry. More recently, Kenyan policymakers have been trying to pass new regulations, which would strengthen the evidence-based framework established by the existing act. 

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@ID_RADARCenter (Feb25, 2015): Tobacco companies settle $100 million lawsuit

@ID_RADARCenter (Feb25, 2015): Tobacco companies settle $100 million lawsuit | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

 

Tobacco giants settle $100 million lawsuit http://cnb.cx/1BvaYDg

 

Three major U.S. tobacco companies—R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard and Altria Group's Philip Morris USA—will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking,according to an announcement from plaintiffs' lawyers on Wednesday. The agreement will cover more than 400 lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida by smokers or their families, according to court filings. The settlement will not cover cases that have already gone to trial, or thousands of lawsuits in state court.

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@WorldLungFdn (Feb24, 2015): 17% drop in smoking in Russia

@WorldLungFdn (Feb24, 2015): 17% drop in smoking in Russia | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

Wow. #Russia Health Ministry reporting 17% drop in number of smokers since 2013 #tobaccocontrol bill http://bit.ly/1w74vXh

 

The number of smokers in Russia has fallen by about 17 percent since the adoption of anti-smoking legislation in 2013, news agency Interfax reported Monday, citing the Health Ministry. In February 2013, President Vladimir Putin signed legislation that banned smoking in public places, required graphic warning labels on cigarette packs and prohibited advertising for tobacco products. The legislation has been in force since June 2013, but some of its provisions — including a ban on smoking in restaurants, hotels and trains — came into effect last summer. "The level of compliance with the [smoking] bans remains high, exceeding 90 percent," Health Ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai said in comments carried by Interfax.

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@SimonChapman6 (Feb18, 2015): JTI threatens Ireland with plain packaging lawsuit

@SimonChapman6 (Feb18, 2015): JTI threatens Ireland with plain packaging lawsuit | World #TobaccoControl Weekly | Scoop.it

JapanTobacco threatens Ireland with #plainpack suit.They got smashed in Australia's High Court 6-1. http://bit.ly/1MthvB9 #Fools&TheirMoney

 

One of the world’s largest tobacco firms has told the Government to immediately halt plain packaging legislation in the Dáil or face a High Court claim for damages. JTI Ireland, owner of the Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut brands, has told Ministers James Reilly and Leo Varadkar that it will take legal action if they fail to promise by Friday that no further steps will be taken to enact the draft law. The intervention by the company, whose Geneva- based parent the Japan Tobacco Group has a market capitalisation in excess of €55 billion, comes as the Dáil health subcommittee prepares for a debate today on measures to ban branded designs on tobacco packaging.

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