Members of the Scottish parliament have been told that electronic cigarettes offer a ‘huge potential public health prize’, according to a Press Association story.
And they have been urged to be cautious in regulating the sale of these products so that the potential benefits to smokers are maximized while the potential harm is minimized.
The government is consulting on whether to ban electronic sales to under-18s, make it illegal for an adult to buy electronic cigarettes for someone under age, restrict advertising of these products and introduce other regulatory changes.
Speaking to the parliament’s Health Committee, John Britton, director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, said electronic cigarettes offered a huge potential benefit to public health by helping smokers to shift to an alternative source of nicotine.
“If all smokers in Britain were to do that we would be talking of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of premature deaths avoided,” he said.
When legislating to control the inevitable abuses of the market that would come with electronic cigarettes and the inherent risks posed by these products, about which little was known, it was important to manage those risks, he added, but not in a way that eliminated the benefits in the process.
There was a huge potential public health prize in these products.
The full story is at: http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/scotland/electronic-cigarettes-discussed-1.689554.
Lack of parental care and supervision, bad company and easy access to cash are some of the factors responsible for the rising number of smokers among Qatar’s school students, according to a story in The Peninsula quoting an Al Raya report.
A recent survey is said to have shown that 15.7 percent of preparatory- and secondary-school students smoke.
A former supervisor of religious studies at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Rashid Al Oda Al Fadli, was said to have told Al Raya that bad company was mainly to blame for students’ addiction to tobacco.
“I would say that a student’s easy access to money and lack of parental supervision could also make him vulnerable to the vice,” he said.
Other factors included the smoking habits and attitudes of the drivers who ferried students to and from school, the willingness of shops to break the rules and sell cigarettes to those less than 18 years of age, and the influence exerted on students by fathers and teachers who smoked.
Meanwhile, Dr Abdul Nasser Saleh, Associate Professor of Social Work, Qatar University, told Al Raya that students could be influenced by television programs, particularly films and serials.
The Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) has introduced the new BATLeaf system and, in doing so, has become the first end-market in the British American Tobacco Group to adopt it, according to a story in The Island.
BATLeaf is a system used to oversee on a daily basis operations relating to farming, such as the management of farmers, loans, materials and supplies, purchasing and payments, leaf inventories and packing materials.
The new system will reportedly enable CTC to operate at maximum efficiency by substantially reducing costs. “CTC prides itself in being an innovative company,” said CTC’s supply chain head, Shah Mansoor Khalil, in commenting on being the first end-market to introduce the system.
“We are always looking at ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our processes in order to provide maximum benefits to stakeholders.
“The new system offers user friendliness, modern technology enabling maximum reliability, improved performance, security and robustness.”
Kingsley Wheaton, the British American Tobacco Group’s corporate and regulatory affairs director is due to become managing director, next generation products, with effect from January 1.
A note posted on BAT’s website said this new role would include leadership of ‘tobacco heating products’, which would be managed alongside the company’s emerging nicotine businesses. Wheaton has been with the company for 18 years and a member of the Management Board since 2012.
Meanwhile, Des Naughton, managing director of Nicoventures, is to leave BAT on February 28 to focus on new business opportunities.
Wheaton will be succeeded in his corporate and regulatory affairs role by Jerome (Jerry) Abelman, who is currently assistant general counsel, corporate and commercial, also with effect from January 1. Abelman has been with the BAT Group for 12 years.
The website note reported also that Neil Withington, group legal director and general counsel, was due to retire from the Management Board and leave the Group, as of April 30.
Following Withington’s departure from the business, the group’s legal and corporate and regulatory affairs functions would be integrated under Abelman’s leadership, the note said.
After more than two days of deliberations, a jury has awarded Diane Schleider $21 million in her Engle progeny wrongful death suit against tobacco manufacturer R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, according to a Courtroom View Network (CVN) story.
In giving its verdict, which rejected a claim for punitive damages, the jury apportioned 70 percent of the responsibility for Andrew Schleider’s death from lung cancer to Reynolds and 30 percent to Andrew Schleider.
Andrew Schleider, a smoker of Reynolds-brand cigarettes for decades, died of cancer in 1997, leading Dianne to sue Reynolds, claiming the company’s concealment of smoking’s dangers led to her husband’s nicotine addiction and ultimately caused his cancer.
The CVN story explained that Engle progeny cases arise from a 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision decertifying Engle v. Liggett Group Inc., a class action suit originally filed in 1994.
‘Although the state’s supreme court ruled Engle cases must be tried individually, it found qualifying Engle progeny plaintiffs could rely on certain jury findings in the original case, including that tobacco companies sold a dangerous, addictive product,’ CVN said.
‘However, to qualify for the Engle findings, plaintiffs must establish that they are members of the class, which includes proving manifestation of a smoking-related disease by November 21, 1996.’
A United Arab Emirates company plans to build a cigarette factory in Morocco in partnership with local investors, according to an Emirates 24/7 story quoting the ‘Hespress’ Arabic language daily.
The Dubai-based Al Rashideen trading company was said to have set up a joint venture with Moroccan investors under the name of the UAE-Moroccan Manufacturing and Distribution Company.
The plan was to take advantage of the high level of domestic consumption.
The newspaper reported that the new venture had obtained permission from the Moroccan industry ministry to set up the factory at Tangier.
‘The factory will be built on an area of six hectares (60,000 square metres) near the port in Tangiers,’ the report said.
It said the ministry’s licence allowed the new venture to set up storage units in more than 20 Moroccan cities and nearly 38,000 sale points for its products.