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Tma briefing 1: july 2002
Tobacco Advertising and
The TMA believes that it will not achieve the
Promotion Bill further delayed
health objectives set out by the Government
based on experience across the world.
Advertising and Promotion Bill has been delayed
The Bill was originally introduced into the House
for a further three months, following the
of Lords as a Private Members’ Bill by Lord
detailed opinion submitted to the Commission
Clement-Jones in July 2001. The Government
adopted the Bill in the House of Commons in
Association, as the representative
March 2002 but restricted the time available for
body for UK tobacco manufacturers,
An initial standstill period of three months was
its consideration. As a result the Committee
stage closed with only half of the Bill having
Directive, following notification of the Bill by the
UK Government to the Commission at the end
Tobacco Products Directive
standstill applies as a result of the German
Since joining the TMA in January this
Government submitting a detailed opinion on
the Bill, which it believes could interfere with
The proposed Regulations to give effect to the
many people wish to be informed of
the free movement of goods and services in the
Tobacco Products Directive were published on 2
internal market and distort competition. The
changes affecting the industr y, even
July 2002. They were originally promised much
standstill period will apply up to 1 October
earlier this year by the Department of Health.
if they do not necessarily share the
2002. The Commons will be in recess between
The Directive is the subject of a challenge by
referred to the European Court of Justice for a
The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill is
preliminary ruling by the UK Court. The oral
waiting to receive its Report and Third reading
topical issues. I hope you will find it
hearing before the European Court also took
in the House of Commons. The Bill’s purpose is
place on 2 July 2002. The Advocate-General
a useful source of information and
informed the Court that his opinion on the
including advertising, sponsorship and direct
questions raised on the validity of the Directive
Update on the Tobacco Advertising Directive
Amendments to the proposed Directive, which bans cross-border tobacco advertising and
sponsorship in the EU, had to be with the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee by 28 June
2002. The Committee is expected to consider these amendments in September/October. The next
Health Council at which a common position can be discussed is 7 November 2002.
Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
As drafted the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control requires
ratification by Member States and the EU in 2003. The fourth round of negotiations ran from 13-18
March 2002 and discussed duty free sales, smuggling, agricultural subsidies, advertising and
promotion, and environmental tobacco smoke. The next negotiating meeting is scheduled for 14 to
Scotland - Gibson Bill update
Kenneth Gibson MSP’s Bill banning smoking at premises where food is made or consumed, is
expected to be introduced into the Scottish Parliament in September 2002.
Czech Tobacco Bill
New Commission Proposal on
Parliament Recess Dates:
tobacco bill that would ban advertising of
The Commission has published a proposal for a
tobacco products outside tobacco shops. The
Senate said the measure was too broad and
instead wants regulations to protect children
Recommendation, amongst other things, deals
and youth. It also wants to allow tobacco firms
with the prohibition of sales to children and
to sponsor cultural, social and sports activities
and events for people over 18 years old.
machines, and cigarette pack sizes. A Council
Recommendation does not have the force of
Smokers offered drug treatment
on the NHS
Anti-smoking drug treatments have been given
the National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s
The UK Government is supporting a proposal
that rolling papers should be included in the
replacement therapies, including Zyban, will be
draft Directive on Tobacco Advertising and
Sponsorship. The Department of Health has
asked for comments on its consultation paper
New Chief Executive appointed
Tim Lord was appointed in March 2002 to take over from David Swan as Chief Executive of the
TMA. David had been in the post for 10 years and has now retired. Tim comes from British
American Tobacco where he was Head of Marketing Development.
Website under review
The TMA is to update its website to make it more easily accessible to journalists and researchers.
The new site will be available in August 2002.
The European Tobacco Industry - Facts and Figures 2000.
CECCM, April 2002.
55 TUFTON STREET
Figures for production of tobacco products, employment, consumption, number of smokers, value of
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domestic sales, excise and balance of trade for EU Member States for 2000.
Statism by Stealth.
Martin McElwee and Andrew Tyrie MP. Centre for Policy Studies, March 2002.
The authors state that smoking has been a particular target of new Labour and the Government
does not have any regard for individual freedoms.
Feeling better – Lifestyle management for chronic mental disorders In this module we have learned about three risk factors associated with poor physical health: overweight, lack of physical activity and smoking. All three factors are more common in patients with chronic mental disorders than in the general population and may be associated with a tangible reduction of life expectancy.
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