Nigel Adams

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Nigel Adams was elected Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Selby and Ainsty in 2010.

Relationship with the Tobacco Industry

In May 2013, Adams accepted two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show from Japan Tobacco International (JTI) valued at approximately £1,050 plus VAT.[1]

The year before, Adams had also accepted tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show from the tobacco company, then at a value of £1.188.[1]

Adam’s actions breached the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), to which the UK Government is a signatory. The Framework states that parties should “interact with the tobacco industry only when and to the extent strictly necessary to enable them to effectively regulate the tobacco industry and tobacco products”.[2]

A May 2015 article in The Telegraph, reported that MPs had received a total of £60,000 in tobacco industry hospitality from 2010 to 2015, which JTI defended as “a democratic [and] transparent way of balancing the debate about tobacco”.[3] See also Tobacco Industry Hospitality for UK Politicians.

Voted Against Plain Packaging but Supported A Smoking Ban in Cars

In March 2015, the UK Parliament voted in favour of introducing tobacco plain packaging, which required tobacco to be sold from May 2017 in standardised green packaging bearing graphic warnings of the dangers, and brand name restricted to a standard size, font and colour.[4]

Adams was one of the 113 MPs who voted against the proposed tobacco control measure.[5]

In 2014, Adams supported a smoking ban in cars when children are present.[6]

TobaccoTactics Resources

Relevant Link

Profile of Nigel Adams on TheyWorkForYou website.

TCRG Research

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 House of Commons Publications, Register of Members' Financial Interests – 8 July 2013 report, 8 July 2013, accessed November 2017
  2. Guidelines for implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, 2008, accessed November 2017
  3. S. Knapton, MPs took tobacco firms’ gifts before packaging vote, The Telegraph, 21 May 2015, accessed November 2017
  4. Press Association, Stricter cigarette packaging rules come into force in UK, The Guardian, 19 May 2017, accessed October 2017
  5. Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015- 11 Mar 2015 at 17:53, The Public Whip, undated, accessed November 2017
  6. Children and Families Bill- Offence of Smoking in a Private Vehicle When A Person Under 18 is Present – 10 Feb 2014 at 19:15, undated, accessed November 2017