ASH Daily News 10 August 2017



UK

  • Rochdale Borough Council introducing smokefree homes pledge scheme
  • Two Ipswich men sentenced for illegal tobacco offences

International

  • USA: Oregon becomes fifth state to raise smoking age to 21
  • Australia: Border Force officer arrested over alleged drug and tobacco syndicate

 

UK

Rochdale Borough Council introducing smoke-free homes pledge scheme

Secondhand smoke has been linked to around 165,000 new cases of disease among children in the UK each year – that’s why Rochdale Borough Council is encouraging parents to protect their children from the harm of secondhand smoke by making their homes smoke-free.

The council’s smokefree homes pledge scheme helps residents make the commitment to ban smoking and make their home a healthier place to live for themselves and their families.

Residents can make a silver pledge to only allow smoking in one well-ventilated room in the house or go for a gold pledge to make the house totally smoke free at all times

Source: Rochdale Online, 9 August 2017
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Two Ipswich men sentenced for illegal tobacco offences

Two men from Ipswich have been sentenced on 8 August 2017 for offences relating to the sales and storage of illegal tobacco.

Samples of the seized tobacco were sent to the relevant trade mark holders and were also tested for safety measures. A total of 6,680 cigarettes were found to be counterfeit and infringing the trademarks Regal, Richmond, Winston and Marlboro while 2,880 cigarettes failed to have any self-extinguishing protection built into them.

Source: Suffolk County Council, 9 August 2017
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International

USA: Oregon becomes fifth state to raise smoking age to 21

Oregon has raised its smoking age to 21, lending more momentum to a national movement that has now registered wins in five states.

Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation bumping the age at which people can buy both traditional tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21. It marks the latest victory for public health advocates who have already seen the smoking age boosted to 21 in California and in Hawaii, overriding the objections of the tobacco industry. New Jersey and Maine both approved legislation earlier this year bumping the age to 21.

Source: Independent, 9 August 2017
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Australia: Border Force officer arrested over alleged drug and tobacco syndicate

An Australian Border Force officer has been arrested over an alleged international drug and tobacco ring operating between Sydney and Dubai. The serving officer was arrested alongside a former Customs and Border Protection Service officer.

The pair are two of a group of eight people arrested in Sydney and one in Dubai over their involvement in an alleged conspiracy to illegally import drugs and tobacco into Australia.

On Tuesday, 17 people were arrested across three countries, allegedly preventing about two tonnes of illicit drugs reaching Australia.

Source: Guardian, 10 August 2017
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