ASH Daily News 13 February 2018



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  • Campaign for a Smokefree Sheffield launched
  • London: New data shows success of Bexley quit attempts
  • West Yorkshire: Councillors considering ban on vaping in taxis
  • Portsmouth: Council and national crime unit launch joint roadshow to highlight dangers of illicit tobacco

International

USA: Democratic Party retreat hosted lobbyists with links to the tobacco industry
Ireland: 46,000 illicit cigarettes seized at Dublin Airport

 

UK

Campaign for a Smokefree Sheffield launched

A new campaign has been launched to reduce tobacco use in Sheffield. Smokefree Sheffield brings the city’s tobacco control board and local services under one umbrella.

The campaign has launched a new website where smokers, non-smokers and those trying to quit can all find useful information about support to quit and how to combat illicit tobacco in Sheffield’s communities.

Smokefree Sheffield’s three-year plan also includes campaigns aimed at tackling public perceptions of the use of e-cigarettes. Sheffield City Council are advising smokers to switch to vaping, as it provides a safer alternative and is an effective cessation aid.

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are determined to reduce the harm caused by smoking in Sheffield. Children become hooked on cigarettes from a young age and develop lifelong habits. Our goal is to ensure this is a thing of the past”.

See also:
Smokefree Sheffield website

Source: Sheffield Newsroom, 9 February 2018
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London: New data shows success of Bexley quit attempts

From April to September 2017, 537 people in Bexley signed up with the NHS Stop Smoking Service and set a date to quit.

At follow-up meetings four weeks later, 296 people said that they had given up, according to data from NHS England. That amounts to a figure of 55%, which is above the average rate for England of 49% during the period.

The success rate is based on self-reported results of people who said that they had quit; 50% of those who started the process had their result validated though carbon monoxide tests.

Source: Local London, 12 February 2018
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West Yorkshire: Councillors considering ban on vaping in taxis

Calderdale Council is considering measures to ban vaping in taxis.

The council is considering whether to extend the existing smoking ban that covers taxis and private hire vehicles to include vaping as well.

If Calderdale passes the motion at a public meeting on Monday 19 February, it would follow the precedent already set by Bradford.

Source: The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 12 February 2018
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Portsmouth: Council and national crime unit launch joint roadshow to highlight dangers of illicit tobacco

The Portsmouth county council has joined together with a national crime unit to inform the public about the dangers of illicit tobacco.

The roadshow displayed the extent of the problem and the measures that the crime unit take to combat it.

It is hoped that the roadshow will inform the public and also encourage them to provide information that will help combat the trade.

Source: The Portsmouth News, 12 February 2018
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International

USA: Democratic Party retreat hosted lobbyists with links to the tobacco industry

A leaked agenda has shown that Democratic Party legislators hosted a two-day policy conference in August 2017 which was attended by representatives from the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries, as well as lobbyists with links to the tobacco industry.

Amongst other corporate, trade and union interest discussions, there was a panel titled “Nicotine Without Smoke: How to Reduce the Harm of Smoking,” featuring Dr Saul Shiffman, a University of Pittsburgh professor and advisor to Pinney Associates, a pharmaceutical consulting firm that works with tobacco firm Reynolds American.

The company, which also produces e-cigarettes and is currently lobbying Congress for ‘harm reduction’ approaches to tobacco regulation, sent four lobbyists to the conference, according to the leaked agenda for the event, which was closed to the press.

Source: Huffington Post, 12 February 2018
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Ireland: 46,000 illicit cigarettes seized at Dublin Airport

Three separate operations over the weekend of 9 February saw 46,000 illicit cigarettes seized at Dublin Airport.

The cigarettes were seized in an operation using detection dogs and were estimated to have a retail value of €26,600.

Source: Independent.ie, 12 February 2018
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