ASH Daily News 14 August 2017



UK

  • London Fire Brigade warn smokers after cigarette starts Forest Gate house fire
  • Lancashire: Man who sold counterfeit cigarettes in Burnley fined
  • Scotland: Trading Standards advise retailers to meet registration deadline
  • Scotland: Smokers to face steep fines if caught lighting up within 15 meters of Scots NHS hospitals

International

  • Greece: Concern over cigarette butts littering beaches

 

UK

London Fire Brigade warn smokers after cigarette starts Forest Gate house fire

Firefighters have issued a warning to smokers after a discarded cigarette is believed to have sparked a house fire. London Fire Brigade (LFB) fire investigators believe the most likely cause of the fire was a discarded cigarette.

An LFB spokesman said: “If you’re a smoker it’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it. If you do not, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life.”

The brigade also advised smokers to never smoke in bed, ensure cigarettes are disposed of safely and to only smoke outdoors if possible.

Source: East London and West Essex Guardian, 11 August 2017
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Lancashire: Man who sold counterfeit cigarettes in Burnley fined

A man who sold counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco without health warnings on has been fined.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of supplying a tobacco product which did not display a combined health warning and two counts of selling goods bearing packaging which bore a sign likely to be mistaken for a registered trade mark. He was fined £120, with £370 in costs and a £30 surcharge.

Source: This is Lancashire, 11 August 2017
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Scotland: Trading Standards advise retailers to meet registration deadline

The deadline for retailers of e-cigarettes and nicotine vapour products to register their business is just weeks away.

Moray Council’s Trading Standards team is advising all businesses within Moray which sell these products that they need to complete their registration before 1 October, to comply with legislation introduced earlier this year.

Retailers already registered to sell tobacco, and which also sell nicotine vapour products (NVPs) should change their registration to include NVPs, if they haven’t already.

Source: My News Desk, 13 August 2017
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Scotland: Smokers to face steep fines if caught lighting up within 15 meters of Scots NHS hospitals

Current regulations banning cigarettes inside premises will be extended to include the strip around buildings and make smoking a crime, not just a breach of NHS rules.

Sheila Duffy of ASH Scotland and Simon Clark of the tobacco industry funded group Forest discuss the issue in more detail.

Source: The Scottish Sun, 12 August 2017
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International

Greece: Concern over cigarette butts littering beaches

The large number of cigarette butts on Greek beaches and streets is causing grave concern among people who want to protect the environment and their health.

Smoking in public is banned in Greece, and the No Smoking law has been in place for seven years. However, nearly 22 billion cigarettes butts, totaling 3,500 tonnes, have been dropped by smokers in Greece, half of them on the beaches along the country’s coastline, according to the Greek Cancer Society (GCS).

Source: Yahoo News, 13 August 2017
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