ASH Daily News 16 April 2018



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UK

  • Children are still exposed to a substantial level of on-screen smoking
  • Two Doncaster shops lose licences after being caught selling illegal cigarettes

International

  • Indonesia: Cigarettes make up 13.7% of the household budgets of farmers
  • USA: E-cigarette brand’s 2.6 million power units being recalled

 

UK

Children are still exposed to a substantial level of on-screen smoking

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies have said children in the UK are still exposed to significant amounts of on-screen smoking. This year, 86% of Oscar-nominated films contained someone smoking, up from 60% four years ago, the groups told the Commons science and technology select committee. Just over half of the nominated actors depicted smokers, the highest level in several years.

They also cited research that showed cigarettes appeared in Love Island every five minutes on average, with the Lucky Strike brand appearing 16 times. Last summer’s series left 47m “gross impressions” of smoking on children under 16.

The campaigners want the communications regulator, Ofcom, and the British Board of Film Classification to monitor youth exposure to depictions of tobacco use on screen, to discourage any depictions of tobacco use and require broadcasters or cinemas to run anti-smoking adverts during presentations that feature smoking.

The submission to MPs includes figures from Cancer Research UK, showing that between 2014 and 2016 about 127,000 children a year started smoking for the first time. That research shows more than 60% of those who try smoking become regular smokers.

“The introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products, backed up the complete ban on advertising, leaves smoking in the entertainment media as the main way smoking is promoted to children,” said George Butterworth, a senior policy manager at Cancer Research UK.

Source: The Guardian, 15 April 2018

The ASH and UKCTAS submission to the Select Committee on Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into the Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health can be found here

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Two Doncaster shops lose licences after being caught selling illegal cigarettes

The licences were revoked following a clampdown by Doncaster Council’s Trading Standards department.

Councillor Chris McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Communities, Voluntary Sector and the Environment, said: “This serves as a further example that we take the health and safety of Doncaster residents extremely seriously. . . Counterfeit cigarettes are directly linked to a notable proportion of the 3,000 house fires that occur annually in this country. They pose a major risk as they are not generally compliant with the safety standards designed to ensure that cigarettes self-extinguish if left to burn”

Source: Doncaster Free Press, 13 April 2018

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International

Indonesia: Cigarettes make up 13.7% of the household budgets of farmers

New research finds that nearly 8 in 10 Indonesian farmers smoke and that the habit is costing them a large proportion of their wages. A survey was conducted from August to October 2017 in the Garut District of West Java Province, Indonesia. Using stratified random sampling, 180 farmers were chosen as respondents. Of these, approximately 78 percent were found to consume cigarettes. It was found that cigarettes take up a staggering 13.7 percent of total household budgets.

No relationship between the smoking habits and length of formal education of farmers was found. Smoking behaviour was distributed evenly between less educated and better educated respondents. The high proportion of income spent on smoking makes it difficult for farmers to accumulate the assets needed for investments to improve household income.

The prevalence of smoking among Indonesian male adults has risen from 27 percent in 1995 to 36.3 percent in 2013, despite an increase in taxes on cigarettes.

Source: Asian Correspondent, 16 April 2018

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USA: E-cigarette brand’s 2.6 million power units being recalled

A big cigarette name is recalling the power units used for about 2.6 million electronic cigarettes. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. has issued a nationwide safety recall of all Vuse Vibe power units after consumer reports that batteries malfunctioned and caused the units to overheat and create a fire risk. No injuries have been reported.

R.J. Reynolds Vapor markets the Vuse brand of e-cigarettes. The subsidiary of British American Tobacco said owners should stop using the product or charging the power unit and contact the company to receive a refund.

Source: Associated Press, 15 April 2018

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