ASH Daily News 18 April 2017



  • China: Smoking to cause 200 million deaths this century in China, according to new WHO/UNDP report
  • Nottinghamshire: Scale of county’s illicit cigarette trade uncovered
  • Scotland: Recent ban on smoking in cars with children receives backing from majority of Scottish smokers
  • Council’s plan to ban smoking in beer gardens reportedly blocked
  • West Sussex: Prevalence of house fires caused by smoking revealed

China: Smoking to cause 200 million deaths this century in China, according to new WHO/UNDP report

Smoking-related diseases are on track to claim more than 200 million lives in China this century, a new joint WHO/UNDP report warns.

The Bill China Cannot Afford: Health Economic and Social Costs of China’s Tobacco Epidemic is a groundbreaking report co-authored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report explores the current health, social and economic costs of tobacco on China’s development, and outlines the tobacco control measures that could avert many millions of deaths.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of tobacco, and a staggering 44% of the world’s cigarettes are smoked in China. Over one million lives a year are lost in this country from tobacco-related diseases.

 
Source: WHO, 14th April 2017
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Nottinghamshire: Scale of county’s illicit cigarette trade uncovered

A major sting on shops selling illegal cigarettes has led to nearly 72,000 packets being seized from Nottinghamshire’s streets in the past year – with an estimated retail value of nearly £700,000.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, trading standards officers from Nottingham City Council seized 21,828 illegal cigarette packets – with a retail value of £164,611.40. They also seized 3,971 rolling tobacco pouches worth £71,478. Across the rest of the county, Nottinghamshire County Council seized 41,916 packets (£377,244) and 4,230 pouches (£76,030) in 2016/2017. The last quarter of the year is not included in these figures, so the final total for the year is expected to be higher.

Nicola Schofield, from Nottinghamshire County Council’s trading standards team, said: “We set up a task force to combat the problem of counterfeit and untaxed cigarettes in the county in May 2014 and so far have seized over £800,000 worth of illicit tobacco. This is a priority as cheap illicit cigarettes conflict with the Government’s national strategy to encourage people to give up smoking by keeping the price of tobacco high.”

 
Source: Nottingham Post, 17th April 2017
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Scotland: Recent ban on smoking in cars with children receives backing from majority of Scottish smokers

THE recent ban on smoking in cars with children has received backing from the majority of Scottish smokers, a poll suggests.

Anti-smoking charity, Action on Smoking Health (ASH) Scotland, said that the YouGov survey showed recent legislation and initiatives around smoking and public health were proving “popular” with smokers and non-smokers alike. It found 91 per cent of smokers supported the ban on smoking in cars with children present.

Sheila Duffy, chief executive of ASH Scotland, said: “When asked about specific government actions to tackle smoking, both smokers and non-smokers tend to indicate support. This should encourage politicians that action to reduce the harm and inequality caused by smoking isn’t just effective, it is popular too.”

 
Source: Herald Scotland, 15th April 2017
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Council’s plan to ban smoking in beer gardens reportedly blocked

A strategy drawn up by Labour-run Haringey Council suggested “extending smoke-free areas” in the area to protect public health.

The strategy became public today after being leaked by Conservative central office in a PR war ahead of the local elections on May 4.

The Conservatives also leaked a second, wider draft document which supports giving other councils the option to take the same move – though it does not say they should. The second document is apparently endorsed by London mayor Sadiq Khan, all London councils and all NHS clinical commissioning groups in the capital.

A spokeswoman for the London mayor said: “The mayor, along with London boroughs, is making the case for London to have greater control over the services that will help improve life and health in the city. There is currently no signed and agreed deal on health devolution, and any decision on extending smoke-free areas would be for individual local authorities to take.”

 
Source: The Mirror, 14th April 2017
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West Sussex: Efforts to reduce risk of smoking related house fires as local statistics revealed

This April, West Sussex firefighters are focusing on raising awareness of the dangers of smoking at home, urging anyone who smokes to take extra care to avoid a potential fire.

Fires started by smoking materials, such as cigarettes, lighters and e-cigarettes, are still the most dangerous nationally – causing more deaths than any other type of fire in the home – and reducing the number of smoking related fires is a key priority for WSFRS [West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service].

In 2016, firefighters attended 30 home fires caused by smoking materials in West Sussex, with the majority (43%) of these starting in the living room or bedroom. Falling asleep or becoming distracted was noted as a factor leading to the fire in 27% of these incidents.

 
Source: West Sussex County Council, 17th April 2017
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