ASH Daily News 18 September 2017



UK

  • Shouldham Youth Football Club joins campaign to show red card to smoking on the sidelines
  • Southampton City Council launches Illegal Tobacco scheme to curb crime rates
  • Northern Ireland: 50% rise in lung cancer cases among women

International

  • Israeli army announces smokefree policies

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Questions

 

UK
Shouldham Youth Football Club joins campaign to show red card to smoking on the sidelines

Shouldham Youth Football Club is the latest to join the #SmokefreeSidelines initiative, which encourages spectators to refrain from smoking pitchside and near playing areas, where children and young people can see it.

The campaign was launched in July at Norfolk FA’s largest tournament by NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Smokefree Norfolk and Norfolk FA, and support from Norfolk district councils.

In the last two months 12 clubs have signed up to become a ‘champion’ of the smokefree scheme for their district.

Source: Thetford and Brandon Times, 18 September 2017

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Southampton City Council launches Illegal Tobacco scheme to curb crime rates

A new scheme is being launched to highlight the dangers and consequences of illegal tobacco through videos, social media campaigns and teaching in schools across the city.

The councils commissioned the campaign to make young people aware of the dangers of smoking illegal tobacco and encourage them to report any incidents to the police and trading standards.

Source: Southern Daily Echo, 18 September 2017

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Northern Ireland: 50% rise in lung cancer cases among women

There has been a 50% increase in lung cancer cases among women in last decade in Northern Ireland, according to a new report from the Queen’s University. Research revealed a 37% increase in the number of lung cancer cases diagnosed since 2006. The increase in cases of lung cancer in women was more than four times higher than the increase in men over the last 10 years.

Source: 4NI, 15 September 2017

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International
Israeli army announces smokefree policies

The military announced Sunday that on 65 bases across the country will stop selling cigarettes and prohibit smoking in public, creating designated smoking areas instead. The army’s Kiriya headquarters in Tel Aviv are among those where smoking will be strictly prohibited.

The military also will launch a campaign to raise awareness of the damage caused by smoking, and smoking cessation groups will be opened and led by the Israel Defence Forces Medical Corps. Soldiers who enter the army already hooked on smoking will be identified and followed up with during their time in the military.

Source: Jewish News, 17 September 2017

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Parliamentary Activity
Parliamentary Questions

PQ: Tobacco: Smuggling
Bob Blackman, Conservatives, Harrow East
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to implement the requirement in the Illicit Trade Protocol to license tobacco manufacturing machinery.

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Government plans to ratify the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Andrew Jones, Conservatives, Harrogate and Knaresborough
A Command Paper setting out the UK’s plans to ratify the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products will be laid before Parliament once legislation to implement the Protocol has been approved by Parliament.

While the UK already has many of the Protocol’s requirements in place, the requirement to license tobacco manufacturing machinery has not yet been implemented. Legislation to accomplish this is currently before Parliament in the Finance Bill.

Source: Hansard, HC Deb, 15 September 2017, cW

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