ASH Daily News 19 April 2018



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UK

  • Thurrock: 29,000 counterfeit and illegally imported cigarettes seized
  • New plea to protect West Norfolk youth footballers from smoke risks
  • Smokers caught by Bristol ‘litter police’ told to pay £4,000 for dropping cigarettes

International

  • Japanese workers banned from lifts for 45-minute ‘decontamination period’ after smoking

UK
Thurrock: 29,000 counterfeit and illegally imported cigarettes seized

A two-day operation saw Trading Standards officers, aided by sniffer dogs, seize the cigarettes from 16 shops across Grays, Little Thurrock and Tilbury. In many instances, the cigarettes had been hidden away in secret compartments in ceilings and walls. Search teams were accompanied by specially-trained dogs during the operation.

A spokesperson for Thurrock Council said: “The sale of both counterfeit and non-duty paid tobacco generate significant income for organised criminal gangs. This in turn helps to fund other criminal activities.”

Source: Thurrock Gazette, 18 April 2018

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New plea to protect West Norfolk youth footballers from smoke risks

Youth football leaders in West Norfolk are being urged to join the campaign for ‘Smokefree Sidelines’ on the borough’s pitches. Officials say around 30 junior clubs across the county have backed the campaign since it was launched last autumn.

Healthy Norwich, together with the Norfolk County Football Association, are promoting the campaign to encourage parents and guardians not to smoke anywhere around the places where their children play football.

Club chairman Phil Riedlinger said: “We believe that we have the responsibility and ability to influence all of our young members’ lives. . . Smokefree Sidelines has been a wonderful opportunity to get our players and their parents to think about a key health issue and modify behaviours.”

Source: Lynn News, 18 April 2018

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Smokers caught by Bristol ‘litter police’ told to pay £4,000 for dropping cigarettes

Bristol magistrates have issued three-figure fines to six people caught dropping butts in the city between November 9 and 10 last year. The defendants have been told to pay nearly £700 each after they failed to pay the initial fine of £100.

All six of the defendants were caught by Bristol City Council’s civil enforcement team, who were officially deployed on November 8.

None of the accused were in court when their cases were heard on Wednesday, April 18, which are believed to be the first of their type involving the ‘litter police’ in Bristol.

Source: Bristol Post, 18 April 2018

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International
Japanese workers banned from lifts for 45-minute ‘decontamination period’ after smoking

A local council in central Japan has ordered smokers to complete a 45-minute “decontamination period” between stubbing out their last cigarette and using lifts in the city hall.

Staff at the administrative offices of the city of Ikoma, in Nara Prefecture, are being told to either take the stairs after a cigarette break or to wait for three quarters of an hour before using an elevator in the five-storey building. The new regulation was introduced because “exhaled air from smokers could cause passive smoking and the impact is especially serious in closed spaces”, the local government said.

Source: The Telegraph, 19 April 2018

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