ASH Daily News 21 June 2017



  • London Fire Brigade issues cigarette warning after Barking house fire
  • Spain’s competition watchdog investigating tobacco companies
  • New York: Legislature passes bill to ban use of e-cigarettes indoors

 

London Fire Brigade issues cigarette warning after Barking house fire

Crews were called to Chelmer Crescent in the early hours of yesterday morning, where they rescued a man from the first floor of a terraced property.

A London Fire Brigade 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 don’t, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life.”

Smokers are also advised never to smoke in bed and take extra care when tired or have been drinking alcohol.

Source: Barking and Dagenham Post, 20 June 2017
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Spain’s competition watchdog investigating tobacco companies

Spain’s anti-trust watchdog is investigating tobacco companies for alleged non-competitive practices in the manufacturing, distribution and commercialisation of their products in the country, the Comisión Nacional de Mercados y Competencia (CNMC) said on Tuesday.

Philip Morris Spain, Altadis, JT International Iberia, British American Tobacco Espana and Compania de Distribucion Integral Logista were all being looked at as part of the investigation, the CNMC said.

The CNMC made surprise inspections of the companies’ offices in February and March. The investigation could take up to 18 months to be fully resolved, the CNMC said.

If the CNMC finds the companies have been colluding, it may levy fines of up to 10 percent of their revenues in the year proceeding the ruling.

Source: Reuters, 20 June 2017
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New York: Legislature passes bill to ban use of e-cigarettes indoors

The state Legislature has passed a bill that would add e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act, which would ban their use indoors at establishments such as bars and restaurants.

Should Governor Andrew Cuomo sign the bill, vaping would be banned in, among other areas, the workplace, on buses and subways, and in outdoor areas where smoking is otherwise banned, such as within 100 feet of a school.

Source: Timesunion, 20 June 2017
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