ASH Daily News 22 September 2017



UK

  • Construction workers suffering from mental health problems are turning to tobacco and alcohol
  • Footballer John Terry ‘disgusted’ after Gold Flake uses his photo on cigarette packaging
  • Gloucestershire: Counterfeit tobacco seized
  • Liverpool: Litter campaign targeting cigarette butts

International

  • USA: Dozens of alcohol-flavored tobacco products may lure teens
  • USA: Grants for smokefree university campuses

Link of the Week

  • Stoptober

UK
Construction workers suffering from mental health problems are turning to tobacco and alcohol

According to new data collected by Randstad, 34% of construction workers have experienced mental health issues in the last year, whilst almost a quarter of those surveyed said their mental health is making them consider a career change.

The report calls into focus the wider ramifications of mental illness, with 20% of workers turning to alcohol and cigarettes to self-medicate as opposed to seeking help. Such behaviour harms the physical health of workers and prevents improvements in their mental wellbeing.

See Also:
Randstad: Taking down the walls around mental health in construction

Source: Construction Industry News, 21 September 2017

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Footballer John Terry ‘disgusted’ after Gold Flake uses his photo on cigarette packaging

John Terry shared a photo of the cigarette pack this week on his Instagram, writing: “Disgusting from this company Gold Flake using my image on their cigarettes. I hate smoking!!!”

Terry first realised that he was being used by the company back in 2012. His representatives confirmed at the time they would be taking legal advice as Terry had not given permission for his image to be used. KS Dhatwalia, then additional secretary of the Directorate of Visual Publicity, said: “We sent the creative to the health ministry and they then cleared it and circulated it. But how Terry’s picture got to be used is not clear.”

Source: The Sun, 21 September 2017

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Gloucestershire: Counterfeit tobacco seized

Counterfeit tobacco worth an estimated £6,800 has been seized by Gloucestershire County Council’s trading standards team.

A total of 646 packets of cigarettes and 382 packs of 50g hand rolling tobacco were discovered.

Source: Punchline, 21 September 2017

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Liverpool: Litter campaign targeting cigarette butts

Almost 93% of the fines handed out by Liverpool’s litter squads were penalty tickets for dropping cigarette ends, as reported in a meeting at Liverpool Town Hall

Cabinet member for highways and city services, Cllr Steve Munby, said the litter squads would soon be widening their focus beyond targeting cigarette butts in the city centre to focusing on dog fouling in other areas of Liverpool.

Source: Echo, 22 September 2017

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International
USA: Dozens of alcohol-flavored tobacco products may lure teens

According to a new study, nearly 50 alcohol-flavored tobacco product lines are marketed by more than 400 tobacco brands in the United States and these products may especially attract teens, luring them into tobacco addiction.

So-called characterizing flavors in cigarettes, except for menthol, are banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and these restrictions should be extended to the many flavored tobaccos for cigars, cigarillos and hookahs, as well as e-cigarette liquids, the study authors suggest.

See also:
BMJ: Alcohol-flavoured tobacco products

Source: Reuters, 21 September 2017

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USA: Grants for smokefree university campuses

In its latest public health effort to curb smoking, the CVS Health Foundation is partnering with the American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative to provide grants to help US colleges and universities push for smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies.

This is part of a five year, $50 million initiative of the CVS Health Foundation launched in 2016 to create a tobacco-free generation.

Source: Click Lancashire, 21 September 2017

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Link of the Week
Stoptober

The National Health Service and Public Health England have launched this year’s Stoptober. To encourage people to quit smoking, they’re promoting the use of their free app, daily emails, and face-to-face experts, among other resources.

Source: NHS

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