ASH Daily News 25 July 2018



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UK

  • London: Bexley council surveys residents on smoking opinions
  • London Fire Brigade issues grass fire warning to smokers

International

  • US: Massachusetts opens probe to find out if e-cigarette leader Juul Labs markets to minors
  • China: Lax enforcement keep train smokers puffing along
  • Holland: Kempen becomes latest to extinguish tobacco investments

 

UK

London: Bexley council surveys residents on smoking opinions

A survey carried out by Bexley Council, asking residents about their opinions on smoking, has found overwhelming support for extending the ban on smoking in public places.

80% of people who responded want to see smoking banned outside of schools, while 67% want it banned from the town centre.

Cllr Alex Sawyer, cabinet member for communities at the council, said: “When we began to provide free stop smoking services in 2002, 28% of all Bexley residents were smokers. Today this figure has shrunk to just 12.5%. There’s always more we can do, and the data from this consultation will help ensure our service continues to meet the needs of our residents and supports even more people in Bexley to quit for good.”

Source: News Shopper, 25 July 2018
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London Fire Brigade issues grass fire warning to smokers

The London Fire Brigade has issued an urgent safety warning following a series of grass fires across the capital.

The ongoing heatwave has left much of the UK’s grassland vulnerable to fires caused by common objects such as cigarettes and barbeques. A recent Wanstead blaze was the largest grass fire in UK history and engulfed over 100 hectares of grass, equivalent to around 100 football pitches.

Dany Cotton, London Fire Commissioner, has urged people to dispose of cigarettes and other flammable items safely: “The ground is extremely dry at the moment and grassland and parks will act like a tinderbox when exposed to even the smallest of sparks. We are calling on the public to take steps to prevent grass fires: don’t drop cigarettes or matches on dry ground or out of car windows.”

Source: Parikiaki, 25 July 2018
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International

US: Massachusetts opens probe to find out if e-cigarette leader Juul Labs markets to minors

Juul Labs e-cigarette manufacturer is being investigated by the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, for failing to prevent minors from buying its products.

Juul has an unrivalled position in the US e-cigarette market, holding a market share of 71%, but public health officials have raised concerns over the company’s marketing strategies and the role e-cigarette flavours play in attracting young people to certain products.

The Massachusetts investigation wants to know how many minors use Juul products and how effective the company’s age verification system is.

Source: Yahoo Finance, 24 July 2018
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China: Lax enforcement keeps train smokers puffing along

New research has found poor levels of compliance with anti-smoking regulations on Chinese railways. Tobacco control policies applying to almost 90% of Chinese railways require that station waiting areas, platforms and train cars be smokefree.

However, health officials from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention have found that smoking on trains is a regular occurrence, particularly on slower trains which carry over one billion passengers a year. Recently, a Beijing court ruled in favour of a passenger who sued Harbin Railway Bureau for having smoking areas on a slow train.

Wang Qingbin, a professor at China University of Political Science and Law, stated that: “the current slack regulation fails to meet our expectations, and harsher enforcement is needed in the push for smoke-free environments.”

Source: China Daily, 25 July 2018
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Holland: Kempen becomes latest to extinguish tobacco investments

The Dutch asset management firm, Kempen Capital Management, has decided to restrict investments in the tobacco industry by December 2018.

Kempen, which oversees €59.9 billion assets, is one of several firms including BNP Paribas AM and GQG Partners, to have restricted or removed tobacco stocks from their investment funds.

Kempen’s director of impact and responsible investment, Narina Mnatsakanian, said: “Tobacco has a proven negative impact on society and many international standards support this position.”

Source: Citywire Selector, 24 July 2018
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