ASH Daily News 26 April 2017
- ASH begins week of action as tobacco companies hold AGMs
- Sussex – Warning about smoking after bedding catches fire in Crawley home
- Japan – Lawmakers stall Japan’s push for a smoke-free Olympics
- USA – U.S. House bill would exempt e-cigarettes from tobacco regulations
ASH begins week of action as tobacco companies hold AGMs
Today sees the start of a co-ordinated week of action by ASH and our partners to highlight the global harm caused by the tobacco industry. This action is timed to coincide with annual general meetings of two of the largest transnational tobacco companies — British American Tobacco (BMI) and Philip Morris International (PMI).
Tobacco kills around 6 million people every year — a figure greater than the number of people living in Denmark. Despite the widespread harm caused by the tobacco industry, the businesses involved continue to harvest enormous profits. BAT alone made a profit of £5.2 billion in 2016 from their global market share of about 11%.
Throughout the next eight days we will be exposing the global harm caused by the tobacco industries — to individuals, families, societies, the global economy and our environment. Please join us in sharing these messages and encourage governments to #ActOnTobacco. You can find us on Twitter using the handle @ASH_LDN.
Source: ASH, 26th April 2017
Sussex: Warning about smoking after bedding catches fire in Crawley home
A warning for people to be vigilant while smoking has been issued after firefighters were called to a home in Crawley this week after bedding caught light.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) say that this month is smoking safety month, a focus that is very important as smoking related fires are the most dangerous nationally. This importance has been reinforced after crews responded to the second fire in two weeks in which smoking was the cause.
Source: West Sussex Gazette, 25th April 2017
Japan: Lawmakers stall Japan’s push for a smokefree Olympics
Japan’s plans to make Tokyo smokefree ahead of the Olympic Games hit a fresh roadblock as lawmakers remain deadlocked over a Bill to ban the use of cigarettes in indoor public spaces.
The health ministry’s Bill, which aims to restrict smoking in public places such as schools, hospitals, government buildings, bars and restaurants, is opposed by about 90 per cent of the lawmakers in Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). They argue it would put bars and restaurants out of business.
The government has not given up on the proposal because this could be the last chance for Japan to have a nationwide law that addresses second-hand smoke, according to the healthcare committee’s chair Naomi Tokashiki.
Source: Today Online, 26th April 2017
USA: U.S. House bill would exempt e-cigarettes from tobacco regulations
A bill expected this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would weaken a Food and Drug Administration rule governing e-cigarettes.
The bill, from Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California, would reverse the Obama administration’s “Deeming Rule” which deems e-cigarettes to be tobacco products, subject to the same strict regulations governing traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes heat nicotine-laced liquid into vapour but do not contain tobacco.
Source: Reuters, 25th April 2017