ASH Daily News 27 June 2017



  • Smoking rate at “all-time low” across North Yorkshire
  • Leicestershire: Children’s play areas in Hinckley go smokefree
  • Wales: Tairgwaith school joins Smokefree School Gates campaign
  • Parliamentary Questions

 

Smoking rate at “all-time low” across North Yorkshire

This weekend marks the tenth anniversary of all workplaces in England becoming smokefree.

And North Yorkshire County Council says the Health Act, which enforced the ban, has helped to cut smoking rates to an all-time low across the region, with only 13% of people smoking in North Yorkshire.

County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, Executive Member for Public Health said, “The Health Act was one of the most important public health reforms in generations. Ten years on, support for the legislation is very high, and thousands of individuals have been protected from the deadly effects of second hand smoke.”

Source: ITV, 27 June 2017
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Leicestershire: Children’s play areas in Hinckley go smokefree

Children’s play areas in Hinckley have become smokefree zones to protect young children who play there.

Signs are going up at all 10 Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council run in the play areas, asking people not to smoke.

Source: The Hinckley Times, 27 June 2017
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Wales: Tairgwaith school joins Smokefree School Gates campaign

Pupils at Tairgwaith Primary have urged smokers to help make the county borough’s school gates a healthier place at the launch of the Smokefree School Gates campaign for Neath Port Talbot.

Smokefree School Gates is a Public Health Wales-led campaign in partnership with local authorities, ASH Wales Cymru, Stop Smoking Wales, and ABMU Health Board.

Source: South Wales Guardian, 26 June 2017
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Parliamentary Questions

PQ1: Illicit Trade
Chris Ruane MP, Labour, Vale of Clwyd
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of illegal cigarettes sold in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) estimate the volume of illicit cigarettes consumed in the UK. This information is available in the tobacco tax gap tables at table 1.2 at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tobacco-tax-gap-estimates

Source: Hansard HC Deb, 26 June 2017, cW
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-06-21.513.h&s=tobacco

 

PQ2: Tobacco Control Plan
Sharon Hodgson MP, Labour, Shadow Minister for Public Health
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the updated Tobacco Control Plan; and if he will make a statement.

Alex Cunningham MP, Labour, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Government will publish the Tobacco Control Plan.

Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
The Government is developing a new tobacco control plan, which will be published shortly.

Source: Hansard HC Deb, 26 June 2017, cW
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-06-21.269.h&s=tobacco