ASH Daily News 27 March 2018



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UK

  • Kent: Shops, houses and vehicles raided in crackdown on illicit tobacco

International

  • New Zealand: Smoking rates among NZ youth reach record low, but more to do
  • USA: Kittatinny students promise no-tobacco lifestyle
  • USA: Bill raising age of tobacco purchase passes committee

UK

Kent: Shops, houses and vehicles raided in crackdown on illicit tobacco

More than £60,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco has been seized as part of a crackdown on the supply of illicit tobacco in Thanet. At least 75 officers from Kent County Council Trading Standards, police and HMRC this morning executed entry warrants at three shops, two houses and two vehicles. Clive Phillips, operations manager for Kent County Council Trading Standards, said: “This operation sends a clear message, from all agencies involved, that the supply of illicit tobacco will not be tolerated.”

Source: Kent Online, 26 March 2018

 

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International
New Zealand: Smoking rates among NZ youth reach record low, but more to do

Smoking rates among New Zealand’s youth have reached a record low, with more year 10 students (aged 13-15) than ever before saying no to trying cigarettes. 82% of year 10s said they had never tried a cigarette. Despite this there remains a higher rate of smoking amongst young indigenous Maori people, meaning work must be done to reduce that inequality. Former Prime Minister Helen Clark, patron of independent organisation Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), says New Zealand could be a smokefree society, but we need to intensify our messages about quitting.

She stated: “New Zealand only has seven years left to achieve the Smokefree 2025 goal, to reach the target, national smoking levels must be below 5 per cent by 2025.”

See also: Smoking rates in Year 10 students plummet, however rates among Maori people remain high

 

Source: Newstalk ZB, 27 March 2018

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USA: Kittatinny students promise no-tobacco lifestyle

Many students at Kittatinny Regional High School pledged to refrain from using tobacco and other drug products as part of the school’s celebration of “Kick Butts Day” against smoking on Friday 30th March.

Throughout the lunch periods in the junior high cafeteria, high-schoolers encouraged the seventh and eighth grade students to sign their names on a pledge banner provided by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, signifying their intent to stay away from harmful substances. Other materials like stickers, bracelets, and pins were available for the students to take as another way to promote an overall clean lifestyle.

Student assistance counsellor Vicki Recenello helped organise the event as a way to educate students at the school about the harmful effects of tobacco.

Source: New Jersey Herald, 27 March 2018

 

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USA: Bill raising tobacco age of purchase passes committee

Under-21s in Connecticut may soon be banned from buying tobacco and e-cigarettes as a new law is being considered by the General Assembly.

The legislative Public Health Committee approved the change with significant bipartisan support Monday. The bill will likely move to the Senate for a vote in the coming months.

The proposed law, which raises the legal age for purchase of the products from 18, would take effect on 1st October. However, a ‘grandfather clause’ would allow people who turned 18 before that date to continue to buy the products, leading to a doctor on the committee voting in opposition.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,900 Connecticut residents will die from smoking-related causes this year. Experts predict more than 1,000 children will become new daily smokers under the current law.

Source: News Times, 26 March 2018

 

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