ASH Daily News 30 May 2018



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  • Harrogate: New signs urge people not to smoke around kids

International

  • Smoking: a rundown on lighting up ahead of World No Tobacco Day
  • Pakistan: Government dilute proposed tobacco health warnings after Philip Morris and BAT lobbying
  • China: Guangdong residents urged to tackle widespread smoking

 

UK

Harrogate: New signs urge people not to smoke around kids

Signs aimed at persuading people not to smoke in children’s play areas are being installed in parks across Harrogate district, following a successful trial last year.

In 2014, the council carried out a public consultation on what people thought about the issue of smoking in children’s play areas. 80% of the responses were in favour of action being taken.
As a result, signs were trialled in three of the council’s play areas: Harrogate’s Valley Gardens, Fysche Hall Field near Knaresborough Pool and Ripon Spa Park.

The feedback from those sites has been positive and anecdotal evidence suggests the number of people smoking in, or immediately around the play areas, has reduced.

With joint funding from Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council’s ‘smoke free places’ fund, another 24 signs are now being installed across the district.

Source: Stray FM, 30 May 2018
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International

Smoking: a rundown on lighting up ahead of World No Tobacco Day

There are around one billion smokers in the world, about a seventh of the global population, according to World Health Organization (WHO). About 80% of the world’s smokers live in low and middle-income countries and 226 million of them are considered poor.

Active or passive smoking kills more than seven million people every year, according to the WHO, with tobacco consumption contributing to the death of on average one person every six seconds.

Around the world 4.3 million hectares (10.6 million acres) of land is used to grow tobacco, an area about the size of Switzerland.

Source: Yahoo news, 30 May 2018
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Pakistan: Government dilute proposed tobacco health warnings after Philip Morris and BAT lobbying

Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco have lobbied Pakistan’s government against implementing bigger health warnings on cigarette packs, in what officials say was part of an industry-wide campaign that successfully persuaded Islamabad to water down a proposal designed to save lives.

Two current, and one former, employees of the Ministry of Health said their ministry watered down a requirement to increase the size of health warnings from 85% of the surface area of packs to 50% coverage, due to industry lobbying.

An official at the Federal Board of Revenue said the government took a sympathetic view towards tobacco industry lobbying because of the sector’s large contributions to the nation’s finances, with more than $550 million in excise taxes during the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Source: Reuters, 29 May 2018
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China: Guangdong residents urged to tackle widespread smoking

A senior health official in China’s Guangdong province has urged residents to join hands with government departments to help reduce the prevalence of smoking.

“Tobacco control is still a long and tough task in the province, and all residents should participate in the campaign,” Chen Yiping, deputy director of the provincial Health Commission, said on Tuesday.

Chen’s remarks came after the release of a survey showing the smoking rate among Guangdong residents age 15 or older at the end of 2017 was 26.48%, down from 27.02% at the end of 2016.

Guangdong still has a long way to go and much work to do to reach its goal to bring the smoking rate down to less than 20% by 2030, Chen added.

Source: China Daily, 30 May 2018
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