ASH Daily News 4 October



UK

  • London Fire Brigade welcomes support for e-cigarettes
  • Littering smokers offered help to quit
  • Smokers in Cumbria asked to switch to e-cigarettes for Stoptober

International

  • USA: The smoking gun in tobacco companies’ latest adverts
  • Tobacco tax reform: at the crossroads of health and development
  • USA: FDA clears first over-the-counter carbon monoxide breath sensor
  • Tokyo moves to protect kids from passive smoking at home and in cars

UK
London Fire Brigade welcomes support for e-cigarettes

The London Fire Brigade has welcomed Public Health England’s support for e-cigarettes as a possible way to help smokers quit. According to the Brigade’s own figures, smoking is the cause of over half of fire deaths in the home in London.

Dan Daly, the Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety, said: “Our statistics show that in the past three years there have been just over 3580 smoking fires compared to just 15 fires caused by e-cigarettes.”

Source: Fire Magazine, 3 October 2017

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Littering smokers offered help to quit

In Bexley, smokers fined for littering cigarette butts will be offered a 50% reduction – if they complete the council’s Stop Smoking Programme.

Councillor Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “If a smoker quits, they will benefit in three ways: through an improvement in their health, by eliminating the risk of a further fine for cigarette related littering and the 50 per cent refund of their fine.”

Source: News Shopper, 3 October 2017

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Smokers in Cumbria asked to switch to e-cigarettes for Stoptober

For Stoptober, Cumbria County Council is encouraging smokers who can’t or won’t quit to switch to e-cigarettes.

Cumbria County Council has said it is committed to achieving a smokefree county. Cllr Deborah Earl, cabinet member for public health, said, “Our Public Health teams in Cumbria are committed to a smokefree Cumbria and our vision is to create a smokefree generation in Cumbria by 2022.”

Source: ITV, 3 October 2017

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International
USA: The smoking gun in tobacco companies’ latest adverts

Starting from November, British American Tobacco and Altria will be launching prime time television advertising in America to publicise the harmful effects of tobacco.

A result of a long-running legal battle with the US Department of Justice, the companies have agreed to pay for and run the advertising, in recognition of a history of knowingly misleading the public about smoking from the 1950s onwards.

The adverts will contain several “corrective statements”, such as, “More people die every year from smoking than from murder, Aids, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined.” They will appear five times a week on networks such as CBS and NBC, with full-page print ads on five weekends in at least 45 newspapers, such as The New York Times.

Source: The Times, 4 October 2017

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Tobacco tax reform: at the crossroads of health and development

The World Bank has produced a report showing that implementing tobacco tax policy reforms across the world could lead to healthier, more prosperous societies.

The report argues that the tax policy changes could save millions of lives. To do this, policies must reduce affordability, change public perceptions, and build broad alliances across sectors.

See also
World Bank: Tobacco tax reform at the crossroads of health and development : technical report of the World Bank Group global tobacco control program

Source: World Bank, 3 October 2017

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USA: FDA clears first over-the-counter carbon monoxide breath sensor

It has been announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has for the first time allowed the sale of an over-the-counter carbon monoxide breath sensor, for use in smoking cessation programmes.

The Bluetooth-enabled mobile device measures carbon monoxide levels, and informs the user about how carbon monoxide levels are affected by smoking.

Source: PR Newswire, 3 October 2017

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Tokyo moves to protect kids from passive smoking at home and in cars

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly looks set to pass an ordinance stating that smoking is prohibited in homes and cars when children are present.

The idea would be largely symbolic as breaking the ordinance would not incur any penalties.
The Assembly’s welfare committee voted in favour of the proposal on the 3rd October, with the assembly expected to vote in favour on the 5th.

Source: Asahi Shumbun, 4 October 2017

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