ASH Daily News 5 April 2018



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UK

  • Hastings: Council press residents to take dangerous litter off the street- no butts
  • Scunthorpe: Shop owner guilty of 12 counterfeit tobacco offences

International

  • Tax sugar, alcohol and tobacco to help the poor, say experts
  • Zimbabwe: Tobacco work harming children

UK
Hastings: Council press residents to take dangerous litter off the street- no butts

Last year, Hastings Council brought in additional wardens to deal with littering and dog fouling.

So far, over 90% of the tickets issued have been for dropping cigarette ends. There have been complaints about this, with some smokers believing this to be unfair, and that cigarette ends aren’t really litter. However cigarette ends are litter and are far more dangerous and damaging to the environment than other litter.

Source: Hastings and St Leonards Observer, 4 April 2018

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Scunthorpe shop owner guilty of 12 counterfeit tobacco offences

A shop keeper in Scunthorpe has pleaded guilty to 12 illegal tobacco and tobacco labelling offences at Grimsby Magistrates Court. A seizure at Smiths Convenience Store on Frodingham Road, found a combination of counterfeit, non-duty and ‘illicit whites’ (not real brands, which are made specifically for the illicit tobacco trade) that cannot be legally sold in the UK.

In total, 892 packets of cigarettes and 6.25kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized with a street value of around £3,300

Source: Lincolnshire Reporter, 5 April 2018

 

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International
Tax sugar, alcohol and tobacco to help the poor, say experts

An international analysis of five papers published in the Lancet medical journal on the effects of taxes on sugary drinks, tobacco and alcohol in countries that have introduced them has found that the criticism that they are regressive and penalising the poorest is unfounded.

Whilst taxes have a greater impact on smaller household budgets; poorer families respond by buying less, with greater benefits for their health. Authors stated that in the UK, the response to the possible introduction of a minimum price for alcohol was estimated to be 7.6 times larger in the poorest households, compared with the wealthiest.

Source: The Guardian, 4 April 2018

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Zimbabwe: Tobacco work harming children

Children and adults who work on Zimbabwe’s tobacco farms are facing serious risks to their health as well as labour abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The report ‘A Bitter Harvest: Child Labour and Human Rights Abuses on Tobacco Farms in Zimbabwe’, documents how children work in hazardous conditions, performing tasks that threaten their health and safety or interfere with their education. Child workers are exposed to nicotine and toxic pesticides, and many suffer symptoms consistent with nicotine poisoning from handling tobacco leaves. Adults working on tobacco farms in Zimbabwe also face serious health risks and labour abuses.

The new report reveals the negative consequences of the tobacco industry’s contributions to the country’s economic growth.

Source: Human Rights Watch, 5 April 2018

 

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