ASH Daily News 5 September 2017



UK

  • Northern Ireland: Consultation launched on age restriction for sale of e-cigarettes
  • Yorkshire: Awareness campaign on illegal tobacco unit arrives in Hull

International

  • Protecting children from tobacco in the WHO European Region
  • Ferrari continue with tobacco sponsorship
  • Ukraine: 20% reduction in smokers since 2010

 

UK
Northern Ireland: Consultation launched on age restriction for sale of e-cigarettes

A consultation has been launched over introducing an age restriction for the sale of e-cigarettes.

At present, Northern Ireland is the only UK country where there are no legal restrictions on the age of sale for e-cigarettes. The Department of Health has launched a public consultation on draft regulations that would make it an offence to sell e-cigarettes to persons under the age of 18 in Northern Ireland.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride said: “While e-cigarettes are certainly less harmful than tobacco and have a role to play in helping smokers to quit, the long-term health impact of using them is largely unknown. Therefore, I strongly discourage their use by all non-smokers and, particularly, by children and young people.”

Source: Belfast Live, 4 September 2017
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Yorkshire: Awareness campaign on illegal tobacco arrives in Hull

An illegal tobacco unit is in Hull this week as part of a new education scheme.

The mobile hub is open to the public, for people to find out about the risks of illegal tobacco, focusing on the three main issues of enforcement, education and awareness.

The unit will be manned by a team made up of staff from Hull City Council’s Trading Standards and Public Health teams, as well as police, stop smoking services and HMRC.

Source: ITV, 4 September 2017
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International
Protecting children from tobacco in the WHO European Region

The European regional office of the World Health Organization has released a report that surveys ongoing and emerging tobacco-related issues that affect children, examining regulatory frameworks, commitments, and other tools that Member States should use to protect children from tobacco.

The report also includes suggestions for new approaches that could be used to help countries move towards a tobacco-free generation – where prevalence is 5% or less.

Source: WHO, September 2017
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Ferrari continue with tobacco sponsorship

The Ferrari Formula One team and tobacco company Philip Morris International announced on Monday the renewal of their sponsorship agreement.

A Ferrari statement gave no details about the amount or time frame of the deal.

The European Union’s health commissioner asked Ferrari back in 2007 to end tobacco sponsorship of the team, saying it undermined the goal to end cigarette advertising at sporting events.

Source: Reuters, 4 September 2017
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Ukraine: 20% reduction in smokers since 2010

The results of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) recently released in Ukraine reveal a 20% reduction in the number of smokers over the past 7 years. Following WHO recommendations, Ukraine has strengthened its tobacco control legislation resulting in this reduction in the proportion of the population who smoke.

At the launch of the GATS results, Dr Marthe Everard, WHO Representative and Head of the WHO Country Office in Ukraine noted: “Ukraine ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2006, and since then tobacco control in the country has been strengthened. This has helped to achieve a significant reduction in tobacco use. However, a lot of work still needs to be done.”

See also
WHO: Global Adult Tobacco Survey Ukraine 2017

Source: WHO, 4 September 2017
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