ASH Daily News 6 July 2017



  • Warning to shisha cafés after two businesses fined £14,000 for breaching smokefree laws
  • Scotland: Cigarette blamed for Selkirk golf course fire
  • Thailand: Public Health Ministry raises cigarette buying age to 20
  • USA: Effectiveness of fire-safe cigarettes unclear

 

Warning to shisha cafés after two businesses fined £14,000 for breaching smokefree laws

Shisha cafes in Brent have been ordered to pay £14,000 after failing to comply with the council’s warnings over smoking.

Councillor Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said: “This is yet another warning to owners of shisha cafes who don’t obey the law and we continue to take action prosecute all venues and their owners who do not comply.

Source: Get West London, 6 July 2017
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Scotland: Cigarette blamed for Selkirk golf course fire

A warning has been issued to smoking golfers in Selkirk after a major fire was narrowly averted.

Chairman of the town’s community council, Alistair Pattullo, said: “It is worth reminding golfers that if they are smoking they must dispense of their cigarettes safely. Everyone should be reminded about the dangers of discarding cigarettes, especially at this time of year.”

Source: Border Telegraph, 5 July 2017
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Thailand: Public Health Ministry raises cigarette buying age to 20

Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn has announced a toughened tobacco control law in Thailand, raising the legal age to buy cigarettes to 20 and barring tobacco firms from indirect advertisements via corporate social responsibility activities.

He said yesterday the 2017 Tobacco Control Act was designed to cut the number of teenage smokers while protecting non-smokers’ health.

Source: Chiangrai Times, 4 July 2017
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USA: Effectiveness of fire-safe cigarettes unclear

A study found no statistically significant evidence that so-called fire-safe cigarettes reduced the number of fires overall or fires started by cigarettes in the states where they were mandated, leaving the jury still out on whether these laws are a good way to protect people, the authors report in Injury Prevention.

“Smoking-related fires are one of the most common causes of death due to fires in the United States, and fire safe cigarettes are an interesting and innovative way to combat this problem,” lead author Dr. Carl Bonander told Reuters Health in an email.

“The enforcement of fire safety standards on cigarettes seems to be commonplace in many parts of the world today, but the evidence regarding the effects on fire mortality seemed quite ambiguous,” said Bonander, a researcher with the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences at Karlstad University in Sweden.

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Source: Reuters, 5 July 2017
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