ASH Daily News 7 December 2017



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UK

  • JTI discriminated against worker, 66, on grounds of age
  • Holiday healthcare heroes: ‘I want to reduce the lost years of smokers’
  • Crackdown on adults buying cigarettes for youths

International

  • Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation Corrects Big Tobacco’s Omissions in New Ad Campaign

 

UK

JTI discriminated against worker, 66, on grounds of age

A tobacco firm discriminated against a 66-year-old employee by refusing to offer him the same redundancy terms as younger staff, a tribunal has ruled.

Bernard Barlow worked for Japan Tobacco International (JTI) – formerly known as Gallahers’ factory – for 27 years. When the Ballymena factory announced it was closing, he was excluded from the firm’s “enhanced redundancy” scheme as it was only available to under 65s.

Source: BBC News, 7 December 2017
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Holiday healthcare heroes: ‘I want to reduce the lost years of smokers’

Linda Robinson leads East Coast Community Healthcare’s (ECCH) Stop Smoking team in Great Yarmouth – with the help of her guide dog Arrow.

Arrow joins Linda, who has been partially sighted since the removal of a pituitary tumour six years ago, in every element of her work whether it is team meetings, advising clients or taking part in campaigns such national Stop Smoking Day or Stoptober.

This year ECCH was awarded the contract to deliver a new smoking cessation service right across Norfolk, under the Smokefree Norfolk scheme which has been in operation for the past 16 years. ECCH’s teams offer a range of initiatives including running special quit clinics, supporting pregnant women to give up smoking, holding ‘best practice’ seminars for other health professionals as well as seeing clients on a one to one basis.

Source: Eastern Daily Press, 6 December 2017
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Crackdown on adults buying cigarettes for youths

A new campaign against adults who buy cigarettes for young people has been launched in Clydebank.

Statistics show 36 young people under age 16 take up smoking every day in Scotland, getting cigarettes mostly from friends, family or other adults, many of whom think they are “doing them a favour”.

Councillor Iain McLaren, vice convener, added: “This campaign aims to push home the message that smoking can lead to health, money and addiction problems and that the younger people start smoking, the harder they find it to give up later in life. We really want to keep tobacco out of the hands of young people.”

Source: Clydebank Post, 6 December 2017
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International

Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation Corrects Big Tobacco’s Omissions in New Ad Campaign

Tobacco companies are being forced by court order to run ads revealing facts they long hid from the public about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke.

However, the tobacco industry fought for more than a decade over the wording of these “corrective statements,” and as a result the ads lack some key details about their deceptions that surfaced during the trial. In her 2006 ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler stated that the tobacco companies deceived the public, suppressed research and perpetuated addiction in order to protect their profits.

Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation, a coalition of Minnesota health organizations, is launching a new ad campaign and website to help the tobacco companies tell the full truth.

Source: PRNewswire, 6 December
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