ASH Daily News 9 November 2017



UK

  • This is what happens to your body after stopping smoking
  • Cheshire East: Smoker faces £1,160 fee after contesting littering prosecution
  • Bishop Auckland: Man fined for sale of illicit cigarettes from car boot

International

  • USA: Public health groups champion raising the smoking age to 21 nationwide
  • China: Say goodbye to smoking emoji on QQ app

UK
This is what happens to your body after stopping smoking

Giving up smoking is the best thing any smoker can do for their health – as around half will die from the deadly addiction. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than non-smokers with greater risk of lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes.

The sooner smoking is given the boot, the sooner the body can begin to repair itself. Just 20 minutes after a last cigarette, it begins to recover.

Source: Birmingham Mail, 8 November 2017
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Cheshire East: Smoker faces £1,160 fee after contesting littering prosecution

A smoker is facing a £1,160 bill after contesting a prosecution for dropping a single cigarette butt on the floor.

Cllr Janet Clowes, from Chester East Council, said: “While this may seem like a large fine for dropping a cigarette, the council takes a zero tolerance approach against environmental crimes. We do not accept any level of littering in our towns and countryside. There is no financial incentive for the council to prosecute, given that any fine awarded in court goes to central government.”

Source: The Scottish Sun, 8 November 2017
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Bishop Auckland: Man fined for sale of illicit cigarettes from car boot

A former plasterer has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 after being caught selling counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco from the boot of his car.

He faced eight charges of supplying tobacco products not carrying the correct health warning in a container, four charges of selling goods with packaging likely to be mistaken for a registered trademark and a further four charges for possessing goods with a false trademark

Source: The Northern Echo, 9 November 2017
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International
USA: Public health groups champion raising the smoking age to 21 nationwide

Five health and medical groups are supporting legislation that would raise the smoking age to 21 nationwide.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed bills introduced this week by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.

“We applaud Sen. Schatz and Rep. DeGette for their leadership in introducing this legislation to reduce the number of young people who start on a path that too often leads to addiction, disease and premature death,” the groups said in a statement.

Source: CNBC, 8 November 2017
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China: Say goodbye to smoking emoji on QQ app

QQ, a popular social networking app heavily used by younger people, has removed a smoker emoji from its mobile version to help curtail the smoking habit in China, the world’s largest tobacco consumer.

The move was made at the suggestion of the Beijing Tobacco Control Association. Meanwhile, the QQ computer version continues to feature the emoji.

Source: China Daily, 9 November 2017
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