ASH Daily News 9 October 2017



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UK

  • Businesswoman reveals how she discovered ethical investment
  • Devon: Quit smoking this Stoptober with help from the NHS
  • Lancaster man vapes his way to marathon success
  • Smoking is among the most likely things to cause a fire

International

  • Philippines: Tobacco giant pays $586 million to settle tax case
  • Australia: Smoking during pregnancy linked to cerebral palsy, animal studies show
  • Tokyo aims to stub out smoking in homes with children
  • Amsterdam: Anti-litter plan uses crows

 

UK
Businesswoman reveals how she discovered ethical investment

Rebecca O’Connor, co-founder of Good With Money, writes an op-ed on supporting ethical pensions.

“The penny dropped when I saw my pension fund was invested in BP, Shell and British American Tobacco. How could I let my hard-earned cash finance companies which depend on burning fossil fuels and keeping people hooked on cigarettes?”

She recommends using the ethical options when considering pension and other investment funds.

Source: Mail Online, 7 October 2017

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Devon: Quit smoking this Stoptober with help from the NHS

The OneSmallStep healthy lifestyle service, commissioned by Devon County Council, is supporting the national stop smoking campaign – Stoptober – to encourage and inspire people to put smoking behind them this October.

Victoria Banks, stop smoking adviser from OneSmallStep said: ‘Quitting tobacco is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health, but it’s easier said than done, so Devon County Council and OneSmallStep are working together to support people in Devon to make this change during Stoptober.’

Source: Okehampton Times, 7 October 2017

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Lancaster man vapes his way to marathon success

E-cigarettes are now the most popular quitting method in England, and last year more than half of all those taking part in Stoptober opted to use an e-cigarette to help. Dad-of-one Chris has a similar story, having turned to e-cigarettes after several other methods failed.

He decided to try vaping with e-cigarettes about five years ago. He said: “Eleven months after stopping smoking I found myself at the starting line of the marathon. When I was a smoker, running… would have been the impossible dream.”

Source: Lancaster Guardian, 8 October 2017

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Smoking is among the most likely things to cause a fire

Smoking, unattended cooking equipment and dirty grill pans are the most likely things to cause a blaze, according to Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS).

Keith Carruthers, area manager for community safety at TWFRS, said: “Fires can devastate lives and homes, but the good news is that most fires that occur in the home are preventable. Our advice is simple: don’t smoke – but if you do make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished.”

Source: Chronicle Live, 7 October 2017

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International
Philippines: Tobacco giant pays $586 million to settle tax case

The Philippines Government said Friday it has dropped a tax evasion case against the country’s second largest cigarette manufacturer, Mighty, after it was sold to Japan Tobacco to raise funds for a record 30 billion-peso ($586 million) settlement.

Manila had accused Mighty Corp of using counterfeit tax stamps to avoid paying 37.88 billion pesos in taxes, and threatened it with criminal charges.

However in July, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the finance department to accept a settlement, under which Mighty, which has 23 percent of the local cigarette market, would drop out of the tobacco business.

Source: Mail on Sunday, 6 October 2017

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Australia: Smoking during pregnancy linked to cerebral palsy, animal studies show

Scientists investigating the underlying mechanism causing cell death and damage have confirmed links between maternal smoking and cerebral palsy.

The researchers from the University of Technology Sydney conclude that smokers should give up smoking well in advance of falling pregnant. “What we have observed so far is that in order to avoid harm to their baby, mothers need to give up smoking several months or even years before their pregnancy, as smoking will affect the quality of their eggs before they are even fertilised,” said Dr Dr Hui Chen, Senior Lecturer and lead researcher.

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Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience: Maternal Cigarette Smoke Exposure Worsens Neurological Outcomes in Adolescent Offspring with Hypoxic-Ischemic Injury

Source: Medical Xpress, 6 October 2017

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Tokyo aims to stub out smoking in homes with children

Parents will be banned from smoking inside their own homes if children are in the room under a new local law to take effect in Tokyo.

The authorities said that the measure, aimed at protecting children from passive smoking, will be the first of its type in Japan.

Source: The Times, 6 October 2017

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Amsterdam: Anti-litter plan uses crows

Crows soaring through the sky with cigarettes in their beaks could become a familiar sight if an idea to clean up the streets takes off.

A pair of industrial designers from Amsterdam have come up with a plan to reward the birds with food for every cigarette butt collected.

Source: The Times, 9 October 2017

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