ASH Daily News for 01 August 2016



  • Derbyshire: Chesterfield Royal Hospital goes smokefree

    Chesterfield Royal Hospital will prohibit smoking and the use of e-cigarettes on its entire site.

    The decision has been taken after a consultation with staff, patients and visitors and aims to create a cleaner, clearer and healthier Royal.

    As part of the consultation, an online survey found that 60 per cent of 2,000 respondents felt the hospital should do more to ask people not to smoke.

    The same number advocated the use of nicotine replacement therapy for patients on wards.

    [the article includes an online survey which, at the time of writing, supported the ban 60% to 34%, with 386 votes]

    See also:
    – Audio: Doctor David Pickworth, from Chesterfield Royal Hospital talks about their ban on smoking, Audioboom

    Source: Derbyshire Times – 30 July 2016

  • Maidstone: Men who filmed confrontation with litter warden over discarded cigarettes will not be fined

    Two men – whose footage of a confrontation with a litter warden over discarded cigarette butts went viral – will not be fined. The confirmation of what the men had been told by the enforcement officer dealing with them comes from Maidstone Borough Council.

    A spokesperson from the Council explained that the number of shares of the video on social media had nothing to do with the authority’s decision not to issue a fixed penalty notice.

    The footage, which has since been taken down, was posted on Facebook and viewed by more than 290,000 people.

    Source: Kent Online – 29 July 2016

  • Sheffield: Smokefree playground campaign an ‘abuse of public money’ says lobby group Forest

    An industry-funded smokers’ lobby group says a campaign to ban cigarettes from playgrounds in Sheffield is ‘prohibition by stealth’.

    Forest has called Sheffield Council’s smokefree playground push an ‘abuse of public money’, saying smokers are a ‘soft target’.

    The council consulted more than 1,500 people, including smokers and non-smokers, and said four in five respondents backed a smoke free playground voluntary code in Sheffield.

    Source: The Star – 31 July 2016

  • India: Movies will now have just one ‘No Smoking’ disclaimer

    If the recommendations of a new report on the Cinematography Act are implemented, cine-goers in india will no longer see ‘Smoking is injurious to health’ warnings during movies.

    Instead the committee suggests that disclaimers should be shown either before a film starts or after it ends, or that they be shown as a runner at the bottom of the screen.

    Disclaimers currently shown during films are percieved as disruptive to the viewing experience.

    See also:
    – The end of pop-up smoking warnings?, Mail Online India

    Source: Times of India – 01 August 2016

  • Brazil: Discarded cigarette in ‘smoke-free’ village leads to fire in Australian quarters

    A small fire, suspected to have been caused by a discarded cigarette, in the “smoke-free” Olympic village has forced the Australian athletes to evacuate their rooms and quarters.

    See also:
    – Olympics-Australia demand smoking ban be enforced after fire, Mail Online

    Source: International Business Times – 30 July 2016

  • US: $45 million proposal would settle Arkansas tobacco lawsuit

    Attorneys for cigarette smokers and for tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris USA have agreed to a $45 million settlement of a lawsuit over the marketing of Marlboro Lights cigarettes in the state.

    The estimated amount of the payments to smokers was not clear and the funds would also pay attorney fees. Plaintiff’s attorney Tom Thrash said there could be more than 1 million people eligible.

    Source: KTLO – 31 July 2016

  • Zambia: Tobacco industry exploiting local farmers – NGO

    The tobacco industry in Zambia is exploiting local farmers by encouraging them to cultivate the crop and then intentionally keep prices too low allowing the tobacco companies to make huge profits, says Tobacco Free Association of Zambia (TOFAZ) executive director Brenda Chitindi.

    Ms Chitindi said as a result the tobacco industry was contributing to the poor farmers’ debt cycle and poverty.

    She called on the Government to provide such farmers with support to grow alternative crops as major players in the industry only cared about profits by neglecting the welfare of farmers and tobacco farm labourers.

    She was speaking ahead of the international Conference of the Parties (COP7) to be held in New Delhi, India, in November, where parties to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) will meet to discuss implementation of the treaty.

    Source: Zambia Daily Nation – 29 July 2016

  • Zimbabwe: Tobacco farmers cry foul over levy

    Tobacco farmers are in conflict with government over how it is using funds generated under the Afforestation Levy, which is meant to support production of tobacco, the country’s biggest export earning crop.

    Over the past two seasons, government, through the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB), has collected over US$12 million under the Afforestation Levy.

    The levy, which was introduced in 2014, is meant to replenish woodlots and forests to cope with the swelling number of tobacco farmers, who rely on firewood to cure the crop.

    However the Government has not channelled any resources towards supporting tree planting in tobacco growing areas.

    Zimbabwe Farmers Union executive director Paul Zakariya said tobacco farmers feel “cheated” because the levy is not being used for its intended purpose.

    Source: Zimbabwe Independent – 29 July 2016