ASH Daily news for 01 February 2016



HEADLINES

  • Films portraying smoking should get adult rating, says WHO
  • Six British multinationals ‘did not pay any UK corporation tax in 2014’
  • Birmingham: No smoking breaks outside City Council buildings says health watchdog
  • North-East: Hard-hitting campaign hammers home dangers of the habit killing thousands
  • South East: Car smoking ban ‘not being enforced’
  • Wales: E-cigarette ban won’t apply in some pubs and bars under new plans
  • Warning over cherry flavoured e-cigarettes
  • Philippines: Tobacco sector moving to delay health warnings law implementation–advocates
  • Bangladesh: Parliamentary group questions govt’s position on tobacco industry
  • Pakistan: Health ministry urged to effectively counter tobacco industry tactics
  • Germany: Cologne man’s teeth blown out while vaping

    Films portraying smoking should get adult rating, says WHO

    Films showing smoking should be given an adult rating to protect children from exposure to the “last frontier” in tobacco promotion, the World Health Organisation has said.

    Hoping to highlight the issue in the run-up to the Oscars, WHO said that as countries crack down on tobacco advertising and sponsorship, cigarette companies are turning to the film industry to recruit the next generation of smokers.

    In its report, Smoke-free Movies, WHO cites statistics showing that 44% of all Hollywood films, and 36% of films rated for young people in 2014 contained smoking.

    See also:
    – Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action, WHO
    – Films in which people smoke should be given adult rating, says WHO, The Independent

    Source: The Guardian – 01 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RVmfnI

    Six British multinationals ‘did not pay any UK corporation tax in 2014’

    Six of Britain’s 10 biggest multinationals, including Shell, British American Tobacco (BAT) and Lloyds Banking Group, paid no UK corporation tax in 2014, a Sunday Times investigation has claimed.

    The same year, the six British companies made a combined global profit of £30bn.

    The reports come after Chancellor George Osborne received a backlash over calling a “sweetheart deal” with tech giant Google, which was allowed to pay £130m for back taxes over the last decade, a “success”.

    British American Tobacco (BAT), one of the world’s five largest tobacco companies, said it didn’t pay any corporation tax because it didn’t make any profit on its UK activities.

    See also:
    Zero tax bill for UK big six, Sunday Times (£)

    Source: Independent – 31 January 2016
    Link: http://ind.pn/1OZWJtJ

    Birmingham: No smoking breaks outside City Council buildings says health watchdog

    Smokers who work for Birmingham City Council and its contractors could be told to hide their ‘bad habit’ from the public under a proposal to move shelters out of public sight.

    A health watchdog committee wants to move smokers away from public view to promote positive role modelling. The committe has called for a smoking exclusion zone around council properties.

    Source: Birmingham Mail – 29 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OZWTkE

    North-East: Hard-hitting campaign hammers home dangers of the habit killing thousands

    New figures reveal smoking is continuing to kill thousands of people across the North-East.

    Research published today shows smoking caused 3,077 new cases of cancer and 2,192 deaths from cancer throughout the region in 2013.

    The figures were revealed for the launch of a hard-hitting campaign warning that smoking causes 16 different types of cancer.

    Fresh’s Quit 16 campaign, supported by Cancer Research UK, aims to highlight the toll smoking takes on families across the UK.

    See also:
    – AUDIO – Smoke free campaign hopes to stop next generation using tobacco, Minster FM

    Source: The Northern Echo – 01 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OZX0gj

    South East: Car smoking ban ‘not being enforced’

    Drivers in the South East are escaping penalties under a new law banning smoking in cars with children present.

    None was stopped, cautioned, fined or arrested in the ban’s first three months, Freedom of Information figures from Surrey and Sussex Police show.

    Kent Police said it was following guidance that only warnings should be issued but did not have records to show what had been done.

    ASH spokeswoman Amanda Sandford said the law was there for a good reason.
    “It is there to protect public health and if they are not enforcing it I think they should be,” she said.

    Source: BBC News – 30 January 2016
    Link: http://bbc.in/1OZXbrS

    Wales: E-cigarette ban won’t apply in some pubs and bars under new plans

    A controversial ban on e-cigarette use in Wales looks set to be excluded from some bars and pubs.

    The Welsh Government had originally planned to ban e-cigarettes from all enclosed public and work places in the Public Health Bill. But health minister Mark Drakeford backed down from the initial plans in the face of opposition pressure last year.

    The amendments passed at the Assembly’s health and social care committee show ministers have now produced a list of places where the ban would apply.

    So-called vaping would only be allowed in pubs that serve drink but do not serve food as well, and where unaccompanied children are banned. Their use would also be restricted in schools, colleges, universities, train stations and on public transport, among other places.

    The Welsh Government said that workplaces not open to the public are also no longer captured by the restrictions – but also stressed the changes were proposals and others may be brought forward later.

    Source: Wales Online – 29 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OZXkeV

    Warning over cherry flavoured e-cigarettes

    A study, conducted at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, found levels of benazaldehyde, a respiratory irritant used in food and flavourings, inhaled in 30 puffs of a cherry flavoured e-cigarette were often higher than those from a conventional cigarette.  The researchers therefore believe cherry flavoured e-cigarettes may be more harmful to health than other types.

    See also:
    – Cherry-flavoured electronic cigarettes expose users to the inhalation irritant, benzaldehyde, BMJ

    Source: Mail Online – 29 January 2016
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1OZXDGw

    Philippines: Tobacco sector moving to delay health warnings law implementation–advocates

    The New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP), a cancer prevention, person with disabilities (PWD) and tobacco control advocacy group, has criticized the tobacco industry for allegedly delaying the implementation of the graphic health warnings (GHW) law.

    NVAP President Emer Rojas said the absence of implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the law could not be used by the industry to file for injunction before the Supreme Court (SC) as the law was clear that it should take effect even without the IRR.

    Source: Business Mirror – 01 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RVmzCF

    Bangladesh: Parliamentary group questions govt’s position on tobacco industry

    Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Saber Hossain Chowdhury has questioned the Bangladesh government’s position on the tobacco industry.

    He says the government is playing a ‘contradictory’ role in regards to the tobacco industry in which it has shares.

    See also:
    – Ignore tobacco industry’s ‘ridiculous’ arguments, campaigner tells government, BD News24
    – Tobacco industry robs Bangladesh child workers of childhood, BD News24

    Source: BD News 24 – 31 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RVmPSg

    Pakistan: Health ministry urged to effectively counter tobacco industry tactics

    Claiming that the health ministry has been rendered impotent by the tobacco industry, consumer rights groups have demanded monitoring and action to counter a powerful tobacco industry.

    The Network for Consumer Protection has condemned the Health Ministry’s decision to give another one-month extension to the industry to increase the size of pictorial health warnings to 85% on cigarette packs.

    Source: Pakistan Observer – 30 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RVnbbq

    Germany: Cologne man’s teeth blown out while vaping

    A young man from Cologne has suffered severe wounds including the loss of several teeth after the e-cigarette he was using exploded in his mouth.

    Source: The Local – 28 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RVngMq