ASH Daily news for 01 October 2015
October 1, 2015
- Smoking ban in cars carrying children comes into force
- Police plan grace period for ban on smoking in cars with children
- Electronic cigarette firm fights EU vaping laws in European court
- Letter to the editor: The EU and the regulation of electronic cigarettes
- Smoking to be banned in Exeter and Dartmoor prisons
- Will the smoking ban in prisons lead to riots?
- France: Paris to fine smokers for leaving cigarette butts on street
Smoking ban in cars carrying children comes into force
A law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children comes into force today in England and Wales. Drivers and passengers who break the law could face a penalty fine of £50.
When an under-18 is in the car the smoker [and driver] will be liable, even if the windows or sunroof are open. The law will not apply to people driving a convertible with the roof down.
The Scottish Parliament is expected to consider bringing in its own law banning smoking in cars carrying children next year.
• The Mirror: Smoking in cars carrying children in England and Wales is now illegal: Everything you need to know
• Daily Mail: Smoking in a car with the window open still exposes children to ‘100 times the safe limit of harmful chemicals‘
• ITV News: Car smoking ban welcomed by health professionals
• Independent: Smoking in cars: Five things you need to know about the new lawSource: BBC News, 01 October 2015
Police plan grace period for ban on smoking in cars with children
Drivers who continue to smoke in cars which contain children are unlikely to be fined in an initial grace period, say police. This follows a precedent established with the ban on using a mobile phone when driving.
Amanda Sandford, information manager for Action on Smoking and Health, said the government had made plain it would not be spending millions on enforcement.
“I think in time it will become self-enforcing just as like the law on smoking in public places did because it has overwhelming public support, even among smokers.”
• Sun: ‘Blind eye’ by cops to car fag lawSource: Guardian, 30 September 2015
Electronic cigarette firm fights EU vaping laws in European court
British company, Totally Wicked, is challenging EU proposals on electronic cigarette in the European court of justice arguing that the new laws are “disproportionate and inappropriate”.
Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at from ASH said: “Good regulation is important to drive up standards. Elsewhere in the world countries are opting to ban electronic cigarettes.
“In Europe we will have a balanced model of regulation that will keep safe and effective products on the market. There is also much scope for improvement. We know that two out of three smokers who try e-cigarettes do not continue vaping. Balanced regulation can drive innovation and improve the market as a whole.”Source: The Guardian, 1 October 2015
Letter to the editor: The EU and the regulation of electronic cigarettes
In response to an opinion piece published on the 28 September which criticised the EU Tobacco Products Directive, Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy at ASH argues that the under the new tobacco products directive electronic cigarettes and their contents will be regulated to ensure they are safer and more effective.
Letters from Professor Robert West, director of tobacco studies at UCL and Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are also featured.Source: The Times, 30 September 2015
Smoking to be banned in Exeter and Dartmoor prisons
As reported in yesterday’s ASH Daily News, smoking will be banned in all Welsh prisons and four English prisons from January 2016, before the scheme is rolled out more widely.
The four prisons are located in South West England and include HMPs Cardiff, Parc, Swansea and Usk/Prescoed.Source: Western Daily Press, 30 September 2015
Will the smoking ban in prisons lead to riots?
Former prisoner Erwin James discusses the smoking ban in prisons and supports The Prison Reform Trust’s call for the provision of “proper support” to those giving up.Source: Guardian, 30 September 2015
France: Paris to fine smokers for leaving cigarette butts on street
Fines of €68 to smokers who throw their cigarette butts onto the street will be imposed from today, 1st October.
The City of Paris said that every year 350 tonnes of cigarette butts were collected from the 2,900km of pavements and 1,600km of roads in the city.Source: The Guardian, 01 October 2015