ASH Daily news for 02 February 2016



HEADLINES

  • Opinion: Yes, being lectured to about smoking is boring. So is being addicted to it
  • Wales: Inmates at smoke free Wrexham super prison to be given gum and nicotine patches
  • Italy: New laws coming into force banning smoking in cars with kids, pregnant women
  • Australia: National Party accepted more than $10,000 from tobacco industry

    Opinion: Yes, being lectured to about smoking is boring. So is being addicted to it

    Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, a former smoker, has written an opinion piece in The Guardian about why it’s a good idea to limit young people’s exposure to smoking in response to the WHO’s call for films with smoking scenes to have an 18 certificate.

    She said: “After years of feeling “got at” by anti-smoking lobbyists, I now find myself supporting any initiative that might reduce the number of smokers, this latest measure included. Nannyish and overbearing though it might seem, if giving a film an adult certificate because it normalises smoking – or even goes as far as making it look cool – works, then it should be supported.”

    “It’s not so much about replacing real life with a “sanitised smoke-free world”, as Simon Clark, director of Forest, has argued… It’s about trying to save as many lives as possible, and balancing out the tobacco lobby’s nefarious attempts to promote smoking with some significant counter-pressure.”

    Source: The Guardian, 2nd February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1m9Vxtr

    Wales: Inmates at smoke free Wrexham super prison to be given gum and nicotine patches

    Wrexham prison inmates will be the first in mainland UK to be completely smoke free from the day it opens.

    Prisoners will have access to stop smoking support including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and electronic cigarettes.

    The Government aims to make all jails in England and Wales eventually smoke free and started with a phased roll out of the ban in Wales last month.

    A Prison Service spokesman said: “We have long been committed to a smoke-free prison estate. Implementation will be phased over a long period in order to make these changes safely. Prisoners will have access to e-cigarettes and other support to stop smoking.

    “Our careful approach will ensure prison officers and inmates are no longer exposed to second-hand smoke, while not compromising the safety and security of our prisons.”

    Source: Daily Post, 1st February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/23GkjTY

    Italy: New laws coming into force banning smoking in cars with kids, pregnant women

    New anti-smoking regulations based on EU directives will be progressively introduced in Italy, with the first going into effect today.

    The new measures are aimed at curbing smoking among young people, and include a smoking ban in cars with minors or pregnant women. In addition, cigarette and loose tobacco packages will now be printed with large health warnings.

    Other measures going into effect, but which weren’t required by the EU directives, include a smoking ban in front of hospitals, a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, and higher fines for selling tobacco to minors, including licence revocation.

    Source: Ansa, 2nd February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QWFegu

    Australia: National Party accepted more than $10,000 from tobacco industry

    The National Party has accepted more than $10,000 in campaign donations from the tobacco industry, despite coalition partner the Liberal Party banning tobacco donations in 2013.

    Tobacco company Philip Morris donated $10,780 to the National Party between 2014 and 2015, the latest donor report from the Australian Electoral Commission revealed this week.

    However, the National Party is denying the payments were political donations.

    Source: 9 News, 2nd February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1POFpVG