ASH Daily news for 02 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Smoking ban implemented at NHS Trust sites
  • Wales: Electronic cigarette store criticised for using Minions characters on one of its products
  • France: Smoking in cars with children present now banned
  • USA: Local cities work together to reduce cigarette litter
  • Parliament: Litter – Question for short debate

    Smoking ban implemented at NHS Trust sites

    Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust is now ‘smoke free’.

    Patients, staff and visitors are now prohibited from smoking in any building or on land which the Trust operates.

    Although the Trust is already a no smoking organisation, this requirement has not been robustly implemented over all sites.

    Josie Spencer, interim chief executive at the Trust, said that the new policy is line with the NICE guidance and is “aimed at encouraging individuals to consider the impact that smoking has on their own health and others around them”.

    Source: Nuneaton News, 1st July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RTmBX0

    Wales: Electronic cigarette store criticised for using Minions characters on one of its products

    An electronic cigarette shop has been using the popular children’s characters Minions on one of its products. King Vape, in Port Talbot, advertised a “minion juice” flavour electronic cigarette liquid on its Facebook page.

    This has provoked strong criticism from some people – arguing that this was “clear attempt” at targeting children and young people.

    David Rees, AM for Aberavon said that “it is irresponsible by retailers to target our children and young people when selling these products and this should be removed from the shops” and maintained that “this only emphasises the need to introduce a ban on selling such products to under 18-year-olds as quickly as possible.”

    Source: Wales Online, 1st July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GQaiVs

    France: Smoking in cars with children present now banned

    It is now illegal to smoke in cars whilst children under the age of 12 are present. The ban which came into force from the 1st of July will fine €68 those who do not adhere to the new rule.

    Smoking in outdoor play areas for children is now also banned.

    Source: The Local, 1st July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1CMhmS7

    USA: Local cities work together to reduce cigarette litter

    Seven local communities are participating in Keep America Beautiful’s campaign, “Cigarette butts = litter” [funded by Philip Morris USA], which aims to reduce cigarette litter.

    The cities participating in the eight-week program include Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

    The grant provided funds for both free standing and wall mounted cigarette butt receptacles to be placed in strategic site locations throughout Hampton roads.

    Editorial note: For more information on Keep American Beautiful funding please visit Source Watch.

    Source: 13 New Now, 1st July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RTnzTa

    Parliament: Litter – Question for short debate

    Lord Rea: “…in Middlewich… 32 butt bins were mounted on walls around the town last February. The sting in the tail is that the £5,000 cost of installing these was borne by Japan Tobacco International, which used the publicity as part of a corporate responsibility deal. Naturally, there were no anti-smoking messages on those bins. This form of activity by the tobacco industry is against the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Its guidelines make it clear that government endorsement of tobacco industry corporate responsibility activity, which could include activity relating to litter, can be used to create a more credible profile for the industry and its policy positions.

    I hope the Minister can say that the Government will strongly discourage this form of funding for local authorities and instead step in with assistance in mounting these health messages. In effect, funding from the tobacco industry is a form of Faustian pact, considering the lethal nature of its products.”

    Lord Gardiner (Lords Spokesman for Defra):

    “The noble Lord, Lord Rea, spoke about the tobacco industry. There is no question but that cigarette litter around the nation is a pernicious problem, and we are considering the recommendations in the Communities and Local Government Committee report. I also understand that this country is a signatory to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. As a signatory, we would not wish to include in that convention endorsing, supporting or forming partnerships with the tobacco industry.”

    Source: Hansard Citation: HL Deb, 1 July 2015, c2126
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ivb3so