ASH Daily news for 02 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • Majority support new smoking ban with biggest resistance found in Yorkshire
  • Stoptober: More than 11,800 people across the North East have quit smoking
  • Cornwall: Mental health setting become smokefree
  • Nepal: Strictest graphic health warnings on tobacco packs in the world implemented
  • Malaysia: Government mulls regulation for nicotine, chemical content in vapes, minister says
  • Macau: Health Bureau defends proposed ban on e-cigarette sales
  • US: 7-Eleven says Chicago’s ban on flavoured cigs near schools bad for business
  • India: Raised eyebrows as cricket champion offers hookah to wedding guests
  • US: House speaker in a fog over cigarette stench in new office

    Majority support new smoking ban with biggest resistance found in Yorkshire

    A new study carried out by healthcare firm Zesty shows that nine in ten Britons are in support of the ban on smoking in a vehicle carrying child passengers in England and Wales, although support is lower among men and Yorkshire residents.

    According to the survey, in Yorkshire and the Humber 20% of people – twice the national average – oppose the ban, with Londoners not too far behind on 14%.

    Men are more than twice as likely to oppose the ban as women, with 14% of men in opposition compared to just 6% of women.

    When looking across age ranges, 35-44 year olds were most likely to support the ban, with just 5% in opposition. The 55-64 age range, conversely, were most likely to oppose the smoking ban (16%).

    Source: Silversurfer Today – 30 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1SijqKj

    Stoptober: More than 11,800 people across the North East have quit smoking

    More than 11,880 smokers across the North East signed up to take part in Stoptober this month.

    They joined over 215,000 people around the country taking part in the country’s 28-day mass quitting challenge.

    However there are still around eight million smokers in England and smoking causes almost 80,000 deaths per year. Treating smoking related diseases is estimated to cost the NHS £2billion each year.

    See also:
    – Fewer people joined Stoptober smoking challenge, Web MD

    Source: Chronicle Live – 30 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1SijE4f

    Cornwall: Mental health setting become smokefree

    Four resource centres in Cornwall have adopted smokefree policies.

    The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said staff and patients at centres in Bodmin, Bude, Launceston and Liskeard have worked together with Cornwall’s Stop Smoking Service to become healthier venues free from cigarette smoke.

    Source: Cornish Guardian – 30 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1SijYje

    Nepal: Strictest graphic health warnings on tobacco packs in the world implemented

    Tobacco packs in Nepal now have 90 per cent of their surface area covered with hard-hitting pictures of the health impacts of tobacco use – the strongest tobacco control measure of its kind in the world. Shelves have been stacked with the new packs since the directive came into force earlier this month.

    Source: The Union – 29 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Sik76t

    Malaysia: Government mulls regulation for nicotine, chemical content in vapes, minister says

    The government is considering setting regulations to ensure the nicotine and chemical content in cigarettes or e-cigarettes do not harm consumers.

    Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said setting regulations was better than banning the use of electronic cigarettes altogether.

    He said the health ministry was conducting a study on the risks of vaping, adding that it was also asked to educate consumers on the effects of its use. Ismail Sabri said based on reports from the United Kingdom, vaping was considerably safer than smoking cigarettes.

    See also:
    – Vaping association to cooperate with government, New Straits Times

    Source: Malay Mail Online – 29 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1SikfTr

    Macau: Health Bureau defends proposed ban on e-cigarette sales

    The city’s Health Bureau has defended its proposed ban on local sales of electronic cigarettes as part of the amendment of the tobacco control regime, saying that it does not agree with a survey suggesting that most smokers want to be able to choose to switch to less harmful alternatives such as e-cigarettes.

    In a statement, the Bureau stated that e-cigarettes are not less harmful than traditional cigarettes, and that e-cigarettes should not be considered as an alternative to conventional tobacco products.

    The Health Bureau’s statement followed a briefing by two Hong Kong-based consumer advocacy groups calling for the government and legislature to give an opportunity to adults to choose e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking.

    The two groups are Fact Asia and Asian Vape Association, and the former’s supporters include Axiom Select, the Tobacco Vapour Electronic Cigarette Association, and Philip Morris International.

    In the briefing, Fact Asia presented a survey conducted by Ipsos of 404 local adult smokers in late August to mid-September, in which 54 per cent agreed that e-cigarettes represent a positive alternative to smoking. Some 55 per cent of respondents agreed that the government should not prevent or delay legalising less harmful products.

    Source: Macau Business Daily – 01 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GHA9FG

    US: 7-Eleven says Chicago’s ban on flavoured cigs near schools bad for business

    A 7-Eleven franchisee predicts he will to lose $100,000 in sales this year from a city law that prohibits him and other convenience store owners from selling menthol cigarettes and flavoured tobacco near schools.

    In July 2014, the city of Chicago passed an ordinance prohibiting sales of flavoured tobacco and menthol cigarettes within 500 feet of schools; stores needed to comply with the law by mid-Oct. 2014.

    The ban was “aimed at protecting children from tobacco industry strategies to hook them on cigarette products at a young age,” the city said in a news release.

    Besides Doshi’s, there are 11 other 7-Eleven stores in Chicago that are prohibited from selling flavored tobacco products because the stores are located within 500 feet of schools.

    Source: DNA info – 30 October 2015
    Link: http://dnain.fo/1GHApoc

    India: Raised eyebrows as cricket champion offers hookah to wedding guests

    After creating a row by deploying bouncers outside a Sikh shrine, Indian internationnal cricket spinner Harbhajan Singh has courted another controversy by offering hookahs to guests during his marriage celebrations.

    Sikh organisations are up in arms against Bhajji, who allegedly violated Sikh religious norms by allowing the smoking of tobacco, which is forbidden in Sikhism.

    Sikh organisations, in a complaint, have written to the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) while accusing Bhajji of making available 113 types of tobacco for hookah users who attended his wedding.

    The Sikh Action Committee, in a letter written to the Jalandhar police commissioner, has demanded action against the cricketer.

    Source: Mail Online – 01 November 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1GHAMzj

    US: House speaker in a fog over cigarette stench in new office

    Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan said he has been trying to come up with ways to remove the smell of cigarettes from the House speaker’s office that he took over on Thursday after he replaced the retiring John Boehner, a heavy smoker.

    Source: Yahoo! News – 01 November 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1GHAvMw