ASH Daily news for 04 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Lancashire: Smokefree campaign launched to help protect children from dangers of cigarettes
  • Batley: Family escape blazing fire caused by cigarette
  • Somerton (Somerset): Residents respond negatively to council’s ban on electronic use indoors
  • Austria: Court overturn plans on electronic cigarette restrictions
  • Kenya: Health minister defends strict tobacco rules in battle with manufacturer

    Lancashire: Smokefree campaign launched to help protect children from dangers of cigarettes

    A regional campaign to protect children from exposure to smoking was launched in St Helen’s town centre last week during the Summer Beach festival.

    ‘Smokefree Summer’ will see a series of family-friendly events across the region during the school summer holidays which aim to promote healthy community spaces for all and protect children by reducing their exposure to smoking behaviour.

    The events will also look to help to reduce litter and the chances of young children picking up and eating toxic cigarette butts.

    Council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, Cllr Andy Bowden said that the campaign is about promoting healthy behaviour to children and that “the more events that become smokefree, the less likely children are to take up smoking – preventing them from entering into a deadly addiction that kills one in two long-term smokers.”

    See also:

    Victoria Park Experience announced as smokefree event 

    Source: St Helens Star, 3rd August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1M8Fwis

    Batley: Family escape blazing fire caused by cigarette

    A family living in Batley, West Yorkshire, escaped from a house fire after a neighbour spotted smoke billowing from an upstairs window. All members of the family evacuated safely before arrival of the fire brigade.

    According to the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson the fire was caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette.

    Source: Examiner, 3rd August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N3VDL6

    Somerton (Somerset): Residents respond negatively to council’s ban on electronic use indoors

    Somerton Town Council has banned the use of electronic cigarettes inside its buildings, despite admitting that such a policy would be difficult to enforce.

    The council voted to amend its policy at its recent land and properties committee meeting.

    However, the move has been met with a negative reception among Somerton residents, who have posted their thoughts on the Spotted Somerton Facebook page.

    Claire Lucas, a former town councillor, said: “I get the smoking ban as it can be harmful to everyone’s health but I don’t understand the reason behind banning the e-cig.”

    Source: Western Gazette, 3rd August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KOAaFS

    Austria: Court overturn plans on electronic cigarette restrictions

    Austria’s constitutional court has overturned the planned amendment to tobacco laws that would have limited the sale of electronic cigarettes to officially licensed tobacco shops.

    The government had proposed that sales of electronic cigarettes be limited to the Alpine republic’s licensed tobacconists from October to protect young people and for public health reasons.

    Specialist sellers of electronic cigarettes objected because they would have been allowed to sell re-usable devices, but not the liquid to fill them or disposable cigarettes.

    The court ruled on Monday however, that the proposed amendment was unconstitutional, saying that the health arguments put forward were not solid enough to justify blocking the retailers’ right to trade freely and that electronic cigarettes should not be treated the same as other tobacco products.

    Source: Reuters, 3rd August 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1SYNh9y

    Kenya: Health minister defends strict tobacco rules in battle with manufacturer

    Health secretary James Macharia has defended strict tobacco control regulations by stating that the introduction of a levy on cigarette manufactures is indeed justified.

    Cigarette manufacturer British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya filed a petition arguing that the annual fee, amounting to two per cent of the total value of manufactured or imported tobacco products, is unconstitutional.

    However, Mr Macharia has said that the fee is reasonable and does not constitute violation of rights to property since the government has the right to impose restrictive measures to guard consumers’ rights.

    “The solatium (annual levy) is to compensate for the enormous costs of tobacco-related health problems and to limit tobacco consumption. The industry has to pay a compensatory contribution to the Tobacco Control Fund,” says Mr Macharia.

    Source: Business Daily, 3rd August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IgCV1I