ASH Daily news for 04 February 2015
- Electronic cigarette use dips in England
- Lincolnshire: Boston haul of illegal cigarettes ‘biggest of its kind’
- Wales: Hospitals considering on-the-spot fines for smokers
- Canada: Films can spark smoking in youth
- India: Tobacco sellers aggressively marketing products at sale points
- Parliamentary Business
Electronic cigarette use dips in England
According to data from the Smoking in England survey the use of electronic cigarettes in England fell last year.
Although their use has tripled since 2012, the proportion of smokers and recent ex-smokers in England using electronic cigarettes has been broadly flat for more than 18 months. In the last quarter of 2014, usage fell from 22 to 18.6 per cent, the lowest since the second quarter of 2013.
Professor Robert West, director of tobacco research at University College London, who oversees the Smoking in England survey, said that the popularity of electronic cigarettes among continuing smokers has fallen as they find the devices do not always satisfy their nicotine cravings.Source: Financial Times, 04 Feb. 2015
Lincolnshire: Boston haul of illegal cigarettes ‘biggest of its kind’
More than 40,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized from a Boston home, which was the biggest black market tobacco shop of its kind ever found in Lincolnshire.Source: Lincolnshire Echo, 04 Feb. 2015
Wales: Hospitals considering on-the-spot fines for smokers
Hospitals in Wales are considering on the spot fines for smokers who smoke onsite and near entrance ways. In a bid to tackle the issue some hospitals have already employed people to guide smokers off hospital grounds.
Ash Wales has urged the Welsh government to enable stricter enforcement. The government said it had carried out a consultation and was considering how to take it forward.Source: BBC News, 04 Feb. 2015
Canada: Films can spark smoking in youth
Tobacco-control advocates are calling on the Ontario Film Review Board to toughen its rating for films that contain smoking-related scenes to keep young people from taking up the addictive habit.Source: Metro, Canada, 03 Feb. 2015
India: Tobacco sellers aggressively marketing products at sale points
While India’s tobacco control legislation prohibits tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS), research conducted in 3 Indian cities found that point of sale advertising was mushrooming without adequate health warnings as the law required.Source: The Times of India, 04 Feb. 2015
A short exchange on the benefits of electronic cigarettes as a quitting aid took place in the House of Lords between Peers including Viscount Ridley, Earl Howe and Lord Rennard. The discussion followed the Viscount Ridley asking whether the government would consider encouraging rather than discouraging the spread of vaping, in the light of the Cochrane review of e-cigarettes published on 17 December 2014 which found that e-cigarettes were more effective as an aid to quitting smoking than any other method.
Hansard source (Citation: HL Deb, 3 February 2015, c535
Smoking in cars
The final debate on the regulations for smoke-free private vehicles took place in the House of Lords yesterday.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe) said: My Lords, these regulations aim to protect children from the harms of second-hand smoke in private vehicles.
Earl Howe went on to say: we have chosen the common commencement date of 1 October because we judged that we would need that length of time to achieve a sufficient level of public awareness, and indeed for the police to be adequately prepared for their enforcement role. The motion was agreed.
The regulations are being discussed in the House of Commons today. They need to be approved by both Houses before they can be made.