ASH Daily news for 04 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Ireland bans branded tobacco packs
  • Cutting smoking in North East could save regional economy £100m
  • Surrey: Trading Standards launches campaign to crack down on illegal tobacco
  • Scotland: Smokers urged to quit on No Smoking Day
  • British American Tobacco bids for Brazilian firm
  • Parliamentary Questions

    Ireland bans branded tobacco packs

    Following the example of Australia, all tobacco products sold in Ireland will be required to be sold in standardised packs with large health warnings. Slim boxes of cigarettes will also be illegal.

    James Reilly, Children’s Minister and a former health minister, spearheaded the ban. He said that the measure will protect people by revealing the true consequences of smoking and it should be seen as a good day for the health of children.

    The decision has been announced despite threats of lawsuits by the tobacco industry.

    Source: Belfast Telegraph, 04 Wednesday 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfpKRs

    Cutting smoking in North East could save regional economy £100m

    A new campaign which aims to cut smoking rates to 5% across the North East by 2025 has been launched by the Making Smoking History in the North East Partnership. The move would not only save thousands of lives, but an estimated £100million a year.

    The campaign has now been backed by the North East Directors of Public Health network and councils across the region.

    Source: Chronicle Live, 04 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/18jK2Zz

    Surrey: Trading Standards launches campaign to crack down on illegal tobacco

    Surrey County Council has launched a campaign to reduce the trade in illegal tobacco. Working with the Smokefree Surrey Alliance, Surrey Trading Standards and Surrey Crimestoppers, the campaign will collect information and raise awareness of the dangers and risks of illicit tobacco.

    Source: Surrey News, 03 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1B6dtbV

    Scotland: Smokers urged to quit on No Smoking Day

    Ahead of this year’s No Smoking Day which will take place on Wednesday 11 March, smokers around the Scottish Borders are being urged to take the first step towards quitting their habit.

    The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). This theme this year is “proud to be a quitter” and it aims to encourage smokers to make a quit attempt.

    Source: ITV News, 04 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FVjJEd

    British American Tobacco bids for Brazilian firm

    British American Tobacco (BAT) has made a $3.5bn (£2.3bn) bid for a stake in Souza Cruz, Brazil’s biggest cigarette maker.

    Source: 4-traders, 04 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GRfJ8G

    Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Fires

    Jim Fitzpatrick Labour, Poplar and Limehouse 

    To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what statistics his Department collates on the number of accidental dwelling fires (a) in the private rented sector, (b) in the social rented sector and (c) for owner occupiers.

    Penny Mordaunt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  

    The table below shows the number of accidental dwelling fires attended by Fire and Rescue Services in England and illustrates a fall in incidents over the past ten years.

    2003/04: 40,029

    2004/05: 38,288

    2005/06: 38,307

    2006/07: 36,660

    2007/08: 34,258

    2008/09: 32,428

    2009/10: 33,036

    2010/11: 31,701

    2011/12: 30,783

    2012/13(r): 29,646

    2013/14(p): 28,034

    Source: DCLG incident Recording System, Fire Statistics Monitor 2013-14

    Smokers’ materials (i.e. cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobacco) were the most common source of ignition for accidental dwelling fires which resulted in fatalities, while cooking appliances were the most common source of ignition for accidental dwelling fires overall.

     

    We do not hold information on accidental dwelling fires by tenure. The English Housing Survey in 2013-14 estimated total fire outbreaks within the last two years (both accidental and deliberate, and including those not attended by Fire and Rescue Services) as occurring in 2.1 per cent of private rented, 2.4 per cent of social rented sector, and 1.4 per cent of owner occupied dwellings.

    Source: Citation: HC Deb, 2 March 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BGKD3z