ASH Daily news for 04 March 2016



HEADLINES

  • Wales: E-cigarette public place ban likely to win assembly support
  • Imperial loses friends after Goldman smoke signal
  • Wales: Campaign to stop young people taking up smoking launched
  • Wales: Driver smokes on bus while passengers wait
  • Birmingham: Man dies after devastating fire sweeps through his flat
  • EU: Anti-tobacco lobby urges MEPs to reject Philip Morris deal
  • US: Bill would make California 2nd state with smoking age of 21
  • US: Virginia moves to ban smoking in cars with children on board
  • Philippines: Manila’s graphic health warning law takes effect
  • Canada: Broadcaster issues retraction after falsely linking e-cigarette study with big tobacco

    Wales: E-cigarette public place ban likely to win assembly support

    A ban on e-cigarettes in some public places is likely to win support from the assembly, when it debates the matter next week.

    The Welsh government is concerned e-cigarette use may normalise smoking.

    A Liberal Democrat attempt to remove the restrictions from the Public Health Bill is likely to fail with some Plaid Cymru AMs, including Elin Jones, supporting the regulations.

    Source: BBC News – 03 March 2016
    Link: http://bbc.in/24FsqAz

    Imperial loses friends after Goldman smoke signal

    Investors have been selling their Imperial Brands shares after Goldman Sachs advised clients to take profits before a crucial court ruling on plain packaging and the budget.

    Goldman said that Imperial had the most to lose from the industry failing in its challenge to government plans to introduce standardised packaging on tobacco products from May 2016.

    Goldman believe that, as the biggest operator in the UK, Imperial could lose market share with smokers switching to cheaper brands.

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    Source: The Times – 04 March 2016
    Link: http://thetim.es/24FszUB

    Wales: Campaign to stop young people taking up smoking launched

    A new campaign to help prevent young people taking up smoking has been launched by Public Health Wales.

    The Smokefree Schools Programme will target schools in areas where children and young people are at greatest risk of smoking. The minister for health and social services, Mark Drakeford, visited Afon Taf High School in Merthyr for a workshop with the pupils.

    The programme will look to help reduce smoking-related inequalities in pupils’ health, the main cause of the differences in health between the most advantaged and most disadvantaged communities in Wales.

    Source: Wales Online – 03 March 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/24FtdBC

    Wales: Driver smokes on bus while passengers wait

    A bus driver has been photographed smoking on board his vehicle while passengers waited.

    A passenger, who did not want to be named, said they were forced to wait until the Arriva bus driver had finished his cigarette.

    An Arriva spokesman said: “We are very concerned to learn of the allegations about one of our employees. Smoking on buses by any person is strictly prohibited.

    “The matter is being investigated as a matter of urgency, and appropriate action will be taken with the member of staff concerned.”

    Source: Daily Post – 03 March 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/24Ftww9

    Birmingham: Man dies after devastating fire sweeps through his flat

    A man died from a cardiac arrest moments after being pulled from his blazing Midland flat by firefighters.

    It is believed the blaze was started by a discarded cigarette.

    Source: Birmingham Mail – 03 March 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/24FtNzk

    EU: Anti-tobacco lobby urges MEPs to reject Philip Morris deal

    Politicians and activists opposed to the tobacco industry are trying to persuade MEPs to speak out against renewing an EU anti-smuggling agreement with multinational Philip Morris International (PMI).

    The centre-left socialists, the second-largest parliamentary group, agreed on Wednesday (2 March) to reject any renewal of the deal. The European Parliament is currently preparing a text on the EU-PMI deal to be voted on in Strasbourg next week.

    Formally, MEPs have no say on whether or not the European Commission decides to begin new negotiations with PMI to continue the 12-year-old deal, which is set to expire in July.

    But although next week’s resolution is non-binding, a strongly worded text with a broad support would be politically difficult for the Commission to ignore.

    Source: EU Observer – 03 March 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/24Fu1X8

    US: Bill would make California 2nd state with smoking age of 21

    California lawmakers on Thursday revived a stalled effort to make the nation’s most populous state one of two to raise the smoking age to 21.

    The state Assembly passed a bill raising the smoking age from 18, joining Hawaii and dozens of cities around the country that have already moved to the higher limit. The Senate, which approved an earlier draft of the bill last year, is expected to decide next week whether to send it to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

    It comes days after San Francisco officials voted to increase the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21, making it the second-largest city after New York City to do so. Several other California jurisdictions, including the city of Healdsburg and Santa Clara County, have also raised their smoking ages.

    Source: Mail on Sunday – 04 March 2016
    Link: http://dailym.ai/24Fu84X

    US: Virginia moves to ban smoking in cars with children on board

    Drivers who light up with children in the car could face $100 fines under a bill that cleared the legislature on Thursday in Virginia, a state where tobacco was once dominant and cigarette-maker Altria remains a major political donor.

    With no debate, the Senate voted 27 to 12 to prohibit smoking in a car carrying someone under 8. The House previously passed the same measure by a 59 to 38 vote. Advocates said the confined space of a car made second-hand smoke far more dangerous than in other settings.

    Source: Washington Post – 03 March 2016
    Link: http://wapo.st/24FukRH

    Philippines: Manila’s graphic health warning law takes effect

    Implementation of a law mandating the use of graphic health warnings on all local and foreign-made cigarettes to discourage smoking has started.

    However, Secretary Janette Garin of the Department of Health pointed out this represented the first phase in the implementation of the Graphic Health Warning Law that requires tobacco companies to print 12 graphic health warning templates on cigarette packages sold to the public.

    Source: The Gulf Today – 04 March 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/24FuB7j

    Canada: Broadcaster issues retraction after falsely linking e-cigarette study with big tobacco

    A Canadian broadcaster has issued a correction after falsely claiming a study showing e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than regular cigarettes was funded by the tobacco industry.

    An article published by CBC News documented the dramatic rise of the vaping industry. “The jury is still out on the health effects of vaporizers and electronic cigarettes,” the article declared.

    But controversy arose after the article referred to a widely cited study by Public Health England (PHE) showing the e-cigarettes are far less hazardous than tobacco products.

    CBC News later corrected this part of their article and apologized for claiming the report was funded by the tobacco industry, a smear that has gained traction with e-cigarette opponents.

    Source: The Daily Caller – 02 March 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/24Fv5KK