ASH Daily news for 04 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • PHE builds on last year’s Stoptober campaign for 2015 edition
  • London: Ronaldo and Messi are the butt of new quirky scheme to reduce cigarette litter on streets
  • London: Cigarette to blame for fire which destroyed home of 90-year-old woman
  • Jersey: Pupils secure smoke-free pledges
  • Oman may impose permanent ban on e-cigarettes in coming weeks
  • US: N.Y. bill seeks to outlaw smoking in hotel rooms
  • Kenya: BAT backs antitobacco lobbyists to challenge new tax proposal for cigarettes
  • Poland: Poles smoking fewer (legal) cigarettes

    PHE builds on last year’s Stoptober campaign for 2015 edition

    This year’s stop smoking campaign picks up where last year’s ended, with the addition of comedians Bill Bailey, Rhod Gilbert, Shappi Khorsandi to promote the cause alongside the returning Al Murray (as The Pub Landlord).

    This time there is a greater focus on making Stoptober participants feel they’re not alone as they go through the testing period.

    Videos, texts and emails from the comedians offer different types of support such as distraction (Bill Bailey), common sense (Murray), tough love (Gilbert) and comfort (Khorsandi) at key times. Facebook and Twitter alongside the revamped ‘Stop Blog’ will support the activity, which targets drivers, parents and smokers, particularly focusing on demographics where smoking is most prevalent.

    See also:
    – Time to quit call from Stoptober, Yorkshire Evening Post
    – Smokers in East of England urged to sign up to Stoptober, Hertsand Essex Observer
    – Sussex Smokers being urged to kick the habit for 28 days next month, Sovereign FM

    Source: The Drum – 03 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JSIgKt

    London: Ronaldo and Messi are the butt of new quirky scheme to reduce cigarette litter on streets

    Smokers in London are being encouraged to throw their cigarette butts into a special kind of bin located outside Embankment tube station in a clever new campaign by charity Hubbub.

    Smokers can currently use the new cigarette butt boxes to cast their vote on who they think is the world’s best football player between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

    Hubbub plan to test cigarette smokers with different questions every week with one previous example allowing passers-by to predict who they thought was going to win the London derby between Crystal Palace and Arsenal on August 16.

    The environmental charity hope the new bins will reduce the amount of litter on the streets of London by using a fun theory approach.

    Source: Daily Mail – 03 September 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1JSJDZA

    London: Cigarette to blame for fire which destroyed home of 90-year-old woman

    A cigarette is believed to have caused a fire which destroyed half of a flat in Camden Town.

    Fire investigators said: “The careless disposal of a cigarette is believed to be the cause…smoking still causes a third of fatal fires which shows why it’s vitally important that people always put their cigarettes right out and completely avoid smoking in the bedroom.”

    As reported in the Ham & High, Bridget Connell, 90, who lives at the flat with son Maurice, was not at home at the time.

    Maurice had also gone out when the fire broke out.

    Source: Ham & High – 03 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JSJOEb

    Jersey: Pupils secure smoke-free pledges

    Trinity School is being rewarded for its efforts to promote Jersey’s new ban on smoking in cars carrying children.

    15 primaries entered a Health department competition to get families signing up to being smoke free.

    Nearly 500 household made the pledge – covering 1200 cars.

    Trinity school children secured the most promises from parents, grandparents and carers – winning £250 of sports equipment vouchers.

    Source: Channel 103 – 04 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JSJWDD

    Oman may impose permanent ban on e-cigarettes in coming weeks

    In the coming weeks, Oman may take a decision to completely ban electronic cigarettes.

    Dr Jawad al Lawati, senior consultant and rapporteur of the National Tobacco Control Committee in the Ministry of Health, said, “Sale of e-cigarettes is at present not allowed in the country and a permanent comprehensive ban is being considered by concerned authorities.”

    As of now, the sultanate has no formal ban in place on e-cigarettes. Oman, however, is on the list of nations that restrict their promotion and sale.

    Source: Muscat Daily – 03 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JSKhWQ

    US: N.Y. bill seeks to outlaw smoking in hotel rooms

    When the Clean Indoor Air Act was passed in the state in 2003, the hotel industry got an exemption that allowed smoking in rooms, along with other indoor spots like private residences, cars, cigar bars, membership organizations and retail tobacco shops.

    Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski has now introduced a bill to remove that exemption for hotels.

    The bill is likely to face stiff opposition from the tobacco industry when lawmakers get back to the Capitol in January: Altria, the parent company of Phillip Morris USA, says it should be up to business owners whether or not to allow smoking.

    Source: Bullfax – 03 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JSKUQs

    Kenya: BAT backs antitobacco lobbyists to challenge new tax proposal for cigarettes

    BAT’s Kenyan subsidiary has sided with antitobacco lobbyists in that country to challenge a new tax proposal for cigarettes that it foresees will make calculating taxes more difficult, less transparent and reduce government revenue.

    Under the recommendations by Kenya’s parliament, cigarette taxes would be based on quality and not a single rate for all products. Excise duties of between 900 Kenyan shillings (R116) and 2,800 Kenyan shillings per 1,000 cigarettes have been proposed.

    Antismoking lobbyists argue that varying tax rates would drive smokers towards cheaper brands, negating efforts to cut smoking. Lobbyists believe taxes should be brought in line with World Health Organisation standards.

    The organisation recommends that at least 75% of the price of a cigarette pack should be taxed to dissuade people from smoking or help them cut down.

    Source: Custom Today – 03 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JSLeP6

    Poland: Poles smoking fewer (legal) cigarettes

    Poles are smoking far fewer cigarettes, according to figures published by the central statistical office (GUS).

    The official figures do not include the black market, however, which according to a report in the daily Gazeta Wyborcza is growing rapidly. GUS data show that in 2014 Poles per capita smoked 1,315 cigarettes. In 2005 it was 1,974.

    Source: Poland Radio – 03 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JSLsWg