ASH Daily news for 05 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • Osborne announces £200m cut from DH budget
  • Wales: Smoke-free beach proposals get council’s support
  • Lincolnshire: Filmgoer outraged as movie is “ruined” by person video at Lincoln Odeon cinema
  • No tobacco at UEFA EURO 2016
  • China: Nearly a fifth of 11-15-year-olds in Beijing admit they smoke – just days after the city vowed to ban public smoking again
  • South Africa: Tobacco industry on its knees as cigarette vehicle hijackers strike gold
  • Sir Winston Churchill’s chewed cigar up for auction

    Osborne announces £200m cut from DH budget

    Chancellor George Osborne has ordered the Department of Health to make £200 million of savings from its budget for non-NHS services this year.

    The DH will now consult on how to make £200 million worth of cuts to council-controlled public health budgets.

    This cut will be worth 7.4% of the £2.7 billion annual budget councils manage.

    Services funded by councils through their public health budgets include: school nurses; drug and substance misuse programmes; obesity prevention; smoking cessation services and sexual health schemes.

    See also:
    – Osborne announces £200m cut to public health budgets, HSJ (£)
    – Spending cuts: Department by department, BBC News

    Source: Health Investor – 05 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BNVkxS

    Wales: Smoke-free beach proposals get council’s support

    Plans for a trial smoke-free beach in Pembrokeshire have been backed by the local council.

    The ban would be voluntary, on a designated local beach, for a trial period.

    A council committee also backed proposals to introduce a ban on cigarettes and e-cigarettes on playgrounds, extending to playing fields, sports grounds and nearby car parks.

    See also:
    – Smoking is banned on National Trust beach, The Times (£)
    – Smoking ban set for Pembrokeshire parks, South Wales Evening Post

    Source: ITV – 05 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BNVNQw

    Lincolnshire: Filmgoer outraged as movie is “ruined” by person video at Lincoln Odeon cinema

    A visitor to Lincoln’s Odeon cinema and his wife said their film experience was ruined this week after the person sat next to them puffed on an e-cigarette throughout the whole movie.

    The couple complained to two separate members of staff at the venue and said neither knew what the Odeon’s policy was on using e-cigarettes during a film.

    A spokesman for Odeon said: “We have a policy in place against the use of e-cigarettes across all Odeon cinemas for the comfort and wellbeing of our guests.

    Source: Lincolnshire Echo – 04 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BNWhGx

    No tobacco at UEFA EURO 2016

    UEFA has announced that a ‘tobacco-free’ policy prohibiting smoking will be in operation across all internal and external areas of the ten French stadiums staging UEFA EURO 2016 matches from 10 June to 10 July next year.

    As part of the UEFA Respect your Health programme, next summer’s tobacco-free EURO policy will go one step further than at any other of UEFA’s previous tournaments. Volunteers and stewards will be trained to make sure that spectators are appropriately informed of the policy and the need to comply with it at all times. Any person using tobacco or e-cigarette products once they have passed through the turnstiles will be asked to stop.

    Source: UEFA – 31 May 2015
    Link: http://uefa.to/1BNWIAH

    China: Nearly a fifth of 11-15-year-olds in Beijing admit they smoke – just days after the city vowed to ban public smoking again

    A new survey carried out by the Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (BCDPC) revealed that 16.3 percent of middle school students in the capital admit to being smokers.

    However, with up to 11 tobacco vendors based around each school, the shocking statistics are blamed on the easy access that children have to cigarettes, reported the People’s Daily Online.

    Source: Mail Online – 04 June 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1BNXwFv

    South Africa: Tobacco industry on its knees as cigarette vehicle hijackers strike gold

    Heavily armed criminal gangs are plundering the lucrative tobacco industry, carrying out at least four hijackings a day on vehicles transporting cigarettes.

    “You ‘hit’ a vehicle transporting cigarettes and you strike gold,” said Francois van der Merwe, CEO of the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa.

    He was commenting after Tabby Tsengiwe, the spokesman for British American Tobacco – one of the biggest distributors of cigarettes in South Africa – said yesterday that 1412 of its transport vehicles were hijacked annually. This equates to about four attacks a day.

    Source: Times Live – 05 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BNXQEq

    Sir Winston Churchill’s chewed cigar up for auction

    The chewed end of a cigar smoked by Sir Winston Churchill in a hospital bed is expected to fetch £1,000 at auction.

    It was picked out of an ashtray by a nurse while the former prime minister was recuperating from a fractured hip at Middlesex Hospital in 1962.

    She saved it for her little brother in a bag marked “soiled dressings disposal” where it has been kept since.

    Source: BBC News – 04 June 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1BNXEF4