ASH Daily news for 05 May 2015



HEADLINES

  • Pregnant prison officers banned from working on jail wings
  • India: World Bank exits event funded by tobacco companies
  • Easton: Housing Authority bans smoking in apartments
  • Waltham Forest: Council puts up signs encouraging people not to light up
  • Letter: ‘Cigarette ban did not destroy pubs’
  • India: WHO urges India to increase warnings on tobacco products
  • Australia: Doctors warn waterpipe smoking could lead to long-term health impacts
  • Australia: Tobacco Industry report finds that black market tobacco is 14.5% of consumption

    Pregnant prison officers banned from working on jail wings

    Pregnant prison officers have been banned from working on jail wings because of risks from passive smoking.

    The prison service has taken the step after trials in a handful of jails in England and Wales found high levels of smoke, and were concerned they could face claims for damages from officers who suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

    Source: The Times, 04 May 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1KIVfRz

    India: World Bank exits event funded by tobacco companies

    The World Bank has pulled out of the annual Asia Pacific Tax Forum, which was to be co-organised by a consortium funded by several transnational tobacco companies.

    Source: Times of India, 02 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EczDra

    Easton: Housing Authority bans smoking in apartments

    Easton Housing Authority has banned smoking in its apartments. The ban will come into effect from June 1st.

    The decision was made following a survey of residents which found that the majority of people supported the ban.

    Source: The Enterprise, 30 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1bZLRgc

    Waltham Forest: Council puts up signs encouraging people not to light up

    Waltham Forest has implemented a voluntary ban on smoking around children’s play parks across the borough.

    Source: Guardian Series, 04 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ETIjYq

    Letter: ‘Cigarette ban did not destroy pubs’

    In a letter to the Nottingham Post, a reader calls suggestions that the ban on indoor smoking destroyed pubs, “utter nonsense”.

    She argues that redundancy, changes in local demographics, rises in the cost of living, too many pubs in one area and a reduction in the number of adults who drink alcohol have all had an effect on the profitability on pubs.

    Source: Nottingham Post, 05 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Jnfjrw

    India: WHO urges India to increase warnings on tobacco products

    The World Health Organisation has urged the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to increase the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products, in line with its commitments outline in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

    The government has put a decision to increase pictorial warnings on tobacco products to 85% from the present 40% on hold.

    Source: NDTV, 01 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IIMffX

    Australia: Doctors warn waterpipe smoking could lead to long-term health impacts

    Research published in the Medical Journal of Australia has led doctors to warn of the dangers of smoking water pipes.

    The study, which concentrates on the case of a young women who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning after smoking a water pipe, warns that as well as the same long terms health risks associated with smoking cigarettes being present when smoking a water-pipe, there is increased exposure to carbon monoxide.

    Source: ABC, 04 May 2015
    Link: http://ab.co/1IbsNYO

    Australia: Tobacco Industry report finds that black market tobacco is 14.5% of consumption

    A report carried out by KPMG and commissioned by the tobacco industry suggests that 14.5% of all tobacco consumed in Australia in 2014 was illegal.

    The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service said tobacco smuggling is one of its “key strategic priorities”.

    [Note: For a critique of the KPMG survey methodology see the following factsheet by Cancer Council Victoria: http://bit.ly/1ENfcEF ]

    Source: Herald Sun, 05 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F3pcx0