ASH Daily news for 06 February 2015



HEADLINES

  • MP suggests smoking ban in cars should be extended
  • Lancashire: Council chiefs back move to ban smoking at mental health centres
  • Wales: Smokers outside hospitals could face higher penalties
  • Lancashire: Man given £575 fine for dropping cigarette end outside place of work
  • Opinion: Protecting Children From Second-Hand Smoke
  • Japan Tobacco and Philip Morris hit by falling sales
  • US: FDA head to step down, chief scientist taking over
  • Tasmanian: prisoners ready to butt out

    MP suggests smoking ban in cars should be extended

    Stockton North Labour MP Alex Cunningham welcomes the ban on smoking in cars when children are present but believes it does not go far enough and has suggested it should be extended to caravans and motorhomes.

    Source: The Northern Echo – 05 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C4BBM2

    Lancashire: Council chiefs back move to ban smoking at mental health centres

    Council chiefs and commissioners have backed a move to ban smoking within the grounds of all the mental health facilities in East Lancashire.

    The blanket rule, which was brought in last month across all sites run by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, means patients detained under the Mental Health Act are forced to abstain from smoking during the course of their admission, as they are unable to leave the premises.

    Source: Lancashire Telegraph – 05 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C4BMHp

    Wales: Smokers outside hospitals could face higher penalties

    Hospitals in Wales could soon see harsher penalties for those caught smoking on site – including in the car park and outside the building entrance.

    The Welsh Government revealed it is considering introducing legislation to prevent smoking in hospital grounds following pressure by Ash Wales.

    Legislation could mean on-the-spot fines for people caught smoking in or outside hospitals.

    Source: South Wales Argus – 05 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C4BTmg

    Lancashire: Man given £575 fine for dropping cigarette end outside place of work

    A man has been ordered to pay £575 for throwing a cigarette end on the floor outside his place of work.

    Anthony Evans, of Seldon Street, failed to attend Burnley Magistrates’ Court but the case was heard in his absence.

    The court found him guilty and fined him £400 plus £135 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

    Source: Lancashire Telegraph – 06 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C4C5lp

    Opinion: Protecting Children From Second-Hand Smoke

    Paul Burstow MP, Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health, explains why yesterday’s vote in parliament in favour of implementing the new Smokefree (private vehicles) regulations 2015 is important.

    Source: Huffington Post – 05 February 2015
    Link: http://huff.to/1C4CjZU

    Japan Tobacco and Philip Morris hit by falling sales

    Two of the world’s largest tobacco companies have suffered a fall in profits as the cost of closing factories and unfavourable currency exchange rates affected their full-year results.

    Japan Tobacco said that group profits fell 12.2 per cent for the year to the end of December 2014.

    Philip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco company by volume outside of China, said its full-year profits fell 12.6 per cent.

    Source: Financial Times – 05 February 2015
    Link: http://on.ft.com/1C4CsMP

    US: FDA head to step down, chief scientist taking over

    From food safety to tobacco and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration, an agency that had often been seen as ineffective.

    After nearly six years on the job, Hamburg announced her resignation on Thursday in an email to staff. She said the agency’s chief scientist, Stephen Ostroff, will serve as acting commissioner.

    See also:
    – How outgoing FDA chief oversaw food, drugs and tobacco, Daily Mail/AP

    Source: Columbia Missourian – 05 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C4CDHY

    Tasmanian: prisoners ready to butt out

    QUIT Tasmania says Risdon Prison is ready to become a smoke-free facility, with half of the inmates who smoke indicating they want to break the habit.

    The Risdon Prison complex officially became smoke-free at the end of January in an effort to improve the health of inmates and staff.

    See also:
    – Violent reaction feared at Tasmania’s Risdon Prison over new smoking ban, Yahoo! News
    – Audio: “No major problems with prison smoking ban” says Director of Prisons, 936 ABC Hobart

    Source: The Mercury – 30 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C4CQLl