ASH Daily news for 06 March 2015
6 March 2015
- High Court rules smoking ban applies to prisons
- Tobacco smoking a “thing of the past” by 2040
- Plain packaging opponents unite in final push
- Tobacco display ban – one month to go
- London: New signs warning against smoking to be installed across 30 plays areas in Waltham Forest
- Doncaster: Council signs the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control
- India: Campaign seeks larger pictorial warnings on tobacco products
- North Korea: There’s a push to curb smoking, but Kim’s still puffing away
High Court rules smoking ban applies to prisons
A prisoner has won a landmark High Court ruling that the statutory smoking ban should be enforced in all communal areas in state prisons and all Crown premises.
– Smoking ban must be enforced in prisons, judge rules, The Guardian
– Ban on smoking in public places could be extended to communal areas of prisons after ruling by the High Court, Daily Mail
– Prisoner wins landmark ruling to ban smoking in jail, The Telegraph
– Smoking ban in prisons could cause jail riots, The Express
– Prison staff and inmates face possible prosecution under smoking ban laws, BBC
– Prisoners could be banned from smoking despite fears it could lead to unrest in Britain’s jails, Daily Mirror
– UK smoking ban applies in prisons, court rules, The IndependentSource: ITV – 05 March 2015
Tobacco smoking a “thing of the past” by 2040
Smoking tobacco may be eliminated completely by 2040 if public health investment continues.
Access to stop smoking services is also vital if the UK is to reduce the number of current smokers, said a report by the UCL School of Pharmacy.
The number of people using smoking cessation services and setting a quit date fell by a quarter between 2011/12 and 2013/14. This could reach 50% by April 2015, claims the report Will Smoking meet its match?
The report calls for an end to tobacco smoking by 2040, using all safe and effective measures.
Less than 20% of adults currently smoke – the lowest figures since the 1930s – but smoking still accounts for 100,000 deaths every year, one in every six.Source: Primary Care Today – 05 March 2015
Plain packaging opponents unite in final push
Retailers, campaign groups, manufacturers and think tank representatives came together at an event in a last ditch attempt to dissuade MPs from voting in favour of plain packaging plans.
– Tory MPs denied a debate on cigarette packaging ban, The TelegraphSource: Convenience Store – 05 March 2015
Tobacco display ban – one month to go
With one month to go until the tobacco display ban comes into force for small businesses on 6 April, the Department of Health says there are a number of easy and low cost ways for retailers to make their displays compliant.
Some may get support from the tobacco industry, but if in doubt it suggests retailers contact their trade body or local authority trading standards department for advice.
The Trading Standards Institute has offered reassurance that local authority trading standards will help businesses to comply with the legislation and will be unlikely to take immediate enforcement action if a business is unaware of the legislation or if the business has made a genuine attempt to cover the display.
– Tobacco goes out of sight as shop keepers admit to little profit from cigs, Health CanalSource: Talking Retail – 05 March 2015
London: New signs warning against smoking to be installed across 30 plays areas in Waltham Forest
A crackdown on smoking in children’s play areas could lead to an outright ban in all parks.
To coincide with national No Smoking Day on March 11, Waltham Forest council has launched a campaign to discourage smoking in all of the borough’s playgrounds through new signage.
The scheme, if successful, could lead to a ban in all parks, Cllr Ahsan Khan, the council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing said.Source: This is Local London – 05 March 2015
Doncaster: Council signs the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control
Doncaster Council has signed the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control in support of No Smoking Day on March 11.
The Local Government Declaration is a public commitment to prioritising tobacco control and reducing the harm caused by tobacco use in the local community.
It is in response to the on-going damage smoking does to our communities, a commitment to take action and a statement about the local authority’s dedication to protecting the community from the harm caused by smoking.Source: Doncaster Free Press – 05 March 2015
India: Campaign seeks larger pictorial warnings on tobacco products
‘Lives Bachao Size Badhao’ (Save Lives, Increase the Size) is a public awareness campaign to support the move for a larger graphic health warning on tobacco products sold across India.
The prime objective of this campaign is to garner support through a petition that will be presented to the Central Government in March; signatures for which will be collected both online and on the ground.Source: The Hindu – 06 March 2015
North Korea: There’s a push to curb smoking, but Kim’s still puffing away
Even one of the most repressive states on the planet is displaying concern that half its male population lights up.
The impoverished nation has one of the world’s highest lung cancer rates. To examine ways to cut the number of smokers, they’ve turned to one of the world’s leading anti-tobacco campaigners, Judith Mackay, who has counseled kings, presidents and vigilantes in a three-decade war on smoking.
Officials in Kim’s government seem more concerned than their boss about the damage of tobacco use. Since coming to power three years ago, Kim has frequently been caught on camera smokingSource: Bloomberg – 05 March 2015