ASH Daily News for 06 May 2015
May 6, 2015
- Scotland: New bill to ban e-cigarettes for under 18s
- Imperial Tobacco Group reports good first half performance
- Great Yarmouth: Man fined for smoking in work vehicle
- Canada: Young people as likely to try electronic cigarettes as smoking
- Guernsey could take the lead on new anti-smoking laws
Scotland: New bill to ban e-cigarettes for under 18s
Scottish Public Health Minister Maureen Watt announced proposals yesterday that would ban sales of electronic cigarettes to under 18s. The measure will be included in the health bill which is due to be introduced later this year.
Ms Watt said: “E-cigarettes might have a place when it comes to helping current smokers to quit their habit. This government is not opposed to e-cigarettes, but we think it is right to protect children from nicotine addiction, and to limit the prevalence of smoking behaviours. Through this bill we will seek to strike that balance.”See also:Scottish Government proposes ban on sale of e-cigs to under-18s, thetele.co.uk
Ban on selling e-cigarettes to under 18s proposed at Holyrood, STV News
E-cigarette ban for Scottish teenagers, The Times (£)
Cigarettes under-18 ban proposed, Berwickshire NewsSource: The Scotsman, 5 May 2015
Imperial Tobacco Group reports good first half performance
The Imperial Tobacco Group has reported a good first half performance and remains on track for the full year. The group said it delivered a good financial performance, reflecting the momentum it is building behind growth brands and markets and strong returns from specialist brands and returns markets.Source: StockMarketWire, 6 May 2015
Great Yarmouth: Man fined for smoking in work vehicle
In the first prosecution of this nature in the area, a man from Colchester has been fined £805 by Great Yarmouth Borough for smoking in his van and then giving an incorrect address.
Matthew Dukes pleaded guilty by post at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court to an offence of smoking in a smoke-free place, plus an offence of making a false and misleading statement to an environmental health officer.Source: Diss Mercury, 5 May 2015
Canada: Young people as likely to try electronic cigarettes as smoking
According to a new report from the University of Waterloo, Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends, approximately 20 per cent of those between the ages of 15 and 19 experiment with vaping, the same number who try cigarettes.
Professor Hammond, lead author of the report, said: “At the moment, we have an uncontrolled experiment with e-cigarettes: millions of Canadians are trying products with unknown safety standards for a wide variety of reasons. There is an urgent need for even more evidence to guide policy in this fast-moving area.”
Full study: Tobacco Use in Canada: 2015 EditionSource: The Mirror, 5 May 2015
Guernsey could take the lead on new anti-smoking laws
Last week the government in Guernsey backed plans to investigate the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products, though it rejected a call for certain parts of the island to become smoke-free zones.
Hazel Cheeseman, Policy Director at ASH said: “On standardised packaging, Guernsey are going to be part of the vanguard of European nations that are looking to introduce standardised packaging and I can only hope that the rest of Europe looks to what Guernsey’s doing and thinks if Guernsey can do it then absolutely we can.”Source: ITV News, 5 May 2015