ASH Daily News for 06 October 2016



  • Cutting stop smoking services ‘a false economy’ according to Harrow MP
  • Somerset: Service to help smokers quit axed
  • Wales: No fines issued for smoking in cars with children
  • Wales: Pupils join global call for tougher smoking rules
  • North East: Alcohol and smoking issues discussed at health conference
  • Man who smoked in toilet of Gatwick-bound plane claimed he didn’t know it was illegal

Cutting stop smoking services ‘a false economy’ according to Harrow MP

As part of Harrow Council’s public consultation on the budget for the 2017-18 financial year, plans have been put forward to close the service, which has helped 1,751 people successfully quit smoking since April 2013. It is estimated that the cuts will lead to savings of around £279,000.

Bob Blackman, Conservative MP for Harrow East, said Harrow Council should “carefully consider the consequences of its actions” before going ahead with the move.

He added that closing these services would be a false economy for the local authority and the NHS.

Source: Ealing Times – 05 October 2016
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Somerset: Service to help smokers quit axed

A support service to help people quit smoking in Somerset is to stop a year early due to funding cuts by the county council.

The authority, which is facing a £24m overspend, said the £470,000 a year service will stop at the end of March.
The council will then deliver the service “differently” but has not yet decided how it will be run.

Source: BBC News – 05 October 2016
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Wales: No fines issued for smoking in cars with children

No fines have been issued in Wales for smoking in cars with children, a year after the law was introduced.

It became illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying someone under 18 last October, with drivers and passengers facing a £50 fine. But one year on, no fines have been issued by Wales’ 22 councils. Some Welsh police forces and councils have issued verbal warnings.

The Welsh Government said the law was sending a “strong message” to smokers.

Source: BBC News – 06 October 2016
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Wales: Pupils join global call for tougher smoking rules

Primary school pupils in Llantwit Major have been picking up cigarette butts from a local beach to mark World Environmental Health Day, whose theme this year was tobacco control.

On World Environmental Health Day, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, called for tougher smoking regulations to maintain and enhance smokefree environments, especially around children.

ASH Wales Cymru and pupils from ‘eco school’ Ysgol Y Ddraig spent a day on Llantwit Major beach collecting discarded butts.

ASH Wales arranged the litter pick in conjunction with their ‘Smokefree Spaces’ initiative.

Source: Bridgend Today – 05 October 2016
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North East: Alcohol and smoking issues discussed at health conference

Public health experts gathered in the North East last week to discuss tobacco and alcohol, which cost the nation billions through death, disease, social care and policing.

Tobacco and alcohol as industrial epidemics: From global to local, is the first national conference of its kind to be held in the region and was hosted jointly by Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, Fresh, the regional tobacco control office, and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies.

The conference explored the progress made in the North East over the past decade and discussed action to address future challenges.

Source: Berwick Advertiser – 05 October 2016
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Man who smoked in toilet of Gatwick-bound plane claimed he didn’t know it was illegal

A man who lit up a cigarette in the toilet of a plane as it came in to land at Gatwick claimed he had never been on a flight before and that he did not know it was illegal.

Stanislav Stoilov sparked up his cigarette on a flight from Bulgaria to Gatwick while the aircraft was on its final approach.

The 28-year-old was charged with one offence of recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft – to which Stoilov pleaded guilty.

Source: Crawley News – 05 October 2016
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