ASH Daily news for 07 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Worst local areas for teenage smokers revealed by new data
  • Scotland: Grocers oppose advertising ban for e-cigs
  • Electronic cigarettes banned from East Croydon and Southern trains
  • Rugby: Mum who quit smoking after getting pregnant is immortalised as a hologram
  • Suffolk: Could county re-visit tobacco investment?
  • India: Punjab to forestall move to launch smaller cigarette packs
  • US: Mayor leads fight against chewing tobacco in Boston
  • Video: What do your children think about secondhand smoke?

    Worst local areas for teenage smokers revealed by new data

    Smoking among 15-year-olds is worst in Brighton and Hove, Richmond upon Thames, Torbay, Blackpool and East Sussex compared with the rest of England, according to new official data.

    The new What About Youth? Survey 2014 – which for the first time has revealed which local authorities have the highest prevalence of teenage smokers – found 13% or more of 15 year-olds in these regions smoked on a regular or occasional basis.

    Local authorities with the lowest proportion of regular or occasional smokers in this age group – around 4% – were largely in London, with Birmingham and Sandwell also reporting low prevalence.

    The data, provided by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, was collected following a nationwide survey of 120,000 15 year-olds about a range of health issues.

    See also:
    – “What about YOUth” – Smoking and e-cigarette use among 15 year olds in England, ASH press release

    Source: Nursing Times – 06 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DuM7B3

    Scotland: Grocers oppose advertising ban for e-cigs

    Proposals to give the Scottish government wide-ranging powers to ban the advertising of electronic cigarettes have been strongly opposed by the Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF).

    The proposals are part of the new Health Bill presently being considered by the Scottish Parliament Health Committee.

    The SGF answered the Committee’s call for evidence on the draft Bill with a submission which stressed it was critical that point of sale advertising should be left out from any advertising ban.

    The SGF’s submission also highlighted a positon statement sent to the Director of the World Health Organisation from a panel of public health experts. The panel made it clear that any advertising bans on e-cigarette products would be ‘counterproductive’ and significantly reduce their potential to enable smokers to move away from tobacco products.

    Source: Asian Trader – 06 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DuMz27

    Electronic cigarettes banned from East Croydon and Southern trains

    Electronic cigarettes have been banned from East Croydon station as well as all Southern and Gatwick Express trains.

    The ban took effect on Sunday 26 July. Southern was joining the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise on that date and decided to introduce this new policy to fall into line with what GTR already has in place.

    Source: Croydon Advertiser – 06 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DuMVFY

    Rugby: Mum who quit smoking after getting pregnant is immortalised as a hologram

    A former smoker who quit when she found out she was pregnant has been immortalised as a hologram.

    Trish Stringfellow, from Rugby, quit smoking when she found out she was pregnant and is now the mum of a healthy nine-month-old boy.

    Her story featured as part of Warwickshire County Council’s eX-Smoker Factor campaign.

    And such was Trish’s passion to get the message across to other mums, Warwickshire County Council worked with Warwickshire’s Stop Smoking Service to immortalise Trish as a hologram to share the smoking in pregnancy message to anyone walking in to maternity.

    The device is currently in Nuneaton’s George Eliot Hospital, but in the coming months will move around the county’s maternity wards.

    Source: Rugby Advertiser – 07 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DuN5x8

    Suffolk: Could county re-visit tobacco investment?

    The new leader of Suffolk County Council is writing to its pensions’ committee to ask it to look again at its investment in tobacco companies.

    Colin Noble’s move comes after it was pointed out that while the county’s public health department was warning about the dangers of teenagers smoking, the pension committee was watching its investment in tobacco firms increase from £33.5m in February to £33.6m now.

    Earlier this year the committee, which administers the pensions of district and borough councils and other bodies as well as the county council, decided it could not ban investments in tobacco firms – even though a full meeting of the county council had voted in favour of such a ban.

    A QC had warned the committee that a ban could lay it open to legal action if alternative shares did not perform as well as those in tobacco firms.

    Source: Ipswich Star – 06 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DuNz6o

    India: Punjab to forestall move to launch smaller cigarette packs

    The Punjab government will forestall any move by the tobacco industry to launch smaller packs containing one or two cigarettes to circumvent the ban on sale of loose cigarettes, a health officer said on Thursday.

    Vini Mahajan, Punjab’s principal secretary for health and family welfare, has asked the food supplies department to ensure that tobacco companies are not able to launch smaller packs.

    The move by the tobacco industry follows a recent ban imposed on the sale of loose cigarettes by the Punjab government. The ban was imposed to bring down tobacco consumption in Punjab, Mahajan said.

    Source: SME Times – 07 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DuNKPb

    US: Mayor leads fight against chewing tobacco in Boston

    Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is calling for a ban on dip, snuff and chewing tobacco.

    With former Red Sox pitcher and mouth cancer survivor Curt Schilling at his side, the mayor has proposed banning smokeless tobacco products from all city professional and amateur athletic venues.

    Source: Hamilton Spectator – 07 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DuNShK

    Video: What do your children think about secondhand smoke?

    Dudley’s Stop Smoking Service has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the health risks of secondhand smoke to children. In addition to promotional events in local parks and town centres the team has produced a video featuring children telling adults what they think about smoking.

    Source: Dudley Stop Smoking Services – 04 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IqwqcS