ASH Daily News for 07 February 2019



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UK

  • Driver who smuggled cigarettes in frozen chickens jailed
  • Nurse from Poole wins award for helping pregnant smokers to quit

International

  • Australia: Baby dies after alleged e-liquid poisoning
  • Exploding e-cigarette kills 24-year-old Texas man

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Questions

 

UK

Driver who smuggled cigarettes in frozen chickens jailed

A lorry driver who was caught trying to bring 10 million illicit cigarettes into the Port of Hull has been sentenced to 4 years in prison. He attempted to conceal the cigarettes in a load of frozen chickens but was stopped by Boarder Force officers in February last year.

Mark Robinson, Border Force assistant director, said: “The size of the detection should leave people in no doubt that tobacco smuggling is a serious crime. By stopping this shipment and by working with our law enforcement colleagues at HMRC we have not only prevented a substantial quantity of smuggled cigarettes from hitting the streets, but also brought the man responsible to justice.”

Source: Talking Retail, 6th February 2019

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Nurse from Poole wins award for helping pregnant smokers to quit

Heidi Croucher, from Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has won the Cavell Star Award, an award from Cavell Nurses’ Trust and LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare. As a smoking in pregnancy specialist midwife she supports expectant mothers throughout their pregnancies and after their births to stop smoking.

Jullian Ireland, professional midwifery advocate at the hospital, said: “Quit rates for pregnant smokers at the hospital have increased dramatically since Heidi took up her post. She is very committed to helping women who face the difficult task of tackling a strong smoking addiction at a very stressful time in their lives”.

Source: Bournemouth Echo, 6th February 2019

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International

Australia: Baby may have died from e-liquid poisoning

A baby has died in Victoria after allegedly being exposed to toxic levels of liquid nicotine, allegedly from an e-liquid, leading experts to raise concerns about the safety of the design of e-cigarettes.

Dr White from Quit Victoria highlighted the need for basic consumer safety standards around e-cigarettes and e-liquids. He stated that child proof and bland packaging would go a long way to help preventing further poisonings or other incidents.

Source: Daily Mail, 6th February 2019

Note: EU regualtions mean that all e-liquids sold in the UK should be tamper proof

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Exploding e-cigarette kills 24-year-old Texas man

An explosion from an e-cigarette has killed a 24 year old man in Texas. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office found o that shrapnel from the vape pen’s exploding battery impacted Mr Brown’s skull, severed his carotid artery and ultimately caused his death two days after the incident.

A US government report says there have been 195 documented cases of exploding e-cigarettes between 2009 and 2016.

Source: BBC News, 5 February 2019

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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary Questions

PQ1:

Asked by Andrew Rosindell, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the UK will remain aligned with EU rules on nicotine strength in vaping products after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered by Steve Brine on 05 February 2019

As announced in the Tobacco Control Plan the Government will review where the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union offers us opportunities to re-appraise current regulation to ensure this continues to protect the nation’s health. We will look to identify where we can sensibly deregulate without harming public health, or where EU regulations limit our ability to deal with tobacco.

Source: Hansard, 5 February 2019

Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2019-01-28.213263.h

PQ2:

Asked by Mrs Sharon Hodgson, Washington and Sunderland West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, whether products produced before the UK leaves the EU will still be legal to sell after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered by Steve Brine on 05 February 2019

In the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a deal, the Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 allow for tobacco products produced before exit day, with EU picture warnings, to be sold for 12 months after exit day. Any products manufactured after exit day will need to include the new picture health warnings which are introduced by the above legislation.

Tobacco products and e-cigarettes which have been notified via the EU notification system prior to exit day will not need to be notified again after exit day, unless there are substantive change to products.

Source: Hansard, 5 February 2019

Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2019-01-28.213284.h