ASH Daily news for 07 January 2015



HEADLINES

  • Tobacco branding warning from British Heart Foundation
  • Japan Tobacco International tobacco ad banned following complaints from health groups
  • Letter from Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood and Middleton
  • Three-month countdown to tobacco display ban begins
  • Cambridge: Headteacher plea to parents to stop smoking at school gates
  • US: Study finds college campus tobacco-free policies are effective

    Tobacco branding warning from British Heart Foundation

    A study carried out by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on the effects of standardised packaging, based on the responses of smokers and ex-smokers in Australia and the UK, has found that smokers are almost twice as likely to notice health warnings on tobacco products that have packaging free of advertising.

    BHF chief executive Simon Gillespie said: “The evidence couldn’t be clearer. Stripping tobacco products of their branded packaging means important health warnings have more impact. These are toxic products so it’s vital these messages are communicated clearly.”

    Source
    British Heart Foundation: Standardised Packaging for Tobacco Products

    Source: The Herald, 07 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1yzKU7H

    Japan Tobacco International tobacco ad banned following complaints from health groups

    An advert for JTI tobacco has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after 13 complaints, including one from Cancer Research UK.

    The advert which appeared in April 2013 which suggested that there was no hard evidence to support standardised packaging was deemed misleading by the ASA.
    [ASH was among the complainants.  All the JTI adverts against standardised packaging have now been ruled misleading.]

    Source: The Drum, 07 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/140lcf5

    Letter from Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood and Middleton

    In an open letter to Rochdale Online, Liz McInnes MP for Heywood and Middleton, writes: “I am hoping to be able to ask a question in the next health debate about how late the Coalition Government plan to leave the tabling of proposals for standardising tobacco packaging.”

    She goes on to say that the issue has dragged on for too long and seems to have been ignored by the Government in the hope that they don’t have to come up against the tobacco industry.

    She adds: “The sooner we standardize tobacco packaging the sooner we impact on the dangers of smoking.”

    Source: Rochdale Online, 06 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FlCHYL

    Three-month countdown to tobacco display ban begins

    Small retail stores across the UK have 3 months to prepare before the tobacco display ban comes into force on 06 April 2015.

    The Department of Health is currently running advertorials in key trade magazines.

    Source: Convenience Store, 06 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/14uijo0

    Cambridge: Headteacher plea to parents to stop smoking at school gates

    A headteacher from a primary school in Cambridge, has requested that parents do not smoke at the school gates. He told parents in the school newsletter: “Our children have fed back again that they don’t like walking through smoke on their way into school.”

    Source: Cambridge News, 06 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1tOb8m2

    US: Study finds college campus tobacco-free policies are effective

    A study carried out by researchers from Kentucky College of Nursing and published in the American Journal of Public Health, has found that stronger smokefree policies are associated with fewer students reporting exposure to secondhand smoke.

    It also found that fewer students smoked and reported intention to smoke on tobacco-free college campuses.

    Source
    American Journal Public Health: Association of campus tobacco policies with secondhand smoke exposure, intention to smoke on campus, and attitudes about outdoor smoking restrictions

    Source: Medical Xpress, 06 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FlEYms