ASH Daily news for 07 January 2016



HEADLINES

  • Leeds: Campaign for smokefree playgrounds
  • Wales: 80-a-day smoker quits after realising it cost more than her mortgage
  • Wales: No fines issued to people smoking in cars with children since ban introduced
  • Bangladesh: Health minister advised to be strict to counter tobacco industry tricks
  • Canada signals its standardized packaging intentions

    Leeds: Campaign for smokefree playgrounds

    Children’s artwork is being used in a campaign to stop people smoking near areas where youngsters play.

    New signs are appearing in Leeds this month to drive home the Smokefree playgrounds message. Children in the city were invited to submit designs.

    Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Chairwoman of Leeds City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “The public health impact of smoking is enormous and tobacco use remains one of the biggest preventable causes of early death and ill health in Leeds… Smokefree playgrounds are part of the support we are pledging for the Breathe 2025 campaign to have a generation of children where smoking is a thing of the past.”

    Source: Wharfedale Observer, 7th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PLzIuv

    Wales: 80-a-day smoker quits after realising it cost more than her mortgage

    A woman who was smoking 80 cigarettes a day finally quit smoking after she realised it was costing more than her mortgage.

    Paula Garnett was paying £345 for her mortgage compared to £370 on smoking Sterling cigarettes.

    Family members had been urging her to give up the tobacco for years but she only took heed when her son worked out that her habit was more expensive than her housing.

    Paula said: “We were talking about what things cost and my son Tony calculated that it was costing more to buy my cigarettes than to pay the mortgage.

    “I couldn’t believe it – but that gave me the incentive. Since I quit I’ve found there’s money in my purse for things I want to buy.”

    Source: The Sun, 6th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MVeTs9

    Wales: No fines issued to people smoking in cars with children since ban introduced

    No fines have been issued to people smoking in cars with children in Gwent since the law came into force three months ago.

    The ban which came into force on October 1, 2015, makes it an offence for a person of any age to smoke in a private vehicle when someone under the age of 18 is present and for a driver.

    A Welsh Government spokesman said: “We introduced the ban because smoking in cars poisons children. We don’t want to see people being fined or taken to court for breaking the law – we want them to stop smoking in cars carrying children.”

    Source: South Wales Argus, 6th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UyxmQZ

    Bangladesh: Health minister advised to be strict to counter tobacco industry tricks

    Anti-tobacco campaigners have urged the health minister to be “strict” about implementing the pictorial health warnings on tobacco packs.

    The provision which dictates that pictorial warnings cover the upper half of tobacco packs is expected to come into effect on 19th March.

    The tobacco industry however, in violation of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), lobbied the health ministry to make changes to the provision.

    They want to print the warning pictures in the lower part of the packs to reduce their impact.

    Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance, National Anti Tuberculosis Association (NATAB), and Work for Better Bangladesh jointly at a press briefing on Wednesday in Dhaka urged the health minister to stay firm in its position.

    Source: Bdnews24, 7th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Z7Ewgq

    Canada signals its standardized packaging intentions

    The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that he expects his health minister to introduce, as a matter of urgency, standardized packaging (PP) legislation for tobacco products.

    He wants the minister, Jane Philpott, to make it a top priority to introduce standardized packaging legislation similar to that introduced in Australia and the UK.

    Source: Tobacco Reporter, 6th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1S5Kf79