ASH Daily news for 07 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Coventry: Retailer invests in innovative e-cigarette gantry
  • Opinion: Ban on electronic cigarette use
  • Leicester: Senior nurses patrol in new smoking crackdown at Royal Infirmary
  • Acne scars ‘worse in smokers’
  • WHO urges governments to raise tobacco taxes to beat smoking
  • Philippines: New industry-funded illicit tobacco trade report dismissed
  • US: Seattle curbs cigarettes in parks
  • US: Rhode Island’s Cliff Walk now smokefree

    Coventry: Retailer invests in innovative e-cigarette gantry

    Independent retailer Paul Cheema is hoping to increase his electronic cigarette sales with a dedicated one-metre gantry devoted to the devices at his store in Coventry.

    Source: Convenience Store – 06 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IGtE4T

    Opinion: Ban on electronic cigarette use

    With a controversial ban on electronic cigarette use in public places in Wales now looking likely, DDN hears from ASH’s director of policy, Hazel Cheeseman, on why she thinks the plan is misguided.

    Source: Drink and Drugs News – 06 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IGtJWb

    Leicester: Senior nurses patrol in new smoking crackdown at Royal Infirmary

    Health bosses have brought in a 500-metre no smoking exclusion zone for staff around Leicester Royal Infirmary.

    Senior nurses and senior staff are patrolling the area to enforce the new policy, which was introduced to reduce noise for residents.

    However, people living close to the hospital said the policy was not working, and that people having a cigarette break, combined with the noise of hospital machinery, was making their lives a misery.

    Source: Leicester Mercury – 06 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IGtQB5

    Acne scars ‘worse in smokers’

    Smoking not only causes wrinkles – it can worsen the effects of acne, scientists have found.

    Scarring associated with the spotty condition is more severe in smokers, research from Harrogate District Foundation Trust shows.

    The new study looked at 992 sufferers afflicted by severe acne who were referred to a hospital dermatology department over an eight year period.

    Scarring was observed in 91% of patients, and although smokers were not more likely to have acne scars, the damage to their skin was significantly more severe.

    More than half (53.7%) of smokers had moderate to severe scarring compared with just over a third (35%) of non-smokers.

    Source: Yahoo! News/PA – 07 July 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1IGu0Zt

    WHO urges governments to raise tobacco taxes to beat smoking

    Governments around the world should increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products to save lives and generate funds for stronger health services accordin to the World Health Organization (WHO).

    In a report entitled “The Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015”, the United Nations health agency said that too few governments make full use of tobacco taxes to dissuade people from smoking or help them to cut down and quit. It recommends that at least 75 percent of the price of a pack of cigarettes should be tax.

    There are a billion smokers worldwide, but many countries have extremely low tobacco tax rates and some have no special tobacco taxes at all, the WHO said.

    Source: Reuters – 07 July 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1IGu4Zc

    Philippines: New industry-funded illicit tobacco trade report dismissed

    The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (Seatca) has strongly criticised a recent tobacco industry research report on illicit trade in the Philippines and 13 other Asian countries.

    Like its predecessor (Asia-11 Illicit Tobacco Indicator 2012), the recent tobacco industry report was without scientific basis, Seatca said.

    The research was carried out jointly by a Washington based group, International Tax and Investment Center, and a UK group, Oxford Economics.

    Source: Manila Standard – 03 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IGudvz

    US: Seattle curbs cigarettes in parks

    Smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products in Seattle’s parks became illegal on Monday, as the U.S. Pacific Northwest’s largest city joined other American metropolises in restricting puffing in public.

    Seattle’s Parks and Recreation officials voted in May to ban smoking in all of its 465 parks. It had previously required smokers to maintain 25-feet minimum distances from other visitors in any publicly accessible park land, the city said.

    On Monday, the city, on its website, encouraged park goers to “smell flowers, not smoke.”

    The ban follows similar restrictions in more than 1,000 other U.S. cities and communities across the nation, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, the city said.

    Source: Reuters – 06 July 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1IGuiiQ

    US: Rhode Island’s Cliff Walk now smokefree

    A new smoking ban instituted last month applies to the 3 1/2-mile public walkway that runs between the Atlantic Ocean and some of the Newport’s most spectacular Gilded Age mansions. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and is Rhode Island’s most visited tourist attraction.

    Newport officials said they aren’t worried about losing tourists because of the city’s new ban. In fact, many tourists at the Cliff Walk have already said they liked it.

    Cigarette butts made up 30 percent of the debris nonprofit organization Clean Ocean Access found during several beach cleanups in 2014, said Dave McLaughlin, executive director and co-founder of the nonprofit. During two cleanups of the Cliff Walk last year, the group found nearly 400 cigarette butts, McLaughlin said.

    Source: Yahoo! News/AP – 06 July 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1IGuAq1