ASH Daily news for 08 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • 40 people escape hostel fire sparked by cigarette
  • Northamptonshire: Man attacks two teenage boys over cigarettes
  • Birmingham: 11,000 illegal cigarettes seized in shop raids
  • US: CVS Health quits US Chamber over stance on smoking
  • US: Three-quarters of Americans support raising the tobacco purchasing age limit from 18 to 21

    40 people escape hostel fire sparked by cigarette

    Around 40 people escaped a hostel fire in East Croydon thought to be caused by a cigarette last week.

    The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to the blaze and managed to bring the flames under control in an hour.
    An LFB spokesman said it is thought the blaze was started by the “careless disposal of a cigarette”.

    He said: “It’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it. If you don’t, you risk causing a fire which could destroy not only your home, but also your life.”

    Source: Croydon Advertiser, 7th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HfeSQq

    Northamptonshire: Man attacks two teenage boys over cigarettes

    Two teenage boys were attacked by a man on Northamptonshire road for not giving him cigarettes when asked for them.

    Whilst the boys walked passed the stranger at a junction, he stopped them and asked for a cigarette and when they told him they did not smoke, the man then proceeded to check their pockets.

    The boys then requested to be left alone, at which point the man punched one of the boys in the head and then attacked the other. He then walked off towards Kettering Road without stealing anything.

    Source: Northamptonshire Telegraph, 7th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Rk5bIm

    Birmingham: 11,000 illegal cigarettes seized in shop raids

    More than 11,000 illegal cigarettes worth £3,000 have been seized by council officers in a series of raids on shops and a cafe in Birmingham.

    Teams of Birmingham City Council officers and West Midlands Police cops using sniffer dogs targeted the stores in the north and east of the city as part of a continued crackdown on the sale of illicit tobacco.

    Products including smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes were found at six premises and were concealed in cupboards, hidden compartments and bags in an attempt to avoid detection.

    Source: Birmingham Mail, 7th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1LRIEhj

    US: CVS Health quits US Chamber over stance on smoking

    The CVS Health Corporation has decided to resign from the US Chamber of Commerce due to the trade group’s stance on tobacco products and its decision to undertake a global lobbying campaign against antismoking laws – a decision which essentially conflicts with the CVS’s focus on health.

    David Palombi, a senior vice president at CVS said the company was surprised by the press reports “concerning the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s position on tobacco products outside the United States” and emphasised that “CVS Health’s purpose is to help people on their path to better health and… fundamentally believe tobacco use is in direct conflict with this purpose.”

    The Chamber and its vast network of foreign affiliates had targeted restrictions, often in developing countries, on smoking in public spaces, bans on menthol and slim cigarettes, advertising restrictions, excise tax increases, plain packaging and graphic warning labels.

    The chamber’s efforts have put it in direct opposition to the World Health Organization’s efforts to curb tobacco use around the world. Thomas J. Donohue, the head of the chamber, has been personally involved in the campaign.

    Source: The New York Times, 7th July 2015
    Link: http://nyti.ms/1Rk2mH8

    US: Three-quarters of Americans support raising the tobacco purchasing age limit from 18 to 21

    A new survey published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that three-quarters of Americans favour raising the minimum age limit of purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21. This data includes current smokers and found that 7 out of 10 cigarette smokers are supportive of this.

    The results indicated that approximately 50 per cent of those replied would strongly favour such a change, while another 25 per cent said they would be somewhat in favour of it. The favourability of such policy was higher amongst adults who never smoked and older adults and less favourable amongst former and current smokers.

    Source: Medical Daily, 7th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JOj65l