ASH Daily news for 08 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • Opinion: The right of children to breath clean air trumps any ‘right’ a parent has to smoke
  • Royal Navy to let sailors use e-cigarettes on nuclear submarines
  • Scotland: E-cigarette bill “welcomed” by campaigners
  • Hull: Smoker parents appeal judge’s decision to take away son
  • London: School pupils tell parents to stop smoking at front gates
  • E-cigarettes to be banned from all Southern train stations
  • Australia: Dramatic decline in tobacco consumption
  • Ukraine: Public health advocates cheer decision to stop lobbying tobacco interests

    Opinion: The right of children to breath clean air trumps any ‘right’ a parent has to smoke

    Janet Street-Porter reacts to the story of a two-year-old boy who was removed from his parents’ custody because of their heavy smoking (see story below). In her view, addiction to cigarettes (like alcohol) is harming children in low-income homes and they have no choice in the matter. She explains that helping addicts and educating the young is the only answer while questioning the funding of anti-smoking campaigns.

    Street-Porter also mentions that ASH, backed by more than 120 health organisations, is about to issue a report calling on the Government to impose a new levy on tobacco companies which would pay for new initiatives to stop people smoking.

    [The report, Smoking Still Kills, will be released on Wednesday following a launch event in Parliament on Tuesday]

    Source: The Independent – 05 June 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1F3Rjpa

    Royal Navy to let sailors use e-cigarettes on nuclear submarines

    Sailors are set to be allowed to puff e-cigarettes in their nuclear submarines.

    The move follows a fugitive whistleblower claiming unauthorised vaping was a safety risk.

    Royal Navy medical officers now think there is no risk – and e-cigarettes would help ratings to give up smoking.

    Source: Daily Mirror – 06 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F3QzAu

    Scotland: E-cigarette bill “welcomed” by campaigners

    Anti-tobacco campaigners have welcomed the tabling of the Scottish Government’s e-cigarettes bill, which they said was a “careful balancing act” between restricting young people’s access to electronic cigarettes while maintaining access for smokers seeking help to quit tobacco use.

    Ash Scotland said it believed that e-cigarettes were less damaging to health than traditional cigarettes – but warned that they were not without risk.

    The bill, which was tabled with the Scottish Parliament today proposes to ban sales of e-cigarettes to under-18s. It would also make it an offence for an adult to buy e-cigarettes for a minor.

    See also:
    – Age limits on e-cigarettes backed by campaigners, The Scotsman

    Source: The Scotsman – 08 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F3QFYF

    Hull: Smoker parents appeal judge’s decision to take away son

    The parents of a two-year-old boy who was removed from his home because of their smoking say they are appealing a decision to put him up for adoption.

    In an interview with the Daily Mail, the parents deny ever smoking in front of their son, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and say they had switched to e-cigarettes to try to keep him.

    See also:
    – We adore our son and we’ve never smoked in front of him… now we just want him back: Parents speak out after judge rules boy, 2, should be placed for adoption because of their habit, Daily Mail
    – The right of children to breath clean air trumps any ‘right’ a parent has to smoke, The independent
    – Couple whose son was taken away because ‘they smoke too much’ have pleaded for his return, Daily Mirror

    Source: Hull Daily Mail – 06 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F3QRHs

    London: School pupils tell parents to stop smoking at front gates

    Children are telling their parents to put cigarettes out at the school gates.

    Carterhatch primary school, in Carterhatch lane, is the first school in the Borough of Enfield to ban parents from smoking by the gates and pupils devoted a whole day to learn of the health risks of smoking.

    ‘No smoking at the gates’ was launched by parent governor Marina Haque, as children designed a plaque to remind parents not to smoke by the school.

    Source: This is London – 07 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F3R2CE

    E-cigarettes to be banned from all Southern train stations

    Train company Southern has announced that a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes at its stations will be introduced this month.

    From Sunday, July 27 the existing ban on tobacco will be extended to e-cigarettes at all Southern stations.

    Source: Crawley News – 06 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F3Rdhf

    Australia: Dramatic decline in tobacco consumption

    The tobacco industry has been hit by the heaviest declines on record amid otherwise strong economic growth for the nation, the latest figures show.

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, household tobacco consumption and expenditure volume fell 10.1 per cent over the past 12 months, and 17.5 per cent in the past two and a half years, according to the seasonally adjusted data.

    [includes graphs] 

    See also:
    – Long-term smokers find plain-packaged cigarettes taste worse, the Nation
    – Big Tobacco’s smoke and mirrors won’t work this time, The Nation
    – Plain Packaging What the research says, The Nation
    – Australian spending on tobacco goes up in smoke, LSE

    Source: Sydney Morning Herald – 04 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F3RqkC

    Ukraine: Public health advocates cheer decision to stop lobbying tobacco interests

    Ukraine’s Economy Ministry has suspended and will drop its three-year-old World Trade Organization case against Australia’s cigarette packaging law.

    Since 2012, Ukraine has been lobbying against Australia’s requirement to have tobacco products sold in plain packaging.

    Andriy Skipalskyi, chairman of Advocacy Center Life, a non-profit anti-tobacco advocacy group, celebrated the achievement. “Ukrainian officials were able to break tobacco lobbyism and adopt a landmark decision,” Skipalskyi wrote on his Facebook page.

    Hanna Hopko, a member of Parliament and former anti-tobacco activist, also hailed the decision.

    See also:
    – Suspension of lawsuit against plain packaging is a huge win for tobacco control, Medical News Today

    Source: Kyiv Post – 05 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F3RIb2