ASH Daily news for 08 September 2015
8 September 2015
- Birmingham: Hope that smoking ban in cars will reduce smoking rates
- IASLC issues new statement on tobacco control and smoking cessation
- SE Asian Health Ministers sign anti-tobacco declaration pledge
- India: Soft hand on tobacco draws criticism by WHO
Birmingham: Hope that smoking ban in cars will reduce smoking rates
Birmingham health chiefs hope the forthcoming ban on smoking in cars carrying children will encourage more smokers to quit.
The new legislation that will come into force on the 1st October in England and Wales aims to protect young people under-18 from second-hand smoke. Cabinet member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, believes this legislation will make a significant difference to the lives of thousands children Birmingham.
Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, said: “In addition to protecting the health of our children, I hope this legislation will encourage some smokers to quit and if that’s the case, our Stop Smoking Service in Birmingham is there to help.
“It’s important to stress that this is not about punishing smokers – it’s about protecting innocent victims of a habit that ruins far too many lives.”Source: Birmingham News Room, 8th September 2015
IASLC issues new statement on tobacco control and smoking cessation
The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) issued a new statement on Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation at the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Denver.
The statement calls for higher taxes on tobacco products, comprehensive advertising and promotion bans of all tobacco products and product regulation including pack warnings.Source: Bioportfolio, 7th September 2015
SE Asian Health Ministers sign anti-tobacco declaration pledge
According to a statement released by the World Health Organization, 11 health ministers of the WHO South-East Asia region have signed a declaration pledging to accelerate tougher tobacco control measures.
The ministers expressed their concerns over high tobacco consumption in the region during the inaugural session of the 68th Regional Committee Meeting of the WHO South-East Asia region.
The regional director of WHO South-East Asia region said: “Tobacco use in South-East Asia is alarmingly high, triggering major health and economic consequences. Tougher actions are needed for tobacco control and prevention.”
“Countries must equally tax all tobacco products, ban tobacco advertisements, enforce pictorial warning on cigarette packs and implement ban on public smoking.”Source: Medindia, 8th September 2015
India: Soft hand on tobacco draws criticism by WHO
The delay by India to implement larger pictorial warnings on packs of tobacco products has been criticised at the World Health Organization’s regional meeting as delegates assessed tobacco-control measures by countries in the region.
The regional director of WHO South-East Asia said: “Even Indonesia which is not signatory to WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has implemented 40 per cent pictorial warnings on both sides of the packs. India, being an important member and such a large country, has only 40 per cent on one side.”Source: The Economic Times, 8th September 2015