ASH Daily news for 09 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • Wales to introduce e-cigarette ban in public places
  • Preston convenience store is stripped of its gantry
  • Woking: Anti-smoking partner tried ‘forcing cigarettes into woman’s mouth’ – court
  • West Sussex: Elderly woman dies in fire started by cigarette
  • US: Reynolds-Lorillard merger clears final hurdle, judge okays brand transfer
  • South Africa: Anti-tobacco advocate says electronic cigarettes are potential life-savers
  • Australia: Woman arrested after stubbing lit cigarette in reporter’s face

    Wales to introduce e-cigarette ban in public places

    Electronic cigarettes are to be banned in enclosed public spaces and workplaces as part of a raft of radical health plans announced by the Welsh government.

    The law would be the first such restriction in the UK and would be hugely controversial among thousands of users, producers and campaigners who believe the use of e-cigarettes can help smokers of conventional cigarettes quit.

    ASH said it did not support the sort of ban proposed by the Welsh government.

    It said there was emerging evidence that e-cigarettes helped people quit smoking and there was little evidence they encouraged “never smokers” to take it up. A spokesperson said: “We think they should be appropriately regulated. That does not include banning in public places.”

    See also:
    – ASH statement on banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places, ASH press release
    – Wales to introduce e-cigarette ban, MSN
    – E-cigarettes set to be banned in enclosed public spaces in Wales as soon as next year, Wales Online
    – E-cigarette ban in enclosed spaces in Wales pushes ahead, BBC News
    – Using e-cigarettes in public could be banned in Wales, ITV
    – Now e-cigarettes could be banned in public places, Daily Mail
    – Wales moves to ban e-cigarettes indoors, The Times (£)
    – ‘Balancing act right’ on e-cigarettes law, says Drakeford, BBC News [includes video]
    – 
    E-cigarettes: ‘Vapers have to stand in the smoking shed’, BBC News [includes video]
    – E-cigarettes: The debate gets cloudier. BBC News
    – E-cigarette ban: Mark Drakeford’s public health gamble, ITV

    Source: The Guardian – 09 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KmnreB

    Preston convenience store is stripped of its gantry

    A convenience shop prosecuted by Lancashire Trading Standards in March for selling illegal tobacco concealed in crisp boxes has been stripped of its gantry by JTI.

    Source: Lancashire Evening Post – 08 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KmoLhE

    Woking: Anti-smoking partner tried ‘forcing cigarettes into woman’s mouth’ – court

    Anger at his former partner’s smoking led a man to attack her and cause long-term damage to her eye, a court heard.

    Demitry Yagelyo avoided jail ‘by the skin of his teeth’ when he was brought before Guildford Crown Court on 29 May to be sentenced after he previously pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

    According to the prosecution, this defendant approached Juliga, the victim, picked up some cigarettes and tried forcing them into her mouth.

    The trigger appears to have been he has always had a problem with her [Juliga] smoking.

    Source: Get Surrey – 09 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Kmp8J9

    West Sussex: Elderly woman dies in fire started by cigarette

    A woman in her 70s has died in a fire which is believed to have been started by a cigarette.

    On arrival, firefighters were presented with a well-developed fire on the ground floor of the cottage. A team wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to find the occupier, a woman in her 70s who has not yet been officially named, in the smoke-logged living room. Sadly, she had already died.

    Source: Crawley News – 08 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KmpjUR

    US: Reynolds-Lorillard merger clears final hurdle, judge okays brand transfer

    Reynolds American Inc has cleared the final hurdle for its $27.4 billion purchase of smaller rival Lorillard Inc as a federal judge approved its request to sell several cigarette brands. The deal is expected to be closed on 12 June.

    U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington, D.C. granted an unopposed motion allowing the transfer of the Kool, Maverick, Salem and Winston brands to Imperial Tobacco Group Plc .

    Last month, the Federal Trade Commission approved Reynolds’ purchase of Lorillard, which would combine the second- and third-largest U.S. tobacco companies, if they divested the four cigarette brands.

    Imperial is the fourth-largest tobacco company globally.

    Source: Reuters – 08 June 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1KmpuPS

    South Africa: Anti-tobacco advocate says electronic cigarettes are potential life-savers

    The SA Government must stop over-regulating e-cigarettes and doctors should recommend them to patients who smoke, says anti-tobacco expert Dr Derek Yach.

    Source: Health 24 – 08 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KmmeEi

    Australia: Woman arrested after stubbing lit cigarette in reporter’s face

    An Australian woman has been arrested after stubbing a cigarette in the face of a TV reporter.

    The 23-year-old woman had been at Caboolture Magistrates Court, north of Brisbane, to hear murder charges against her friend.

    Video shows her blowing smoke towards reporters covering the trial before reaching over and stubbing a lit cigarette in 9news reporter Alex Bernhardt’s face. She has been charged with public nuisance. Bernhardt escaped mostly unscathed.

    Source: The Independent – 08 June 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1KmpBLh