ASH Daily news for 09 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • Scotland: MSPs back new restrictions on e-cigarettes sales
  • Telford: Quit smoking aid hit by council cash cuts
  • Scotland: Alarm after toddler drinks ‘vaping’ liquid
  • Rotting fruit used to hide smuggled cigarettes
  • TRA campaigns for fairer deal for small shops
  • Midlands: Sandwell hospital to go smokefree by 2018
  • North East: Woman supplied counterfeit cigarettes from her ice cream van outside a primary school
  • Germany: Tobacco advertising could disappear by 2020
  • Jamaica: Health Ministry planning additional smoking control measures
  • China: Smoking myth gives slim cigarettes rising popularity

    Scotland: MSPs back new restrictions on e-cigarettes sales

    MSPs have called for national guidance on the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes as they backed new restrictions on their sale.

    Holyrood’s Health Committee also threw its weight behind a legally enforceable ban on smoking in parts of hospital grounds.

    The committee has been examining a Scottish Government Bill that would introduce restrictions on the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes, including a minimum purchase age of 18 and a limit on advertising.

    Source: The Scotsman – 09 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NZ5402

    Telford: Quit smoking aid hit by council cash cuts

    Anti-smoking projects are to be cut by £200,000 as part of savings by Telford & Wrekin Council.

    The move is part of a near £750,000 cut to the council’s public health budget that also includes plans to scrap free swimming for over-50s at the council’s four leisure centres.

    The quit smoking schemes have been acknowledged as being a success.

    Source: Shropshire Star – 09 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NZ5dQZ

    Scotland: Alarm after toddler drinks ‘vaping’ liquid

    Doctors are warning parents about the dangers of children getting access to liquid refills for e-cigarettes after a toddler was admitted to hospital.

    The toddler who swallowed the liquid nicotine was only 15 months old and was taken to hospital in Perth.

    Source: The Times – 09 November 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1NZ5Av1

    Rotting fruit used to hide smuggled cigarettes

    A lorry driver who smuggled more than 146 million cigarettes into the UK hidden behind crates of rotting pears has been jailed.

    Customs officers found 7.4 million hidden cigarettes when they stopped Hans Verhoeven at a truck stop off the M25 near Waltham Abbey in Essex last year.

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said Verhoeven admitted making at least 18 smuggling runs in the past.

    He received jail sentences totalling six years and 10 months.

    Verhoeven was bailed following the Waltham Abbey stop, but four months later, in November 2014, he was stopped again at the Port of Dover in Kent.

    Paperwork in his cab linked him to a lorry load of 8.1 million cigarettes, this time hidden behind boxes of apples.

    Source: BBC News – 06 November 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1NZ5Iun

    TRA campaigns for fairer deal for small shops

    The Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance has launched its new ‘Fair Deal for Small Shops’ campaign at Westminster.

    The campaign addresses four key areas: the illicit trade in tobacco, the creation of a tobacco retailer registration scheme, crime prevention and the impact of regulation.

    The TRA supports the introduction of a free retailer registration scheme.

    Source: Convenience Store – 23 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NZ5S4X

    Midlands: Sandwell hospital to go smokefree by 2018

    New proposals put forward by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospital Trust could see smokers confined only to smoking shelters for three years – before a total ban on smoking is introduced in 2018.

    The trust aims to introduce a new policy of restricting smoking to designated shelters next year at its hospitals – Sandwell General, City and Rowley Regis – before bringing in the zero tolerance ban at all sites when the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital opens in 2018.

    Source: Express & Star – 08 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NZ68Ru

    North East: Woman supplied counterfeit cigarettes from her ice cream van outside a primary school

    A woman accused of supplying illegally bought cigarettes from her ice cream van to be sold near schools appeared in court this week.

    Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard that Julie Meale, 34, owns a van which was travelling around the Copeland Road area of West Auckland selling illicit tobacco near schools.

    Trading standards officers were also sold counterfeit packets of Mayfair cigarettes from Meale’s employees, Andrew Allison and his son Kyle, when the van was parked outside Oakley Cross School, West Auckland, in January.

    Kyle Allison pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit cigarettes at a previous court hearing and received a £120 fine.

    Andrew Allison pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit cigarettes and possessing cigarettes and tobacco for supply without the required health warnings and will be sentenced on November 11.

    Meale could face the maximum penalty of a £5,000 fine or imprisonment of up to six months.

    Source: Northern Echo – 04 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NZ6irT

    Germany: Tobacco advertising could disappear by 2020

    Ministers have agreed on plans to ban all outdoor tobacco advertising by 2020 according to a leaked report.

    The documents reveal plans agreed between the Chancellery and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL) to end advertising at transport stops and on Litfaßsäulen (columns with space for advertising posters).

    There would also be no tobacco advertising in cinema screenings open to people below the age of 18.

    Media had reported in recent days that the Chancellery was threatening to veto plans to end tobacco advertising by 2018.

    The advertising changes will amend a law that comes into force next year implementing EU guidelines on tobacco.

    See also:
    ‘E-cigarettes must be treated like tobacco cigarettes’, DW

    Source: The Local.de – 05 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NZ6x6t

    Jamaica: Health Ministry planning additional smoking control measures

    Two years after it implemented a ban on smoking in public areas, the Ministry of Health is considering additional measures to clamp down on the tobacco industry, including restrictions on the contact between public officials and tobacco companies.

    An omnibus Tobacco Control Bill to house all regulations governing the industry is now being prepared and will be placed before Parliament.

    Source: The Gleaner – 08 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NZ6JTg

    China: Smoking myth gives slim cigarettes rising popularity

    China’s 300 million smokers are turning to slim and super-slim cigarettes in the mistaken belief that they will be exposed to less harmful chemicals than traditional brands.

    China is the world’s largest tobacco consumer and producer. Production and sales of slim cigarettes doubled in China in 2014. A total of 15 billion slim cigarettes were sold that year, an increase from 2007 when the figure was 500 million.

    Source: Xinhuanet News – 09 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NZ6S94