ASH Daily news for 10 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Wales: Smoking could be banned in pub beer gardens
  • South West: Smokers finding ways to avoid UK tax, claims TMA survey
  • Derbyshire: Chesterfield Royal Hospital smoking ban decision expected in autumn
  • Rochdale: High support for smokefree family events, as new campaign launches
  • Manchester: Shopkeeper who used secret chute to sell smuggled tobacco is rumbled by sniffer dog
  • Canada: Group wants proposed menthol cigarette ban to apply to aboriginal tobacco industry
  • Australia: Tobacco stash found in prison ahead of ban
  • Bermuda: Anger over changes to tobacco legislation
  • Philippines: Court of Appeals says MMDA cannot enforce ban on smoking
  • Iraq: Saddam’s doctor ordered him to quit smoking

    Wales: Smoking could be banned in pub beer gardens

    People in Wales could be banned from smoking in some pub beer gardens if new laws being pushed by the Welsh government come into force.

    As well as planning to ban e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces – which would include inside pubs where they are generally allowed – the government’s Bill will give it the power to ban smoking in beer gardens that include children’s play areas.

    Source: Daily Post – 09 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EjfssY

    South West: Smokers finding ways to avoid UK tax, claims TMA survey

    A survey by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association of adult smokers in the South West found that nearly half (44 per cent) report buying tobacco products from sources other than UK shops to avoid paying the high tax.

    The tobacco industry has launched an advertising campaign to remind passengers going abroad on holiday that bringing tobacco products into the UK and selling them on is a criminal offence.

    Source: Herald Express – 09 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EjfUHA

    Derbyshire: Chesterfield Royal Hospital smoking ban decision expected in autumn

    A decision on whether smoking should be banned on the entire Chesterfield Royal Hospital site is expected to be made in the autumn.

    Hospital bosses are currently considering the results of a public consultation on the plan.

    If it is given the go-ahead, patients, visitors and staff would be banned from lighting up on all of the Calow hospital’s grounds – including in entrances, car parks, courtyards and green spaces.

    Source: Derbyshire Times – 09 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1L16gBm

    Rochdale: High support for smokefree family events, as new campaign launches

    Demand for smoke free events and spaces with children present is high in Rochdale, according to a new survey. 92% of people in Rochdale questioned were supportive of smoke free outdoor events for children and families, with only 2% opposed.

    The survey results have been released as a fresh, new campaign, Smokefree Summer, was launched in Rochdale. The campaign is a new initiative running across Greater Manchester during Summer 2015 which will see a series of family-friendly events in the area becoming smoke free to protect children by reducing their exposure to smoking behaviour.

    Smokefree Summer has been co-ordinated by local social enterprise Tobacco Free Futures which has worked together with local authorities and event organisers across Greater Manchester.

    Source: Rochdale Online – 08 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EjgchE

    Manchester: Shopkeeper who used secret chute to sell smuggled tobacco is rumbled by sniffer dog

    A shopkeeper was caught out selling illicit tobacco after a sniffer dog found a secret chute behind his counter.

    Amir Sohail had installed the sophisticated delivery system where £10,000 of cigarettes, loose tobacco and snuff was hidden in an upstairs room.

    Investigators said that when an order was placed the 44-year-old would radio upstairs where the smuggled tobacco was put into a chute below the floorboards of the first floor room.

    It would come out of a secret hatch behind the ground floor shop counter.

    But his scam unravelled after trading standards officers received a tip-off and sent ‘tobacco sniffer dog’ Bertie who discovered the chute.

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    Source: Daily Mirror – 07 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EjglBI

    Canada: Group wants proposed menthol cigarette ban to apply to aboriginal tobacco industry

    On the eve of provincial hearings into a bill banning the sale of menthol cigarettes in Quebec, an advocacy group, the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco, wants the government to apply the proposed law on the aboriginal tobacco industry.

    But representatives from Kahnawake’s cigarette trade say the province has no jurisdiction in Mohawk territory, a sentiment echoed by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake. Meanwhile, Premier Philippe Couillard’s Liberal government says it cannot impose regulations on a section of the industry that largely operates outside the law.

    Though First Nations have a constitutionally guaranteed right to grow tobacco on reserves, their tax-free sale to non-aboriginals is illegal (hence the reason aboriginal cigarettes are often referred to as contraband).

    Source: Montreal Gazette – 06 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EjgvJv

    Australia: Tobacco stash found in prison ahead of ban

    A stash of tobacco has been uncovered at a Sydney prison as authorities try to stub out the black market trade in cigarettes when a smoking ban comes into force on Monday.

    An officer uncovered 64 packets of tobacco, 90 packets of cigarette papers, and 40 boxes of matches hidden in a wall at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre near Windsor.

    The items were likely purchased legally but their black market value after the August 10 smoking ban could be more than $12,000, correctional services said in a statement.

    Source: Mail on Sunday – 08 August 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1EjgAg9

    Bermuda: Anger over changes to tobacco legislation

    Legislation laying down a raft of new smoking restrictions has been criticised by the owners of specialised tobacco businesses, although the Ministry of Health said that the sale of premium cigars would still be permitted at public events.

    The Tobacco Control Bill 2015 was tabled in the House of Assembly in June by Jeanne Atherden, the Minister of Health.

    The Bill makes it illegal for a person to “display or promote” a tobacco product by an advertisement that depicts such a product. It also provides that smoking is illegal in any “enclosed public place, workplace or public conveyance”.

    The Bill bans the smoking of electronic cigarettes indoors and the sale of flavoured tobacco products. It prevents retailers from displaying cigarette products, tobacco products, smokeless tobacco products or rolling papers in a shop. It also bans the sale of cigarettes other than in pre-packaged quantities of 20 in their original packages, while sales from vending machines is prohibited.

    Source: The Royal Gazette – 06 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EjgHZj

    Philippines: Court of Appeals says MMDA cannot enforce ban on smoking

    The Court of Appeals has upheld the decision of a Mandaluyong court from 2011 to stop the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)’s anti-smoking drive.

    According to the appellate court, the MMDA has no police or legislative powers to enforce Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2013.

    The original case was filed by Anthony Clemente and Vrianne Lamsen, who were arrested for smoking in front of Farmer’s Plaza. Clemente and Lamsen were supposed to be fined P500 for violating the ban on public smoking.

    Source: Spot.ph – 06 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ejh2ei

    Iraq: Saddam’s doctor ordered him to quit smoking

    Saddam Hussein’s doctor has told how he had no idea who the despot was when he bluntly ordered him to quit his 40 a day cigarette habit.

    Allergy specialist Dr Bill Frankland got a call to treat the new president of Iraq in 1979.

    The 103-year-old, dubbed the “grandfather of allergy” told Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs he thought because Saddam was so addicted he wouldn’t give it up. He told him so and said he wouldn’t come to see him again. By the next day however, Frankland was informed that Saddam had complied.

    Dr Frankland later discovered that the Iraqi dictator had shot dead his minister of health after a similar disagreement.

    You can listen to the programme here.

    Source: The Express – 09 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ejhn0P