ASH Daily News for 10 October 2016



  • Wales: Surgeons issue e-cigarette injuries warning
  • Scotland: Carstair’s inmate goes to Supreme Court over right to smoke in State Hospital
  • Harrow: Doctor opposes council’s proposal to cut stop smoking services
  • Belfast: Motorist drops appeal over drink-driving conviction he claims was linked to vaping
  • Australia: TPP trade deal: plain packaging challenge triggered ‘hysteria’, lawyer tells MPs
  • Estonia to impose total smoking ban throughout all prisons

Wales: Surgeons issue e-cigarette injuries warning

Burns surgeons have warned of the potential dangers of e-cigarettes after treating patients who were badly injured when the devices exploded in their pockets.

Doctors at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Swansea have treated five men for serious burns this year. It is the first time they have seen such injuries from e-cigarettes.

Trading standards officers have urged people not to buy cheap products. They said the explosions were probably caused by the e-cigarettes’ lithium batteries overheating because of unsafe chargers.

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Source: BBC News – 09 October 2016
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Scotland: Carstair’s inmate goes to Supreme Court over right to smoke in State Hospital

A patient at Scotland’s high-security state psychiatric hospital, Carstairs, is heading to the Supreme Court this week to try and overturn the facility’s blanket smoking ban.

Charles McCann’s legal battle with the authorities will reach the highest court in the land on Tuesday as he seeks a ruling allowing him to smoke at the state hospital.

McCann, who suffers from schizophrenia, has been kept in a secure unit since 1995 after being prosecuted for offences including breach of the peace.

Source: Herald Scotland – 09 October 2016
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Harrow: Doctor opposes council’s proposal to cut stop smoking services

A doctor at Northwick Park Hospital has started a petition to reverse Harrow Council’s proposal to cut stop smoking services in the borough.

As part of Harrow Council’s public consultation on the budget for the 2017-18 financial year, plans have been put forward to cut the service, which has helped 1,751 people successfully quit smoking since April 2013.

Tara Sathyamoorthy is a consultant in respiratory medicine at the hospital. She says that the long term economic effects of cutting the service would be far greater than the £279,000 the council says it will save by removing them.

Source: Ealing Times – 08 October 2016
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Belfast: Motorist drops appeal over drink-driving conviction he claims was linked to vaping

A man who unsuccessfully tried to say vaping put him over the drink-drive limit has decided not to appeal after all.

Last month a court rejected what was believed to have been the first attempted defence of its kind in the UK – that alcohol in an e-cigarette caused a police breathalyser machine to show a man was almost twice the drink drive limit.

Aaron Galbraith, a 35-year-old chef from Dunluce Park in Ballymena, was instead convicted of drink-driving.

Source: Belfast Telegraph – 08 October 2016
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Australia: TPP trade deal: plain packaging challenge triggered ‘hysteria’, lawyer tells MPs

The legal counsel to tobacco giant Philip Morris has told a parliamentary committee that people have responded hysterically to a landmark legal case challenging Australia’s plain packaging laws.

The case was thrown out in December 2015 when an international tribunal issued a decision that it had no jurisdiction to hear Philip Morris Asia’s claim.

The action was considered an important test case in investor-state litigation and it prompted the New Zealand government to delay implementation of its own plan packaging proposal until the decision had been handed down.

Source: The Guardian – 10 October 2016
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Estonia to impose total smoking ban throughout all prisons

Smoking will be banned in all prisons across Estonia from October 1, 2017, according to a decree signed by the Estonian justice minister.

Source: RT – 09 October 2016
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