ASH Daily news for 11 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • Breathe 2025 campaign launched in York
  • Liverpool: Residents near local children’s hospital unhappy with cigarette litter
  • Pakistan: Tobacco retailers have to obtain licences within a week
  • US: States most impacted by tobacco do least to reduce smoking
  • US: FDA approves sale of eight new Swedish Match snus products
  • Parliamentary Question

    Breathe 2025 campaign launched in York

    City of York Council is urging people and organisations across York to sign up and support Breathe 2025, a new campaign to inspire children to grow up smokefree and protected from health harms caused by tobacco.

    While the region has the highest adult smoking prevalence in England (20.1% compared to an England average of 18%), the proportion of young smokers is dropping.

    The campaign is being run by a collaboration of partners across Yorkshire and the Humber, including City of York Council and Public Health England.

    Source: Minster FM News, 11th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RNA9oi

    Liverpool: Residents near local children’s hospital unhappy with cigarette litter

    Residents near the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool have criticised smokers for discarding their cigarettes butts at the entrance of the hospital.

    One resident photographed dozens of cigarette butts discarded within the grounds of the £237m new hospital which is a non-smoking site.

    The residents are calling on the hospital to do more to stop people smoking at the entrance to the grounds.

    Source: Echo, 11th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PomtCl

    Pakistan: Tobacco retailers have to obtain licences within a week

    Notices have been issued to over 900 tobacco retailers in the capital, Islamabad, ordering them to get their licences within one week of receiving the notices.

    Licensed retailers will not be able to sell tobacco products to someone under 18, not be able to sell loose cigarettes, will not be allowed to advertise tobacco products and cannot set up a tobacco selling point within 50 yards of an educational institute.

    Source: Dawn, 11th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GWyHj4

    US: States most impacted by tobacco do least to reduce smoking

    According to analysis by USA today, states most impacted by tobacco use often do the least to reduce the toll of smoking. Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, West Virginia and Mississippi are doing the minimum in terms of implementing a stricter tobacco control plan, according to the newspaper.

    USA Today found big tobacco-growing states, including Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee, have the poorest and sickest residents, but spend less than one-fifth of the federal government’s recommended minimum for tobacco education and enforcement.

    States hardest hit by tobacco use are the least likely to restrict smoking in restaurants and workplaces, the analysis found. These states impose penalties of $100 or less on businesses that sell tobacco to children, compared with $10,000 in states with the most aggressive enforcement.

    Source: Drug Free, 10th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1L9T8nn

    US: FDA approves sale of eight new Swedish Match snus products

    The US Food and Drug Administration has for the first time authorised the sale of a tobacco product that it says will not significantly harm the health of the population as a whole.

    Stockholm-based Swedish Match can sell eight new products of the smokeless tobacco known as “snus” under its “General” brand. Snus is a moist tobacco product placed under the upper lip that does not involve spitting or chewing.

    Although the FDA’s ruling allows Swedish Match to sell its products, it does not allow the company to claim they are less dangerous than other tobacco products. To make that claim the company needs separate approval from the FDA.

    Source: Reuters, 10th November 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1NqFnT9

    Parliamentary Question

    Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department received from Action on Smoking and Health about its grant application for the 2015-16 financial year since receipt of that application.

    Jane Ellison, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

    It is normal practice for Departmental officials to discuss grant applications with the applicant. The application process is iterative to ensure the final objectives are in line with Departmental aims.

    Source: Hansard Citation, HC Deb, 10 November 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1iTssRn