ASH Daily News for 11 October 2016



  • Scots urged to look after their mental wellbeing on World Mental Health Day
  • Scotland: Rise in tobacco sales to underage customers
  • South West leads the way on public smoking ban
  • Philippines: Smoking set to be banned in all public places
  • India: Government bans plastic packaging for tobacco
  • Canada: Cigarette butts could soon be costly for Toronto’s bars, restaurants
  • US: Judge who oversaw state tobacco trial dies at age 80

Scots urged to look after their mental wellbeing on World Mental Health Day

A quarter of Scots never take time to look after their mental health, despite nine in ten saying it is just as important as physical wellbeing. The figures were revealed on World Mental Health Day (10 Oct.) as the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) encouraged people in Scotland to mark the occasion by taking some time out to relax.

ASH Scotland marked World Mental Health Day by calling for further action to tackle smoking among people with mental health conditions.

The charity said smoking rates are significantly higher amongst people with mental health issues, and smoking is the single largest factor in this group, who die 10-20 years earlier than the general population.

ASH Scotland is now calling for the upcoming national mental health strategy to clearly state that support to stop smoking should be an integral part of mental health support services.

Source: Third Force News – 10 October 2016
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Scotland: Rise in tobacco sales to underage customers

ASH Scotland has spoken out after an undercover investigation revealed the number of retailers selling cigarettes to under-age buyers in Aberdeenshire has risen by a quarter.

In the 12 months to March this year, Trading Standards officers in the North-east conducted a series of test purchase visits with 16-year-old volunteers. The underage volunteers were sold tobacco at 33% of the test purchases.

Source: Evening Express – 10 October 2016
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South West leads the way on public smoking ban

As Stoptober gets under the way, it’s been revealed that the South West has the lowest smoking rate of any English region. Bristol was the first city in the country to introduce voluntary smokefree zones.

In the South West, 15.5% of people smoke tobacco cigarettes – the lowest of any English region. That’s a fall of 3.2% over four years. And sales of cigarettes are down 14.5% in the past year.

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Source: ITV – 10 October 2016
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Philippines: Smoking set to be banned in all public places

A nationwide smoking ban is set to be implemented across the Philippines, replicating rules currently observed in president Duterte’s former jurisdiction, Davao City, where he was mayor.
The new rules, which have been drawn up in an executive order and are awaiting the president’s approval, will see all public places across the country – indoor and outdoor – become smoke-free areas.

The country’s department of health is also attempting to amend “grey areas” in the current law around the sale of tobacco. The department wants to “totally prohibit point-of-sale advertisements” for tobacco and designated indoor smoking areas.

Source: The Independent – 10 October 2016
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India: Government bans plastic packaging for tobacco

India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests has announced a ban on the use of any plastic material to pack tobacco, gutkha and pan masala products.

The order came after gutkha, tobacco and pan masala manufacturing companies failed to comply with Supreme Court orders and new plastic waste management rules.

The ban aims to reduce the volume of non-biodegradable waste generated by plastic packaging.

Source: Packaging Gateway – 10 October 2016
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Canada: Cigarette butts could soon be costly for Toronto’s bars, restaurants

Toronto City council has approved new rules that will require bars, restaurants and nightclubs to install outdoor butt-disposal bins and cleanup butts left lying around. Businesses that don’t comply could face a $300 fine.

Source: My Informs – 07 October 2016
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US: Judge who oversaw state tobacco trial dies at age 80

Kenneth Fitzpatrick, the Ramsey County judge who presided over Minnesota’s historic trial against the tobacco industry in the 1990s, died on 03 October. He was 80.

Source: Twin Cities – 07 October 2016
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