ASH Daily News for 11 August 2016



  • Cot deaths at record low as winters get warmer and pregnant women stop smoking

    The number of cot deaths in England and Wales has fallen to the lowest number since records began, figures show. In ten years, the number of victims from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death, has almost halved.

    In 2004 there were 207 sudden infant deaths. By 2014, the latest figures available, the number had dipped to 128, according to provisional data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    The decline is thought to be the result of warmer winters and a drop in smoking rates among pregnant women.

    Rosie Amery, from the ONS’s health analysis and life events team, said: “A number of factors may have contributed to the fall, including warmer-than-average temperatures throughout the year, fewer women smoking at the time of delivery, and greater awareness of safer sleeping practices.”

    Source: The Telegraph, 11 Aug. 2016

  • Smoker Mazzarri imposes cigarette ban on players

    Watford FC’s manager Walter Mazzarri, an occasional smoker, has banned his son and Watford players from lighting up.

    “I wouldn’t allow any player, not even my son, to smoke,” Mazzarri, the Watford head coach, said through a translator. “Because of the job I do, sometimes in life there are moments where small things make you feel better. One of them, for me, is smoking. I’m the first to admit it’s not good.”

    Source: The Times, 11 Aug. 2016

  • Middlesbrough Bus Station evacuated after e-cigarette sets off smoke alarm in women’s toilets

    Bus station users were evacuated after an e-cigarette set off smoke alarms. Sensors are set up to detect cigarette smoke and also the vapour from e-cigarettes, which are banned in all Middlesbrough Council buildings.

    Source: Middlesbrough Gazette, 10 Aug 2016

  • Worksop: Shopkeeper’s licence revoked after illegal cigarettes found in store raid

    Selling illegal cigarettes that carry a serious fire hazard has cost a Nottinghamshire shopkeeper his premises licence and more than £1,500 in court costs.

    Omed Latif was also sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work by magistrates after Trading Standards seized 450 packs of illicit tobacco. The cigarettes, seized over the course of four raids on the store, were found not to comply with British Safety Standards and posed a serious risk of fire if lit and left unattended.

    Source: Worksop Guardian, 10 Aug 2016

  • Football and tobacco sponsorship

    The Guardian’s sports section includes a review of football clubs from around the world that used to have tobacco sponsorship. Meanwhile, British club, West Bromwich Albion displayed no-smoking messages on their team’s shirts during the 1985-86 season.

    Source: Guardian Sport, 10 Aug 2016

  • Zambia: Cigarette smuggling hits BAT & Government

    Smuggling of cigarettes into Zambia is affecting the revenue of British American Tobacco, tobacco farmers and the Zambia Revenue Authority-ZRA.

    According to British American Tobacco Managing Director Godfrey Machanzi the firm lost 50 percent of its profit in the last quarter due to cigarette smuggling.

    Mr Machanzi noted that the negative impact also affects incomes for farmers and the government.

    Source: ZNBC, 10 Aug 2016