ASH Daily news for 12 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Motorists alerted over upcoming ban on smoking in cars to prevent surge in fines
  • Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Sir Jeremy Heywood: How the Nudge unit threw light on lighting up
  • Essex: Smoking ban launched on Clacton Pier
  • Merseyside: Knowsley Feelgood Festival welcomed as a smokefree event
  • Wales: House fire believed to be caused by electronic cigarette

    Motorists alerted over upcoming ban on smoking in cars to prevent surge in fines

    Motorists and passengers in England and Wales are being warned they will soon be breaking the law if they smoke in a vehicle carrying a person under 18.

    From 1 October, they face fixed penalty fines of £50 – with drivers at risk of being fined twice if they have failed to stop a passenger smoking and are smoking themselves.

    The Department of Health is stepping up publicity to increase awareness of the new rules seven weeks before they are introduced to prevent a surge in fines.

    The chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, said: “Children breathe faster than adults so they are much more exposed to the dangers of second-hand smoke… We want children to grow up free from harm and we need parents to understand why smoking in vehicles is so dangerous.”

    See also:

    Car smoking ban date draws near

     

    Source: The Guardian, 11th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DL43XT

    Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Sir Jeremy Heywood: How the Nudge unit threw light on lighting up

    The following comments from the Head of the Civil Service Jeremy Heywood explore policymaking and electronic cigarettes.

    “The Behavioural Insight Team (BIT) – popularly known as the Nudge unit – have applied findings from behavioural science to a wide range of policy areas, often without the need for legislation or expensive incentives.

    There are many examples of where a potential solution to a policy problem is not what you first might expect. This is why I was so interested to learn about the rise of e-cigarettes, which haven’t been developed by government but might provide some answer to one of the greatest challenges we face: the fact that smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the UK. Any new technology or intervention that can help us reduce this figure should be considered very seriously.

    E-cigarettes are a promising avenue to explore because, although they are not risk-free, they are likely to present a fraction of the risk of smoking.

    In their latest report, BIT highlight data collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing that almost all users of e-cigarettes are smokers or former smokers. The fact that the most recently published ONS data continues to show this is encouraging for those who see the behavioural benefits of e-cigarettes.”

    Source: Civil Service, 11th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1P67rNQ

    Essex: Smoking ban launched on Clacton Pier

    Clacton Pier has become one of the first piers in the country to go smoke free.

    The owners of the pier have launched this smoking ban to make the pier a healthier place for young people and to reduce the risk of fires.

    Although most piers allow smoking because they are open-air areas, the owners of Clacton Pier feel strongly about increasing the comfort of their visitors – many of which are families.

    Co-owner Billy Ball said: “A large proportion of our guests are children and we feel quite strongly that it is only right that we play our part in offering them a healthy environment in which to enjoy their day here at the seaside.”

    “There are also the fire and safety benefits in adopting the new policy too. All too often our nation’s piers have suffered serious – or in some instances – total loss as a result of fire and this is a risk we are keen to mitigate.”

    Source: Maldon Standard, 11th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1gyZc1i

    Merseyside: Knowsley Feelgood Festival welcomed as a smokefree event

    The decision to make Knowsley Feelgood Festival smokefree, to help promote healthy behaviour to children, has received strong support from the public and families that attended. This supports recent survey findings which show 77% of people surveyed support smokefree outdoor events for children with only 11% opposed to the idea.

    This initiative was part of the Smokefree Summer campaign running across Cheshire and Merseyside.

     

    Source: The Challenge, 11th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WhXqm0

    Wales: House fire believed to be caused by electronic cigarette

    A house fire in Bettws was caused by an electronic cigarette charging according to a spokesman from the fire service.

    The spokesman said that the fire was caused by an ‘accidental ignition in the bedroom’. The fire caused no injuries. However, the fire crew needed to use breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera to tackle the blaze.

    Source: South Wales Argus, 11th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N2Ah3T