ASH Daily news for 13 April 2015



HEADLINES

  • Smoking causes a third of all deaths in fires at home
  • Gateshead: Undercover investigators highlight illicit tobacco trade
  • Scotland: Hospital smoking bans flouted
  • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council launch cigarette butt crackdown
  • Liverpool FC star pictured puffing on a shisha pipe
  • Austria: Smokers to be banned from cafes
  • USA: FDA experts reject evidence from Swedish company seeking to drop warnings from tobacco snus
  • South Korea: Think tank to study smoking effects
  • Philippines: Bill sought to raise legal tobacco purchase age
  • Thailand: Activists push for tobacco bill

    Smoking causes a third of all deaths in fires at home

    Firefighters are urging smokers to wake up to the deadly dangers of smoking, particularly when they are tired, as a third of all deaths in fires in the home are caused by cigarettes.

    The reminder is part of an annual national initiative organised by the Government’s Fire Kills campaign

    Smoking is the single biggest killer in accidental fires in the home, often because people were smoking in bed or not taking care after drinking alcohol.

    Source: MK Web – 13 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JDegUN

    Gateshead: Undercover investigators highlight illicit tobacco trade

    A team of investigators has uncovered “widespread” trade in illicit tobacco on a two-day visit to Gateshead.

    Former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector Will O’Reilly led the test purchase operation on Tuesday and Wednesday across the borough.

    Since November 2011, O’Reilly has been conducting the research on behalf of Philip Morris International.

    His team of former police officers from around Europe, whose identities cannot be revealed, visit pubs, homes and a range of shops and businesses in an effort to make purchases, before passing their information on to local Trading Standards teams.

    Source: Chronicle Live – 13 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JDetr8

    Scotland: Hospital smoking bans flouted

    Pictures have emerged of a hospital patient desperate for a cigarette  standing at the entrance of the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow with a drip in one hand and cigarette in the other.

    The woman was one of many seen smoking just days after cigarettes were banned at all healthcare centres.

    The act comes after the Scottish Government gave health boards until April 1 to ensure their grounds were smoke-free.

    Sheila Duffy, chief executive of ASH Scotland, said: “It’s not always easy to monitor smoking. People need advice and support to manage their tobacco use.”

    Source: The Scottish Sun – 12 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JDeQ57

    Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council launch cigarette butt crackdown

    Do not drop cigarette butts or risk facing a fine – that’s the message from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as part of a litter bug crackdown.

    The borough council’s community safety patrollers are to issue on-the-spot fines of £75 to anyone seen dropping their cigarette butts in and around Basingstoke town centre.

    As part of the campaign against litter louts, the community safety patrol officers will also contact local businesses and employers to encourage their customers and staff to dispose of cigarettes responsibly.

    Source: Basingstoke Gazette – 12 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JDeWcU

    Liverpool FC star pictured puffing on a shisha pipe

    England football star Raheem Sterling has been pictured puffing on a shisha pipe.

    The 20-year-old striker, who has 14 international caps, can be seen breathing in the smoke in pictures posted on social media. The picture has a message across it: “1 down 3 to go”. It allegedly refers to the amount of pipes the group is planning to smoke.

    See also:
    – Raheem Sterling smokes shisha: Liverpool FC star caught up in controversy after pictures are leaked, Liverpool Echo

    Source: Daily Star – 12 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JDg7ZP

    Austria: Smokers to be banned from cafes

    After years of heated public debate, Austria’s government decided on Friday that it will ban smoking in cafes and restaurants in 2018, having passed a law six years ago that forced eateries to seal off non-smoking areas.

    The chamber of commerce said it was looking at taking legal steps against the ban in a country famed for its cafe culture and where smoking is above European averages.

    Cafe owners who go completely smoke-free by July 2016 will get a special one-off bonus to offset costs at least partially.

    Source: Daily Mail – 10 April 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1JDf64b

    USA: FDA experts reject evidence from Swedish company seeking to drop warnings from tobacco snus

    A panel of FDA advisers has voted unanimously that Swedish Match’s application to market its smokeless tobacco pouches as less harmful than cigarettes and other tobacco products does not show that snus lacks the same risks of gum diseases and tooth loss as other smokeless tobacco products.

    See also:
    – FDA panel opposes dropping warnings from tobacco pouch, Daily Mail

    Source: New Europe/AP – 10 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JDfijJ

    South Korea: Think tank to study smoking effects

    South Korea’s Health Ministry plans to establish a think tank to research the additives used in cigarettes manufactured and distributed in the country, as part of measures to support the state health insurer’s high-profile damage suit against major tobacco firms.

    The think tank, to be established in August, will conduct research to determine if local tobacco makers use additives, such as ammonia, sugar and cocoa beans, to make their products more addictive.

    The establishment of the think tank is closely linked to the National Health Insurance Service’s lawsuit against leading tobacco companies. The agency filed a suit against three domestic and foreign tobacco makers ― KT&G, British American Tobacco and Philip Morris ― last year, seeking damages of 53.7 billion won ($52 million) for payouts over tobacco-related diseases including lung cancer.

    Prior to the suit, a state-run research institute in 2012 announced that it discovered ammonia, sugar and cocoa beans in tobacco cigarettes manufactured by KT&G, the biggest tobacco company in Korea.

    Source: Korea Herald – 12 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JDfE9Z

    Philippines: Bill sought to raise legal tobacco purchase age

    The antismoking group New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) on Sunday urged lawmakers to pass a measure raising the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21 to cut the prevalence of smoking among Filipino youth.

    It is well known, however, that those younger than 18 can obtain cigarettes despite the current law.

    But NVAP president Emer Rojas said that passing a law raising the minimum legal sale age (MLSA) would save lives in the long run since the tobacco industry has been luring young people to start the smoking habit to take the place of those who had died from tobacco use.

    Source: Inquirer – 13 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JDftvm

    Thailand: Activists push for tobacco bill

    A network of youth activists working to curb drinking and smoking among young people is urging the government to speed up a new bill to prevent people taking up the habit.

    The bill seeks to increase the minimum age at which someone can buy tobacco from 18 to 20.

    Source: Bangkok Post – 11 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JDfPCg