ASH Daily news for 13 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • E-cigarette charger safety alert issued after spate of fires
  • Lancashire: MP calls for war on tobacco as smoking death figures are published
  • Nottinghamshire: Driver crashes…after ‘throwing cigarette out of the window’
  • Austria: Smoking ban bill to become law
  • Australia: Queensland considers ban on smoking at skate parks, pools and bus stops
  • India: Court directs govt to implement bigger smoking warnings
  • Australia: Video shows people willing to give a teenage boy a lighter

    E-cigarette charger safety alert issued after spate of fires

    A nationwide alert has been issued warning of the dangers of fires caused by exploding e-cigarette chargers.

    More than 100 fires have been blamed on the devices over the past two years, according to fire service figures.

    The Local Government Association (LGA), representing the 49 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales, wants e-cigarette manufacturers to display warnings on packaging.

    Fire chiefs say many blazes are caused by the wrong chargers being used.

    If a charger that is not compatible to the device is used, too much current goes into the batteries, meaning they can overheat and eventually explode.

    See also:
    – Exploding e-cigarettes spark national safety concerns, The Independent

    Source: BBC News – 11 July 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1HWT1kc

    Lancashire: MP calls for war on tobacco as smoking death figures are published

    Hyndburn’s MP Graham Jones has said the area is ‘at war’ with tobacco and alcohol as health figures reveal the borough to have the second highest rate of smoking-related deaths in Lancashire.

    A health report published by Public Health England has found that 411 people per 100,000 of the population die in the Hyndburn area every year from smoking-related illness.

    The figure equated to 172 deaths last year, meaning only Blackpool has a worse rate in the county.

    Source: Accrington Observer – 09 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HWTu5X

    Nottinghamshire: Driver crashes…after ‘throwing cigarette out of the window’

    A car crashed head on into an oncoming vehicle on a residential street last week, after a motorist allegedly lost control when she tried to throw a cigarette out of her window.

    One nearby resident was told by a police officer at the scene that it was thought the driver had tried to throw the cigarette out of her window, but it had blown back into the car.

    As she fumbled around for the lit cigarette she collided with the vehicle.

    She was uninjured in the crash but the driver of the opposite car was taken to hospital.

    Source: Chad – 10 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HWTL8W

    Austria: Smoking ban bill to become law

    Austria’s parliament is expected to pass a new bill on a complete smoking ban on Wednesday – which would come into force in May 2018.

    The ban covers smoking in “all public places where food and drinks are manufactured, sold and consumed” and affects many restaurants and cafes which are currently exempt under a 2009 law.

    Business owners who break the law will face a €2,000 fine and smokers caught smoking in restaurants, cafes and bars will be fined €100. Alongside cigarettes and cigars, the law also covers e-cigarettes and shisha pipes.

    The ban will also be enforced in schools and open spaces where children and teenagers are supervised – including sports clubs and rehearsal spaces. It will not cover private club rooms used by adults. Smoking will also be banned in hotel rooms and bed and breakfasts, but “strictly separate” smoking areas will be provided.

    Source: The Local – 08 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HWUU09

    Australia: Queensland considers ban on smoking at skate parks, pools and bus stops

    A proposal to ban cigarette sales at music festivals and smoking at bus stops, skate parks and swimming pools will go before the Queensland parliament this week.

    The opposition’s health spokesman, Mark McArdle, said on Monday he would introduce a bill that would extend smoking restrictions to further discourage young people from making the transition from “experimental” to “regular” smoking.

    Cancer Council Queensland welcomed the plan, saying it would stop smoking in public places where local councils had failed to act despite having the legislative power to do so since 2009.

    McArdle said his private member’s bill would bring Queensland into line with all other states and territories by banning “pop-up” cigarette outlets at festivals and other public events.

    The bill would also outlaw smoking within five metres of all state government buildings, including courts and the parliament itself, in line with restrictions at schools and health facilities introduced by the former Liberal National party government.

    It is understood the bill does not target cigarette vending machines in pubs.

    Source: The Guardian – 13 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HWVfjC

    India: Court directs govt to implement bigger smoking warnings

    An Indian court has directed the federal government to immediately implement a rule for bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging, months after the measure was put on hold pending a report from a parliamentary panel.

    With the aim of reducing tobacco consumption, India last year said 85 percent of a cigarette packet’s surface should be covered in warnings, up from about 20 percent now. The directive also extended to other tobacco products.

    The government in March deferred the implementation of the rule as a parliamentary panel said it was still reviewing how the industry would be impacted.

    A court order, issued by the High Court of Rajasthan state last week and seen by Reuters on Friday, directed the federal government to implement the new rules. The government will have four weeks to reply.

    Source: The Financial Express – 10 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HWVH19

    Australia: Video shows people willing to give a teenage boy a lighter

    A video showing a teenager pretending to be 12 approach people on the street for a cigarette lighter is going viral on the internet.

    In the YouTube clip the boy – who is clearly underage – is given a lighter and in some cases a cigarette by members of the public.

    Brooke Roberts, 18, who filmed the video in Adelaide, filmed the video as a social experiment with the help of his little brother Bailey, 14.

    Source: Daily Mail – 13 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HWW6AH