ASH Daily news for 14 January 2015
January 14, 2015
- Open Letter: Standardised packaging for tobacco will help save lives
- Imperial Tobacco petition against unfair tax deal
- As many as two-fifths of never-smoking teens are exposed to secondhand smoke worldwide
- London: Shisha lounge fined £14,000 after owner caught allowing smoking
- Lancashire: Health trust goes smoke free
- Smokeless Tobacco in Sweden
- India: Government likely to raise fines for smoking in public
- Ethiopia: City bans smoking in public places
Open Letter: Standardised packaging for tobacco will help save lives
Gerry McElwee, Head of Cancer Prevention at Cancer Focus NI has written an open letter urging the Westminster Government to make a final decision on standardised packaging. He writes that standardised packaging of tobacco products will help protect our future generations from being seduced by the tobacco industry marketing.Source: Telegraph, 13 January 2015
Imperial Tobacco petition against unfair tax deal
Imperial Tobacco currently has a tax deal with the government of Lao PDR which limits tax on tobacco products produced and sold in Lao. The deal is depriving taxpayers of tens of millions of pounds and making tobacco more affordable for young people.
Please sign our petition and call on Imperial Tobacco to end this shameful deal.Source:
As many as two-fifths of never-smoking teens are exposed to secondhand smoke worldwide
A new study by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, in collaboration with World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, has released a new study showing that that one third of teens worldwide who had never smoked are exposed to second hand smoke in the home.
Please find the full report here:Source: brightsurf.com 13 January, 2015
London: Shisha lounge fined £14,000 after owner caught allowing smoking
A shisha lounge located in Cricklewood Broadway has been fined £14,000 after Brent Council caught the owner allowing smoking in an enclosed space. The owner was also found not to be displaying underage warnings or health warnings on tobacco packaging.Source: Get London West, 13 January 2015
Lancashire: Health trust goes smoke free
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and community services across Lancashire, has become the latest Trust to go smoke free. The ban also prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes on Trust premises.
Prof Max Marshall, Medical Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We believe it is important that anyone who visits one of our sites, whether to work, to access our services or to visit a family or friend, has the right to a healthy and smokefree environment.
“For those who do not wish to give up for good, help is available to combat nicotine cravings while on the premises or in our care.”Source: Blackpool Gazette, 13 January 2015
Smokeless Tobacco in Sweden
“Smokeless Tobacco in Sweden”, a new report that focuses on the extent to which the Swedish Smokeless Tobacco market has evolved in line with changing smoking habits, has been released recently. It found that smokeless tobacco now accounts for 47.8% of the total tobacco products market, with 24% of men and 7% of women using snus on a regular or occasional basis.
Full Report Details at
India: Government likely to raise fines for smoking in public
The Indian government is proposing to strengthen the anti-smoking law. Proposals include increasing fines for smoking in public places, banning the sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age for buying tobacco products.Source: Daily Mail, 14 January 2015
Ethiopia: City bans smoking in public places
Mekele, the Ethiopian capital city of the Tigray region, has banned smoking in public places as well as tobacco advertising. It is the first city in the country to do so.Source: Daily Mail, 13 January 2015