ASH Daily news for 14 March 2016



HEADLINES

Tobacco: Set for change
Tobacco investments in pension funds
Keith Richards criticised for smoking close to child
Dominic Lawson: Never mind our vices, now Mr Osborne wants to tax our virtues
How actress Linda Robson hid her smoking habit from her family
500k illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized across Wales
Public playgrounds across West Cheshire now smoke free

Tobacco: Set for change
The retailing journal Convenience Store examines the likely impact of the EU Tobacco Products Directive on tobacco product sales. Some retailers voice concerns that customers are not yet aware of the loss of smaller sized packs while one retailer welcomes the changes as it will reduce the number of ranges that he needs to stock.

Source: Convenience Store, 11 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1WkbZnH

Tobacco investments in pension funds
An oncologist who persuaded Australian pension funds to divest from tobacco is spreading the message worldwide. Dr Bronwyn King has set up an organisation called Tobacco Free Portfolios which is being funded by the Union for International Cancer Control.

Source: BMJ, 2016;352:i1491 11 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1Ub0aCo

Keith Richards criticised for smoking close to child
Rock star Keith Richards has been criticised for smoking in close proximity to the grandson of Rolling Stones’ singer Mick Jagger. Richards was pictured with a cigarette in hand next to the one-year old child.

The director of tobacco control campaign group Fresh, Ailsa Rutter, commented: “When a cigarette burns it gives off thousands of chemicals, like carbon monoxide, tar and arsenic.

Breathing in smoke in confined indoor spaces puts children not only at greater risk of respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis, but also of more serious life-threatening conditions.”

Source: The Sun 12 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1LlKDgw

Dominic Lawson: Never mind our vices, now Mr Osborne wants to tax our virtues
The former Conservative Chancellor Dominic Lawson criticises the current Government for raising money from the ‘sin taxes’ of smoking, alcohol and driving.

Source: Daily Mail 14 March 2016
Link: http://dailym.ai/1pp9035

How actress Linda Robson hid her smoking habit from her family
Actress Linda Robson reveals how she spent 18 months hiding her smoking habit from her family. After previously quitting smoking Ms Robson had one puff on her 50th birthday which led to a relapse lasting 18 months. She finally quit after consulting her GP, joining a local support group and using a nasal spray.

Source: Daily Mirror 13 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1QR0vqd

500k illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized across Wales
Almost two tonnes of illegal hand-rolled tobacco – enough to make two million cigarettes – was seized in Wales during the summer of 2015. In addition, nearly 500,000 illegal cigarettes were confiscated.

Matthew Cridland, chairman of the Wales heads of trading standards, said figures showed 15% of tobacco used in Wales was illegal – the equivalent of one million cigarettes being smoked a day.

“We want to work with all tobacco control partners to address not only supply but also demand for illegal tobacco and trading standards will continue to vigorously pursue all those who distribute and supply this product,” he added.

Source: BBC News Wales, 12 March 2016
Link: http://bbc.in/1RIV0r9

Public playgrounds across West Cheshire now smoke free
Cheshire West and Chester Council has introduced a voluntary no smoking code called Play Smokefree to all of its public playgrounds to deter children from taking up smoking – the single biggest cause of ill health and death in the UK.

This is in parallel with the ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ campaign as part of No Smoking Day.
The Play Smokefree code aims to reduce the number of youngsters who take up smoking after being influenced by those who already smoke

Source: Chester Chronicle 13 Mar 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1UshGRx