ASH Daily News for 14 May 2018



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UK

  • Smugglers jailed over £3.5m Belgium to Leeds tobacco haul

International

  • New Zealand: Exposure to secondhand smoke doubles rates of asthma and wheezing in infants
  • Canada: Government to introduce plain packaging on tobacco
  • US: Cannabis use up among parents who smoke
  • South Africa: New draft law proposes 3 months in prison for smoking in public

UK

Smugglers jailed over £3.5m Belgium to Leeds tobacco haul

Members of a gang who avoided £3.5 million in tax by smuggling tobacco into the UK have been jailed.
The defendants, all from Leeds, were caught after a Belgian lorry that had delivered to a warehouse in the city was stopped at Dover.

The lorry was found to contain almost £500,000 in cash, hidden in holdalls in the back of ovens.
Packets of em@il-brand cigarettes, which are not permitted for sale in the UK, were also found.
In total, the lorry load could have concealed more than six million cigarettes, with the potential to evade over £1.5m in tax, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Source: BBC News, 11 May 2018

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International

New Zealand: Exposure to secondhand smoke doubles rates of asthma and wheezing in infants

A study by the University of Otago has analysed nicotine levels in infants’ hair to get a true measure of the impact of passive smoking on respiratory problems. The researchers found 15-month-olds with high levels of nicotine in their hair were twice as likely to have asthma or recurring problems with wheezing. Wheezing is one of the most common causes of hospitalisation for young children.

Source: University of Otago, 11 May 2018

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Canada: Government to introduce plain packaging on tobacco

The federal government passed a law on plain packaging requirements for tobacco products, fulfilling its promise to further regulate the industry. The Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, passed on Thursday the 10th of May, imposes new plain and standardised packaging for cigarettes and introduces new regulations around the sale and promotion of alternative tobacco products, such as vaping products.

Health Canada says it believes plain packaging will help reduce the appeal of tobacco products to children and young adults.

Source: Strategy, 11 May 2018

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US: Cannabis use up among parents with children who smoke

Cannabis use has increased among parents who smoke cigarettes, and was nearly four times more common among cigarette smokers compared with non-smokers, according to a study from researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and City University of New York. The findings will be published online in the June issue of Pediatrics.

“While great strides have been made to reduce children’s exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke, those efforts may be undermined by increasing use of cannabis among parents with children living at home,” said Renee Goodwin, PhD, in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, and corresponding author.

Source: Bright Surf, 14 May 2018

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South Africa: New draft law proposes 3 months in prison for smoking in public

South Africans may be jailed up for up to three months for smoking in public and employers for up to a year if employees are unwillingly exposed to smoking, a new draft Bill proposes.

The draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill bans smoking in all enclosed public spaces and enclosed workplaces. This means the removal of dedicated smoking areas in restaurants. Smoking will also be banned in vehicles with passengers, and specifically children under the age of 18.

Manufacturers of cigarettes and electronic tobacco devices will also be forced to remove all branding on package, with an exception to the company’s logo – or risk a five-year prison sentence.

Source: Business Insider South Africa

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