ASH Daily News for 14 November 2016
- Smoking in cars with children: Ban sees just one fine issued in past year
- Patients and staff shut out of NHS transformation plans, says thinktank
- Wales: Public Health Bill consultation is launched by AMs
- Scotland: Smokers outside hospital doors could face fines from next year
- Bolton: Pleas to help save stop smoking services
- Governments told to make tobacco firms liable for smoking harm
- US: Hollywood Studios Beat Lawsuit Over PG and PG-13 Films Featuring Smoking
- Sri Lanka: Anti-Smoking campaigners question the financial request from the Ceylon Tobacco Company
Smoking in cars with children: Ban sees just one fine issued in past year
Only one fine was issued in the year after a crackdown on smoking in cars with children was launched, an investigation by the Press Association indicates.
In the 12 months after the law was imposed, only a single penalty was issued, according to responses to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from 42 police forces in England and Wales. Other cases were dealt with by verbal warnings.
Under the scheme, police can pass information to local authorities who can issue penalty notices and collect fines, according to the Department of Health. The Local Government Association said it was not aware of any fines being handed out by councils over the issue.
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, said it is a “social law”, adding that 87% of adults support the ban on smoking in cars with children “so we would expect a high level of compliance, even without a large enforcement effort”.
She said: “But by having the legislation and penalties, we send a strong message to people that smoking in cars is no longer acceptable.”
– Just one person fined in UK for smoking with under-18 in car, The Guardian
– Only one fine since ban on smoking with children in car, The Times (£)
– Just ONE fine issued for smoking in cars with children in the year after new law, The Mirror
– Just ONE driver is fined for smoking in the car with children in the year since the law was introduced, Daily Mail
Source: Evening Times – 14 November 2016
Patients and staff shut out of NHS transformation plans, says thinktank
NHS plans that could lead to hospital and A&E closures have been kept secret from the public and barely involved frontline staff, a thinktank has said.
NHS England has told local health leaders not to reveal the plans to the public or the media until they are finalised and have been approved by their own officials first, according to published documents and a new analysis by the King’s Fund.
Local managers accused NHS England of being intent on “managing the narrative” about the plans.
Source: The Guardian – 14 November 2016
Wales: Public Health Bill consultation is launched by AMs
People are being urged to have their say on plans including a ban on smoking in playgrounds, schools and hospital grounds, by a committee of AMs.
The consultation is part of the Health, Social Care and Sport committee’s scrutiny of the Public Health Bill.
This second attempt to bring in the bill no longer includes a ban on e-cigarettes in some enclosed places.
Source: BBC News – 11 November 2016
Scotland: Smokers outside hospital doors could face fines from next year
The Scottish Government has published proposals for implementing legislation that makes it an offence to smoke in areas directly outside a hospital building.
In a letter to health board chiefs, it states the no-smoking zone perimeter should extend to a distance of 15 metres from the building.
If the law is adopted, anyone who flouts the ban within the zone will be subject to the same penalties as if caught smoking in a public place – a £50 fixed fine. But, if this is not paid the case will be taken to court, with a possible fine of up to £1,000.
Source: Evening Times – 13 November 2016
Bolton: Pleas to help save stop smoking services
A Bolton nurse is issuing an SOS call for people in Bolton to protect vital Stop Smoking Services in the the town.
Jessica Turner is lending her voice to Cancer Research UK’s ‘Don’t Quit On Us’ campaign, which aims to mobilise local government to help protect the town from funding cuts which put lives in Bolton at risk.
The smoking cessation provision faces £46,000 loss in funding from Bolton Council as part of proposed budget cuts over the next two years.
Source: This is Lancashire – 14 November 2016
Governments told to make tobacco firms liable for smoking harm
A global conference on tobacco control has pledged to hold the tobacco industry legally liable for the health consequences of smoking and protect public health policies from the influence of tobacco companies.
Representatives from around 180 countries participating in the World Health Organization’s global tobacco control treaty negotiations on Saturday adopted a declaration in which they also vowed to prohibit or regulate the sale of e-cigarettes.
The six-day conference on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, or FCTC, concluded with participating countries agreeing to promote alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers that would ensure a better future for them.
Smoking-related deaths are still rising worldwide, with 80 percent of them expected to occur in developing countries by 2030. The WHO says that without strong control measures, tobacco will kill about 1 billion people in the 21st century.
The more than 1,500 delegates expressed their concern about persistent attempts by the tobacco industry to infiltrate the meetings in order to influence the working and the outcomes of the conference.
The declaration cautioned governments against efforts by big tobacco companies to dilute health policies, subvert measures to restrict tobacco sales and undermine the implementation of the FCTC.
– COP7 drafts decisions that advance implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, New Delhi Times
– COP7 seeks more muscle to curb the global tobacco epidemic, The Island
– Low- and middle-income countries to receive support to implement tobacco control, Asian Tribune
– Significant new developments for global tobacco control, Asian Tribune
– COP7 News Bulletins archive, FCA
Source: Medical Xpress – 13 November 2016
US: Hollywood Studios Beat Lawsuit Over PG and PG-13 Films Featuring Smoking
The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners have won a lawsuit which alleged that tobacco imagery in films rated G, PG or PG-13 causes 200,000 children every year to become cigarette smokers and 64,000 people to die as a result. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed an attempt led by a California father of two to hold major film studios and theatre owners legally responsible.
The legal action from Timothy Forsyth on behalf of himself and others similarly situated claimed that the industry’s film-ratings practices amounted to negligence, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, false advertising, unfair competition and nuisance.
Source: Hollywood Reporter – 11 November 2016
Sri Lanka: Anti-Smoking campaigners question the financial request from the Ceylon Tobacco Company
The government is accused of making an unethical decision in its fight against tobacco and alcohol consumption by seeking a donation of 500 million rupees from the Ceylon Tobacco company, as per a proposal in budget 2017.
Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake requested the donation to be utilised by the Presidential Task Force for the Anti-Smoking campaign. However, this request is seen as violating Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control which states that tobacco industry should not be a partner in initiatives linked to setting up or implementing public health policies.
Sri Lanka is a signatory to this convention.
Source: Hiru News – 13 November 2016