ASH Daily news for 14 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • CMO supports ban on smoking in parks
  • Wales: Consultation on smoke-free prisons launched
  • Countdown begins to ban on smoking in cars with children
  • Poor diet ‘biggest contributor to early deaths across the world’
  • US: California lawmakers fail to act on several anti-tobacco bills
  • Ireland: Finance Minister considering tax rise on cigarettes

    CMO supports ban on smoking in parks

    England’s chief medical officer is backing calls to ban smoking in children’s play areas and parks.

    Dame Sally Davies said she supports any measures that will “reduce active smoking” as she urged local authorities to extend smoke-free zones in public places.

    While the best thing a smoker can do for their health is quit the habit, Dame Sally also wants to see electronic cigarettes coming on to the market as licensed medicines, paving the way for them to be prescribed by GPs.

    See also:
    – England’s chief medical officer says smoking should be banned in parks and children’s play areas, Daily Mail

    Source: The Express – 13 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EXpWUZ

    Wales: Consultation on smoke-free prisons launched

    A consultation about new time-limited regulations to give prison governors the power to allow inmates to smoke in designated cells was launched last week.

    Under the proposals, all prison cells in Wales would be required to be smoke free by April 2017 when the exemption period will come to an end.

    See also:
    – Prisoners could be allowed to smoke in designated cells despite ban, Welsh Government reveals, Wales Online

    Source: South Wales Argus – 12 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EXqn1u

    Countdown begins to ban on smoking in cars with children

    A publicity campaign to mark the countdown to a ban on smoking in cars carrying children starts today.

    The campaign will include outdoor and radio advertisements to highlight that smoking in private vehicles when someone under the age of 18 is present will be illegal from October 1.

    See also:
    – New smoking rules – what you need to know before October 1, Daily Echo
    – New campaign to mark countdown of ban on smoking in cars with children kicks off, South Wales Evening Post

    Source: ITV – 14 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EXqJVN

    Poor diet ‘biggest contributor to early deaths across the world’

    Poor diet has emerged as the biggest contributor to early death around the world, according to new analysis from the leading authorities on the global disease, with red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages among the foods implicated in 21% of global deaths.

    Smoking cigarettes still carries the highest risk factor of premature death in the UK, followed by high blood pressure and obesity. But the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) in the US says that a combination of dietary factors, from eating too few fruit and vegetables, nuts and whole grains to too much sodium and cholesterol, is taking a toll on health in the UK and across the globe.

    Source: The Guardian – 11 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EXqSsm

    US: California lawmakers fail to act on several anti-tobacco bills

    California lawmakers have failed to act by the end of the regular session on Friday on a package of anti-tobacco bills, including measures what would have raised the smoking age to 21, restricted electronic cigarettes, and raised the tobacco tax by $2 per pack.

    Officials said it is unlikely the bills will be heard again before next year. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) said the Legislature just ran out of time on Friday, but she noted versions of the bills were introduced in a special session, which could extend into early next year, when the bills could be taken up again.

    Source: LA Times – 12 September 2015
    Link: http://lat.ms/1EXr36X

    Ireland: Finance Minister considering tax rise on cigarettes

    Finance Minister Michael Noonan has revealed that a further rise in tobacco prices was one of a range of tax increases “being considered”.

    Following talks among the parliamentary party about planning the October adjustment, Mr Noonan said the fiscal rules on the €1.5bn the Government had to spend could be pushed up by tax increases.

    Source: The Irish Sun – 12 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EXrkXJ