ASH Daily News for 15 April 2015



HEADLINES

  • UKIP general election manifesto pledges to amend the smoking ban
  • Northern Ireland: Let’s protect kids from second-hand smoke in cars
  • Scotland: Dundee looks to New York for smokefree inspiration
  • France: MPs vote to change laws on smoking
  • US: Tobacco companies sue FDA over labelling
  • US: New proposals renew California’s anti-smoking effort

    UKIP general election manifesto pledges to amend the smoking ban

    UKIP’s general election manifesto will be unveiled today and includes pledges to reverse standardised packaging regulations and to amend the smoking ban to give pubs and clubs “the choice to open smoking rooms properly ventilated and separated from non-smoking areas”.

    See also:
    UKIP calls for the return of pub smoking rooms, Morning Advertiser
    Election 2015: Nick Clegg unveils Liberal Democrat election manifesto – live, The Guardian

    Source: The Telegraph, 14 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1yu7PTn

    Northern Ireland: Let’s protect kids from second-hand smoke in cars

    In a letter to the Belfast Telegraph, Dr James Cant, Head of the British Lung Foundation NI, welcomes the recent good news on standardised packaging for cigarettes but highlights the importance of protecting children from second-hand smoke in cars. Dr Cant states that children’s health is put at particular risk from second-hand smoke due to their smaller lungs, faster breathing and less developed immune systems.

    Source: Belfast Telegraph, 14 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PM3gZP

    Scotland: Dundee looks to New York for smokefree inspiration

    Health officials in Tayside are looking to New York as an example of how cities can lead the way in reducing smoking.

    Andrew Radley, consultant in public health (pharmacy) at NHS Tayside, presented a report on creating a tobacco-free generation at a recent health meeting, referring to the “New York experience where 30% prevalence was reduced to 14% within 10 years” and highlighting how smoking prevalence varies across Tayside from 6% to 40%.

    Source: thetele.co.uk, 15 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HqUWuZ

    France: MPs vote to change laws on smoking

    On Tuesday, France’s lower parliament voted in favour of a package of wide-ranging public health reforms, including making smoking in cars with children present illegal and to implement standardised packaging of cigarettes. The measures would also oblige tobacco companies to provide details on their marketing and advertising activities, including spending figures.

    See also:
    France the latest country to adopt plain cigarette packaging, Malaysian Insider

    Source: rfi english, 14 April 2015
    Link: http://rfi.my/1PM7xfD

    US: Tobacco companies sue FDA over labelling

    A group of tobacco companies including Reynolds and Philip Morris filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration yesterday over recent guidance that they say violates their free-speech rights by mandating pre-approval of labelling changes. The tobacco industry contests that if the guidance remains in place they could be exposed to substantial financial and legal penalties if they make changes to how they package or market already-approved tobacco products without the FDA’s permission.

    See also:
    Source: Medical Daily, 14 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1cvhO0A

    US: New proposals renew California’s anti-smoking effort

    California is known as a leader in the fight against tobacco consumption, but has recently come under criticism from health activists who say that tobacco lobbying and a lack of political will have blocked tobacco control efforts over recent years.

    In response, California lawmakers have proposed new legislation on the issue including the state becoming the first to raise the smoking age, banning electronic cigarettes from public places where smoking is prohibited, a ban on single-use filters on cigarettes and the prohibition of the use of chewing tobacco in baseball stadiums.

    Source: LA Times, 14 April 2015
    Link: http://lat.ms/1Hr0dCJ