ASH Daily News for 15 January 2015



HEADLINES

  • Labour pledges to protect children from ‘harm caused by alcohol, sugar and smoke’
  • Ireland: Warning over pregnant smokers
  • New study: Don’t think about sex if you want to quit smoking
  • Manchester: Criminal gang caught with huge quantities of illegal cigarettes and rolling tobacco brought to justice
  • Kent: Electronic cigarettes warning follows fires in Teynham and Sheerness
  • Cheshire: Sniffer dogs uncover illicit tobacco haul

    Labour pledges to protect children from ‘harm caused by alcohol, sugar and smoke’

    Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham will announce today that a Labour Government would take tough action to protect children from the harm caused by alcohol, sugar and smoke.

    Mr Burnham will argue that improved public health is crucial to ensuring a taxpayer-funded NHS remains “sustainable for the long term”. Labour say that the new policies are intended to give new momentum to the public health debate which they contend has stalled under David Cameron’s Government.

    Alongside new limits on the levels of fat, salt and sugar manufacturers are allowed to include in food marketed primarily to children, the party will promise that standardised cigarette packaging would be introduced immediately “to halt the industry’s increasingly sophisticated methods of recruiting new, young smokers”.

    See also:
    Labour pledges to protect children from ‘harm caused by alcohol, sugar and smoke’, The Independent
    Labour ‘to ban high fat foods for children’: Party set to make pledge in manifesto as part of strategy to improve public health, Daily Mail
    Caps on fat, salt and sugar promised by Labour, BBC News

    Source: Financial Times, 15th January 2015
    Link: http://on.ft.com/17KeMTS

    Ireland: Warning over pregnant smokers

    The latest Growing Up in Ireland study has revealed that more than one in 10 mothers-to-be smoke all through their pregnancy. While the amount of expectant mothers who smoked during pregnancy fell from 28% to 17% from 1999 to 2007, 13% remained full-time smokers during the pregnancy.

    The study also found that women who experience a great deal of stress are much more likely to continue the habit while poverty and poor education are also factors in women who smoke while expecting.

    Source: Belfast Telegraph, 15th January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1u8UtnJ

    New study: Don’t think about sex if you want to quit smoking

    Scientists from Taiwan have found that men are less likely to quit smoking when looking at attractive women. The new study involved researchers asking 76 men – all smokers who wanted to cut down – to rate how appealing pictures of different women were. Each was given an ashtray and told he could smoke.

    After counting the cigarette butts in the ashtrays afterwards, the researchers found that those men given the more attractive women to rate had smoked more than those left with the allegedly less attractive pile.

    Full article: Beauty against tobacco control: viewing photos of attractive women may induce a mating mindset, leading to reduced self-control over smoking among male smokers, Evolution and Human Behaviour

    Source: The Times, 14th January 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1sBvJc9

    Manchester: Criminal gang caught with huge quantities of illegal cigarettes and rolling tobacco brought to justice

    A criminal gang caught with huge quantities of illegal cigarettes and rolling tobacco received prison sentences yesterday at Manchester Crown Court after a lengthy investigation by HMRC. The four men were part of a conspiracy to store and transport the duty free goods around the region to avoid £425,000 in tax.

    Source: Manchester Evening News, 14th January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1xsgcXS

    Kent: Electronic cigarettes warning follows fires in Teynham and Sheerness

    Firefighters are working with businesses in the county to help warn customers that electronic cigarettes can cause a fire if they are incorrectly charged. This warning follows a fire at a house in Teynham on Friday when a man received treatment for burns to his hand after an electronic cigarette exploded and a similar fire last month in Sheerness.

    Kent Fire and Rescue Service Watch Manager, Andy Bridger-Smart said: “It is something that could happen to anyone if the wrong charger is used for an electrical device and the internal battery cannot handle a different voltage – it can catch fire.”

    Source: Kent News, 14th January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ai9jdJ

    Cheshire: Sniffer dogs uncover illicit tobacco haul

    In the last week tobacco detection dogs in Cheshire West and Chester have uncovered more than 8,000 cigarettes and 1.6kg of tobacco at locations which the council has not disclosed. The joint agency activity was conducted by officers from Cheshire West and Chester Regulatory Services and the North West Illicit Tobacco Team.

    Anyone with information regarding the sale of illegal tobacco can pass on the details confidentially to Trading Standards via the Trading Standards North West Illicit Tobacco Team on 01925 442466.

    Source: The Chester Chronicle, 14th January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1sBwJgv