ASH Daily news for 15 May 2015



HEADLINES

  • Middlesbrough: Clampdown on illegal tobacco as sniffer dog finds off licence stash
  • Coventry: Man ‘engulfed in flames’ while smoking at home
  • US: Number of Georgia bars and restaurants allowing smoking has doubled
  • US: Another round of cigarette price increases set to begin
  • US: Academic awards sponsored by biggest U.S. cigarette manufacturer
  • US: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids honors Michael Bloomberg for extraordinary leadership in the fight against tobacco
  • Russia: Shocking moment woman’s car explodes after she lights a cigarette while driving

    Middlesbrough: Clampdown on illegal tobacco as sniffer dog finds off licence stash

    Officials have promised to come down hard on illegal tobacco traders after a sniffer dog found contraband in a hidden compartment in an off-licence.

    Judith Hedgley, Middlesbrough Council’s environmental health and Trading Standards manager and Edward Kunonga, Middlesbrough Council’s director of public health, issued the warning to all those involved in the illicit tobacco trade.

    It follows a court case where 11,000 illicit cigarettes and 500g of hand-rolling tobacco were found bythe canine crime fighter in the town shop.

    Source: The Northern Echo – 14 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1A5IQ9i

    Coventry: Man ‘engulfed in flames’ while smoking at home

    The death of a Coventry pensioner after a fire at his home has prompted warnings from West Midlands Fire Service about the dangers of smoking.

    Heavy smoker Graham Gentry, aged 71, died in hospital a month after he was engulfed in flames while sat in his armchair in his flat in Foleshill, on January 19.

    The fire was almost exclusively confined to his clothing, and left him with 45 per cent burns to his body.

    Source: Coventry Telegraph – 14 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1A5J3JJ

    US: Number of Georgia bars and restaurants allowing smoking has doubled

    The number of Georgia restaurants and bars that allow smoking nearly doubled between 2006 and 2012, Georgia State University researchers report.

    Georgia’s smoke-free law is not comprehensive. It allows restaurants and bars to permit smoking if they deny entry to people under the age of 18 and if designated smoking areas are outdoors or in enclosed private rooms with an independent air-handling system.

    From 2006 to 2012, the study showed a shift in smoking-allowed restaurants and bars from permitting smoking without restriction to allowing smoking only in designated smoking areas. The percentage of establishments that allow smoking without restriction in dining areas decreased by more than half, while the percentage of establishments that permit smoking in designated areas more than doubled. The findings suggest that during the same timeframe, restaurants added designated smoking dining areas to accommodate smoking patrons.

    On the other hand, the study reveals a large decrease in the number of establishments that permitted smoking in bar areas. Overall, establishments that allowed smoking in bar areas decreased from 70 percent in 2006 to 15.9 percent in 2012. The analysis showed a reduction in unrestricted smoking and designated smoking areas in bar areas, and a doubling of establishments prohibiting smoking in bar areas.

    Source: Medical News Today – 14 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1A5JdRf

    US: Another round of cigarette price increases set to begin

    Another round of traditional cigarette price increases is set to begin next week, with Philip Morris USA leading the way with a 7-cent per pack increase.

    Philip Morris confirmed today that the 2 percent list-price increase begins on Sunday on its core cigarette brands. It also includes a 7-cent per on snus.

    The list price is what wholesalers pay manufacturers for their products. The increases typically are passed on to customers.

    Wells Fargo Securities analyst Bonnie Herzog expects R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Inc. to raise their core cigarette prices by a similar amount.

    The last time the big 3 manufacturers raised their prices was in November, also by 7 cents per pack. The manufacturers also raised their per-pack prices by 6 cents in May 2014.

    See also:
    – RAI and Lorillard Follow Philip Morris’ Price Increase Lead, Convenience Store Decisions

    Source: Winston Salem Journal – 15 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1A5JuUc

    US: Academic awards sponsored by biggest U.S. cigarette manufacturer

    Metro Nashville Public Schools will host its fifth annual Academies of Nashville Awards on Monday, an invitation-only event which recognizes the best of teachers, principals and business-school relationships in the district’s academies program.

    The event is sponsored by Altria, which is America’s largest cigarette manufacturer. Altria has been a sponsor for the past 4 years.

    Source: Nashville Scene – 14 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1A5JWSs

    US: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids honors Michael Bloomberg for extraordinary leadership in the fight against tobacco

    The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids tonight will present the former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, with its highest honour, the Champion Award, in recognition of his unparalleled leadership in the fight against tobacco.

    Source: Bio Portfolio – 14 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1A5KxDG

    Russia: Shocking moment woman’s car explodes after she lights a cigarette while driving

    A woman’s car catches fire in shocking footage after she lit a cigarette while driving.

    It’s thought that the incident, which happened in the town of Velikiye Luki in Pskov Oblast in West Russia, occurred when the driver had a leaking gas canister in the vehicle.

    NB: The article includes a poll on whether smoking in cars should be banned in the UK. At the time of writing, 63% of the votes were in favour of a ban.

    [includes video]

    Source: Daily Mirror – 14 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1A5K8kz