ASH Daily news for 16 November 2015
16 November 2015
- London: £10k of illegal tobacco seized in Tottenham
- Switzerland: Government pushes for ‘balanced’ smoking law
- Indonesia: Students join movement against cigarette ads
- India: Bundi woman bags first prize for no-smoking pledge
- Video tests how many adults would react to a ten-year-old smoking
London: £10k of illegal tobacco seized in Tottenham
Smokers in north London are being warned to look out for black market tobacco being sold in counterfeit packs after a huge haul was seized in Tottenham.
Islington Council raided a house and found 12kg of tobacco stuffed into a black bin liner along with 16,620 cigarettes.
The Council was alerted to the suspected tobacco factory after someone was spotted apparently selling tobacco out of a shopping trolley.
Trading standards officers also found a stash of forged tobacco pouches bearing the names of high street brands.Source: Evening Standard – 15 November 2015
Switzerland: Government pushes for ‘balanced’ smoking law
The sale of e-cigarettes with nicotine in Switzerland could be authorized under a new government-backed bill which would tighten smoking laws in the country, including bringing in a national minimum age for the very first time.
The bill, put to the Swiss parliament on Wednesday, will allow the sale of e-cigarettes with nicotine as long as they are subject to the same restrictions as traditional cigarettes, which will also be tightened under the bill.
The minimum age for the purchase of both cigarettes and e-cigarettes will be set at 18 – the first time the issue has been legislated for at a federal level – while restrictions on advertising will be brought in.Source: The Local.ch – 12 November 2015
Indonesia: Students join movement against cigarette ads
In celebration of National Heroes Day, students from SMPN 117 state junior high school in East Jakarta took action against cigarette advertising within the vicinity of schools by physically taking down all the banners promoting cigarettes which were placed in stores and stalls near their school.
Since June, students of the SMPN 117 have cooperated with neighborhood leaders and the Children Media Development Foundation (YPMA), a non-governmental organization that focuses on media education, to inform stores and stalls near their school of the dangers of cigarette advertisements.
The Jakarta administration has banned outdoor cigarette advertisements throughout the city, issuing Gubernatorial Regulation No. 1/2015 on the prohibition of cigarette and tobacco product advertisements in outdoor media. But, as is the case with many other regulations issued throughout the country, it is merely a paper tiger.
In addition to taking down cigarette advertisements, the students came up with an initiative to create replacement banners for the stalls. The new banners include slogans that speak out against cigarette advertising and are custom made for each store. – See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/13/students-join-movement-against-cigarette-ads.html?#sthash.uwAsgqrF.dpufSource: Jakarta Post – 13 November 2015
India: Bundi woman bags first prize for no-smoking pledge
An unusual lottery was held at Swasthya Bhawan on Sunday. The health minister had to pick one lucky winner among 56,640 sisters who had demanded pledges of not consuming tobacco from their brothers as a gift on Raksha Bandhan [Hindu festival celebrating brotherhood and love].
Kamlesh Meena, a resident of Bundi district, won the first prize of Rs 21,000. Her brother Sunil Kumar Meena, a tobacco consumer, took the pledge to quit tobacco use on Raksha Bandhan. Now, the health department will honour the winners at a special event.
More than 56,600 people took written pledges that they would not consume tobacco in any form. The draw of lots was a part of health department’s initiative to discourage tobacco consumption in the state.Source: Times of India – 16 November 2015
Video tests how many adults would react to a ten-year-old smoking
No doubt inspired by a Thai anti-smoking advert featuring children asking smokers for a light, a new viral video published on YouTube and shot in New York City shows the reaction of smokers when a ten year old boy asks them to light his cigarette.
While some people are shocked, others are only too willing to oblige.
[includes video]Source: Mail Online – 13 November 2015