ASH Daily News for 17 October 2016



  • Letter to the editor: Smoking and the safety of vaping
  • Ashford: Smoking could be banned in town centre
  • North East: Illegal cigarette haul goes up in smoke
  • Gloucestershire: Trading standards and fire services warn of the dangers of cheap chargers
  • Opinion: Vaping saves lives. It’d be madness to ban it
  • Asian countries declare war on cigarettes
  • US: Four Washington vape stores are being sued for allegedly selling exploding e-cigarettes

Letter to the editor: Smoking and the safety of vaping

A number of health experts respond to the Times’ article on tobacco industry funding of e-cigarette research.

Source: The Times – 14 October 2016 (£)
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Ashford: Smoking could be banned in town centre

The Ashford Health and Wellbeing Board has discussed creating smokefree zones that could see town centre streets and parks become cigarette-free to “de-normalise” the habit.

According to Kent County Council’s public health consultant, Dr Faiza Khan, 26% of people in the borough regularly light-up, a figure which is above the national average of 18%.

Source: Kent Online – 15 October 2016
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North East: Illegal cigarette haul goes up in smoke

More than 68,000 cigarettes and 103kg of hand rolling tobacco, seized over a two year period by Darlington Trading Standards in conjunction with Durham Police, have gone up in smoke today thanks to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

The haul from shops and private sellers included counterfeit, illegally imported and incorrectly labelled tobacco.

It was destroyed late last week at the fire service’s training centre at Bowburn, near Durham.

Source: Star Radio – 17 October 2016
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Gloucestershire: Trading standards and fire services warn of the dangers of cheap chargers

Gloucestershire’s trading standards and fire service are warning against the usage of cheap electrical chargers following recent incidents.

Batteries or chargers without overload protection can overheat, leading not only to electrocution and burns, but they can explode causing serious house fires, with tragic circumstances.

Many of these chargers are bought online and come direct from China. Often they are made with poor quality components and fail to meet UK safety regulations.

Source: Gloucester Gazette – 15 October 2016
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Opinion: Vaping saves lives. It’d be madness to ban it

Prof David Nutt explains why anything that makes some smokers give cigarettes up is to be encouraged.

Source: The Guardian – 14 October 2016
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Asian countries declare war on cigarettes

Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and China are taking up measures to fight smoking.

Source: Richmond and Twickenham Times – 13 October 2016
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US: Four Washington vape stores are being sued for allegedly selling exploding e-cigarettes

Four victims of exploding e-cigarettes have filed individual lawsuits in King County Superior Court alleging that four Washington vape retailers sold e-cigarettes with defective batteries and other components that exploded and left them with severe burns and injuries.

Source: The Stranger – 14 October 2016
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