ASH Daily news for 18 April 2016



HEADLINES

  • Wales: Smoking policy blamed for Swansea Prison rooftop protest
  • Scotland: NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Fresh Air-shire service celebrates 10 years of helping smokers quit
  • Scotland: Aberdeenshire Council could introduce new smokefree policy
  • Scotland: Trawler fire in the Moray Firth caused by discarded cigarette
  • India: ITC to resume cigarette production amid health warning row
  • Opinion: Germany’s tobacco graphic health warnings to finally turn the tide?
  • Pakistan: Govt criticised for ‘poor’ implementation of tobacco control laws
  • Malawi: Tobacco farmers cry foul over sales’ high rejection rates

    Wales: Smoking policy blamed for Swansea Prison rooftop protest

    Three inmates staged a rooftop protest on Swansea prison on Sunday afternoon. The partner of one of the protesters blamed rising tensions inside on the facility’s smoking ban.

    The three men came down from the roof voluntarily shortly after 4pm.

    Source: South Wales Evening Post – 17 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1qB2EgS

    Scotland: NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Fresh Air-shire service celebrates 10 years of helping smokers quit

    Around the same time as the introduction of the smokefree legislation in 2006, NHS Ayrshire and Arran set up Fresh Air-shire, a smoking cessation and support service which provided, among other things, specialist advice and access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

    This support was then extended by introducing a pharmacy-based service, with wide access, albeit less intensive, support.

    Over the last decade 47,868 people have been supported in their attempt to stop smoking by both services.

    Source: Irvine Times – 17 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1qB3jz4

    Scotland: Aberdeenshire Council could introduce new smokefree policy

    Under the proposals, smoking will be banned on any premises or site owned by Aberdeenshire Council including buildings, car parks, marquees, stalls and other council grounds. The proposed policy includes e-cigarettes.

    Staff visitors, councillors, volunteers, contractors and service users will all be prohibited from smoking in their vehicles. Council-run pay and display sites will not be included, but smoking in car parks, at swimming pools, care homes and offices will be banned.

    Source: Press and Journal – 16 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1qB3DOa

    Scotland: Trawler fire in the Moray Firth caused by discarded cigarette

    A blaze that engulfed a Scottish trawler in the Moray Firth and forced the crew to abandon ship was likely sparked by a discarded cigarette.

    The Fraserburgh-registered Karinya sank around 20 miles from the port in October last year after a ferocious fire ripped through the living quarters.

    The crew had been fishing for prawns when skipper Michael Ritchie noticed thick black smoke pouring from the vessel’s cabin.

    Unable to reach the lifejackets used for abandoning ship, the five trawlermen grabbed personal flotation devices used for fishing in rough weather, and made their escape in a life raft.

    Source: The Scotsman – 15 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1qB3Ot1

    India: ITC to resume cigarette production amid health warning row

    The country’s biggest cigarette maker ITC Ltd said it would resume production at its factories “consequent upon” a favorable court order, two weeks after it decided to close its plants over the government’s new packaging rules.

    Source: Times of India – 16 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1qB40Z7

    Opinion: Germany’s tobacco graphic health warnings to finally turn the tide?

    In a welcome step forward from the weak text-only ‘smoking can be deadly’ and similar warnings that have thus far graced cigarette packs, Germany is set to introduce graphic health warnings.

    Marita Hefler, news editor, notes that “despite tentative progress in recent years, Germany has historically been one of Europe’s poster children for tobacco control legislative failure. That reputation may begin to change from 20 May, when gory pictures of black lungs, dead bodies and other consequences of smoking will be plastered over two thirds of the surface area of cigarette packs, in line with European Union regulations”.

    See also:
    – Black lungs and rotting teeth to grace German cigarette packs, Deutsche Welle

    Source: BMJ blogs – 16 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1qB4heH

    Pakistan: Govt criticised for ‘poor’ implementation of tobacco control laws

    The Coalition for Tobacco Control Pakistan (CTC-Pak) has criticised the government particularly the Health Ministry for giving in to the tobacco industry by failing to increase the size of pictorial health warning on cigarette packs.

    The CTC-PAK, a coalition of 64 partners, held its 7th annual national coordination meeting in Islamabad to discuss the current developments of tobacco control in Pakistan. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen the ongoing efforts of coalition members to develop a roadmap at national and sub-national level for the year 2016-17.

    Source: Daily Times – 15 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1qB4puG

    Malawi: Tobacco farmers cry foul over sales’ high rejection rates

    The country’s tobacco growers selling their product at the just opened Lilongwe Auction Floors have complained about the high level of rejection and lower prices describing the development as a blow to their earnings.

    This year’s rejection rate (76% so far) is higher than that of last year which was hovering between 20% and 30%.

    Source: Maravi Post – 17 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1qB57b6