ASH Daily News for 18 July 2016



  • Norfolk: Primary school becomes district’s first ‘voluntary smoke-free zone’

    A village primary school is the first in its district to have become a voluntary ‘smoke free’ area.

    A sign has gone up on the gates of Parkers Primary School in Saham Toney, designed by pupil Ruby Brown, asking adults to refrain from smoking near the building.

    The five-year-old, from Ovington, was a category winner in a Breckland Council competition to design a sign asking adults not to smoke in areas used by children.

    The winning entries have been transformed into signs which will go up in areas where the ‘voluntary smoke free code’ is to be adopted, such as school and nursery entrance and public playgrounds.

    Source: Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury – 15 July 2016

  • Leaked childhood obesity draft report underwhelms public health campaigners

    In a blow to campaigners fighting childhood obesity in the U.K., a leaked copy of the government’s long-awaited Childhood Obesity Strategy(COS) revealed a number of public health promises have been abandoned. Pressure from the food and drink industry has resulted in a watered down strategy, The Times reported. The nationwide ban on junk food at supermarket checkouts has been dropped. Restricting advertisements for sugary food and drink before the 9pm watershed is not mentioned. There are no details provided on how the government plans to reduce salt consumption.

    Despite public health calls for a 50 percent reduction in sugar in products as the most effective means of reducing the U.K. population’s calorie intake, the draft plan only recommends a 20 percent reduction by 2020.

    See also:
    – Junk food ban dropped after ministers bow to lobbyists, The Times (£)

    Source: Newsweek – 15 July 2016

  • Canada: ‘Cool, fun factor’ motivates e-cigarette use in teens

    The novelty factor of e-cigarettes is the key motivation for their use by adolescents, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

    The study found that most students in the survey (including 47.8% of those who recently smoked cigarettes) were motivated by the “cool/fun/something new” features of e-cigarettes.

    The study involved 2367 students aged 14-15 years enrolled in grade 9 in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada.

    Source: Medical Xpress – 18 July 2016

  • Ethiopia: JTI buys 40% stake In tobacco monopoly for a record $510m

    Japan Tobacco Int. (JTI) has announced it has won a bid to buy 40% of the National Tobacco Enterprise Ethiopia S.C. from the Ethiopian government for a record $510 million.

    JTi currently has no presence in Ethopia but believes the country will now become the bridgehead of its expansion in Africa. As the largest shareholder, it expects to be able to exert significant influence over the direction of the company.

    JTi’s bid is more than double that of its closest rival BAT, which offered $230m.

    Source: AFK Insider – 18 July 2016

  • Nigeria: Government vows to enforce tobacco law, launches advisory committee

    The Federal government will adopt all legal and administrative measures to ensure effective implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has said.

    The Minister who was speaking at the inauguration of the National Tobacco Control Committee (NATOC) said the Federal Government was committed to “safeguarding and protecting the health of Nigerians from the risks posed by the use of tobacco and tobacco products.”

    Source: Africa News Circle – 16 July 2016

  • US: Trump’s VP choice Mike Pence thanks you for smoking

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has unveiled the name of his running mate. It will be Mike Pence, the current Governor of Indiana.

    Pence has strong links with the tobacco industry, receiving funding from it, and speaking on its behalf. He also used to own shares in a chain of about 200 gasoline and cigarette “stop-and go” stores ran by his brother.

    See also:
    – Meet Mike Pence – The Tobacco Lobby’s Favorite Governor!, FreeSpeech [includes video]
    – Bob Dole and Mike Pence — Proudly Selling Tobacco to Our Kids Since 1961, Daily Kos

    Source: Daily Kos – 16 July 2016

  • South Africa: Airways operates flight with nicotine-free tobacco-based biofuel

    Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango have started operating Africa’s first sustainable-fuelled flights powered with tobacco-based biofuels.

    The SAA and Mango flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, used sustainable biojet fuel produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris, refined by AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG.

    Project Solaris, launched in 2014, is an effort from SkyNRG, Sunchem SA, South African Airways and Boeing to develop sustainable biojet fuel from the Solaris crop.

    Source: Biofuels International – 15 July 2016