ASH Daily news for 18 June 2015
June 18, 2015
- Ex-con claims compensation over cell smoker
- Worcestershire: Smoking now banned at acute hospitals
- St Helens: Shopkeeper jailed for tax evasion
- Ireland: Smoking banned from public parks
- Botswana: Cigarette trade to be regulated
- Australia: The Royal Queensland Show will be a no-smoking zone
Ex-con claims compensation over cell smoker
Former prisoner Craig Guild is claiming £2,500 in compensation from prison authorities after he says he was forced to share a cramped cell with a smoker.
This could set a precedent for similar claims from former prisoners across Scotland if he is successful in his action.Source: The Sun, 17th June 2015
Worcestershire: Smoking now banned at acute hospitals
Smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes has been completely banned anywhere at all three of Worcestershire’s major hospitals.
Despite dismantling all designated smoking shelters, patients and visitors have been smoking in other areas including the front entrances of the hospitals.Source: Worcester News, 17th June 2015
St Helens: Shopkeeper jailed for tax evasion
A shop keeper in St Helens was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for two years when he pleaded guilty to excise duty evasion when he appeared at Chester Crown Court.
Whilst searching his home in July 2014, HMRC officers found a total of 87,880 mixed brands of non-UK duty paid cigarettes which displayed foreign health warnings and had no UK fiscal marks.Source: St Helens The Reporter, 17th June 2015
Ireland: Smoking banned from public parks
Smoking and cursing will be banned from the 1st of July in parks and playgrounds in Waterford.
According to the Parks, Playgrounds and Open Spaces By-Laws 2015, brought in by Waterford City and County Council it is now prohibited to smoke or use an e-cigarette while in a park under the ownership or charge of the council.
Those who do not adhere to the new rules could be fined up to €1,270.Source: Sunday World, 17th June 2015
Botswana: Cigarette trade to be regulated
An official from the Ministry of Health revealed that Botswana plans to introduce a new law that will ensure that cigarettes are sold from licenced premises only in order to regulate the sales of cigarettes.
The official said the ministry hoped the proposed legislation would adequately address challenges such as underage smoking.Source: StarAfrica, 17th June 2015
Australia: The Royal Queensland Show will be a no-smoking zone
The Royal Queensland Show will be a smoke-free environment after organisers scrapped the previous 13 designated smoking areas.
Smoking costs the state about $6.1b in health costs every year, according to chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young and the change is a continuation of Queensland’s smoke-free policies.Source: Mail on Sunday, 18th June 2015