ASH Daily News for 2 November 2018



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UK

  • North East: Housing staff to give health advice on doorstep
  • Scotland: Dundee City Council’s smoking policy puts an end to cigarette breaks

International

  • Singapore: Plain packaging and larger graphic warnings for all tobacco products to be introduced
  • Spain: Police raids on counterfeit cigarette factories seize illicit tobacco worth €22 million

Parliamentary Activity

  • The Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Links of the week

  • Asthma UK ‘On the edge: How inequality affects people with asthma’
  • Royal Society for Public Health ‘Health on the High Street: Running on Empty 2018’

UK

North East: Housing staff to give health advice on doorstep

Housing staff in South Tyneside have been trained to give health advice on the doorstep as part of a new bid to support vulnerable tenants. The scheme aims to support and sustain tenancies. Staff are being asked to direct tenants to services they might benefit from while on housing visits.

Senior Public Health Officer, Wendy Surtees, said the council faced several challenges around health and wellbeing from drinking and smoking during pregnancy to “unhealthy weight”.

Source: The Shields Gazette, 1 November 2018

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Scotland: Dundee City Council’s smoking policy puts an end to cigarette breaks

Employees of a Scottish council have been banned from smoking during the working day under a new smoking policy. Dundee City Council said its revised policy would encourage staff to quit and reduce the number of adult “role models” seen with cigarettes in public.

A Dundee City Council spokeswoman said: “The council has revised its smoking policy as we are working to protect the health of employees and also promote positive health messages across the wider community… A key part of that approach involves discouraging children and young people from taking up smoking. One way to assist that is to reduce the number of adult ‘role models’ who can be seen smoking in public. Across Dundee, there has been the introduction of voluntary no-smoking areas at children’s play-parks and we will be looking to extend this to more open spaces in the future.”

ASH Scotland’s chief executive Sheila Duffy said: “Policies like this aim to care for employees and the communities they serve. Two-thirds of smokers consistently tell us that they want to quit and with stopping smoking being the single best thing anyone can do for their health we would encourage people to find their way to quit.”

Source: The Scotsman, 2 November 2018

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International

Singapore: Plain packaging and larger graphic warnings for all tobacco products to be introduced

All tobacco products in Singapore may soon be required to be sold in plain packaging with graphic health warnings covering at least 75 per cent of the packet. This comes after the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Wednesday (Oct 31) that it will introduce standardised packaging for such products as part of ongoing efforts for a tobacco-free society. The ministry intends to table the proposed amendments to current laws early next year. If enacted, the new measures may take effect from 2020.

The proposed measures will apply to all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, beedies (thin cigarettes wrapped in a leaf), ang hoon (loose tobacco leaves) and other roll-your-own tobacco products, MOH said.“Tobacco use is a major cause of ill-health and death in Singapore,” MOH said in a press release.

Source: Channel News Asia, 31 October 2018

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Spain: Police raids on counterfeit cigarette factories seize illicit tobacco worth €22 million

Spanish police have raided four factories that were producing counterfeit cigarettes at a rate of 34,000 packets an hour.

The Guardia Civil’s “Operation Lerna” also led to 47 arrests, the seizure of 69 tonnes of tobacco and more than two million cigarette cartons, which would have had a street value of over €22 million. More than €600,000 in cash was also found.

The four factories had been operating for two months and were controlled by an organisation led by a Bulgarian national who, it is claimed, also has links to drug trafficking.

Source: Euro Weekly News, 1 November 2018

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Parliamentary Activity

The Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

The Government yesterday published draft statutory instrument for the regulation of tobacco and nicotine inhaling products upon the UK’s departure from the EU. The regulations will come into force on ‘exit day’ (29 March 2019).

Link: The Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

 

Links of the week

Asthma UK ‘On the edge: How inequality affects people with asthma’

Asthma UK has launched a new report revealing the relationship between inequality and asthma. The report finds that “asthma is more prevalent within more deprived communities, and those living in more deprived areas of England are more likely to go to hospital for their asthma.”

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Royal Society for Public Health ‘Health on the High Street: Running on Empty 2018’

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has launched a new report focusing on the high street retail environment as a determinant of health. This report extends the 2015 analysis to include vape shops, convenience stores, off-licences, cafes, and empty shops – and used this measure to rank Britain’s major towns and cities by the impact of their high streets on the public’s health and wellbeing.

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