ASH Daily news for 21 January 2015



HEADLINES

  • Ann McKechin MP: Parliament deserves a vote on plain packaging before the election
  • Lincolnshire: Alcohol licence revoked for raided Lincoln shop selling illegal cigarettes
  • Nottingham: smoking in hospital sites will be fined
  • Bangladesh: Tobacco farmers demonstrated for alternative crops instead of tobacco farming
  • Germany: Smokers could face ‘smoking timetable’ on their own balcony
  • U.S: American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control 2015” Report Charts Path Forward to Eliminate Tobacco-Caused Death and Disease
  • Parliamentary Question – PQ1: Standardised Packaging

    Ann McKechin MP: Parliament deserves a vote on plain packaging before the election

    Former minister and Glasgow North MP, Ann McKechin has called on the Prime Minister to allow Parliament to vote on standardised packaging regulations before the election. She argues that time is running out for a ‘promised’ vote on standardised packaging for tobacco products before parliament is dissolved.

    Source: Yahoo News, 20 January 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1zw05zf

    Lincolnshire: Alcohol licence revoked for raided Lincoln shop selling illegal cigarettes

    Local authorities have revoked the alcohol licence of a Lincoln shop caught selling illegal cigarettes.

    Police raided the store in November 2014 and seized 8,000 cigarettes and arrested two men.

    Source: The Lincolnite, 21 January, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1COnR7L

    Nottingham: smoking in hospital sites will be fined

    Hospital executives at Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital are hoping to change a bye-law so that people caught smoking within the hospital grounds could be prosecuted and fined.

    The grounds are already “smoke-free” and staff can ask people not to smoke, but they cannot take legal action against them.

    Source: Nottingham Post, 21, January, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/158qLst

    Bangladesh: Tobacco farmers demonstrated for alternative crops instead of tobacco farming

    Tobacco farmers from Lalmonirhat, a town in the north of Bangladesh, have demanded alternative crops to tobacco. They argue that this will protect the land’s fertility, their health and environment. They also protested against tobacco companies who encourage tobacco cultivation.

    Officials said that a total of 23 thousand acres of land used for tobacco cultivation last year and in and the quantity of lands for tobacco farming has increased this year.

    Source: The Dailystar, 21 January, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GudZ8V

    Germany: Smokers could face ‘smoking timetable’ on their own balcony

    Following a ruling by the Supreme Court, smokers in Germany could face limits on when they are allowed to smoke on their balconies, if their smoking causes sufficient discomfort to neighbours.

    Source: Telegraph, 20 January, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Bdywc0

    U.S: American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control 2015” Report Charts Path Forward to Eliminate Tobacco-Caused Death and Disease

    The American Lung Association released its 13th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report. The report that found that in 2014 states and the federal government failed to enact sufficient tobacco control policies.  The report finds most states earn poor grades and suggests that tobacco control progress is at a standstill.

    Full report details at: http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/

    Source: Noddls, 21 January, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BdGtOt

    Parliamentary Question – PQ1: Standardised Packaging

    Lord Rennard (Liberal Democrat)

    To ask Her Majesty’s Government when regulations will be introduced to implement plain paper packaging for cigarettes.

    Earl Howe (Conservative)

    The Government has not yet made a final decision on whether to introduce standardised packaging of tobacco products. The Government continues to consider carefully all issues relevant to the introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco products. Any decision about the appropriate Parliamentary timetable for the proposed regulations will be made if required, when the Government has made its final decision.

    The draft regulations were notified to the European Commission under the Technical Standards Directive on 29 August. This started an initial three month “standstill” period. We have received a detailed opinion from a Member State which extends the “standstill” period to six months and regulations cannot be made until after this period.

    Source: Hansard source (Citation: HL Deb, 20 January 2015, c308W)
    Link: http://bit.ly/1yHuCXY