ASH Daily news for 21 July 2015



  • Proposals to make Brighton beach a smoke-free zone revealed
  • New cancer plan could save 30,000 lives
  • Leicestershire: Children tackling smoking
  • France: Tobacconists protest against plain cigarette packaging bill
  • France: Health ministers from ten countries meet in Paris to discuss anti-tobacco measures

    Proposals to make Brighton beach a smoke-free zone revealed

    Brighton beach could become a smoke-free zone under new plans drawn up by the city council.

    Councillors at the Brighton and Hove authority will discuss today whether to extend the current smoking ban to outdoor spaces and if the proposal is agreed on, a 12-week public consultation will begin on Wednesday.

    Health campaigners have welcomed the move, which would also apply to parks and would replace the council’s voluntary ban on smoking in children’s play areas.

    Deborah Arnott, chief executive ASH, said that extending the ban could benefit both the environment and public health.

    Arnott said “a growing number of local authorities and other organisations are exploring ways of providing more smoke-free public places in response to public demand.Football grounds and railway stations are already smoke-free, and increasingly children’s play areas are going smoke-free too.

    Smoke-free beaches could provide a safe and pleasant environment, particularly for children, but also for adults who want to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke, as well as reducing the amount of cigarette butt litter on beaches, which doesn’t degrade quickly and is harmful to wildlife”.

    ITV have also included a poll inviting people’s views on the proposed smoking ban on beaches.

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    Brighton could become the first British beach to ban smoking, under new council proposals.

    Brighton could be the first UK city to ban smoking on the beach.

    Source: ITV News, 20th July 2015

    New cancer plan could save 30,000 lives

    The Independent Cancer Workforce has recommended a new “route map” for cancer prevention, diagnosis and care which Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, says the NHS will be backing.

    The plan, which the Taskforce predicts could save 30,000 lives a year, suggests there needs to be a “radical upgrade” in prevention and public health, including a new tobacco strategy within 12 months to cut smoking rates from 18.4% to 13% by 2020.

    Source: Nursing Practice, 20th July 2015

    Leicestershire: Children tackling smoking

    Leicestershire County Council have released a series of five educational films using primary school children to explain the health dangers and issues around smoking.

    The films will tackle issues such as peer pressure and smoking and wider issues about the tobacco industry.

    Source: ITV News, 21st July 2015

    France: Tobacconists protest against plain cigarette packaging bill

    Tobacconists in the South of France covered speed cameras with black plastic rubbish bags over the weekend in protest against a new bill that aims to reduce tobacco use by requiring that cigarettes be sold in uniform packs.

    Frédéric Vergnes, president of Corrèze’s tobacconist union said “By attacking speed cameras, we want to have an impact on the state’s tax revenue”. Similar protests occurred throughout Saturday night in Bordeaux.

    Tobacconists have been protesting for weeks against the bill, which was approved by the National Assembly on April 3. The proposed law aims to reduce smoking by 10 percent in the next five years by requiring that all cigarettes be sold in standardised packs among other measures.

    The bill will go before the Senate on Wednesday, where lawmakers will vote on whether to approve it. If passed, the legislation will come into effect in May 2016.

    Source: France 24, 20th July 2015

    France: Health ministers from ten countries meet in Paris to discuss anti-tobacco measures

    Health ministers from 10 countries – including Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, South Africa and Uruguay – have gathered in Paris to launch a common drive to introduce standardised cigarette packaging with the aim of reducing smoking rates among young people.

    The ministers from New Zealand, South Africa and Uruguay issued a joint statement on Monday stating that “significant scientific proof justified … plain cigarette packaging” and this anti-tobacco measure has certainly been shown to “reduce the attractiveness of the product for consumers, especially amongst women and young people” as well as increase the effectiveness of health warnings on packets.

    In Australia, some studies have shown that the rate of young smokers has dropped following the introduction of plain packaging. The tobacco industry counters that high tobacco excise duty is the reason for the decline.

    Britain and France are poised to introduce plain packaging from next year.

    France has one of the highest rates of under-16 smokers in Europe and, in addition to the plain packaging measures, the French Health minister also announced last year that smoking would be banned in playgrounds and in cars with passengers under 12.

    Source: The Daily Telegraph, 21st July 2015