ASH Daily news for 21 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • Councillors support plan to make children’s play areas no-smoking zones
  • MP: Welsh ban on electronic cigarettes indoors ‘makes no sense”
  • New York gets $550 million in tobacco deal
  • Toddler filmed smoking and drinking beer sparks police manhunt for parents
  • Parliamentary Business

    Councillors support plan to make children’s play areas no-smoking zones

    Councillors have backed plans to introduce voluntary no-smoking zones around children’s play areas in Basingstoke and Deane.

    A public consultation held between March and June, found 96% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that children should be protected from second hand or passive smoke.

    In a report to the committee, Cabinet member for partnerships, Councillor Cathy Osselton, said: “Smoking is one of the main contributors to poor long term health outcomes and I welcome this opportunity to raise awareness of the risks and to reduce the harm to our children.”

    Source: Gazette, 20 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ORr26v

    MP: Welsh ban on electronic cigarettes indoors ‘makes no sense”

    Sir Kevin Barron, Labour MP for Rother Valley, has criticised the Welsh government’s stance on electronic cigarettes, following Swansea Council’s inclusion of them in a consultation on banning smoking in outdoor public spaces.

    He said: “I think they should be playing a larger part in smoking cessation”

    “People smoke for nicotine, but die from tar. E-cigarettes are not risk free, but they are 95% safer than cigarettes”.

    Source: The Publicans Morning Advertiser, 21 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MT3u0S

    New York gets $550 million in tobacco deal

    An agreement ending a decade long dispute between New York and major tobacco companies will deliver $550 million to the state.

    New York State had been in arbitration over an earlier payment due in 2003 as a result of a landmark deal with the tobacco companies known as the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio applauded the deal, saying “big tobacco companies have abused the legal system to avoid giving New Yorkers the money they’re owed for the health costs resulting from cigarette smoking.”

    Source: Wall Street Journal, 20 October 2015
    Link: http://on.wsj.com/1Llg4ni

    Toddler filmed smoking and drinking beer sparks police manhunt for parents

    A video of a toddler being encouraged to smoke and drink beer has been posted on Facebook. It has sparked a police manhunt for his parents.

    Source: Independent, 20 October 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1Gp1M5Y

    Parliamentary Business

    PQ1 Action on Smoking and Health

    Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the merits of the grant application for funding received by his Department from Action on Smoking and Health; and if he will place in the Library details of the basis on which that assessment was made.

    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    Recommendations to Ministers for funding are only made once an assessment of the proposal has been made by officials against standard business case criteria which consist of a Strategic Case, Economic Case, Financial Case, Commercial Case and Project Governance.

    The assessments undertaken in the awarding of grants to Action on Smoking and Health contain policy advice to Ministers and so are not made public.

    A grant application is currently under assessment and a decision on funding has not yet been made.

    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 20 October 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NTy63I


    PQ2, 3 and 4 Action on Smoking and Health

    Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions’ officials in his Department’s tobacco control team met representatives from Action on Smoking and Health in each of the last five years.

    Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27 July 2015 to Question 7775, how many times the Deputy Director, Tobacco Control in his Department met representatives from Action on Smoking and Health in each of the last five years; and what the reason, items discussed and outcome were of each such meeting.

    Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions officials of his Department have appeared alongside representatives of Action on Smoking and Health on public platforms in each of the last five years.
    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    The Deputy Director responsible for tobacco control holds quarterly meetings with representatives from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in order to monitor delivery according to the terms of the grant awarded under Section 64 of the Health and Social Care Act.

    There is no central record of every occasion on which the current or previous tobacco Deputy Directors and representatives of ASH were at the same meeting.

    Link: http://bit.ly/1M6PpYN
    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 20 October 2015, cW

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