ASH Daily news for 22 December 2015



HEADLINES

  • Former Kenyan prime minister entangled in BAT bribery revelations
  • East Sussex smokers urged to kick the habit
  • Lincolnshire: Stop-smoking service to be launched in New Year
  • Scotland: Lawyers call for use of electronic cigarettes in cars to be banned
  • How graphic photos on cigarette packs help smokers consider quitting
  • Cambodia: Smokefree campaign launched

    Former Kenyan prime minister entangled in BAT bribery revelations

    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has become the latest high-ranking politician to be entangled in the ongoing revelations of bribery involving British American Tobacco (BAT), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials and Mastermind Tobacco.

    Whistleblower Paul Hopkins says in his latest revelations to a British newspaper the Independent that high-ranking officials in Mr Odinga’s office intervened to stop the KRA from freezing Mastermind’s accounts over non-payment of taxes worth billions of shillings.

    Mr Hopkins revealed that the senior officials in Mr Odinga’s office ordered the KRA to freeze multi-million shilling tax demands issued to Mastermind Tobacco – the maker of the Supermatch brand of cigarettes.

    Source: Business Daily Africa, 22nd December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Jr86pU

    East Sussex smokers urged to kick the habit

    East Sussex County Council is backing a national campaign by Public Health England urging people to quit and reminding them of the damage caused to their body by smoking.

    Stop smoking and give your health a boost for the New Year – that’s the message from public health chiefs in East Sussex.

    More than 1,000 deaths and 5,300 hospital admissions are attributed to smoking every year in the county, with around 80,000 adults in East Sussex regularly lighting up.

    Source: Eastbourne Herald, 18th December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1m6311s

    Lincolnshire: Stop-smoking service to be launched in New Year

    A new service to help people quit smoking in the New Year is predicted to save Lincolnshire County Council around £750,000 per year.

    Stop-smoking specialists Quit 51 have been commissioned by the county council to provide face-to-face clinics, group, telephone and online support from January 1.

    Source: The Lincolnite, 18th December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1TeE5iy

    Scotland: Lawyers call for use of electronic cigarettes in cars to be banned

    Lawyers have called for the legislation to ban smoking in cars that are carrying children to be extended to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes.

    Adult motorists or their passengers caught lighting up in vehicles carrying people under the age of 18 soon face being fined up to £100.

    But The Law Society of Scotland has said the cigarette ban does not go far enough and should have covered the devices which are commonly used by people trying to kick traditional smoking habits.

    The body, which represents more than 10,500 solicitors, last week failed in a bid to have the Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) Bill amended until the full facts about the health impact of the vaping devices are known.

    Source: Herald Scotland, 21st December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1U1RMS0

    How graphic photos on cigarette packs help smokers consider quitting

    A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, provides real-world evidence of the effectiveness of smoking warning labels that include graphic photos of the damage caused by tobacco use.

    Researchers found that smokers who saw graphic warning labels on every pack of cigarettes they smoked for four weeks had more negative feelings about smoking compared to those who saw just text warnings. This was associated with them thinking their habit was more dangerous and being more likely to consider quitting.

    Source: Medical Xpress, 21st December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Jr3pMEm

    Cambodia: Smokefree campaign launched

    A new government initiative to warn Cambodians about the dangers of smoking tobacco and secondhand smoke was launched yesterday by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization.

    At the launch of the campaign dubbed “Tobacco Makes Your Children Die”, the director of health improvement at the ministry, called for “more effective measures” that will protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke and “will encourage the smoker[s] to quit”.

    The campaign will see ads placed around some cities in Cambodia, and five short TV spots that will be broadcasted over the next three months.

    Source: KI Media, 18th December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PhSQA6