ASH Daily News for 22 January 2019
- Derbyshire: Vaping now allowed at Chesterfield Royal Hospital
- Durham: Married couple fined for selling counterfeit cigarettes from Shildon home
- Wales’ top tobacco sniffer dog faces death threats from criminal gang
- E-cigarettes could be banned in US, FDA says
- Israel issues new rules on tobacco marketing
Derbyshire: Vaping now allowed at Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Chesterfield Royal Hospital has announced that vaping will be permitted outside the hospital building, away from courtyards, entrances, open doors and windows. The Royal says the decision, which came into force on Tuesday, comes following advice from Public Health England and Derbyshire’s public health department.
Sally Chadwick, nursing lead for policy change at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Helping people to quit smoking is a major part of the national and local health agenda and there is a portion of the recently published NHS Long Term Plan that is devoted to prevention, of which smoking cessation will play a major part…”
“E-cigarettes are just one way that people can substitute the harmful effects of smoking. Other nicotine replacement therapies available on our inpatient wards include nicotine patches and we can also make referrals to our local stop smoking service who give ongoing help to patients who wish to give up smoking.”
Source: Derbyshire Times, 21 January 2019
Durham: Married couple fined for selling counterfeit cigarettes from Shildon home
A married couple in their sixties who sold illegal tobacco products from their home have been ordered to handover more than £1,000. Trading Standards officers from Durham County Council seized 200 Richmond King Size cigarettes, 160 Jim’s cigarettes and 850g of Turner Hand Rolling Tobacco from the couple’s home in Shildon.
It followed a tip off to trading standards through the Keep it Out campaign – set up by Fresh North East – which encourages the public to report the illegal sale of tobacco.
Owen Cleugh, consumer protection manager at Durham County Council, said: “We are committed to cracking down on illegal tobacco in County Durham and this prosecution demonstrates how seriously the court takes offences like these. Illegal cigarettes not only bring crime into our communities but they make it easier for children to start smoking and seriously undermines the work of the stop smoking service.”
Source: The Northern Echo, 22 January 2019
Wales’ top tobacco sniffer dog faces death threats from criminal gang
A welsh tobacco sniffer dog has been so successful at finding illicit tobacco that his owner claims smugglers have put a price on his head. During his five-year career, the springer spaniel has sniffed out £6 million worth of illegal tobacco, thanks to his powerful sense of smell and natural hunting instincts.
Owner Stuart Phillips who runs B.W.Y Canine in Pembrokeshire, says Scamp’s success rate at sniffing out illegal tobacco hauls means he poses a big threat to the criminals who smuggle in and sell the goods. He says the scale of the illegal tobacco industry is vast with products smuggled in from as far afield as China or Russia and sold from shops or homes across Wales.
“It is a massive problem in terms of the volume available and the fact that it’s so readily available in shops. It’s available on social media, through Facebook, and in Wales we have what are generally called fag houses, people selling from their houses. Some of these people have been selling from their houses for years. They’re known throughout their communities for selling cheap cigarettes and cheap hand rolling tobacco…”
“The public are not fully aware of what illegal tobacco is linked to,” said Stuart. “They are not just buying cheap cigarettes and cheap hand rolling tobacco. It has knock on effects with other criminality. Illegal tobacco is linked to drugs, to firearms, it’s linked to people trafficking and child sexual exploitation.”
Source: ASH Wales Press Releases, 21 January 2019
E-cigarettes could be banned in US, FDA says
E-cigarettes and vaping products face an “existential threat” from regulators in the US if their use among young people continues to rise, Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned. He added the possible removal of e-cigarette products “would be a blow” for adult smokers, who he said “could potentially benefit from these products.”
The FDA has previously restricted e-cigarette flavours and proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes and flavoured cigars — a move that would require accompanying legislation.
The agency stopped short of banning e-cigarettes from being sold in stores where they could be accessible to under-18s, instead allowing them to continue being sold with the exception that they are in closed-off areas and out of reach from teenagers.
Source: The Independent, 20 January 2019
Israel issues new rules on tobacco marketing
Israel has instituted new rules implementing standardised packaging for tobacco products and banning almost all tobacco advertising, though advertising in some print media is still permitted. The new packaging regulations require all tobacco packaging be a drab, dark brown colour, with health warnings that take up between 30% and 60% of the package.
The new rules will take effect between March 2019 and January 2020.
Source: Mondaq, 21 January 2019