ASH Daily news for 22 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Prison Governors Association comments on smoking ban in prisons
  • Brighton plans smoking ban for beach
  • More evidence smoking raises risk of death from breast cancer
  • France: Tobacconists dump 4 tons of carrots outside Socialist Party HQ.
  • Parliamentary Questions

    Prison Governors Association comments on smoking ban in prisons

    The Prison Governors Association president, Andrea Albutt, who is heading a team that will be implementing a ban on smoking in prisons has welcomed the move, but said it must be done in a “safe and staged” way as 80% of prisoners smoked.

    The government intends to ban smoking in all 136 prisons in England and Wales to reduce health risks, it is currently allowed only in prison cells and exercise yards.

    The move follows a series of legal challenges by prison officers and inmates who have complained about the effects of passive smoking.

    Source: BBC News, 22 July 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1gNL6JU

    Brighton plans smoking ban for beach

    Brighton city council’s health board voted yesterday to consult on an implementing voluntary smoking bans on Brighton beach.

    The move follows a wave of similar restrictions elsewhere in the UK and Europe. The city has already put in place a voluntary ban on smoking in its 42 children’s play areas.

    [Editorial note: The consultation opens today and will last for 12 weeks]

    See also

    BBC News: Brighton seeks views on beach smoking ban
    BT.com: Brighton beach could become the first in the UK to ban smoking
    Mail on Sunday: Brighton is set to become first UK city to ban smoking on the beach
    Metro: Brighton beach could get a smoking ban

    Source: The Times, 22 July 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1GBDcrT

    More evidence smoking raises risk of death from breast cancer

    A study carried out by doctors from Miyagi Cancer Center Hospital and published in the journal Cancer Science, has found that long-time smokers may face an increased risk of death if they develop breast cancer.

    The findings add to a growing body of research pointing to the specific risks smoking poses for women with breast cancer.

    Source
    Cancer Science: Smoking and survival after breast cancer diagnosis in Japanese women: A prospective cohort study

    Source: Reuters, 21 July 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1CPn7UO

    France: Tobacconists dump 4 tons of carrots outside Socialist Party HQ.

    A protest planned to take place in the afternoon outside the Health Ministry and later the Sénat (upper house) against the introduction of standard packs got an early start today with tobacconists dumping 4 tons of carrots outside the headquarters of Président Hollande’s party. This comes as the Health Minister unveiled the design for the planned new tobacco packaging.

    The choice of carrots is apparently in reference to the red oblong signs placed outside shops selling tobacco in France.

    Source: Huffington Post, 22 July 2015
    Link: http://huff.to/1fl9cuE

    Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Tobacco Industry contact

    Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many times (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department met employees or third-party representatives of tobacco companies in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2015.

    Danian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary
    Treasury Ministers have meetings and discussions with a wide variety of organisations as part of the policy development and delivery process. A record of Ministerial meetings is published and updated periodically on the government website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-ministers-meetings-hospitality-gifts-and-overseas-travel

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

    PQ2: Levy

    Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will instruct HM Revenue and Customs to publish its analysis of the design and potential effects of the proposed tobacco levy.

    Damian Hinds The Exchequer Secretary
    As set out in paragraph 1.213 of the Summer Budget Report, the responses to the consultation on introducing a tobacco levy will be published shortly.
    Does this answer the above question?

    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 20 July 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ik6y5o

    PQ3: Smoking related deaths

    Jamie Reed Labour, Copeland
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce smoking-related deaths in areas where there is higher than average incidence of such deaths.
    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    The Tobacco Control Plan for England sets out a comprehensive strategy including national and local action. Local authorities, funded by the Government’s public health grant, have responsibility for providing a programme of tobacco control that meets the needs of their populations. Public Health England provides local authorities with a range of data and tools including the Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England and a local youth smoking mapping tool, to assist local priority setting and support delivery.

    Source: Citation: HC Deb, 21 July 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Jf02fm

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