ASH Daily News for 22 July 2016



  • Northern Ireland: MLAs urged to match £5m job support fund for tobacco firm staff

    Unite, the Union has called on the Stormont Executive to match a £5m legacy fund established by JTI to support the workers who will lose their jobs when the JTI Gallaher factory in Ballymena closes next year.

    A total of 870 jobs will be lost when production ends at the Co Antrim factory. Some 500 people have already been made redundant.

    JTI has announced the creation of the £5m fund to support job creation and skills development for workers affected by the closure.

    Around £300,000 will be spent every year for the next two decades as part of the scheme.

    The charitable trust will be chaired by North Antrim DUP MP Ian Paisley, who welcomed the programme.

    Source: Belfast Telegraph – 20 July 2016

  • Sheffield: Children’s playgrounds to become smoke-free zones

    Sheffield City Council will launch its smoke-free playground policy across 152 children’s playgrounds across the city today.

    Signage, which has been developed in collaboration with Sheffield schoolchildren, will be clearly displayed at entrances to all playgrounds to inform people about the new policy.

    The Council wants to change social norms around smoking and reduce the number of children who start smoking each year in the city.

    The policy comes as a result of a consultation with 1500 local people including smokers, non-smokers, parents, non-parents and e-cigarette users.

    Source: ITV News – 22 July 2016

  • Yorkshire: Smoke-free zones could come to Barnsley

    A report by senior public health officers submitted to Barnsley Council outlines a planned initiative that will aim to introduce smoke-free zones in areas of the town centre, along with smoke-free play parks.

    The long term aim would be to make all 24 main play parks in the town smoke-free. Other suggestions for smoke-free zones include hospital grounds and school gates.

    The smoke-free zones would be managed through a voluntary code and there would be no enforcement action. The report also proposes a public consultation takes place.

    Source: We are Barnsley – 21 July 2016

  • Study: Those who have given up cigarettes ‘drink less alcohol too’

    Smokers trying to quit have been found to drink less alcohol in their first week by a new study conducted by UCL. They were also less inclined to binge drink than those who still smoked.

    Researchers says this goes against the belief that ex-smokers drink more to compensate.

    The study involved household surveys, where a total of 6,287 out of 31,878 people reported smoking between March 2014 and September 2015. Of these, 144 had begun an attempt to quit smoking in the week before the survey. They had also completed a validated questionnaire called the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test.

    See also:
    – Are recent attempts to quit smoking associated with reduced drinking in England? A cross-sectional population survey, BMC

    Source: Daily Mail – 22 July 2016

  • China: Beijing brings in 2.2 million yuan in fines with ‘toughest’ smoking ban

    Both the number of people smoking and tobacco sales have decreased since Beijing implemented its toughest ban on smoking one year ago, local officials said.

    More than 2.2 million yuan ($330,000) in penalty fees have been charged by Beijing’s health inspection authorities and local commerce departments since the capital prohibited smoking in all indoor areas, including public places, workplaces and in public transportation facilities on June 1 last year, officials said during the 14th Beijing Municipal People’s Congress.

    By May 31, Beijing’s health authorities had sent inspectors out more than 154,000 times and inspected 75,822 households. Local commerce departments have investigated and punished 310 businesses that broke the smoking ban, and shut down 108 tobacco shops without sales licenses.

    Source: China Daily – 21 July 2016

  • Canada: Menthol-like cigarettes sold despite ban

    Cigarettes made with similar colouring and marketed as having the same taste are still being sold despite a recent ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Nova Scotia, new research from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

    Source: Med India – 21 July 2016

  • Africa: Plains packaging

    The Econimist takes a look at the rise in smoking rates in young Africans.

    Source: The Economist – 23 July 2016