ASH Daily news for 22 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • Devon: Retailer to tobacco firms: ‘If you won’t use ad space, we will’
  • Wales: Llandybie house fire caused by E-cigarette charger
  • Worcestershire: Smoking now banned at acute hospitals
  • Berkshire: Public health team wins top award for quit smoking work
  • Scotland: Wife beats husband to death over cigs
  • US: 40% of kids with parent smokers not protected by smoke-free-home rules
  • US: Hawaii becomes first state to raise smoking age to 21

    Devon: Retailer to tobacco firms: ‘If you won’t use ad space, we will’

    A leading convenience retailer who has increased sales after promoting product deals on his tobacco gantry has challenged tobacco manufacturers to develop their own advertising solutions for independent stores.

    Dan Cock, owner of Premier Whitstone Village Stores in Devon, has put up posters on his tobacco display to grow awareness of Booker’s Mega Deals.

    Mr Cock said he was determined to continue the practice despite not asking his gantry provider, Imperial Tobacco, for permission to do so.

    An Imperial Tobacco statement said it has made a “significant investment” supplying covered gantries to ensure retailers are legally compliant with display restriction regulations.

    It added: “We have intentionally designed the doors of the unit so that we can use the space as a category signpost for tobacco shoppers.”

    Source: Better Retailing – 18 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1H8oDmD

    Wales: Llandybie house fire caused by E-cigarette charger

    Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is once again warning of the dangers of E-cigarette chargers after it has emerged that one was the cause of a house fire in Llandybie.

    At 11.51pm on Friday night one fire crew from Ammanford attended the property on Ammanford Road after an e-cigarette charger overheated and set fire to the curtains.

    Source: South Wales Guardian – 16 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1fgm9pJ

    Worcestershire: Smoking now banned at acute hospitals

    A ban on patients and visitors lighting up anywhere at the Alexandra Hospital, as well as Worcestershire Royal Hospital and Kidderminster Hospital, came into force last week.

    Although each site previously had designated smoking shelters – which have now been dismantled – patients and visitors have frequently been seen lighting up in other areas.

    Although Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the three sites, has said anyone seen smoking will be asked to put it out immediately, it remains to be seen how effective the ban – which also applies to e-cigarettes and vaporisers – will be.

    Source: Bromsgrove Advertiser – 20 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1H8oU8W

    Berkshire: Public health team wins top award for quit smoking work

    Bracknell Forest’s public health team has won a top award for its work to help Berkshire smokers kick the habit.

    The team was up against six other finalists in the Public Health Partnerships category at the prestigious annual MJ Local Government Achievement Awards ceremony in London.

    The team has coordinated stop smoking services in Berkshire since public health transferred to local councils in 2013. The service provider is ‘Solutions 4 Health’, with whom the public health team also works on a number of other programmes.

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    Source: Bracknell Forest Council – 19 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1H8p4x6

    Scotland: Wife beats husband to death over cigs

    A woman who killed her husband for trying to foil her bid to quit smoking claimed: “The b*****d hid a packet of cigarettes under my pillow.”

    Sandra Bruce made the admission as an ambulance crew arrived at the couple’s home to find her husband dead.

    The retired paramedic sustained catastrophic injuries — included 20 fractured ribs — when Bruce repeatedly kicked, stamped and jumped on him after discovering his ploy.

    Source: Scottish Sun – 20 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1H8pmUA

    US: 40% of kids with parent smokers not protected by smoke-free-home rules

    Voluntary smoke-free-home rules protect children from dangerous second-hand cigarette smoke – yet more than a third of U.S. homes with a parent who smokes have no such rule, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study.

    Researchers used data from the 2010-2011 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey to determine parents’ behavior and attitudes toward voluntary smoke-free rules. Overall, they found that 60% of U.S. households with children and at least one smoking parent had established a voluntary smoke-free rule in their home.

    Source: Medical News Today – 18 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1H8puU9

    US: Hawaii becomes first state to raise smoking age to 21

    Hawaii’s governor has signed a bill raising the legal smoking age statewide to 21, the first U.S. state to do so.

    The law will take effect on 01 January, 2016, and will also ban the sale, purchase or use of electronic cigarettes for those under the age of 21.

    The governor also signed a bill banning smoking and e-cigarette use at state parks and beaches. Ther is already one such ban in all city and county parks other than of Kaua’i County, according to his office.

    Most U.S. states set the legal smoking age at 18, while a handful have set it higher at 19. Some cities and counties, including New York City and Hawaii County, have already raised the smoking age to 21.

    Lawmakers in Washington state and California have also pushed to raise the legal smoking age to 21 in recent months.

    Source: NBC News/Reuters – 20 June 2015
    Link: http://nbcnews.to/1H8qesn