ASH Daily News for 22 May 2018



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UK

  • Lancashire: Smoking warning issued after two grass fires
  • Oxford: Smoking in bed causes flat fire
  • Leicester: City Council find illegal cheap tobacco

International

  • Health ministers make bold commitments at Geneva summit to tackle NCD’s
  • Second-hand smoke exposes Thais to health risks

UK

Lancashire: Smoking warning issued after two grass fires

Following call outs on Sunday 20th May, fire crews have issued a warning for people to be careful of moorland fires, especially at this time of the year, and make sure they safely dispose of cigarettes.

Watch manager Chris Howarth said: “The fire service would urge people to take extra care at this time of year with regard to cigarettes and smoking materials. Due to the current good weather, the risk of fires around the moors is significantly higher than usual. Grass fires can have a detrimental impact on the environment and local communities and can significantly drain the resources of the fire service.”

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, 21 May 2018

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Oxford: Smoking in bed causes flat fire

Residents in the property escaped with minor smoke inhalation after being alerted by smoking alarms. Crew manager Lewis Sigsworth said: “It is very important that people are aware of the dangers of smoking in bed and the need to have working smoke alarms.”

Source: Oxfordshire Guardian, 22 May 2018

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Leicester: City Council find illegal tobacco

Illegal cut price and counterfeit cigarettes have been seized by the council’s trading standards officers in recent months.
Trading standards officers at Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council using sniffer dogs have found tobacco hidden in secret compartments in shops.

Karen Retallic, of Leicestershire County Council’s trading standards team, said her team “found illegal products worth an estimated £46,000, in 10 premises in the year to April this year. We’ve found them under the floorboard, in the ceiling and in cavities hidden by electrical wiring. We would urge smokers to think twice before knowingly supporting the illegal tobacco trade for the sake of cheaper cigarettes.”

Source: The Hinckley Times, 22 May 2018

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International

Health ministers make bold commitments at Geneva summit to tackle NCD’s

At the 30th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in Geneva, government representatives endorsed a series of bold proposals, including:
1.100% smoke free public spaces
2. 20% sugar tax on drinks
3. Immunisations for all girls aged 9-13 against cervical cancer by 2025
4. One-stop crisis centres for victims of gender-based violence
5. Creation of a Commonwealth Evidence Base for Cancer Control; and an acceleration of universal health coverage (UHC).

Addressing a packed room of ministers, delegates and observers, Secretary-General Scotland said, “This year’s meeting enables us to focus on fully playing our part as the Commonwealth in mobilising to tackle the growing crisis of non-communicable diseases (NCD’S), which is causing devastation in all our member countries, and affecting with particular severity small island developing states and low and middle-income countries.”

NCDs account for around ten million deaths across the Commonwealth every year, with seven million of these due to the leading causes such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, respiratory disease and diabetes.

Source: The Commonwealth, 21 May 2018

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Second-hand smoke exposes Thais to health risks

Around 17.3 million people in Thailand are victims of second-hand smoking at home, with a prolonged daily exposure of 30 minutes imposing a greater risk of cardiovascular problems and strokes, Dr Prakit Vathesatogkit, head of Action on Smoking and Health Foundation said yesterday.

In a Bangkok media conference ahead of May 31’s World No Tobacco Day, Prakit cited a WHO report finding that 2,615 Thais died yearly from coronary heart disease or strokes triggered by smoking, with victims as young as 21 to 25 years old. These people were among 6,500 Thais who die from second-hand smoke-triggered health complications each year, he said.

Prakit has urged Thai authorities to strictly enforce the Tobacco Product Control Act 2017 which discourages smoking in prohibited zones to protect non-smokers.

Source: The Nation, 22 May 2018

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