ASH Daily news for 23 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Minister accused of hypocrisy after voting to block plain tobacco packaging
  • Cigarette firms attack government’s ‘failing’ tobacco tax policy
  • Northumberland: Smoking grandmother’s fumes led to pet lung cancer death
  • Southport: Six fined after dropping cigarette ends
  • Award for anti-smoking charity inspired by memory of Vogue health editor
  • Global conference declares all tobacco products harmful
  • Pakistan: BAT team asks govt to withdraw decision
  • India: Health minister given petition with over 38,500 signatures in support of pictorial warnings
  • UAE: ‘Dizziness’, the super-tobacco hooking teens
  • Syria: ISIS’ religious police carry out another mass cigarette burning

    Minister accused of hypocrisy after voting to block plain tobacco packaging

    Employment minister Esther McVey has been accused of “misleading” a constituent over her stance on plain tobacco packaging.

    Cancer support volunteer Tony Murphy wrote to Ms McVey – his local MP – seeking her support on measures to prevent children from smoking.

    He said that on March 11 – World No Smoking Day – he was delighted to receive a reply from the Wirral West MP assuring him she, and her party, shared his concerns.

    However he was then dismayed when he read a week later that Ms McVey had voted against the standardised packaging proposal.

    See also:
    – Esther McVey under fire over tobacco packaging vote, Liverpool Echo

    Source: Daily Mirror – 21 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N08ui7

    Cigarette firms attack government’s ‘failing’ tobacco tax policy

    Cigarette manufacturers have accused the government of pursuing a “failing tobacco tax policy” after the decision to continue imposing above-inflation duty increases was announced in the Budget Statement.

    The Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA) claimed the government’s policies towards tobacco were also boosting the market for illicit products as cost-conscious consumers sought cheaper cigarettes.

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    Source: The Times – 19 March 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1N08OgI

    Northumberland: Smoking grandmother’s fumes led to pet lung cancer death

    A smoking grandmother who exposed her beloved pet to cigarette fumes has been left heartbroken after the animal died from lung cancer.

    Heather Goddard was horrified when the vet told her that the cocktail of toxic chemicals found in her own second-hand smoke were likely to blame. Clover, an eight-year-old cross-breed, had to be put down.

    Mrs Goddard quit smoking over a year ago after developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and now regrets ever exposing her family to years of smoking in the house and car.

    Source: Chronicle Live – 22 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N09iUc

    Southport: Six fined after dropping cigarette ends

    Seven people have been ordered to pay penalties of hundreds of pounds each as Sefton Council continues its zero tolerance crackdown on littering.

    One man was caught dropping a food wrapper and a carrier bag, while the other six were spotted discarding cigarette ends.

    The penalties people were ordered to pay ranged from £170 each to £312.55.

    Source: Southport Visitor – 23 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N09wuz

    Award for anti-smoking charity inspired by memory of Vogue health editor

    A charity set up in memory of a health editor at Vogue magazine has won a prestigious £30,000 award for its work in preventing children smoking.

    Mother-of-four Deborah Hutton, who lived in Highbury Fields, was a keep-fit enthusiast, half-marathon runner and author of four books about healthy living. A smoker for about eight years in her teens and early 20s, she died of lung cancer in 2005, aged 49.

    The Deborah Hutton campaign was set up after her death by husband Charlie Stebbings, a TV commercial film director, at his studio in Highbury.

    Mr Stebbings was “delighted” this week after hearing that the campaign had beaten 350 organisations to win a GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) Impact award in partnership with the King’s Fund.

    Source: Islington Tribune – 20 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N09PFD

    Global conference declares all tobacco products harmful

    A global anti-tobacco conference that ended Saturday urged countries to take steps to reduce the consumption of tobacco, which it said was a leading cause of disease and death worldwide.

    In its final declaration, the 16th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health in Abu Dhabi also called for wider implementation of World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for cutting smoking rates and reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases.

    The five-day conference, which declared that all tobacco products are harmful, said they “pose an especially heavy burden on low- and middle-income countries and should be de-normalised worldwide.”

    Source: Yahoo! News/AFP – 21 March 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1N0aqqR

    Pakistan: BAT team asks govt to withdraw decision

    According to sources at the Pakistani Health Ministry, a delegation from British American Tobacco met several Ministers and senior officials from the Prime Minister’s office on March 13.

    The meeting was attended by BAT Group Head Denato Del Vecchio and the newly appointed British High Commissioner to Pakistan Philip Barton.

    The sources revealed the delegation asked the government to reverse its decision to impose bigger graphic health warnings on cigarette pack. This request was turned down by the health authorities.

    Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH, said, “If it is the case that the UK High Commissioner to Pakistan is lobbying the government on behalf of BAT, it beggars belief”.

    The UK published very comprehensive guidelines only a year ago, which state very explicitly that its diplomats must not engage foreign governments on behalf of the tobacco industry.

    Source: The Nation – 20 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N0bF9y

    India: Health minister given petition with over 38,500 signatures in support of pictorial warnings

    Around 38,740 signatures collected as part of a campaign backing the government’s move to have new health warnings on packets of tobacco products in India have been submitted to Union Health Minister JP Nadda.

    Source: DNA – 22 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N0c0sU

    UAE: ‘Dizziness’, the super-tobacco hooking teens

    Despite campaigns on the risks of smoking, teenagers in the United Arab Emirates are said to be turning to a little-known tobacco product, called medwakh, five times more potent than cigarettes and said to cause seizures.

    While there are no official statistics on the use of medwakh among young people, researchers say the habit is widespread.

    According to Palat Menon, a researcher at the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation in the Gulf Medical University, each gram of medwakh contains around 44 milligrams of nicotine—the equivalent to four or five cigarettes.

    Source: Medical Xpress – 22 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N0cleY

    Syria: ISIS’ religious police carry out another mass cigarette burning

    Militants fighting for the Islamic State in northern Syria have carried out another mass cigarette burning, as the terror group steps up its anti-smoking campaign.

    Photographs taken in the northern town of Barqah, close to the border with Turkey, show members of ISIS’ feared religious police force setting light to vast piles of cigarettes in a field.

    The images emerged as it was revealed ISIS has erected shocking anti-smoking posters throughout its self-declared caliphate featuring images of burning human lungs, in the hope it will convince militants to reject the ‘slow suicide’ caused by cigarettes.

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    Source: Mail Online – 20 March 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1N0cz5X