ASH Daily news for 24 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • England: Smoking, drinking and drug-taking among pupils at record low
  • Opinion: I don’t predict a riot: jail smoking ban need not spell unrest
  • Hampshire: Havant council’s 5,000 litter fines ‘shows policy is working’
  • Derbyshire: Taxi driver fined £1,600 for throwing cigarette butt on the floor
  • Wirral: Google Streetview smoker caught by ‘fuming’ wife
  • Wales: Man tries to stop friend smoking by putting party poppers in his cigarettes
  • Canada: Court waives C$1.13bn deposit in Quebec smoking case
  • Indonesia: Health Ministry, lawmakers want tobacco tax

    England: Smoking, drinking and drug-taking among pupils at record low

    The proportion of pupils experimenting with smoking has dropped to the lowest level on record – with more children having tried e-cigarettes than conventional tobacco, the latest governemnt survey finds.

    The survey, which questioned more than 6,000 pupils in 210 schools in England in 2014, also finds levels of alcohol consumption have dropped to a record low, with 38 per cent of 11- to 15-year-olds having tried it.

    Drug use is down as well, according to the figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

    Just 18 per cent of pupils questioned have tried smoking, the lowest proportion since the annual survey began in 1982. There has been a continuous decline since 2003, when 42 per cent of pupils had tried it.

    This year’s survey was the first to include questions on e-cigarettes, and finds that 22 per cent have used the devices at least once, with the majority (89 per cent) of these also regularly smoking tobacco.

    Deborah Arnott said: ‘These results are entirely consistent with other British surveys showing that regular use of e-cigarettes among teenagers is tiny and is confined to those who are already regular smokers.

    ‘They do not support the idea that experimentation with electronic cigarettes is a gateway into smoking as the number of young people trying smoking continues to decline year on year.’

    See also:
    – Pupils prefer e-cigs to the real things: More than one in five admit to trying ‘vaping’ in the past year compared to 18% who smoked, Daily Mail
    – Smoking And Drinking Among Children Aged 11-15 Is At Its Lowest For 30 Years, And They Barely Know What Legal Highs Are, Huffington Post
    – Smoking and drinking amongst pupils in England ‘lowest since records began’, BBC Newsbeat
    – More pupils try ‘vaping’ than smoking, BBC News
    – Teenagers prefer novelty vaping to a sneaky cigarette, The Times (£)
    – Are today’s teens the most sensible ever? Smoking, drinking and drug taking at lowest levels for 30 years, Daily Mirror

    Source: TES – 23 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RX22hG

    Opinion: I don’t predict a riot: jail smoking ban need not spell unrest

    Deborah Arnott explains why she things there is no need to worry about the proposed smoking ban in prisons.

    “The cultural change that has taken place everywhere else in society needs to be extended to prisons so that inmates and staff no longer have to put up with the harm caused by second-hand smoke. After it happens, just as with pubs and bars going smoke-free, we’ll all wonder what the fuss was about.”

    See also:
    –  Of course smoking should be banned in prisons – it’s time for inmates to start living like the rest of us, The Independent
    – A smoking ban in prisons won’t really help cons – but it could destroy their economy, The Independent

    Source: New Scientist – 23 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RX30us

    Hampshire: Havant council’s 5,000 litter fines ‘shows policy is working’

    Almost 5,000 fines have now been given out to people dropping litter – and the vast majority are for cigarette butts.

    Figures released by Havant Borough Council show 4,815 fines have been handed out to people in Havant town centre since the zero-tolerance crackdown started in May last year.

    A total of 4,659 of the £75 fines were for dropping cigarette ends.

    See also:
    Dublin: Smokers ‘main cause of litter in the city’, Herald.ie

    Source: The News – 24 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RX3Jf5

    Derbyshire: Taxi driver fined £1,600 for throwing cigarette butt on the floor

    A taxi driver has been fined for smoking in his car, throwing his cigarette butt out of the window, refusing to give his name, and failing to display no-smoking signs. Tallat Mahmood was spotted in November by a council enforcement officer discarding his cigarette end onto the pavement of South Broadway Street, Burton.

    For each of the four offences proven by the council, Mr Mahmood – who failed to attend the hearing at South East Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court – was fined £200. He was convicted in his absence and also ordered to pay costs of £862 and a victim surcharge of £20, totalling £1,682.

    Source: Derby Telegraph – 23 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RX469z

    Wirral: Google Streetview smoker caught by ‘fuming’ wife

    A man who was trying to give up smoking was caught lighting up by his “fuming” wife in one of the most unlikely ways.

    Donald Riding, from Wirral in Merseyside, was pictured holding a cigarette by a Google Street View car after saying he had kicked the habit following a heart attack.

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    Source: BBC News – 21 July 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1RX4epJ

    Wales: Man tries to stop friend smoking by putting party poppers in his cigarettes

    After a smoker left his cigarettes in his van, one of his friends inserted a small explosive from a party popper into each one in a misguiged attempt to get him to quit and filmed the results.

    In the video the man is seen “preparing” the cigarettes. Later his friend lights up and he receives a shock as the cigarette explodes in his hand, to much amusement from his friends.

    The man wasn’t hurt but was predictably unimpressed.

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    Source: The Telegraph – 23 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RX5qJr

    Canada: Court waives C$1.13bn deposit in Quebec smoking case

    A Canadian appeal court ruled on Thursday that three major tobacco companies will not have to make a preliminary deposit of C$1.13 billion ($867.56 million) as they appeal a case that awarded more than C$15 billion in damages to Quebec smokers.

    Imperial Tobacco Canada, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Plc, JTI-Macdonald Corp, part of Japan Tobacco Inc, and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc – a subsidiary of Philip Morris International – had originally been ordered by a lower court judge to deposit the amount in trust with their attorneys.

    The companies were ordered to make the payment as part of a historic June 1 court decision that awarded the damages in two related Quebec smoking class action cases.

    But the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned the lower court judge’s order to make a provisional payment, saying that even the exceptional circumstances of the case did not warrant it.

    Source: Reuters – 23 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RX5GrU

    Indonesia: Health Ministry, lawmakers want tobacco tax

    The Health Ministry and legislators have urged the Finance Ministry to earmark all government revenue from tobacco taxation for the health budget, as the sector is heavily burdened by widespread medical issues brought about by the consumption of tobacco.

    Health Ministry secretary-general Untung Suseno Sutarjo said on Tuesday that such a policy would be immensely beneficial for the promotion and development of health.

    Source: The Jakarta Post – 23 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RX63Tq