ASH Daily News for 24 March 2017



Switching from smoking to vaping could reduce deaths from fire in the home
 

BAT Boss received 50% pay rise in 2016
 

Calls for tougher penalties against illicit tobacco dealers in Sunderland
 

Prince Charles bans tobacco from playgrounds at his 2,000-acre stately home in Scotland
 

Worcestershire: Smokefree street in Maldon town centre
 

 

Switching from smoking to vaping could reduce deaths from fire in the home

Switching from tobacco smoking to vaping could cut fire deaths, a fire chief has said.
Dan Daly, Assistant Commissioner for fire safety of the London Fire Brigade (LFB), said electronic devices hold fewer fire risks for smokers than cigarettes as butts, ash and matches are often carelessly discarded which leads to fires.

New figures released by the LFB reveal that the numbers dying in fires related to smoking have more than doubled in a year. A total of 21 people in the capital lost their lives in 2016, more than twice the year before. The number of smoking-related fires was more than 1,000 (1,213) last year.

The total number of injuries was 108 with the majority of incidents starting in a bedroom.
These figures compare with no recorded deaths or injuries from vaping — and just four fires.
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Source: London Evening Standard, 23 March 2017
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BAT Boss received 50% pay rise in 2016

Nicandro Durante, the Chief Executive of British American Tobacco (BAT), received about a 50 per cent pay increase for his work in 2016.  BAT’s annual report revealed Durante was paid £7.63m last year, up from £4.52m the previous year.

This year marked Durante’s highest rate of pay since he joined the company in 2011. His pay package rose for second straight year from £3.617m in 2014, but it hasn’t yet reached the heights of his predecessor Paul Adams’ pay, which in 2010 was £8.858m.

Source: City AM, 23 March 2017
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Calls for tougher penalties against illicit tobacco dealers in Sunderland

Tobacco control group Fresh is calling for tougher penalties against those caught dealing in illicit tobacco on Wearside as a national consultation looks at effective ways of tackling the black market.

Those who smuggle, distribute and sell illegal tobacco could be hit by a four-fold increase in fines to deter sales. HMRC has launched a national consultation setting out proposals to create tougher sanctions, which include a steep increase in fines, increasing for first offences from £175 up to £250, for second offences from £750 to £1,500, and rising from £750 to £3,000 for fourth offences, more naming of businesses and crime gangs who evade tobacco duty, and a new civil penalty for those flouting tax marks.

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “The illicit tobacco trade helps enable children to buy cigarettes, undermines public health and deprives schools and hospitals.  There are also cases of sellers linked to loan sharking and drugs. The Government needs to send out a strong message this is not a victimless crime.”

Source: Sunderland Echo, 24 March 2017

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Prince Charles bans tobacco from playgrounds at his 2,000-acre stately home in Scotland

Prince Charles, known for his aversion to tobacco, has approved a ban on
smoking in any of the three playgrounds in the 2,000-acre grounds of his Scottish stately home Dumfries House.
“As part of a Scottish Government initiative and our integrated health programme at Dumfries House, we are the first local organisation to make their play parks smoke-free,” ’ said a spokesman for the Ayrshire estate.

Source: Mail online, 23 March 2017

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Worcestershire: Smokefree street in Maldon town centre

Shoppers will no longer be able to smoke outside Bright’s Path, the row of boutique businesses off Maldon High Street, from 1 April. Vaping will still be allowed.

Mark Salisbury, a café owner, said statistics showing tobacco sales in the UK were at the lowest in recorded history meant now was the right time for the ban on the privately owned area.

He said: “We’ve been really keen on the idea for some time now, as we have a great deal of outdoor space.   Our client range has a lot of mothers with young children and families, many of whom are not a fan of the effects of many people smoking when sitting out here.

“This may prove controversial and frustrate some people, but with the summer season approaching we’re going to have more people coming along to sit outside, and when the majority of our clients support the idea, we feel it’s the best time to do it.”

Source: Maldon and Burnham Standard, 24 March 2017

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