ASH Daily news for 26 February 2015
February 26, 2015
- Health experts debate smoking ban in outdoor public spaces in UK
- Greater Manchester to control £6bn NHS budget
- British American Tobacco sales fall less than expected
- Irish cancer charity rejects corporate donation over tobacco link
- US: Tobacco companies agree to settle lawsuits in Florida Federal Courts
- US: Flight Attendant Union celebrates 25 years of smoke-free policy
Health experts debate smoking ban in outdoor public spaces in UK
Former Labour Health Minister Lord Darzi and other experts argue in an article published in the British Medical Journal, that smoking should be banned from outdoor public spaces such as parks. Lord Darzi says that the measure could reduce smoking rates of young people.
In the same journal, Prof Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney called the idea “paternalistic”. Suggesting that the harms of exposure to secondhand smoke in outdoor spaces are very small compared with in indoor spaces.
British Medical Journal: Is a smoking ban in UK parks and outdoor spaces a good idea?Source: BBC News, 26 February 2015
Greater Manchester to control £6bn NHS budget
Greater Manchester is to become the first English region to get full control of its health spending, as part of an extension of devolved powers. The plan will come into force from April 2016 and see the £6bn health and social care budget to be taken over by the region’s councils and health groups.
Local leaders, and ultimately Greater Manchester’s new directly elected mayor, will control how budgets are allocated.A shadow Greater Manchester Health and Wellbeing board will be appointed, which will work closely with existing clinical commissioning groups of GPs. The board is expected to run from April 2015, before control of the budget is handed over a year later.Source: BBC News, 26 February 2015
British American Tobacco sales fall less than expected
British American Tobacco, the world’s second-biggest tobacco company, reported a slightly smaller-than-expected full-year sales decline, as smokers cut back on the habit and the strong pound reduced the value of international sales.Source: Reuters, 26 February 2015
Irish cancer charity rejects corporate donation over tobacco link
The Irish Cancer Society has announced that they will reject donations from the law firm Arthur Cox, which is acting on behalf of tobacco company Japan Tobacco to threaten court action against the Irish government to block standardised cigarette packs.Source: Fundraising UK, 25 February 2015
US: Tobacco companies agree to settle lawsuits in Florida Federal Courts
Three major U.S. tobacco companies R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard and Altria Group’s Philip Morris USA will pay $100 million to settle more than 400 federal lawsuits over harms caused by smoking to smokers.
The settlement won’t become final unless all the individual plaintiffs in the cases agree to participate in the settlement.Source: The Wall Street Journal, 25 February 2015
US: Flight Attendant Union celebrates 25 years of smoke-free policy
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the smoking ban on all domestic airline flights.
In 1986, AFA pushed for the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the effects of in-flight smoking on Flight Attendants’ health. The ban was temporarily for domestic flights of less than two hours and became permanent in 1990.Source: Travel Daily News, 26 February 2015