ASH Daily news for 26 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • Scotland: Prisoner takes ministers to court over cancer fears
  • Scotland: MSPs’ pension fund invests £3m in weapons, tobacco and dirty fuel
  • Manchester: Angry dad dials 999 to report his daughter for smoking while pregnant
  • Wales: Nigel Farage tries e-cigarette on a visit to Swansea
  • Ireland: Son’s anger as hospital patient smokes yards from his seriously ill dad
  • Simon Cowell to give up 40 a day smoking habit for the sake of son Eric
  • US: American Academy of Pediatrics issues sweeping recommendations on tobacco and e-cigarettes
  • South Korea: Gov’t moving to ban small cigarette packs

    Scotland: Prisoner takes ministers to court over cancer fears

    A prisoner has taken ministers to court over fears he may develop cancer from passive smoking.

    William Gage has asked judges to rule it is unlawful to detain him in conditions where he is exposed to tobacco smoke.

    Gage, 43, has made repeated complaints to authorities at Shotts jail, where he has been held since 2004, about being left vulnerable to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) inside the prison.

    Source: Evening Times – 23 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/206YjQg

    Scotland: MSPs’ pension fund invests £3m in weapons, tobacco and dirty fuel

    The pension fund for Scotland’s MSPs is investing £3.2 million in weapons, tobacco and dirty fuels despite the dangers they pose to life, health and the planet.

    New analysis reveals that the Scottish Parliament scheme is funding firms behind Trident, killer drones, cigarettes and climate polluting carbon emissions. It has prompted angry condemnations from some MSPs, who say that parliament’s moral integrity is being destroyed.

    A multi-million-pound pension fund for 127 MSPs is run by private investment managers and overseen by a board of trustees, most of whom are also MSPs.

    The MSP pension fund has invested £474,000 in two big international tobacco companies, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco Int.

    Source: Herald Scotland – 25 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KAcO3x

    Manchester: Angry dad dials 999 to report his daughter for smoking while pregnant

    A man dialed 999 to report his pregnant daughter was smoking.

    The caller made the emergency call from his home in Gorton at around 6pm on Saturday.

    Bemused police officers told him it wasn’t an emergency.

    Source: Manchester Evening News – 25 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KAd2rp

    Wales: Nigel Farage tries e-cigarette on a visit to Swansea

    Nigel Farage used a visit to an e-cigarette firm in Swansea to highlight the way he claims EU regulations can harm businesses.

    Jim Salter, who runs Celtic Vapours, is worried that the Tobacco Products Directive, which takes effect next May, will make it more difficult for his firm to remain profitable.

    Mr Farage, who was in Swansea as part of a UK-wide tour aimed at rallying support for his cause, was presented with some e-cigarette paraphernalia and liquid by Mr Salter. A heavy smoker, he promised to try it.

    Source: Wales Online – 23 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KAdfuG

    Ireland: Son’s anger as hospital patient smokes yards from his seriously ill dad

    A man has complained to the management team of St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny after finding a patient smoking in the same ward as his father. Jim Hayes had been told by a senior ward staff member that the patient was allowed to smoke due to “exceptional circumstances”.

    The Ireland East Hospital Group has apologised on behalf of St. Luke’s General Hospital.

    Mr Hayes’ 82-year-old dad was recovering in hospital after having major surgery to remove tumours from his colon.

    Source: Daily Star – 24 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KAeeLD

    Simon Cowell to give up 40 a day smoking habit for the sake of son Eric

    Simon Cowell says smoking is his worst vice, but the once 40-a-day man reveals he has cut back drastically – for the sake of his son Eric.

    The X Factor boss, who favours Kool menthol cigarettes, says he’s now down to about 10 a day.

    Source: Mirror – 23 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KAet9j

    US: American Academy of Pediatrics issues sweeping recommendations on tobacco and e-cigarettes

    In a comprehensive set of policies issued during its National Conference & Exhibition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) presented extensive recommendations to protect young people from the pernicious effects of tobacco and nicotine.

    The AAP recommendations are contained in three policy statements announced published in Pediatrics. The statements outline recommendations for public policy changes, clinical guidance for physicians to counsel families on reducing exposure and dependence on tobacco, and recommendations for the regulation of e-cigarettes. A companion technical report provides a review of the scientific evidence that supports the recommendations.

    The AAP urges the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems in the same way as tobacco products. This includes age restrictions, taxes, bans on advertising to youth, and bans on flavored products that are particularly attractive to youth.

    Source: Medical Xpress – 26 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KAeEl6

    South Korea: Gov’t moving to ban small cigarette packs

    The government has announced a ban on small cigarette packs being sold in the market as part of an effort to discourage smoking.

    The health ministry said it plans to revise the National Health Promotion Act that will prevent the sales and advertisement of packs with less than the standard 20 cigarettes.

    Usually a pack has 20 cigarettes, but recently there have been smaller packs coming out in the market with 14 and sometimes 10 cigarettes.

    Source: The Korea Observer – 25 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KAeQ3H