ASH Daily News for 27 April 2018



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  • Health Minister Steve Brine open-minded on using cigarette packets to promote vaping
  • Somerset and Dorset: Huge online support for a cigarette ban on beaches
  • Oxford: Wadham College trials new smoking restriction
  • Middlesbrough: Shops ordered to close for three months over fake cigarettes sales

International

  • USA: Elgin considers raising age to buy tobacco products to 21

 

UK

Health Minister Steve Brine open-minded on using cigarette packets to promote vaping

Health Minister Steve Brine said he would consider suggestions to use cigarette packets as a vehicle for the promotion of e-cigarettes. The proposal was put to the minister by MP Stephen Metcalfe at a House of Commons Science and Technology Committee hearing on e-cigarettes. “It’s an interesting point, let me think about it,” Brine told MPs.

Tim Baxter, director of healthy behaviours at the Department of Health and Social Care, told the committee that under current legislation it is illegal to put promotional material into cigarette packs, but he agreed with Brine that it was something the government should look into further.

Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal, 26 April 2018

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Somerset and Dorset: Huge online support for a cigarette ban on beaches

Somerset Live asked its Facebook followers ‘should smoking be banned on beaches’, many had their say and 70% of the 1,300 plus voters called for a ban on smoking.

Anti-smoking organisation Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has campaigned for smokefree legislation. Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy at ASH told Somerset Live: “People should have the right to use beaches without being exposed to unpleasant tobacco smoke”.

The Somerset Lives Poll on Facebook shows people feel strongly about the litter and second hand smoke as a result of smoking on the beach.

Source: Somerset Live, 27 April 2018

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Oxford: Wadham College trials new smoking restriction

Wadham College will trial a new smoking policy for Trinity Term that limits smoking to areas “immediately” around eight smoking bins. The College will be closely monitoring adherence to the new guidelines, and will review the smoking policy at the end of the term.

In an email sent out to students on Tuesday 24th April, the collage stated “It is essential that these new guidelines are fully respected. If they are not, the College will consider moving to a total smoking ban.”

Source: Cherwell, April 27 2018

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Middlesbrough: Shops ordered to close for three months over fake cigarettes sales

Shops selling counterfeit and illicit cigarettes and tobacco have been shut down as part of an ongoing crackdown in Middlesbrough. Magistrates ordered the closure of Middle Eastern Mini-market and Parli Road Butchers, following a joint operation by Middlesbrough Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards Service and Cleveland Police.

Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for adult social care and public health, said: “The sale of illicit tobacco and cigarettes is not only illegal but it puts smokers’ health at further risks from the impact of smoking”.

Source: Gazette Live, 26 April 2018

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International

USA: Elgin considers raising age to buy tobacco products to 21

Elgin will look into joining a growing list of towns that have raised the minimum age for the purchase of tobacco from 18 to 21. More than 20 cities in Illinois have already raised the age from 18 to 21.

Mayor Dave Kaptain said he sought the change after receiving a letter from a 9-year-old girl asking him to help people to stop smoking and the city’s Board of Health earlier this month agreed that Elgin should raise the purchase age.

However council members Rich Dunne and Terry Gavin said it will take some convincing to get them to support the change. They both noted that 18-year-olds are old enough to serve in the military and argue that trying to stop young people from smoking should continue to be a matter of education, not legislation.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 26 April 2018

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