ASH Daily news for 27 June 2016



  • Wales: Hotelier calls for tougher penalties for guests who smoke illegally

    A Llandudno hotelier has called for more severe punishments for guests who illegally smoke in their rooms.

    John Humberstone, manager of the Grand Ash Hotel in Gloddaeth Avenue, said the punishments for those who endanger others’ lives by smoking in rooms or tampering with hotel fire equipment should be more severe.

    Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb said: “The law does place responsibility on the hotel owner to manage and control smoking within smoke free premises a situation which reflects the legal responsibility of most business owners to account for their safety when consumers are allowed on to their premises.

    “I have spoken with the Department of Justice who feel the regulations are working well and provide a reasonable degree of clarity with respect to the penalty that can be imposed on the smoker and the potential penalty faced by the business owner.”

    Source: News North Wales – 24 June 2016

  • EU: Health commissioner ‘cannot comment’ on Mifsud-Dalli-Philip Morris allegations

    EU Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis was unable to comment on recent allegations that Deputy Central Bank Governor Alfred Mifsud was paid by tobacco company Philip Morris to get close to former Health Commissioner John Dalli.

    When asked about the issue this week, the Commissioner said he is not responsible for legal issues. He said: “The Commission introduced strict transparency rules and it strictly follows the World Health Organisation’s global Tobacco Convention requirement to avoid contact with the tobacco industry. We are strictly in line and we will do our best. I am not capable of commenting on this question.”

    Source: Malta Independent – 26 June 2016

  • New Zealand: Govt plans to remove branding despite threats

    Thinly veiled threats of legal action will not deter the government from its plans to take the branding off cigarette packets, the Associate Health Minister says.

    Yesterday, Imperial Tobacco’s global director of corporate affairs Axel Gietz said he could not rule out suing the government if a proposed plain packaging law went ahead.

    But the government is steadfast, saying the bland packaging is an important public health measure.

    Associate Minister of Health Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga said although Imperial Tobacco was entitled to sue, the official advice was such a case would be likely to fail.

    See also:
    – NZ MP walks off televised interview after blasting tobacco spokesman as a ‘peddler of death’, Peking Press
    Interview with Axel Geitz, Imperial Tobacco Director of Corporate Affairs, Radio Live

    Source: MSN News – 26 June 2016

  • Canada: Metro mayor proposes return-it deposit on cigarette butts

    A Metro Vancouver mayor is pitching a British-Columbia-wide return-it deposit for cigarette butts — similar to the fees charged for pop cans and beer bottles — as a way to keep the litter from contaminating storm drains and local waterways.

    North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto, chairman of Metro Vancouver’s utilities committee, said he will suggest next month that the Metro committee study the issue and the effect it has on aquatic wildlife, saying there has been a substantial increase in the number of butts dumped on the streets and ending up in local storm drains.

    The move follows a unanimous decision by the North Shore city council this week to ask the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention to support the cigarette butt return-it deposit at its convention in September. Mussatto said he also plans to meet with MLAs and lobby the provincial government to consider legislating the return-it deposit.

    Source: – 26 June 2016

  • US: Southeastern states not protected by comprehensive smoke-free laws

    Ten years after the Surgeon General’s report on the dangers of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke, no states in the Southeast have a statewide comprehensive smoke-free law, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). A comprehensive smoke-free law is one prohibiting smoking in all private worksites, restaurants and bars.

    Source: Medical News Today – 24 June 2016