ASH Daily news for 27 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • Lincolnshire: Local smoking cessation budget slashed 50% as public health cuts bite
  • Tobacco companies try to put stamp on new packaging
  • London: Shisha cafe plans in East Finchley deferred
  • Australia: Tobacco bans in prisons paying off
  • Nigeria: Eight Million Risk Dying of Tobacco Use By 2030
  • Canada: Passage of An Act to bolster tobacco control in Quebec – A major gain in the fight against cancer

    Lincolnshire: Local smoking cessation budget slashed 50% as public health cuts bite

    Lincolnshire County Council has stated that it is having to cut funding for its smoking cessation services by 50% due to the Government cuts to the public health budget.

    GP practices are warning that a large number of patients will no longer be able to receive help or support to quit smoking.

    The Government earlier this year told local authorities to cut services following a £200m mid-year budget cut, but claimed this would not affect frontline services.

    Earlier this week, the Chancellor indicated further reductions, announcing a £13.6bn cut in the non-NHS budget, which included a 3.9% cut to public health budgets over the next 5 years

    Source: Pulse Today, 26th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1lNGHt0

    Tobacco companies try to put stamp on new packaging

    Tobacco lobbyists have joined forces in a bid to stop the European Commission from signing up a Swiss company to provide advanced “track and trace” technology to combat cigarette smuggling.

    The fight is intensifying at the EU level as the European Parliament prepares to debate the matter and the Commission nears a long-awaited decision on cigarette packaging.

    Tobacco companies, who want to use their own anti-counterfeit measures, argue that if the Commission awards Lausanne-based printing technology firm SICPA the contract, it will be granting it a monopoly that will wreak havoc on the industry.

    Source: Politico, 27th November 2015
    Link: http://politi.co/1Oup4rr

    London: Shisha cafe plans in East Finchley deferred

    A decision on whether to allow a shisha café in East Finchley to go ahead has been deferred by councillors.

    Barnet Council’s planning committee decided to let the owners of Oasis Café, have more time to develop their proposal, so they could address concerns about smell.

    Source: This is Local London, 26th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HrIBJD

    Australia: Tobacco bans in prisons paying off

    A report into prisoners’ health has found that a smoking ban has reduced the rate of those who intend to light up upon release.

    The smoking bans sparked concerns they would fuel a black market boom or riots. However, a report into prisoners’ health by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found they have led to a decline in smoking rates.

    Source: SBS, 27th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfIfX2

    Nigeria: Eight Million Risk Dying of Tobacco Use By 2030

    A non-governmental organization (NGO), the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has said that if measures are not urgently put in place to halt the rate of tobacco smoking, about eight million people are estimated to be at risk of losing their lives by the year 2030 in Nigeria.

    Source: All Africa, 27th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PeZ46H

    Canada: Passage of An Act to bolster tobacco control in Quebec – A major gain in the fight against cancer

    The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Quebec Division welcomes the passage of An Act to bolster tobacco control in Quebec.

    The new legislation includes a ban on flavoured tobacco products and stricter packaging measures. The CCS believe that this will make it more for the tobacco industry to make their products attractive to young people.

    This also includes the regulation of electronic cigarettes to prevent brand sharing with tobacco products.

    Source: Money News, 26th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MUXK2Z