ASH Daily News for 28 September 2016



  • Yorkshire: Increasing numbers of people giving up smoking
  • Canada: Government plans to regulate vaping as an alternative to tobacco
  • USA: Nebraska City rejects smoking ban for apartments
  • USA: FDA warns of secondhand and thirdhand smoke dangers to pets
  • USA: California governor vetoes ban on public smoking at colleges
  • Philippines: Health group backs proposal to increase sin taxes

Yorkshire: Increasing numbers of people giving up smoking

New data shows that the smoking rate across Yorkshire has fallen by 3.3% over the past four years to 18.6%. Alongside this, according to the latest data, the number of cigarettes sold in Yorkshire dropped by 15% in 2015. In 2015/16, over 31,000 people in the Yorkshire area used their local stop smoking service.

North Yorkshire County Council has recently signed the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control which commits the Council to taking comprehensive action to tackle the harm caused by smoking. The Council has also joined five local health chiefs from partner organisations in signing the NHS Statement of support for Tobacco Control.

Source: Minster FM – 20 September 2016
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Canada: Government plans to regulate vaping as an alternative to tobacco

The Government announced on Tuesday (27th September) that it has plans to introduce legislation on vaping later this year.

Health Canada have few details beyond saying it would both protect young people from nicotine and allow adult smokers to use vaping as an aid to quitting smoking or as a potentially less harmful alternative to tobacco.

In a statement, the Department said it is also renewing the federal tobacco control strategy for one year, giving the Government time to develop a new long-term plan. The strategy was introduced in 2001 and last renewed four years ago.

Health Canada also confirmed that federal work continues on a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes, as well as a commitment to introduce plain and standardised packaging requirements for all tobacco products.

Source: National Post – 27 September 2016
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USA: Nebraska City rejects smoking ban for apartments

Bellevue City Council has rejected a proposed ban on smoking in apartments. The Council voted 5-1 against the proposed change to the city’s fire code.

The proposal wasn’t specifically designed to protect the health of the city’s 50,000 residents, but instead to prevent fires. Councillor Don Preister proposed the ban in August after cigarette smoking at a Bellevue apartment complex led to two fires. The second fire destroyed the building, displacing dozens of people, and injured four, including a firefighter.

Source: The Mail Online – 27 September 2016
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USA: FDA warns of secondhand and thirdhand smoke dangers to pets

The FDA has long been urging consumers to quit smoking, but now it’s speaking out on an additional risk associated with the habit, that is risks to pet health. The agency recently updated a section of its website called “Animal Health Literacy” with data on the risks of secondhand and thirdhand smoke to dogs and cats.

Thirdhand smoke refers to residues that end up in a smoker’s environment, such as on furniture, clothes, carpets and pets’ fur or skin. Pets are at risk of ingesting tobacco smoke and nicotine compounds when they clean themselves through licking their fur. Dogs are also particularly susceptible to nose cancers as toxic chemicals from cigarette smoke get trapped in the lining of their noses.

The FDA’s push to protect pets from cigarette smoke comes just a couple of months after the agency announced a new 10-year strategic plan that prioritises improving the health and welfare of animals.

Source: Animal Health Media – 27 September 2016
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USA: California governor vetoes ban on public smoking at colleges

Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed plans to ban smoking and tobacco use on public university campuses in California.

The Governor announced that he took action on legislation that would have banned chewing, dipping, smoking or vaping natural or synthetic tobacco products at the 136 California State University and community college campuses.

In a veto message, the Democratic governor noted that the schools’ governing boards already have that authority “and are fully capable of setting smoking policies on their campuses.”

Brown also announced that he signed legislation allowing state inspectors to seize and destroy used cigarette stamps, which are affixed to cigarette packaging to show tobacco has been legally purchased. It comes in response to inspectors recently finding large collections intended for reuse.

Source: KFI am – 27 September 2016
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Philippines: Health group backs proposal to increase sin taxes

Health Justice Philippines, a public health policy think tank and advocacy group with expertise in tobacco control and health promotion, has given its support to Department of Finance (DoF) proposals to raise sin taxes, especially on tobacco, as part of its proposed tax policy reform programme.

In the Ways and Means Committee hearing on 20th September, Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua announced that among the priority bills, the DoF is seeking to increase taxes which should promote public health. The proposed increase in taxes would bring in additional revenue amounting to 22 billion peso in 2018 and 46 billion in 2019.

Source: Our Daily News – 27 September 2016
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