ASH Daily news for 29 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Lower revenue for British American Tobacco’s first half sales
  • Blowing smoke: is vaping waste as bad as cigarette butts?
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council approves outdoor smoke-free plans
  • Tidworth: Women escapes house fire caused by cigarette
  • Northern Ireland: Mid-Ulster council to use children in undercover cigarettes bust
  • US: Community clean up aims to decrease litter and tobacco use

    Lower revenue for British American Tobacco’s first half sales

    British American Tobacco (BAT), the world’s second largest cigarette company, reported lower revenue for the first half of the year. According to BAT revenue fell 5.9 per cent to £6.40 billion and cited currency fluctuation as well as more people quitting as reasons behind the downfall.

    All big tobacco companies are grappling with falling sales in many markets due to increasing regulation, higher taxes, economic weakness and growing health consciousness.

    While cigarettes remain a highly profitable business, most of the large players now also sell electronic cigarettes.

    Source: Reuters, 29th July 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1DO9ikq

    Blowing smoke: is vaping waste as bad as cigarette butts?

    According to waste management at company Business Waste, people are unaware of the dangers of electronic cigarette waste, with whole vaping devices being sent straight to landfill rather than being recycled.

    Management at the waste management firm are claiming that the disposal of electronic cigarettes is becoming increasingly problematic and that there should be stronger guidelines on disposing of the product.

    Mark Hall, the commercial manager at the company said that electronic cigarette waste liquids and batteries can be as damaging to the environment as the poisons released from traditional cigarette butts.

    “Traditional cigarette ends when dumped in landfill release poisons into the ground that can harm water tables and damage plants and animals,” said Hall. “E-cigarette refuse is mainly plastics and batteries that may take centuries to break down.”

    Source: Edie, 29th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1h4zgLF

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council approves outdoor smoke-free plans

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council has approved its tobacco plan.

    This includes a public consultation to be launched by the council in October which will ask members of the public for their views on smoke-free zones across the city.

    The council said it would rely on people’s goodwill to enforce the smoke-free areas rather than fines.

    Source: BBC, 29TH July 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1glpncu

    Tidworth: Women escapes house fire caused by cigarette

    A woman in Tidworth escaped a house fire caused by a cigarette she had been smoking.

    The woman, who is in her sixties, fell asleep while smoking in bed and her bed caught fire.

    However, she woke up in time to escape the blaze and was taken to hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

    Three fire crews – one from Ludgershall and two from Andover – and an aerial appliance from Salisbury were called to a property in Manor Bridge Court at 1.07am after a fire broke out in a first floor bedroom.

    Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people of the dangers of smoking in bed.

    Source: Salisbury Journal, 28th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MUeN6l

    Northern Ireland: Mid-Ulster council to use children in undercover cigarettes bust

    Mid-Ulster council have revealed plans to use children in undercover operations to help catch shopkeepers illegally selling tobacco to underage youngsters.

    Newsagents and retailers caught selling to children could be reprimanded under the scheme designed to tackle teenage smoking.

    It will also target the underage selling of lighters. Volunteers going undercover will be children of environmental health officers.

    Source: Tyrone Courier, 29th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1glw6mJ

    US: Community clean up aims to decrease litter and tobacco use

    Community volunteers in Grand Island are picking up cigarette butts and trash from local parks this week. They are hoping to encourage the public to throw away their garbage and to abstain from tobacco products.

    This is the second annual “Keep Grand Island Beautiful No Butts About It” project and volunteers helping with the four-day process include those from schools, hospitals and community agencies such as Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions.

    Source: The Grand Island Independent, 28th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DOdOiT