ASH Daily news for 29 March 2016



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Smokefree pubs save Scots from half a tonne of toxins
Johan Cruyff dies of cancer aged 68
South East: voluntary smoking ban in Surrey playgrounds
Kenya: High Court upholds tobacco control regulations, rejecting British American Tobacco Challenge
Pakistan: Sindh High Court upholds ban on tobacco products advertisements
Japan becomes test ground for real tobacco electronic cigarette
Smokefree pubs save Scots from half a tonne of toxins
New research conducted by Action on Smoking and Health Scotland, in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, has calculated that smokefree legislation has saved Scots from breathing in over half a tonne of toxins.

The research shows that when taken as a whole, the adult Scottish population has inhaled at least 600kg less PM2.5 particles because of smokefree pubs – that’s over half a tonne of a material known to cause cancer. Given that this figure only relates to time spent in a pub, the additional benefits from smokefree cafes, restaurants and offices mean the actual reduction in inhaled toxins is likely to be even higher.

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “The cultural impact of smokefree public places has been profound, with a new generation growing up with smokefree environments as their right and their expectation. On top of that the intended health benefits have been surpassed, with today’s new figure helping to explain why asthma and heart attacks have decreased so much.”

Source: The Scotsman 29 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/22UudA8

Johan Cruyff dies of cancer aged 68
The legendary footballer Johan Cruyff has died of lung cancer after a long term struggle to quit smoking.

Despite his football career, Cruyff was a heavy smoker who in 1991 underwent serious heart surgery. After his operation he took part in an anti-smoking advertising campaign, which had the slogan: “I’ve had to two addictions in my life: smoking and playing football. Football has given me everything, whilst smoking almost took it all away.”

See also:
Youtube: Johan Cruyff – anti tobacco
CNN: Johan Cruyff: Barcelona and Holland legend dies aged 68
The Mail Online: Johan Cruyff dies aged 68 after Holland and Barcelona legend loses cancer battle

Source: The Guardian 24 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1RntguQ

South East: voluntary smoking ban in Surrey playgrounds
A voluntary smoking ban is being launched in children’s play areas across Surrey. The scheme will rely on the goodwill of people using the play areas and will be supported by signs featuring artwork by local children.

The ban has been launched by boroughs and districts with the help of Surrey County Council’s public health team, following No Smoking Day which took place on March 9. Smokefree zones cover fenced off areas containing children’s play equipment.

Source: Haselmere Herald 28 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1St4byZ

Kenya: High Court upholds tobacco control regulations, rejecting British American Tobacco Challenge
A Kenyan High Court has upheld provisions within the country’s 2014 Tobacco Control Regulations, rejecting legal challenges by British America Tobacco.

The court’s decision is a major victory for public health and allows the Kenyan government to move forward with implementing the legislation, in compliance with the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

See also:
Tobacco Free Kids: A Kenyan High Court Upholds Tobacco Control Regulations, Rejecting British American Tobacco Challenge

Source: Citizen Digital 24 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1oiMqre

Pakistan: Sindh High Court upholds ban on tobacco products advertisements
The Sindh High Court has upheld the ban on tobacco advertising throughout Pakistan.

Philip Morris (Pakistan) issued a petition challenging the ban on advertising tobacco products in print, electronic and outdoor media. However, the Sindh High Court rejected the petition and, by giving an undertaking in court, Phillip Morris agreed to remove all tobacco product advertisements in two weeks time.

Source: The News 29 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1Uriojw

Japan becomes test ground for real tobacco electronic cigarette
Philip Morris International has announced a nationwide roll-out of its new electronic cigarette, iQOS, for April 18th. The iQOS is part of a new strain of electronic cigarettes which use real tobacco rather than liquids containing nicotine.

The iQOS is a tobacco stick that is heated just enough to produce an aerosol but not enough to make it combust. The new device appears similar to other e-cigarettes in that it is pen-shaped and battery-powered, and is heated to release tobacco vapour.

Philip Morris has introduced the products in major cities in Switzerland, Italy and other countries, but Japan is the first country where it plans a nationwide release.

Source: Reuters 29 March 2016
Link: http://reut.rs/1St60vK