ASH Daily news for 29 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • A driving force for good: The ban on smoking in cars carrying children
  • Disgusted father finds cigarette butt in tin of Lidl sardines
  • Ban on electronic cigarette sales for under 18s coming into force
  • Cumbria: Council welcomes smokefree cars to protect children
  • North Tyneside: New initiative to help smokers quit
  • Northern Ireland: Fire stations open to public during October’s Fire Safety Week

    A driving force for good: The ban on smoking in cars carrying children

    Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, discusses the significance of banning smoking in cars with children present.

    She explains that “while the dangers of second-hand smoke are widely known, sometimes people don’t realise that exposure to second-hand smoke is especially dangerous for children due to their smaller lungs, faster breathing, and less developed immune systems. And, unlike adults, children often don’t feel able to say “stop it” to people smoking in the car.”

    “The ban on smoking in cars carrying children was passed because politicians recognised that awareness campaigns just haven’t done enough to fundamentally change attitudes and behaviours regarding this problem. This law aims to shield children by overhauling smoking habits and culture.”

    Source: Huffington Post, 28th September 2015
    Link: http://huff.to/1KNAaDp

    Disgusted father finds cigarette butt in tin of Lidl sardines

    A father of two was left disgusted after finding a cigarette butt in a tin of sardines that he had purchased from Lidl.

    After taking a bite out his sandwich, he noticed an unusual tobacco taste in his mouth and upon investigation found a cigarette butt in his sandwich.

    Amanda Sandford, Information Manager at ASH said that the incident could have been “much more serious” if it had happened to a child.

    She said: “If he had eaten it, it probably would have resulted in vomiting but if it had been a child then they could’ve been extremely ill due to the poison level being higher in a smaller body.”

    Source: Mirror, 28th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1h6genu

    Ban on electronic cigarette sales for under 18s coming into force

    The law regarding the sale of electronic cigarettes is changing to protect young people from 1st of October.

    Under the new regulations it will be illegal for retailers to sell electronic cigarettes or the liquid used in them to someone under 18. It will also be an offence for anyone over 18 to buy tobacco products or e-cigarettes on behalf of a young person attracting a fine of £50.

    Source: The Gazette, 29th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NZ478L

    Cumbria: Council welcomes smokefree cars to protect children

    Cumbria County Council has welcomed a ban on smoking in vehicles carrying young people under the age of 18. This new legislation comes into effect in England and Wales from 1 October and coincides with the start of Stoptober, the national 28 day campaign to help smokers quit.

    The change in law means that private vehicles must be smokefree if they are enclosed, there is more than one person present and one of them is under 18. The fixed penalty fine for offences is £50.

    See also:

    Halton motorists warned as ban on smoking in cars in front of children comes into force 

    Time to quit car smoking

    Source: Cumbria 24, 28th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1iHrms6

    North Tyneside: New initiative to help smokers quit

    Smokers who want to quit smoking can access medication to help them do it more easily  than before.

    A new initiative is being piloted by North Tyneside Council’s Stop Smoking Service where vouchers can be redeemed at community pharmacies in the borough.

    Previously, those who are assessed to benefit from medication, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy or Champix, may have needed to visit their GP to get a prescription to access the treatment.

    Now people attending the Stop Smoking service for support may be provided with a voucher by an accredited adviser which can then be exchanged for the medication through an appropriate pharmacy.

    Source: News Guardian, 28th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1jtihDU

    Northern Ireland: Fire stations open to public during October’s Fire Safety Week

    The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is urging the public to go along to one of their annual Fire Safety Open Nights at Fire Stations during Fire Safety Week (5-11 October 2015).

    The theme for this year’s Fire Safety Week centres around the ‘Dangers of Smoking in the Home’ with a focus on trying to reduce accidental house fires which are caused by the careless use or disposal of smoking materials.

    Fire stations throughout Northern Ireland will be open to the public and admission to the Open Nights is free.

    See also:

    Carrick and Whitehead fire stations hosting open nights

    Mid Ulster fire stations open to public during October’s Fire Safety Week 

    Source: Derry Now, 28th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KNw4uX