ASH Daily news for 3 June 2016
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ASH Daily news for 03 June 2016
- Electric shock risk forces e-cigarette charger recall
- Norwich: Smoking could be ‘banned’ at 85 play areas
- Australia: Smokers distort health warnings on cigarette packs, research shows
- India: Cigarette brands implement 85% pictorial warnings
- Kenya: Health Ministry announces plans for plain packaging
- China: New draft of anti-smoking law weaker than health advocates had hoped
- Nigeria: BAT seeks enforcement of Tobacco Control Act
Electric shock risk forces e-cigarette charger recall
An e-cigarette manufacturer has been forced to recall mains wall chargers for some of its products over fears they could be dangerous.
Nu Mark has urged buyers to stop using the Green Smoke A/C D/C wall adaptor immediately after it discovered that the plastic housing of the adapter may break and expose internal parts, posing a potential electrical shock hazard.
The mains charger came packaged with some Green Smoke e-vapour kits as well as being sold separately as a stand alone item.Source: West Sussex Gazette – 03 June 2016
Norwich: Smoking could be ‘banned’ at 85 play areas
A bid to stamp out smoking around children may see a “voluntary ban” introduced at more than 80 play areas around Norwich – and could be extended to even more public places.Source: Norwich Evening News – 03 June 2016
Australia: Smokers distort health warnings on cigarette packs, research shows
The author of a 10-year study of Australian smokers has criticised messaging that conveys they are ignorant of its harms, instead finding that they can get “very creative” in avoiding health warnings.
Simone Dennis, an associate professor at the Australian National University, interviewed smokers in public places over the course of a decade and found they increasingly felt marginalised from society because of strict legislation.
She spoke to male smokers who would ask for or select packets with health warnings relating to pregnancy, and people with blue eyes who would avoid “the eye packet”.
It was common for people to negate the warnings or distort their meaning, such as by putting the cigarettes in another container or covering the packets with stickers.Source: The Guardian – 03 June 2016
India: Cigarette brands implement 85% pictorial warnings
International cigarette companies have implemented the rule requiring 85 percent pictorial warnings.
According to the companies, the decision was taken following the Supreme Court ruling making the new rule mandatory, even though the case was transferred back to Karnataka High Court.Source: Paris Guardian – 31 May 2016
Kenya: Health Ministry announces plans for plain packaging
Kenyan Health Cabinet secretary, Dr Cleopa Mailu, has announced at an event to mark World No Tobacco Day in Nairobi that a formal plan and timeline for implementation of plain packaging are to be developed.Source: All Africa – 31 May 2016
China: New draft of anti-smoking law weaker than health advocates had hoped
A recent draft of the Chinese national anti-smoking law significantly weakens previously proposed legislation, according to several people familiar with the bill, and some public health advocates said the powerful state-owned tobacco monopoly had lobbied for the changes.
The advocates and some former government officials involved in discussions with officials close to the lawmaking process said the tobacco industry had urged the legislative affairs office of the State Council, China’s cabinet, to keep allowing cigarette advertisements, and enable workplaces, restaurants and other public places to create enclaves for smokers.
An earlier version of the law, released for public comment in 2014, included provisions banning smoking in workplaces and on public transport, as well as curbs on tobacco ads and promotion, according to health groups.
– Plain-packaging push for tobacco products, China DailySource: Reuters – 03 June 2016
Nigeria: BAT seeks enforcement of Tobacco Control Act
British American Tobacco Nigeria claims to be seeking enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act, one year after its enactment.
In a statement, the Director, Legal and External Affairs, BAT West Africa, Freddy Messanvi, said that BATN supports the objective of the law “provided that these measures adequately combat smoking activity in a manner which is proportionate, not duplicating or contradicting existing laws, and does not unjustifiably limit any rights or objectives”.
BAT noted that a year after the enactment of the TCA, enforcement had not been fully implemented in Nigeria and this had provided opportunity for illicit products to thrive.Source: Punch – 03 May 2016