ASH Daily News for 3 May 2018



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UK

  • Barnsley: Council accused of hypocrisy over tobacco investments while promoting ‘smoke free’ town

International

  • India to ratify WHO protocol against illegal trade of tobacco
  • Dramatic drop in smoking among teenagers in Ireland
  • Canada: Anti-smoking groups call on Alberta premier for details on tobacco lobbyists

UK

Barnsley: Council accused of hypocrisy over tobacco investments while promoting ‘smoke free’ town

Barnsley council, which banned the sale of smoking related goods from market stalls in a prestigious new shopping complex on public health grounds, has money tied up in tobacco companies through its pension funds, it has emerged

Freedom of Information legislation has revealed the council invests indirectly through the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, which provides retirement income for its staff, in several tobacco firms.

Barnsley Council has policies aimed at both promoting a reduction in smoking, with the aim of creating a smoke-free generation, and also promoting healthy eating.

Matthew Gladstone, Executive Director for Place at Barnsley Council, said the authority was intending to “explore” the issue of investments in tobacco companies with South Yorkshire Pensions Authority and said: “It is important that we take the lead on our smoke-free generation pledge and put measures in place to ensure Barnsley becomes smoke-free by 2025.”

“Work to achieve that aim so far includes introducing smoke-free zones in the town centre – including in front of the market. We were the first northern town to have an outdoor public space smoke-free zone in its town centre. We will continue to introduce new initiatives to help us work towards our smoke-free goal.”

Source: The Star, 3 May 2018

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International

India to ratify WHO protocol against illegal trade of tobacco

The Cabinet on Wednesday started preparing for ratification of the WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by India. The protocol applies to prevention of illegal trade of both smoking and smokeless (chewing) forms of tobacco.

The tobacco industry claims that the illegal tobacco market is growing in India estimating the market at 20 per cent of the whole.

The Tribune, 2 May 2018

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Dramatic drop in smoking among teenagers in Ireland

There has been a large fall in smoking among teenagers in Ireland over the past two decades, a study has found. The research used data from two surveys, conducted in 1995 and 2015, to track smoking habits.

In 1995 the number of young Irish people who smoked was 41% but in 2015 the figure was just 13%, according to the report published in the BMJ Open, a peer-reviewed medical publication.

The study also showed that girls used to be more likely to be smokers. In the earlier study 45% of teenage girls said they were smokers compared with 37% of teenage boys. Twenty years later the smoking rate among both sexes was 12.8%.

Source: The Times, 3 May 2018

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Canada: Anti-smoking groups call on Alberta premier for details on tobacco lobbyists

An anti-smoking coalition is accusing the Alberta government of holding private meetings with tobacco industry lobbyists. Campaign For A Smoke Free Alberta says the industry may be exerting undue influence on lawmakers.

In a letter to Premier Rachel Notley, the coalition asks the government to disclose details of any meetings it has held with tobacco industry lobbyists.

“We believe that the tobacco industry still has the upper hand with government and may be exerting undue influence on the development of vital public health policies that are aimed at protecting youth, improving the quality of life and reducing demands on the health-care
system,” reads the letter dated April 27.

Source: Global News, 2 May 2018

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