ASH Daily news for 30 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Public smoking ban linked to fall in childhood asthma
  • Non-smoking area on Bournemouth beach proposed
  • BAT ‘standardised packaging’ challenge to be heard in December
  • New Zealand: Study explores effects over time of tobacco tax increases
  • Uganda: Anti-tobacco bill passed
  • Parliamentary Questions

    Public smoking ban linked to fall in childhood asthma

    Research carried out by the University of Aberdeen has revealed that cases of childhood asthma have dropped by more than 10% in a decade.

    Steve Turner, senior clinical lecturer in child health, said: “There are likely to be a number of contributing factors to the drop in instances of asthma among school children.

    “Some of the apparent drop is down to more careful diagnoses being made nowadays. There have also been clear changes in our environment, from diet to the air we breathe. Some might even be tempted to say the smoking ban could be part of it.”

    Source: The Times, 30 July 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1JTishw

    Non-smoking area on Bournemouth beach proposed

    Following in the steps of Brighton and Hove Council, the introduction of a designated no-smoking area on Bournemouth beach has been proposed at a town council meeting by Councillor Philip Stanley-Watt.

    Source: Daily Echo, 30 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JxlnRn

    BAT ‘standardised packaging’ challenge to be heard in December

    A senior executive from British American Tobacco has said they are expecting their legal challenge to the introduction of standardised packaging of tobacco in Britain to be heard in court in December.

    Source: Yahoo Finance, 29 July 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1LSx7hm

    New Zealand: Study explores effects over time of tobacco tax increases

    A report by researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand published in the journal PLOS Medicine, suggests that annual 10% tobacco tax increases in New Zealand over the next 20 years, should lead to health gains, net health system cost savings and modest reductions of about 2% to 3% in health inequalities between indigenous (Māori) and non-indigenous people.

    Source
    Plos Medicine: Health, health inequality, and cost impacts of annual increases in tobacco tax: multistate life table modeling in New Zealand

    Source: Medical News Today, 29 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1SOeBaf

    Uganda: Anti-tobacco bill passed

    Ugandan MPs have passed the Anti-Tobacco Bill 2014. The Bill, should President Museveni assent, will prohibit smoking close to any public place, ban advertising, promotion and sponsorship and mean text and picture health warnings must occupy at least 75% of the packaging.

    Source: All Africa, 29 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ItnvbS

    Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Action on Smoking and Health

    Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 5566, if he will place in the Library a copy of the assessment undertaken in the awarding of all grants to Action on Smoking and Health by his Department; and what the job title is of the official responsible for making recommendations to Ministers on the awarding of such grants.

    Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2015 to Question 5566, on what basis his Department reached its conclusion that Action on Smoking and Health was the only charity in this area with the appropriate national record and forms; whether his Department gave consideration to organisations or bodies within (a) the NHS and (b) local government providing such services; and if he will make a statement.

    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    The assessments undertaken in the awarding of grants to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) contain policy advice to Ministers and so are not made public. The Deputy Director, Tobacco Control and Responsibility Deal, was the official responsible for making recommendations to Ministers on the awarding of such grants.

    The Department reached its conclusion that ASH was the only charity in this area with the appropriate national reach and focus, and appropriate standing in the international arena, based on an assessment of the information contained in the grant application and other relevant information.

    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 27 July 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DcydmH