ASH Daily news for 30 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • Australia: Smoking ban sparks riot in maximum security prison
  • China: Tobacco advertising still prevalent despite ad ban looming
  • China: Plans to enlarge warning signs on cigarette packages
  • US: Flavoured cigarettes continue to be sold online despite ban

    Australia: Smoking ban sparks riot in maximum security prison

    A riot broke out in the maximum security prison in Ravenhall, after prisoners became angered by the introduction of a smoking ban.

    Several hundred prisoners covering their faces carrying sticks and makeshift weapons caused the lockdown of the facility after riot spun out of control. Heavily armed police were required to charge the prison in order to take control and stabilise the situation.

    All staff were evacuated from the prison, but no one was reported to have been injured or hurt.

    On Tuesday Jan Shuard, the Victoria’s corrections commissioner, told ABC radio the prison system was “very ready” for the implementation of the ban.

    Following the outbreak of violence, she told reporters that a full review would be carried out into how it occurred once the prisoners had been contained.

    Source: The Guardian, 30th June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HrK4gL

    China: Tobacco advertising still prevalent despite ad ban looming

    Tobacco advertising remains prevalent with advertisement still visible in nearly half of all tobacco stores just two months prior to new ban on Tobacco advertisement in public places to take effect.

    The Chinese Association on Tobacco Control have released a survey indicating that more than Tobacco advertisements were found at more than 45 per cent of tobacco sale points.

    Source: China Daily, 30th June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GLYF2y

    China: Plans to enlarge warning signs on cigarette packages

    The Chinese government plans to enlarge health warning signs on cigarette packaging in an attempt to reduce the number of smokers.

    The Food and Health Bureau submitted new tobacco control proposals to the Legislative Council calling for the size of graphic health warnings on tobacco products to be enlarged from 50 per cent of the two largest surfaces of cigarette packets to 85 per cent.

    This has angered the Hong Kong tobacco industry which argued that this goes against the interest of tobacco companies and that enlarged labels would not help reduce the smoking rates.

    Source: China Daily, 30th June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1dujUO9

    US: Flavoured cigarettes continue to be sold online despite ban

    A new study has found that flavoured cigarettes are still being purchased online despite the ban being implemented in 2009.

    Among the first 50 search results for “Djarum cigarettes,” 72 per cent of websites promoted and 34 per cent sold the illegal cigarettes, according to the study published June 17 in Tobacco Control.

    Source: Medical Express, 29th June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JnxZIG