ASH Daily news for 30 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Call for east Runcorn MP to explain ‘coincidence’ of donation and absence from plain packaging vote
  • Cigarette ban on nurses
  • Nottinghamshire: Consultation on proposals to tackle tobacco harm
  • Guernsey: New laws could restrict the sale of e-cigarettes
  • Lincolnshire: vaping causes false alarms for fire service
  • Girl, 12, poisons classmates with nicotine spray which her school prescribed
  • Comedian Tracey Ullman’s 85-year-old mother dies in house fire started by cigarette butt
  • Australia: Smoking ban in outdoor areas the ‘next logical step’, says Melbourne lord mayor
  • Indonesia: Minister in row over free cigarettes

    Call for east Runcorn MP to explain ‘coincidence’ of donation and absence from plain packaging vote

    East Runcorn MP Graham Evans has defended his absence from a key vote on plain cigarette packaging after his Labour rival called on him to explain the ‘coincidence’ of a £5,000 donation he received from a body with a link to the Tobacco Manufacturers Association.

    Weaver Vale MP Mr Evans, Conservative said he did not attend the ballot because he was ‘keeping Britain safe’ in his capacity as parliamentary private secretary to defence secretary Michael Fallon, who was also not there.

    His comments came after Labour election contender Julia Tickridge challenged Mr Evans over the £5,000 donation he received from an unincorporated association, the United And Cecil club (U&C), and his absence from the vote on standardised cigarette packaging.

    Last year the Bureau Of Investigative Journalism reported that U&C’s honorary secretary is former Tobacco Manufacturers Association chief executive Tim Lord.

    Source: Liverpool Echo – 25 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Epd8oB

    Cigarette ban on nurses

    Nurses and doctors will be banned from taking smoking breaks while in uniform, under new NHS guidelines.

    Health watchdog NICE say hea;th professionals must set a good example.

    Other measures to cut smoking rates include barring patients and NHS workers from lighting up in hospital grounds.

    And it also recommends that staff should be allowed to take part in quit-smoking sessions during work hours.

    Source: The Sun – 26 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EpdKKY

    Nottinghamshire: Consultation on proposals to tackle tobacco harm

    Nottinghamshire County Council is consulting on a proposed new model for tackling tobacco harm in the county.

    The proposed new 
services will aim to prevent people, particularly young people from starting to smoke, protect people and communities 
from tobacco related harm, provide universal ‘stop
 smoking’ services that 
deliver the best chance of quitting and provide targeted stop smoking services where needed for priority groups.

    Source: Eastwood Advertiser – 27 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Epedgh

    Guernsey: New laws could restrict the sale of e-cigarettes

    Guernsey’s Health Department wants to put rules in place for selling electronic cigarettes.

    It’s asking the States to agree new regulations as part of the Tobacco Control Strategy.

    That’s because it says evidence concerning the harms and benefits of electronic cigarettes is evolving and there are worries they could be a gateway for people then using tobacco.

    [includes video]

    Source: ITV – 30 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EpeyiV

    Lincolnshire: vaping causes false alarms for fire service

    Burning incense sticks and using electronic cigarettes led to Lincoln fire crews being called out to false alarms in the city.

    On Saturday, crews were called to a hotel, where they found that vapours from an electronic cigarette had triggered the alert.

    Source: Lincolnshire Echo – 29 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EpeXlE

    Girl, 12, poisons classmates with nicotine spray which her school prescribed

    A 12 year old girl managed to poison 20 of her classmates after handing round the nicotine spray she was prescribed at school.

    The girl, a pupil at Wolstanton High School, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, in Staffs, was prescribed the nicotine spray by health workers after she became addicted to smoking.

    But when she brought in the Nicorette mouth spray to school, it was passed around a group of year seven and eight pupils at lunchtime last Wednesday.

    Frantic parents then received calls to say 20 of the youngsters had been violently sick.

    The pupils who tried the spray suffered vomiting, dizziness and headaches. One needed hospital treatment.

    Source: Daily Star – 29 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EpfsMz

    Comedian Tracey Ullman’s 85-year-old mother dies in house fire started by cigarette butt

    The mother of comedian Tracey Ullman has been killed in a fire caused by the ‘careless disposal’ of a cigarette.

    Mrs Ullman has been left ‘deeply saddened’ after discovering Doreen Skinner died in the fire at her ground-floor retirement flat in Holtspur, Buckinghamshire, on Monday.

    Source: Daily Mail – 28 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Epg2dh

    Australia: Smoking ban in outdoor areas the ‘next logical step’, says Melbourne lord mayor

    Banning smoking in Melbourne’s outdoor dining areas is the next logical step in smoking regulation, says the city’s lord mayor, Robert Doyle.

    Melbourne city council will discuss the move, with Victoria the only state that does not have smoking bans in outdoor dining areas.

    “I’m not saying bring them [the bans] in, but we’ve got to have a discussion about it,” Doyle told Fairfax Radio.

    “I’m not saying don’t smoke, or don’t smoke where people have a drink – it’s a legal product.

    “But we’re the last state that still allows smoking where people are eating outside.”

    See also:
    – Melbourne City considers smoking ban, Daily Mail
    – No smoking within four metres of an entrance – but what’s an entrance?, The Standard

    Source: The Guardian – 30 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EpgXdw

    Indonesia: Minister in row over free cigarettes

    Indonesian anti-smoking groups have threatened to take legal action against a government minister for distributing free packets of cigarettes to members of an indigenous tribe.

    They say the social affairs minister’s actions breached government regulations on tobacco promotion. However, Khofifah Indar Parawansa said she distributed the cigarettes as a goodwill gesture, reports said.

    Source: BBC News – 27 March 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1EphbkO