ASH Daily News for 31 October 2016



  • Scotland: Ready to stand the heat of smoking ban in prisons
  • Rotherham: More raids planned in crack down on illegal cigarettes
  • UN plans global tobacco tracking system
  • Australia: Nationals MP breaks ranks on tobacco donations as party figures agitate for ban
  • East London: Slug spotted with cigarette

Scotland: Ready to stand the heat of smoking ban in prisons

Following an episode of Sky 1’s reality TV series Prisons: First & Last 24 Hours showing prisoner unrest when faced with a penury of tobacco, Caroline Johnston, the governor of HMP Edinburgh, has said that she fully backs the government’s plans to eradicate smoking in prison.

Source: Sunday Times – 30 October 2016
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Rotherham: More raids planned in crack down on illegal cigarettes

Following a successful operation which saw 10,000 illicit cigarettes worth £2,000 uncovered in raids earlier this month, Rotherham Borough Council’s Trading Standards department is hoping to focus more on the black market tobacco trade.

Trading Standards have intelligence on 21 retail premises, which they suspect to be supplying illicit cigarettes and tobacco.
There have only been two or three operations since 2014 but this is likely to increase as more information comes from the public and tobacco search dogs are used.

Source: Rotherham Advertiser – 28 October 2016
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UN plans global tobacco tracking system

The World Health Organization will meet in India next month to discuss a plan that would give the organisation the technical means to monitor the movement of tobacco products around the world.

Members of the FCTC will meet to discuss a proposal from Kenya and Burkina Faso that would impose a new system of tracking tobacco products around the world, for the purpose of fighting the illegal tobacco trade.

According to the agenda, the two African countries are pushing for the group to oppose any track and trace program for tobacco that is “under the influence, designed, facilitated or owned by the tobacco industry.”

See also:
Seventh Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC expected to see changes, FCTC press release

Source: Washington Examiner – 27 October 2016
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Australia: Nationals MP breaks ranks on tobacco donations as party figures agitate for ban

A member of the party’s frontbench team, Dr Gillespie, has publicly voiced concerns about the National Party’s continued acceptance of tobacco company donations as senior party figures also agitate for a ban.

While Dr Gillespie stopped short of calling on the party to issue a ban, party moderates are said to be pursuing one with the party’s deputy leader leading the charge.

Source: North Queensland Register – 29 October 2016
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East London: Slug spotted with cigarette

A picture has appeared on Twitter of a slug with a cigarette stub in its mouth. The gastropod was spotted on the streets of Walthamstow by a local resident.

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Source: The Telegraph – 29 October 2016
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