ASH Daily News for 9 May 2018



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UK

  • Sheffield shisha bar ‘which flouted smoking laws’ has licence to operate rejected
  • St Helena: Health Directorate launches strategic framework for health promotion

International

  • Pakistan: Proposal to increase excise duty on cigarettes rejected

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Question 1

UK

Sheffield shisha bar ‘which flouted smoking laws’ has licence to operate rejected

Licensing enforcement officer Georgina Hollis told a meeting of Sheffield City Council’s licensing subcommittee: “There’s just been a blatant disregard. I have witnessed people smoking shisha inside the premises. They [The Mint] were told by magistrates not to do it again and have blatantly ignored them. There’s been no attempt to comply with the legislation.”

Under current legislation, shisha pipes have the same restrictions as consuming other forms of tobacco in licensed premises – consumption is only allowed outside and in designated areas.

Many premises erect canopies in outside areas for shisha smoking to take place, but the practice was taking place at The Mint indoors, the hearing was told. Sheffield City Council has pursued 18 prosecutions against shisha bars in the city, with a further six to come.

Source: The World News, 8 May 2018

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St Helena: Health Directorate launches strategic framework for health promotion

The British Overseas Territory, St Helena, has this week launched their Strategic Framework for Health Promotion on St Helena 2018-19 (HPSF). The overall aim of this framework is to reduce overweight/obesity and smoking in the Island community.

Among inhabitants of St Helena, almost seven in ten people are overweight or obese, while 36% of men and 28% of women, aged 20-65, are smokers.

Source: St Helena Government, 8 May 2018

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International

Pakistan: Proposal to increase excise duty on cigarettes rejected

The Senate Standing Committee on Finance has rejected a proposal to remove the third tier of federal excise duty on cigarettes. When introduced, the ‘third tier’ led to a massive reduction in cigarette prices in Pakistan. The average federal excise duty rates are now 45% of tobacco prices – far lower than the global standard of 75%, according to the Ministry of Health Regulation. The committee was informed that before the introduction of the third tier, the average duties were equal to 65% of the cigarette prices.

Source: The Express Tribune, 9 May 2018

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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary Question 1

Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have died as a result of smoking related conditions in each of the last three years.
Answer:

Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The estimated number of deaths for adults aged 35 and over attributable to smoking, over the years 2013-15 are presented in the following table:

Year Deaths
2013 78,200
2014 77,800
2015 79,100

Source: Statistics on Smoking, England, 2017

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