ASH Daily news for 05 May 2016



  • Electronic cigarette vending machine to be installed at mental health unit

    A vending machine dispensing disposable electronic cigarettes is to be installed at a mental health unit in Leicester. It is hoped it will play a big part in helping patients on the mental health unit quit smoking.

    Louise Ross, manager of the Stop service, said: “People with poor mental health smoke significantly more and are more dependent on nicotine than the population as a whole, with levels about three times those seen in the general population.

    “Stopping smoking results in improved mental health with an impact on anxiety and depressive symptoms which is at least as large as anti-depressants.”

    Source: Leicester mercury, 04 May 2016

  • PHE: More than 120,000 people hospitalised with smoking-related diseases in England

    Figures released by Public Health England show that more than 120,000 people had emergency hospital admissions as a result of the smoking related illness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2014-2015.

    The data also shows which areas had the highest and lowest admission rates.


    PHE: Local Tobacco Control Profiles 

    Source: The Mirror, 04 May 2016

  • USA: California raises legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a number of bills which will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, and expand no-smoking areas at public schools.

    Source: LA Times, 05 May 2016

  • Switzerland: School offers staff who don’t smoke extra holiday for being good role models

    A Swiss school has announced plans to reward its non-smoking staff members with an extra week’s holiday for setting a good example to students.

    Should the initiative go ahead, non-smoking staff will receive five more days of annual leave than colleagues who smoke.

    Amanda Sandford from ASH said the Swiss concept was “a good incentive for staff to quit smoking.”

    Source: Independent, 04 May 2016

  • Ethiopia: Public smoking ban in capital city

    The mayor of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa has announced a ban on smoking at public gatherings. The new law makes smoking illegal in bars, cafés, restaurants, schools, hospitals and stadiums as well as cultural and religious events.

    Source: Medical Xpress, 04 May 2016

  • Parliamentary Questions

    PQ 1 and 2: Tobacco Products Directive

    Craig Williams Conservative, Cardiff North
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on how the Government plans to transpose the provisions of the EU Tobacco Products Directive on restrictions on e-cigarette advertising into UK law to take account of Public Health England’s conclusions on the level of harm e-cigarettes cause relative to smoking.

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will provide guidance on what communications by e-cigarette manufacturers will be considered as (a) informative and (b) promotional under the provision of the Tobacco Products Directive.

    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    The Government recognises that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) help smokers quit and the evidence indicates that they are considerably less harmful to health than cigarettes. At the same time, it is essential that we do not encourage smoking and that we continue to protect children from the dangers of nicotine. For this reason, the Department welcomes the new rules set out in the revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) which will apply in the United Kingdom from 20 May 2016.

    The Government has taken a minimal approach to transposition of the TPD provisions on e-cigarette advertising into UK law, taking into account existing European case law. The Directive requires a prohibition of e-cigarette advertising in certain media such as TV and newspapers and online, but not for example on billboards. The provisions are compatible with the right to an individual’s freedom of speech and do not prevent individuals’ independent reviews on social media or internet forums. These provisions are enacted by The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016/507 and changes to the Office of Communications Broadcast Codes.

    The Department will work in close partnership with the Advertising Standards Authority and Trading Standards, including on the need for further guidance for businesses, especially in the first year of implementation to build compliance with the new requirements.

    Source: Hansard: HC Deb, 4 May 2016, cW

    PQ 3, 4, 5 : ASH Funding

    Lord Naseby Conservative
    To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received an application for grant funding from Action on Smoking and Health for 2016–17, and if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.

    To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the grant awarded to Action on Smoking and Health in 2015–16 was unspent at the end of that financial year.

    To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for any grant awarded to Action on Smoking and Health in each of the last five years, how much was awarded in one financial year and spent in a subsequent one.

    Lord Prior of Brampton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health
    The Department has received an application for grant funding from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) for the 2016-17 financial year. The application process is iterative to ensure the final objectives are in line with Departmental aims and the application that the Department currently holds is a draft application. Draft applications for grant funding are not published.

    There was no underspend of the grant awarded to ASH in 2015-16 and, in each of the last five years, the funding has been spent in the relevant financial year.

    Source: Hansard citation: HL Deb, 4 May 2016, cW