ASH Daily news for 18 May 2016



  • North West: Hospital sticks to its ban on e-cigarettes

    Wigan Infirmary is to retain its policy of prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes despite a ban being lifted by another hospital trust.

    Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) Trust bosses have said they prefer to encourage patients and staff to quit smoking using other means rather than vaping.

    Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has lifted a ban placed two years ago to allow the use of e-cigarettes on its grounds.

    Source: Wigan Today – 17 May 2016

  • Yorkshire: Elderly woman died in cigarette blaze

    A 71-year-old great-grandmother died after her cigarette fell on to an armchair, sparking a fire at her home.

    Wakefield Coroners Court was told Maureen Mountain was “overcome by smoke” in the blaze at Leeds Road, Lofthouse last year.

    Mrs Mountain had been showing signs of dementia, often becoming confused and forgetful, the court was told.

    Source: Pontefract and Castleford Express – 17 May 2016

  • US: House bill would curb new regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars

    Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from new Food and Drug Administration rules if House Republicans have their way.

    Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules announced by the FDA to regulate e-cigarettes for the first time. The legislation would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes already on the market and exempt some premium and large cigars from those same regulations. E-cigarette products introduced in the future would face the safety reviews.

    Source: Redding – 17 May 2016

  • California: Cigarettes likely to get more expensive as $2 tax gathers enough signatures for ballot

    Over one million signatures have been gathered in support of a California ballot measure that would increase the tax on cigarettes statewide. As long as the secretary of state’s office verifies that at least 585,407 signatures are legitimate, the measure will be on this November’s ballot — giving residents across the state the first chance in almost twenty years to raise the taxes on a pack.

    Source: SFist – 17 May 2016

  • Australia: Tobacco company denies seeking children’s private information in FOI battle with Cancer Council

    British American Tobacco (BAT) has hit back at claims by Cancer Council Victoria that giving it access to survey results of school children on plain-packaged cigarettes would breach confidentiality.

    The tobacco company has told the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) that students’ private information could be redacted and the council should be facilitating access, not putting up barriers.

    BAT wants to access six documents under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, which the court previously heard contained data including survey results on the attitudes of school children on smoking and the standardised packaging.

    Cancer Council Victoria argued it was exempt from the FOI application because some of its research was incomplete, the documents were not purely factual and instead contained the judgements and opinions of researchers.

    Source: MSN – 17 May 2016

  • Northern Ireland: Hundreds of JTI Gallaher workers leave Co Antrim factory for the last time

    In October 2014 JTI announced it was closing its Ballymena plant .

    The first group of workers left the tobacco plant on Tuesday night.

    Source: Belfast Live – 17 May 2016

  • New tobacco pack law inspires work of art

    Acclaimed British artist Fuller’s bold new art piece, Duty Paid, is an investigation of the subtle power and invisible influence generated by nicotine and branding, by reworking cigarette packaging into tombstones.

    The work is inspired by the planned legislation to introduce plain, standardised cigarette packaging, due to begin in the UK on 20 May.

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    Source: Converter News – 17 May 2016

  • Ryan Gosling quits smoking

    Actor Ryan Gosling has decided to quit smoking after he unexpectedly “smoked [him]self out” while shooting his new movie ‘The Nice Guys’, in which he portrays chain-smoking private investigator Holland March.

    Speaking on ‘The Kyle and Jackie O Show’ on Tuesday (17.05.16), he said: “I use to [smoke], but in this movie I smoked myself out. I never want another cigarette again!”

    Source: Female First – 17 May 2016