Smoking with your car door open while you have children on board could land you a fine
It has been illegal to smoke in your car with a person under the age of 18 on board since 2015. Anyone that smokes in a car with a fully or partially enclosed roof while they have a child on board can be fined – even if the windows or sunroof are open, or the air conditioning is on.
However, drivers who smoke out the door of their parked car while there are kids on board can still be fined. This is because cigarette smoke could still travel back inside the vehicle and affect young passengers. According to the DVSA, the law doesn’t apply to “a convertible car with the roof completely down”.
Anyone caught by police for committing the offence will be fined £50 for each person smoking in the vehicle, and the driver can be fined even if they are not the one smoking.
Source: The Sun, 14 May 2018
Wakefield: Midwives given carbon monoxide detectors in an attempt to reduce smoking in pregnant women
Midwives will be given carbon monoxide detectors as part of plans to reduce the number of women who smoke during pregnancy. This follows a successful trial programme in the north east, where women were screened for signs of smoking at their first appointment with a midwife, and were put in touch with support services at an early stage.
Smoking rates among pregnant mums in Wakefield are the highest in the country, with figures suggesting that 18.1% of mums-to-be in Wakefield use cigarettes while carrying their unborn children. Across the Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust, which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals, the figure is 20% – a rate which was described as “alarming” by a trust director last week.
Vicky Salt from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) said “Smoking during pregnancy is still a leading cause of stillbirths and neo-natal deaths in the UK. It’s very important also that midwives and healthcare professionals who are treating pregnant women make them aware of the damage smoking can do to the foetus and to themselves.”
Source: Pontefract and Castleford Express, 14 May 2018
South Lanarkshire: Shops urged to ‘challenge 25’ on sales of e-cigarettes
Retailers in South Lanarkshire are being reminded that the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 is against the law, and being encouraged to use a ‘challenge 25’ approach.
The advice comes from the council’s Consumer and Trading Standards team, 12 months on from the introduction of the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) Scotland Act 2016, which changed the legislation on the sale of nicotine vapour products, bringing them into line with existing rules for the sale of tobacco. This also comes in the wake of a series of ‘test purchase’ visits in which more than half of young volunteers failed to be challenged or asked for ID, when trying to buy nicotine vapour products.
Source: South Lanarkshire Council, 14 May 2018
Commonwealth countries should take bold action to slash number of lifestyle-related deaths
Each year around 10 million Commonwealth citizens die as a result of lifestyle-related illnesses, with cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer accounting for more than seven million fatalities. Governments must take bold action if they are to tackle the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that blight the lives of millions of Commonwealth citizens.
In a new report commissioned by the Commonwealth, recommendations such as establishing 100% smokefree public spaces are set out in a bid to cut the number of preventable deaths. Other proposals included raising taxes on tobacco to 75% of sale price and requiring companies to include graphic warnings or produce plan packaging.
Source: The Commonwealth, 14 May 2018
Paul Girvan, South Antrim
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to prohibit smoking on publicly owned property not covered by the Health Act 2006.
Steve Brine, Public Health and Primary Care Minister
There are no plans to introduce further prohibitions of smoking on publicly-owned property not covered by the Health Act 2006. Smokefree policies have been successfully introduced across the Government estate through administrative means, without relying on a statutory ban.
Source: Hansard, 14 May 2018