Yorkshire councils issued just one fine in first two years of ban on smoking in cars carrying children
Only one person in Yorkshire and the Humber was fined in the first two years after it became illegal to smoke in cars carrying a child, a new analysis has found. An investigation by The Yorkshire Post uncovered confusion among local authorities about just who is responsible for enforcing the legislation
Barnsley Council became the only authority in the region to take formal enforcement action when it issued a single fine last year, the second year of the ban.
Scott Crosby, who leads Public Health England’s work on smoking in the region, stressed that tobacco smoke seriously harms young lungs. “The law sent a clear message to people that it is not acceptable to harm children in that way. For health, the measure of success is the change to attitudes and behaviour, not the number of enforcement actions.” he said.
Chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health Deborah Arnott said: “Compliance with the legislation on smoking in cars with children is dependent on the level of public support not enforcement action. And people are complying with this popular law which protects children from the harm caused by secondhand smoke.”
Source: Yorkshire Post, 9 June 2018
Yorkshire: Smoke-Free Sideline Policy For All Local Junior Football Games
The side-lines of all junior football games played in Beverley, Hull and the East Riding will go smokefree when the new season begins in September.
Partners including Hull & District Youth Football League, East Riding Girls League, Hull City Council, East Riding Council, and East Riding Football Association – which covers Hull – have teamed up to promote healthy lifestyles.
At its AGM in May, the Hull & District Youth Football League proposed a rule change to implement the smoke-free policy, which was passed. From September, all parents, coaches and other supporters will be asked not to smoke on the side-lines of games, or within sight of children.
Source: HU17, 10 June 2018
Warwickshire: Leamington shop owner fined after selling illicit cigarettes
The owner of a Leamington shop has been fined after being caught selling illicit cigarettes by an undercover officer.
Following a tip-off that illegal cigarettes and tobacco were being sold at Canal Mini Market on Clemens Street in Leamington, an undercover Trading Standards officer from Warwickshire County Council visited the store and purchased a packet of Richmond cigarettes for £4.
Trading Standards officers returned the next day with sniffer dogs and seized 87 packets of cigarettes and 27 packets of hand rolling tobacco. None of the tobacco or cigarettes were in standardised packaging and most did not carry the appropriate health warnings.
At Nuneaton Justice Centre on Tuesday June 5, Mr Kawa Rashid Sulaiman, 32, of Foleshill Road, owner of Canal Mini Market, pleaded guilty to 20 offences under the Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 and the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. He was fined £210 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1640 and a £30 victim surcharge, a total of £1880.
Source: Leamington Courier, 8 June 2018
Ireland: Stand-off between judge and Revenue drags out John Daly tobacco case
A District Court judge and Revenue are in a stand-off over the fate of a Fine Gael minister’s brother who has pleaded guilty to selling illegally imported cigarettes.
John Daly, brother of the junior health minister Jim Daly, has admitted having illegal tobacco for sale in his shop without having paid the necessary duty.
The case has been before the judge Mary Dorgan on at least three occasions since October, but she has repeatedly asked Revenue to reconsider whether it wants Daly to be convicted. Dorgan, a former solicitor, was appointed to the judiciary last year.
Daly runs a shop and post office in Drinagh, County Cork. Malachy Boohig, a state solicitor, told Dorgan in October that Revenue had discovered 680 cigarettes and 300g of tobacco on sale in Daly’s shop in November 2016 without the normal customs duty paid. The loss to the state was €400.
The Times, 10 June 2018