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ASH Daily News for 31 May 2013

31 May 2013

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World No Tobacco Day 2013: 6 million die every year from tobacco use, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates World No Tobacco Day 2013 on Friday with the theme “ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and the need to advocate policies that will reduce its consumption.

See also:
– World No Tobacco Day infographic: The numbers behind smoking cigarettes, Metro
– The lowdown on smoking on World No Tobacco Day, Euronews
– World No-Tobacco Day: Tobacco Use Is on the Rise, Huffington Post

Source: International Business Times – 31 May 2013

Wales: Ban glossy cigarette packaging, says anti-smoking charity

A ban on “glossy” cigarette packaging should be introduced to stop them being deliberately targeted at teenage girls, an anti-smoking charity has said.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in Wales is calling on the UK Government to ban eye-catching packaging aimed at young people and introduce standard plain packaging.

Source: Wales Online – 31 May 2013

Bristol: City councillors poised to stub out smoking ads on taxis

Councillors are expected to ban an advertising slogan on the side of taxis in Bristol which says “smoking allowed”.

The city council has been approached by an advertising agency which is organising a campaign in support of smoking. Council officers are worried the slogan would infer that smoking is allowed inside taxis – but that is illegal.

Source: This is Bristol – 30 May 2013

Singer Bruno Mars invests in e-cigarette company

Pop star Bruno Mars is so thrilled with the electronic cigarettes he has been using, he has decided to become an investor in the company which makes them.

Source: OK – 30 May 2013

France: Health Minister confirms plan to ban e-cigarettes in public

France’s Health Minister Marisol Touraine has told French media that she wants to crackdown on the smoking of e-cigarettes by banning them in public places and restricting their use to over 18s. The announcement follows a report published earlier this week.

Source: The Local – 31 May 2013

USA: Health groups protest new Camel cigarette campaign

The American Heart Association, American Lung Association and other health groups are asking at least two state attorneys to investigate a new Camel cigarette ad campaign.

The group says the Camel Crush cigarette ads ran in 24 magazines that target young people and may violate the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. The landmark agreement prohibits cigarette makers from targeting kids.

Source: The Guardian – 30 May 2013

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