ASH: working for a tobacco-free Scotland
ASH Scotland Daily Bulletin: 21 July 2014
The bulletin features daily news summaries relevant to tobacco control in Scotland.  Each Friday the bulletin also lists new research on tobacco control (added to PubMed in the previous week) and an ASH Scotland update. NEWS
Significant drop in Australian smoking welcomed
Scotland's Public Health Minister Michael Matheson has welcomed a significant drop in smoking rates in Australia, where tobacco plain packaging was introduced in 2011. Figures show the number of daily smokers in Australia fell from 15.1% to 12.8% between 2010 and 2013. Widow wins £14bn tobacco payout
The widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996 has been awarded record punitive damages of £13.8 billion by a Florida court. The firm has said it will appeal the verdict, saying the damages were 'grossly excessive'. MPs declare Wimbledon hospitality
Imperial Tobacco provided Conservative MP Mark Field with two tickets plus hospitality to the men's final at Wimbledon worth around £1,600, according to the register of interests for MPs. Hospital patients being put at risk
A senior charge nurse at Raigmore hospital in Inverness has warned that smokers breaching the hospital's ban on smoking on NHS grounds are posing a significant problem for immobile kidney dialysis patients. Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Mary Scanlon is calling for a smoking shelter to be placed in the grounds away from patients and staff. Appeal to stop smoking at hospital entrances
NHS Lanarkshire has launched a new campaign aimed at persuading smokers to stop smoking at hospital entrances. Youth Commissioners call for smoke-free Scotland by 2034
Two Youth Commissioners from East Lothian have joined the Scottish Government's pioneering Youth Commission on Smoking Prevention and are calling for e-cigarettes to be regulated and distributed for medicinal purposes only. Majority of voters against plain tobacco packs, poll finds
Just over half of voters oppose the introduction of plain packaging, a new survey commissioned by think tank the Democracy Institute has found. Taking a tough approach
JTI’s Jeremy Blackburn joins Convenience Store's panel of C-Store Champions to talk about the support available to prevent tobacco sales to under-18s. PARLIAMENT
Written answers on Imperial Tobacco’s Smoke Spots campaign
Patrick Harvie (Glasgow) (Scottish Green Party): To ask the Scottish Government whether it is aware of Imperial Tobacco’s Smoke Spots campaign and whether it has had correspondence with local authorities or other organisations regarding whether it breaches the provisions of the Tobacco Advertising and Promotions Act 2002. (S4W-21989)

Michael Matheson: We have been made aware of the Smoke Spots campaign. The Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland (SCOTSS) and Glasgow City Council Trading Standards are also aware of the campaign.

Patrick Harvie (Glasgow) (Scottish Green Party): To ask the Scottish Government whether it has had discussions with the UK Government regarding the legality of Imperial Tobacco’s Smoke Spots campaign.(S4W-21991)
Michael Matheson: We are in contact with colleagues in Department of Health about a range of issues. They are aware of the Smoke Spots campaign.
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