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CocaColas Happy Holidays truck tour should be banned say health experts

first_imgHowever Coca-Cola Great Britain said the tour was in line with its “responsible marketing policy”.“We do not provide drinks to under 12s unless their parent or guardian is present and happy for us to do so,” said a spokesman.”The fact is, as government data shows, sugar intake from soft drinks by both children and teenagers continues to decline and consumption of full sugar soft drinks in general has fallen by 44 per cent since 2002.”We will continue to take actions to help people to reduce the sugar they consume from our range of drinks, but the evidence suggests the current focus on sugar and soft drinks alone will not address the problem.” In an open letter, experts including five public health directors and the current president of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof John Middleton, said they were “disappointed and concerned” that Coca-Cola used the holiday period to promote sugar.“Their drinks play a major role in the soaring obesity and type 2 diabetes figures which place a huge and growing strain on the NHS,” the letter said.Writing in the British Medical Journal, Mr Ireland added: “The truck is just the latest of Coca-Cola’s campaigns to become a holiday brand and, indeed, to help brand Santa Claus himself.“Should this form of advertising and marketing be banned, given the growing evidence of the effect that marketing of unhealthy food and drink has on children?“We believe it should and will continue to push for national action from organisations such as Public Health England to stop similar campaigns next Christmas.” Many people turned out over Christmas to have their picture taken with the Coca-Cola truck Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Coca-Cola’s “Happy Holidays” truck tour should be banned next Christmas because it promotes unhealthy living to children, a group of 108 health experts have said.Over Christmas the lorry visited various locations in Britain offering free cans of fizzy drink, which contain nearly four teaspoons of sugar.But Robin Ireland, director of food charity Food Active, said Coca-Cola was trying to “hijack Christmas” and bring the gift of bad teeth and obesity to children. Show more Data released in November from the National Child Measurement Programme for England showed that nearly one in five 10 to 11-year-olds was obese in the last academic year, with more than one in three (34.2 per cent) now described as overweight or obese.In 2015-16, 19.8 per cent of Year 6 children were obese, meaning they had a body-mass index of 30 or above, a sharp rise on the 19.1 per cent the year before.Last week Public Health England also warned that most children had already eaten half of their daily sugar allowance before they even got to school. Many people turned out over Christmas to have their picture taken with the Coca-Cola truck We do not provide drinks to under 12s unless their parent or guardian is present and happy for us to do soCoca-Cola spokesmanlast_img read more

Chimney effect Grenfells unusual design led blaze to spread say investigators

first_img“The greater the gap, the more it acts like a chimney. It is one line of the investigation.” Grenfell Tower Block FireCredit:Eyevine Grenfell Tower was fitted with combustible cladding and flammable insulation. The insulation was fitted between the original concrete pillars and the external aluminium cladding with a plastic flammable core used for rain protection.The source said: “The investigation is not just looking at the materials but the design of Grenfell Tower. The triangular shape created by the cladding has created a void and the flames have shot up the side.  Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 and the concrete pillars that ran up its side are unusual. That may give some crumb of comfort to residents in other tower blocks that have also been clad.If the unusual design was central to the speed of the inferno, residents in other tower blocks may feel more reassured. Grenfell Tower Block Firecenter_img Fire investigators believe the unusual design of Grenfell Tower created a chimney effect that led to the fire engulfing the building in minutes.A well-placed source has told The Telegraph that cladding placed over ‘triangular’ shaped concrete columns  may have  created a void which sucked up the flames. A total of ten columns run up the sides of the building with a further column at each corner. Investigators now believe that when those columns were fitted with cladding, they  could have  created an air gap that acted as a chimney.Videos of the blaze clearly show the flames spreading upwards far faster than they spread sideways. Investigators are looking at whether fire breaks were built in to the newly clad columns. Given the speed the fire spread up the side of the building that appears unlikely. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more