ASH Daily News 4 December 2017



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UK

  • Leeds: Survey reveals both worrying and hopeful picture of health habits
  • Yorkshire: Plans to ban smoking in East Riding playgrounds
  • Mark Pawsey: If vaping helps smokers kick the habit, the Government must support it

International

  • EU: Tobacco industry asks Health Commissioner Andriukaitis for ‘transparent dialogue’
  • USA: Smokers surveyed in student project think flavored tobacco sales should be restricted
  • Hong Kong: Government urged to double tobacco duty
  • Australia: AustralianSuper to quit big tobacco in $900m blow for Philip Morris, British American Tobacco

UK
Leeds: Survey reveals both worrying and hopeful picture of health habits

The One You Leeds survey showed there are positive attitudes to smoking and exercise, but more needs to be done to prevent significant numbers of people suffering unnecessary ill health in later life.

The survey of 240 people also found that more than half of Leeds respondents are smoke free and one in five have quit smoking in the past three years. The study follows the launch of a new support service which has been commissioned by Leeds City Council following a comprehensive health needs assessment of the city.

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 2 December 2017
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Yorkshire: Plans to ban smoking in East Riding playgrounds

Smoking could be stubbed out in East Riding playgrounds after the council agreed to look at the issue. The move comes after smoke-free zones were brought in at 91 Hull City Council-run parks and play areas this summer.

People do not face a fine in Hull, where council officials hope smokers will do the decent thing and not light up in children’s play areas. Rather, signs at Hull’s playgrounds, designed by a school pupil, simply say: ‘Thank you for not smoking in our playground’.

East Riding Council will now investigate the cost and implications of introducing a smoking ban at all its council-owned children’s play areas and other venues were children congregate.

Source: Hull Daily Mail, 1 December 2017
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Mark Pawsey: If vaping helps smokers kick the habit, the Government must support it

Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby and the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for e-cigarettes, writes an opinion piece on why the Government should support e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation device.

“For the first time, Public Health England has been actively encouraged smokers to consider vaping (aka e-cigarettes) as part of their attempt to quit smoking. If vaping products are a relatively safe and effective tool to enable people to quit smoking, and all of the evidence so far suggests they are, the Government needs to throw its weight behind them.”

Source: Conservative Home, 1 December 2017
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International
EU: Tobacco industry asks Health Commissioner Andriukaitis for ‘transparent dialogue’

Recently, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said tobacco manufacturers are “silent” over illicit trade. The Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers sent a letter last week to Andriukaitis, claiming that the industry “takes allegations of involvement in criminal activity extremely seriously”.

Source: Medical Xpress, 1 December 2017
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USA: Smokers surveyed in student project think flavored tobacco sales should be restricted

A survey conducted by UMass Medical School students found that 86% of Worcester adults surveyed—including 72% of those surveyed who smoke—believe flavored tobacco products should be sold exclusively by adult-only establishments. The students will present their findings at the Worcester Board of Health.

The lesson that students took away is that the tobacco addiction paradigm must shift from treatment to prevention, and that regulation is a large part of prevention.

Source: Medical Xpress, 1 December 2017
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Hong Kong: Government urged to double tobacco duty

The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) has urged the Government to double tax on tobacco next year to help achieve smoking-reduction goals.

Duty on tobacco in Hong Kong is currently charged at HK D38 (USD $4.80) per pack of 20. With an average pack costing HKD57 (USD $7.30), the tax currently accounts for about two-thirds of the sale price. This is lower than the 75% minimum recommended by the World Health Organization, it said.

Source: Tax News, 1 December 2017
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Australia: AustralianSuper to quit big tobacco in $900m blow for Philip Morris, British American Tobacco

AustralianSuper, a pension company, is planning to sell out of tobacco merchants including heavyweights Philip Morris and British American Tobacco over the next two years.

It will be the biggest divestment of tobacco stocks yet by an Australian super fund.

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Source: Herald Sun, 4 December 2017
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