ASH Daily News 1 September 2017



UK

  • Scotland: Number of children exposed to secondhand smoke halved
  • Tobacco: In a new place?

International

  • Australia: Cigarette prices to increase by 12.5%
  • USA: Frequency of e-cigarette use may be key to quitting smoking, study suggests

Link of the Week

  • Animation outlines NHS Trust’s smokefree policy

 

UK
Scotland: Number of children exposed to secondhand smoke halved

The proportion of children exposed to secondhand smoke at home has almost halved in the last five years.

Dr John McAteer, senior research fellow at Edinburgh University, said: “One of the aims of the 2013 tobacco control strategy was to reduce secondhand smoke exposure among children by 2020. The most recent Scottish Health Survey shows that second hand smoke exposure fell from 11% to 6% between 2014 and 2015. This equates to 50,000 children having been protected from the harms of daily second-hand smoke exposure at home.

“Scotland has some of the most progressive tobacco control policies in the world, and Scottish smoking rates have fallen from 31% in 2003 to 21% in 2015.”

Source: STV, 31 August 2017
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Tobacco: In a new place?

Since legislation brought into force on 20th May, it has been illegal to sell cigarettes in packs of fewer than 20 cigarettes, or packs of hand-rolling tobacco in packs smaller than 30g. All products must be in generic packaging with minimal brand information.

Paul Cheema, director of Malcolm’s Stores in Coventry, said, “We’re looking at putting our tobacco in drawers or installing an overhead gantry. Traditional tobacco doesn’t really earn its premium space anymore.”

Cigars are currently exempt from restrictions around minimum pack sizes, and under different packaging regulations. This has led tobacco industry representatives to consider that, as this means they can be the cheapest item on the shelf existing smokers from other categories may be attracted to them. Tobacco companies have also sought to launch new products not covered by tobacco legislation, such as tobacco papers.

Source: Convenience Store, 28 August 2017
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International
Australia: Cigarette prices to increase by 12.5%

From 1st September, in Australia, tobacco excise on cigarettes will rise by 12.5%, from 62 cents to 70 cents per cigarette, while excise on other tobacco products will rise 17% from $771.60 to $901.39 per kilogram.

According to the Cancer Council, tobacco smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in the country, claiming the lives of 15,500 Australians every year.

Source: News.au, 1 September 2017
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USA: Frequency of e-cigarette use may be key to quitting smoking, study suggests

Using e-cigarettes frequently does help smokers break the habit, according to a US study involving more than 24,500 people who currently smoke or have recently quit.

The study, carried out by a team from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington DC, used data from the 2014–2015 Tobacco Use Supplement-Current Population Survey and found that the key to success seemed to be how often smokers were using e-cigarettes when trying to quit.

Analysis showed a linear correlation between quit attempts and quit success and the frequency of e-cigarette use.

See also
Nicotine and Tobacco Research: The Relationship of E-Cigarette Use to Cigarette Quit Attempts and Cessation: Insights From a Large, Nationally Representative U.S. Survey

Source: Pharmaceutical Journal, 31 August 2017
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Link of the Week
Animation outlines NHS Trust’s smokefree policy

In a short animation, Northumberland, Tyne, and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – which provides mental health, learning disabilities and neuro-rehabilitation services – explains why it has instituted a full smokefree policy.

The narration clarifies that the Trust provide nicotine replacement therapy ‘within 30 minutes of admission’, and describes in detail how the smokefree policy works in the Trust.

Source: YouTube, 19 February 2016
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