ASH Daily News 10 May 2017



  • Faculty of Public Health statement on smoking in social housing
  • Institute of Economic Affairs releases ‘nanny state’ list
  • USA: Life expectancy gap between rich and poor US regions is ‘more than 20 years’
  • USA: Food and Drug Administration to extend e-cigarette marketing compliance deadline

Faculty of Public Health statement on smoking in social housing

Following the Sunday Times article on smoking in social houses, the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) makes the following clarification for editors. The call to introduce voluntary agreements not to smoke in new tenancies in new properties opened by social landlords (housing associations and some councils) was not proposing a blanket ban on smoking in council estates as some reports suggested.

Where there are multiple-living dwellings in the same block, social landlords have a duty of care to all their tenants. Only a third of people from deprived backgrounds smoke; so the majority are not being given a choice to live in smoke free homes, and the proposals bring the social housing field more into line with agreements private landlords are able to make. This move would also be in line with workplace legislation, where workers must smoke outside of their building.

The Faculty of Public Health and others have been calling for a new Tobacco Control Plan for over a year and any further move on smokefree homes needs to be set alongside services to help people quit and further education about passive smoking risks.

Source: The Faculty of Public Health, 9th May 2017
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Institute of Economic Affairs releases ‘nanny state’ list

The 2017 Nanny State Index, published today by the Institute of Economic Affairs and the European Policy Information Centre (EPICENTER), gives every EU country a score out of 100 according to how it regulates lifestyle choices.

Regulation and ‘sin taxes’ have resulted in the UK sitting second in the league table. Ireland takes the third spot. The Czech Republic gets the lowest score, as the least regulated nation in the EU.

Editorial Note: The IEA and other EPICENTER Partners receive funding from the tobacco industry. More information can be found on Tobacco Tactics.

Source: The Times, 10th May 2017
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USA: Life expectancy gap between rich and poor US regions is ‘more than 20 years’

Average life expectancy now varies by more than 20 years depending on where you live in the United States, according to an in-depth study by the University of Washington.

The authors believe the causes include differences in socioeconomic and race/ethnicity factors, the availability of – and access to – quality healthcare and insurance, and “preventable risk factors” such as smoking, drinking and physical inactivity.

Ali Mokdad, one of the study’s authors, said: “Compare us to Australia – a young country, lots of immigrants, a native population – and they have been more aggressive than us in many of the laws for prevention. On tobacco – their packaging on tobacco, their advertisements – we’re not even close to them right now.

We have places where there’s an obesity epidemic, and we have an epidemic of smoking that’s coming down but still as high in some rural areas as Europe and the Middle East.”

Source: The Guardian, 8th May 2017
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USA: Food and Drug Administration to extend e-cigarette marketing compliance deadline

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) disclosed in an Alabama federal court filing its plan to defer enforcement of all future e-cigarette marketing compliance deadlines for a period of three months.

In May 2016, the FDA finalised a set of new rules extending its regulatory authority to cover e-cigarettes. Several federal e-cigarette marketing regulations have already taken effect under the FDA ruling, including restrictions on: free samples; e-cigarette labelling and advertising; and marketing e-cigarettes in combination with other FDA-regulated products (e.g., food and cosmetics).

As of this writing, the FDA has not clarified when the disclosed three-month deferral period will take effect, which of the FDA e-cigarette deadlines will be deferred, or whether the enforcement deferral might signal a larger push by the new administration for deregulation in the e-cigarette marketing space.

Source: Lexology, 9th May 2017
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