ASH Daily News 10 November 2017



International

  • UN body ILO delays decision on tobacco industry ties
  • Vatican bans cigarette sales
  • USA: CDC reports 1 in 5 adults using tobacco or e-cigarettes
  • USA: Study finds e-cigarette online vendors triple

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  • NCSCT: E-cigarette safety – the facts explained

 

International

UN body ILO delays decision on tobacco industry ties

The International Labor Organization (ILO), a UN body, has delayed a decision on whether it will cut all ties to the tobacco industry. The ILO has previously been criticised for receiving funding from tobacco companies.

Critics point out that the ILO’s aim to stop dangerous child labour stands at odds with any relationship with the tobacco industry, which has a history of using child labour in toxic conditions. The WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control also stipulates that tobacco companies should have no role in policy making.

The decision to delay comes amid some confusion. The ILO originally sent news to reporters that it had decided to sever ties to the tobacco industry, before backtracking, with a spokesman clarifying that, ‘”The ILO has not at this stage made a decision to end cooperation with the tobacco industry.”

Source: Daily Mail, 9 November 2017
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Vatican bans cigarette sales

The Pope has ordered that sales of cigarettes be banned inside the Vatican. The rule will come into force at the beginning of next year.

A spokesman for the Vatican said the Pope felt that the Vatican could not co-operate with a practice that caused such harm to people’s health.

Pope Francis does not smoke, and had part of a lung removed when he was a teenager, following an infection.

Source: BBC, 9 November 2017
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USA: CDC reports 1 in 5 adults using tobacco or e-cigarettes

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report has found that in 2015 21% of US adults used some form of tobacco or e-cigarettes, equating to around 49 million people.

Of this number, approximately 87% reported smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipes.

The survey also found disparities in prevalence across the country, with tobacco use higher in the Midwest, and in those with annual household income lower than $35,000.

See also
CDC: Tobacco Product Use Among Adults — United States, 2015

Source: Reuters, 9 November 2017
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USA: Study finds e-cigarette online vendors triple

A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina has found that the number of online vendors of e-cigarettes increased by more than three times between 2013 and 2014.

The study identified over 3,000 vendors in 2014, up from 980 in 2013. The principal researcher of the study has called for “rigorous age verification”, at both order and delivery, for online e-cigarette purchases.

See also
Tobacco Control: Content analysis of e-cigarette products, promotions, prices and claims on Internet tobacco vendor websites, 2013–2014

Source: Medical Xpress, 9 November 2017
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Link of the Week

NCSCT: E-cigarette safety – the facts explained

The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Treatment (NCSCT) has released a video exploring the current evidence on e-cigarettes.

Academics, including Professor Linda Bauld of the University of Stirling and Professor John Britton of the University of Nottingham, discuss some of the issues surrounding vaping and the relative harm of smoking and e-cigarette use.

Source: YouTube, November 2017
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