ASH Daily News 11 April 2018
- North Tees & Hartlepool: Hospital has relaunched its smokefree pledge
- Durham: 111,000 illegal cigarettes seized during raids
- USA: Study on e-cigarette flavourings
- USA: A look at the future of the e-cigarettes market
North Tees & Hartlepool: Hospital has relaunched its smokefree pledge
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has re-launched its smokefree pledge as it attempts to reduce the prevalence of smoking among patients and staff.
Patients will be screened for tobacco dependence, and nicotine replacement therapy and referrals to community stop smoking services will be made available. Staff will also get access to stop smoking support, and smokefree entrances and exits will be promoted and enforced.
Source: Gazette Live, 10 April 2018
Durham: 111,000 illegal cigarettes seized during raids
More illegal cigarettes were seized in County Durham in just one day than in the last 12 months during a series of raids on the 11th of April 2018.
Trading Standards officers discovered 111,580 illegal cigarettes and 116kg of hand rolling tobacco in properties in Newton Aycliffe, Shildon, Fencehouses and Chester-le-Street.
Source: The Northern Echo, 11 April 2018
USA: Study on e-cigarette flavourings
A US study has found substances used in e-cigarette flavourings giving a citrus or floral scent can increase the production of free radicals, while other flavours can reduce the production. Free radicals, which are molecules that can be formed through physiological and environmental processes, have been linked to inflammation, heart disease and cancer.
Free Radical Biology and Medicine: Effect of Flavoring Chemicals on Free Radical Formation in Electronic Cigarette Aerosols
The Sun: Flavoured e-cigarettes ‘contain more cancer-causing toxins’ – and these flavours are the worst offenders
Source: The Daily Mail, 10 April 2018,
Editorial Note: The 2018 Public Health England evidence review of e-cigarettes concluded that there is no clear evidence that specific e-liquid flavourings pose health risks.
USA: A look at the future of the e-cigarettes market
The North America region is leading the global e-cigarettes market. Since 2005 there has been around a 31% drop in the sale of conventional cigarettes in the US, thanks to educational campaigns and a ban on smoking in public places. However, 41 states have now banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, which could hamper the growth of the market in North America.
Europe is projected to be the fastest growing e-cigarette market, due to the high prices and regulations that are imposed on cigarettes in many European countries. For instance figures from ASH show that in the UK the number of smokers and ex-smokers using e-cigarettes regularly increased from 2.7% in 2010 to 17.7% in 2014.
Source: OpenPR, 10 April 2018