ASH Daily News 11 July 2017



  • Children of pregnant women who smoke at heightened risk of antisocial behaviour
  • Number of pre-teen films featuring smoking has risen by 43% in six years
  • Young people win at National Cut Films Awards 2017
  • JTI holds event in Parliament on illicit tobacco
  • Canada: New study shows impact of large-scale distribution and subsequent use of free nicotine patches on primary care physician interaction
  • Ireland: Nearly €275m of illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized by Revenue since 2012
  • Palestine: New study on waterpipe and cigarette tobacco smoking among university students

 

Children of pregnant women who smoke at heightened risk of antisocial behaviour

Teens and young adults whose mothers smoked while pregnant may be at heightened risk of antisocial behaviour, as assessed by their own reports and criminal record checks.

The findings, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, were independent of other factors often linked to smoking in pregnancy, prompting the researchers to suggest that smoking while pregnant may have a small to moderate causal effect on the risk of antisocial behaviour in the offspring.

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BMJ: Maternal smoking during pregnancy and offspring antisocial behaviour: findings from a longitudinal investigation of discordant siblings

Source: Rochdale Online, 11 July 2017
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Number of pre-teen films featuring smoking has risen by 43% in six years

The number of pre-teen films featuring smoking has risen by 43% in the past six years, a study from the Center for Tobacco Control Research at the University of California, San Francisco, has revealed.

Experts warned the results are a ‘troublesome plot twist’ in the health of young people, who may be at an increased risk of tobacco addiction because of the rise in on-screen smoking.

Researchers behind the study have now called for all films which show smoking to be rated R, the rough equivalent of a UK 18 rating.

Source: Mail Online, 10 July 2017
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Young people win at National Cut Films Awards 2017

The National Cut Film Awards was held Friday to celebrate the competition run by Cut Films (the education and prevention arm of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation). Young people across the UK made a two-minute advert to persuade their friends not to smoke, uploaded it to the Cut Films competition website and shared it on their social media.

Films made for the competition included issues like lung cancer, peer pressure, death, health impacts, child labour, shisha and tobacco marketing.

Source: Voice Online, 10 July 2017
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JTI holds event in Parliament on illicit tobacco

On Wednesday 5th July, JTI held a Parliamentary event, “Take a stand against illegal tobacco.” JTI says they are asking for a free-of-charge registration scheme for tobacco retailers to help HMRC and Trading Standards crackdown on the illegal sale of tobacco, similar to that seen in Scotland.

Editorial Note: This write up is by the tobacco industry. Illicit tobacco has fallen substantially since 2000. According to HM Revenue & Customs, in 2013/14 an estimated 10% of cigarettes and 39% of hand rolled tobacco (HRT) consumed in the UK were illicit. This compares with 21% of cigarettes and 63% of HRT in 2000/01. (All figures are mid-range estimates.) 

Source: Politics Home, 10 July 2017
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Canada: New study shows impact of large-scale distribution and subsequent use of free nicotine patches on primary care physician interaction

Large-scale distribution efforts of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) have been documented to be cost-effective interventions for increasing smoking quit rates. However, no previous studies have examined whether free NRT provision promotes further primary care help-seeking and the impact that it may have on cessation efforts.

This study found that irrespective of group, the majority of smokers did not discuss cessation with their physician. Recipients and users of nicotine patches however, were more likely to discuss smoking with their physician, suggesting that the provision of free NRT may facilitate opportunities for benefits beyond the direct pharmacological effects of the medication.

Source: BMC Public Health, 11 July 2017
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Ireland: Nearly €275m of illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized by Revenue since 2012

More than a quarter of a billion euro worth of illegal cigarettes and tobacco has been seized by Revenue in the past five years, it has been revealed.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show €274,360,000 worth of the contraband products have been intercepted by tax officials between 2012 and 2016.

A Revenue Commissioners spokesman said it “remains vigilant in the face of changing patterns of smuggling activity. Revenue’s strategy is to target the supply of illicit tobacco products with a view to disrupting the supply chain, seizing the illicit products and prosecuting those responsible.”

Source: Irish Mirror, 11 July 2017
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Palestine: New study on waterpipe and cigarette tobacco smoking among university students

During the last two decades, waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS), also known as hookah, witnessed a global increase in use, especially among youth. Little information is known about the burden of WTS among Palestinian youth. A cross-sectional study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of WTS and cigarette smoking and explore the associated factors among a sample of Palestinian university students.

The study found a high prevalence of WTS reported among the study sample, and it surpassed the prevalence of cigarette smoking. Interventions to curb the practice of tobacco smoking among Palestinian youth should be tailored differently to WTS and cigarette smoking, be gender-sensitive and specific and target the regional variation in the smoking behavior.

Source: BMC Public Health, 10 July 2017
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