ASH Daily News 16 August 2017



UK

  • Clouds gather over the vaping pioneers
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: Hull playgrounds to go smokefree
  • Scotland: Director of Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland calls for e-cigarette evidence review

International

  • USA: Why states are raising the age to buy tobacco

 

UK

Clouds gather over the vaping pioneers

A decade after e-cigarettes appeared in Britain, the industry is booming. Yet an industry that has seen entrepreneurs flourish is in danger. Interest in vaping from global tobacco giants threatens to extinguish some of its independent spirit.

Retail sales of the products, which heat nicotine-laced vapour to deliver a hit similar to that from cigarettes, are forecast to top £800m this year. There are now 2.9m regular users in Britain, according to the charity Action on Smoking and Health, an increase of 11.5% in the past two years.

The demand has lured the world’s biggest cigarette makers, including FTSE 100 giants British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands. Independents say big tobacco’s increasing involvement could choke some of the creativity in the industry.

Source: The Times, 13 August 2017
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Yorkshire and the Humber: Hull playgrounds to go smokefree

Smokers will be banned from smoking in playgrounds across Hull from tomorrow [16th August]. All 91 Hull City Council-run parks and play areas are covered under the ban, in a move agreed by senior councillors four months ago.

While the ban was made under a public space protection order, it could be promoted via a voluntary code of conduct aimed at smokers.

Around 63,000 people in the city smoke and 40 people die every month because of smoking.

Source: Hull Daily Mail, 15 August 2017
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Scotland: Director of Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland calls for e-cigarette evidence review

The director of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland, Alex MacKinnon, has called for a review of the evidence on e-cigarettes and for improved quality controls.

MacKinnon said the RPS’s current policy on e-cigarettes, which opposes their ‘normalisation’ and calls for more, longer-term research, was being reviewed.

Action on Smoking and Health Director of Policy, Hazel Cheeseman, said: “For the UK, the evidence that we have is very clear that we do not have a large number of young people regularly using e-cigarettes. I would not see this as a priority in the UK. The evidence we have to date shows that e-cigarettes are very much less harmful than smoking and there is growing evidence they are helpful in getting people to quit smoking.” She agreed that ‘rewiring’ of brains through exposure to nicotine could be a theoretical risk but she said that in the real world there were not many young people taking up vaping who had not smoked first.

Source: Pharmaceutical Journal, 15 August 2017
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International

USA: Why states are raising the age to buy tobacco

Oregon has become the fifth US state to raise the age for buying tobacco products to 21. The state joins neighbouring California as well as Hawaii, New Jersey, and Maine on the list of those that have recently raised their smoking age to 21, as part of a nationwide movement to reduce tobacco use among younger Americans.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 90% of adult smokers began smoking before the age of 20. Public health advocates argue that raising the age to buy tobacco will help reduce smoking. One study published in the journal Tobacco Control found that after the Boston suburb of Needham raised its sales age to 21, teen smoking was cut in half.

A 2015 Institute of Medicine report found that increasing the minimum legal age for smoking would help stop younger teens from starting because they would not be as likely to be in the same social networks as adults over the age of 21, so it would be harder for them to obtain tobacco. Researchers estimated that if the tobacco sales age was raised to 21 nationwide, it would lead to a 12% decrease in adult smoking by the time today’s teens have grown up.

See also:
Institute of Medicine: Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products.

Source: TIME, 11 August 2017
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