ASH Daily News 16 October 2017



UK

  • Sales of vape starter kits soar by 37% as Stoptober campaign embraces e-cigarettes
  • JTI removes 30th gantry following illicit tobacco seizures
  • Liverpool: Experts at the Royal College of General Practitioners annual conference discuss benefits of e-cigarettes
  • Bristol: “I knew I needed to quit when I realised I was spending the equivalent of a mortgage on cigarettes” says ex-smoker
  • South West: Smoking at record low
  • Scotland: Calls to stub out cigarettes at home over fears for kids exposed to passive smoking

International

  • World Bank says ‘go big, go fast’ to stub out tobacco
  • Australia: Tobacco companies should advertise lethality of smoking, say heath experts

UK
Sales of vape starter kits soar by 37% as Stoptober campaign embraces e-cigarettes

For the first time, vaping has featured prominently within the Stoptober campaign. Early signs indicate that Public Health England’s new harm reduction approach to decreasing smoking rates across the UK has not only been widely accepted, but capitalised upon.

Vape Club – the UK’s largest online retailer of vaping products and e-cigarettes – has seen e-cigarette starter kit sales increase by 37% year on year following the launch of Stoptober’s 2017 campaign.

Source: London Loves Business, 13 October 2017
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JTI removes 30th gantry following illicit tobacco seizures

JTI has removed its 30th gantry following three seizures of illicit tobacco at a Slough-based store.

The company says it will not support retailers selling illicit product.

Source: Convenience Store UK, 11 October 2017
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Liverpool: Experts at the Royal College of General Practitioners annual conference discuss benefits of e-cigarettes

All evidence points to e-cigarettes being an effective tool in helping smokers to quit, experts told the RCGP annual conference in Liverpool – but only if they are coupled with specialist support and complete cessation of tobacco use.

In a session on cancer care in general practice, GPs said smoking cessation was one of the most cost-effective ways GPs could help prevent cancer.

Source: GP Online, 13 October 2017
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Bristol: “I knew I needed to quit when I realised I was spending the equivalent of a mortgage on cigarettes” says ex-smoker

Zemone Latto, Bristol area resident turned to vaping after previous failed attempts to quit smoking.

She said: “When I was looking to buy a house, me and my partner looked up how much we were spending a month on cigarettes and realised it was basically what we would pay each month for a mortgage. While the main reason for our decision to ditch the cigarettes was financial, we also found that after a few weeks of quitting our health greatly improved.”

Vaping is the most popular quitting method in England and local stop smoking services are the most effective way to give up, with those who combine the two having some of the highest success rates. Last year, 53% of all those taking part in Stoptober opted to use an e-cigarette as a quitting aid.

Source: Bristol Post, 13 October 2017
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South West: Smoking at record low

The number of smokers in the South West has reached a record low and boasts the lowest smoking rate in England since the smoking ban came into force 10 years ago.

Public Health England say 230,000 people have given up smoking in the south west since 2007 and Bournemouth has the lowest number of deaths related to smoking compared to other major towns and cities.

Source: Daily Echo, 15 October 2017
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Scotland: Calls to stub out cigarettes at home over fears for kids exposed to passive smoking

Health campaigners in Scotland are seeking to stop people lighting up at home as part of a drive to reduce the harmful health effects of inhaling secondhand tobacco smoke.

Last week, Dr Sean Semple, an academic from Aberdeen University, said restrictions on smoking at home may have to be imposed to protect children.

ASH Scotland, the charity that helped to bring about a ban on smoking in public places in 2006, believes more could be done to protect residents in social housing.

Source: Scottish Sunday Times, 15 October 2017
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International
World Bank says ‘go big, go fast’ to stub out tobacco

The World Bank’s “Tobacco tax reform at the crossroads of health and development” report indicates that taxing cigarettes “can simultaneously save millions of lives, reduce poverty, and increase countries’ domestic resources for financing development.”

The World Bank suggests policymakers “go big, go fast”, tax cigarettes based on quantity not price, and use “soft earmarks” that channel revenues to public health.

See more:
World Bank: Tobacco tax reform at the crossroads of health and development: technical report of the World Bank Group global tobacco control program: Executive summary

Source: Financial Times, 12 October 2017
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Australia: Tobacco companies should advertise lethality of smoking, say health experts

In 2012 the US federal court ordered major tobacco companies to run advertisements in the media admitting that they deceived American consumers for decades about the dangers of smoking. That decision was upheld by the court in April, and the first of the advertisements are due to air next month in leading newspapers and in and 30- to 45-second ads on the ABC, CBS and NBC television networks. The newspaper ads will be full-page.

Public health experts have written to the Australian heads of tobacco companies calling on them to similarly advertise the lethality of smoking, the addictiveness of smoking and nicotine, and to reveal their deliberate attempts to make tobacco products more addictive.

Source: The Guardian, 15 October 2017
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