ASH Daily News 17 April 2018



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UK

MP seeks to exempt vaping products from tobacco regulation
Norfolk: Football clubs campaign to ban smoking on the sidelines

International

Will Reduced Risk Products up profits for Phillip Morris?
US: Public health benefits of vaping outweigh the risks
US: Smoking raises heart failure risk in African Americans

Parliamentary activity

Parliamentary Questions

 

UK

MP seeks to exempt vaping products from tobacco regulation

Conservative MP, Sir Christopher Chope, has tabled a Private Member’s Bill which, if passed, would exempt vaping from the regulations imposed by the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).

His Electronic Cigarettes (Regulation) Bill seeks to exempt e-cigarettes from UK law derived from the TPD, by amending the existing legislation, The Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, to lift the advertising ban on vaping products. The Bill is due to receive its second reading in the House of Commons on April 27.

Source: Vapouround Magazine, 17 April 2018
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Norfolk: Football clubs campaign to ban smoking on the sidelines

Football clubs across Norfolk are signing up to a campaign to ban smoking on the touchlines at youth matches. Nearly 30 clubs have backed the ‘Smokefree Sidelines’ drive, through which parents and visitors are asked to refrain from smoking at all playing fields and, especially, on the pitch sidelines. Among those backing the campaign, developed by NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group as part of its Healthy Norwich programme in partnership with Norfolk County FA, is Horsford Football Club.

Chris Brown, chairman, said: “We want all our players to have role models in their lives, and those that are supporting them on the side of the pitch should lead by example with respect and by being Smokefree.”

See also:
BBC Radio Norfolk: Smoke Free Sidelines

Source: Norwich Evening News, 16 April 2018
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International

Will Reduced Risk Products up profits for Phillip Morris?

Philip Morris International will release its first-quarter 2018 results on the 19th of April. The company’s earnings have lagged behind estimates in each of the past four quarters, with an average miss of 6.1%. Philip Morris has been treading on shaky grounds, thanks to strict government regulations and rising consumer awareness regarding the harmful impacts of tobacco.

In an attempt to combat such challenges, the company has turned to Reduced Risk Products (RRPs). It generated $1,643 million from RRPs during fourth-quarter 2017, with the RRP revenues for 2017 representing 12.7% of the company’s overall net revenues. Looking forward, management expects strength in RRPs to drive the company’s currency-neutral revenue growth of more than 8% in 2018.

Source: Yahoo Finance, 16 April 2018
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US: Public health benefits of vaping outweigh the risks

A new paper published by two researchers at the University of Michigan has found that the benefits of vaping as a way to quit smoking far outweigh the health risks youths face if they go from electronic to traditional cigarettes.

The study, which examines the effects of vaping-induced smoking initiation and cessation on life-years saved or lost up until 2070, found that potential life-years gained as a result of vaping-induced smoking cessation are projected to exceed potential life-years lost due to vaping-induced smoking initiation.

Overall, the findings suggest what while e-cigarettes are not without health risks, they are less harmful than conventional cigarettes and when used instead of traditional cigarettes, they can reduce exposure to many toxicants and carcinogens, therefore reducing adverse health outcomes.

See also:
Nicotine & Tobacco Research, E-cigarettes: Comparing the Possible Risks of Increasing Smoking Initiation with the Potential Benefits of Increasing Smoking Cessation

Source: Vapouround Magazine, 17 April 2018
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US: Smoking raises heart failure risk in African Americans

Cigarette smoking sharply increases the risk of heart failure in black men and women in the U.S., according to a new study.

“These findings suggest if you have heart failure or you have risk factors for heart failure such as early markers for heart damage like a thicker heart or a weak heart, you should specifically be targeted for smoking cessation strategies,” said the study’s senior author, Dr. Michael E. Hall, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Centre.

See also:
Circulation: Cigarette Smoking and Incident Heart Failure: Insights From the Jackson Heart Study

Source: Reuters, 17 April 2018

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Parliamentary activity

Parliamentary Questions

PQ1: Government policy on smoking cessation

Dan Jarvis, Barnsely Central
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of people who take up smoking.

Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care
The Government has a proven track record in reducing the harm that tobacco causes. Last year, we published a new tobacco control plan to build on that success. In this plan we commit to reducing smoking prevalence from 15.5% to 12% among adults, from 10.7% to 6% among pregnant women and from 8% to 3% in young people by 2022.

Source: Hansard HC, 16 April 2018
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