ASH Daily News 18 December 2017



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UK

  • Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service shares safety tips for e-cigarettes
  • Dudley shopkeeper fined over illegal tobacco
  • Don’t let this British success go up in smoke
  • How to give up smoking: Top tips to help with your New Year’s resolution
  • E-cigarettes: Rise in specialist vape shops means grocers must innovate
  • Causes and remedies for cold feet

International

  • Ireland: Government warned tobacco tax rise may not increase revenue
  • India: Court rules against tobacco health warnings

UK

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service shares safety tips for e-cigarettes

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has issued key tips and information on how to stay safe using e-cigarettes and chargers following a large increase in the number of fires in the region – with 18 incidents in Merseyside since 2016 involving e-cigarette batteries catching fire while on charge.

Often this has been caused by e-cigarettes being overcharged, physical damage to the charger or battery, the use of cheap or poor quality chargers or cigarette batteries, plus the use of incompatible devices.

Source: Wirral Globe, 16 December 2017

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Dudley shopkeeper fined over illegal tobacco

Illegal cigarettes and tobacco were discovered hidden in a secret compartment built into a chair, by Trading Standards officers ,a court has heard.

Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court was told that in October 2016, trading standards officers inspected a shop and discovered 63 packets of cigarettes and tobacco which did not have the necessary health warnings.

They had also evaded excise duty, including four brands which were also found to be counterfeit. The duty evaded was estimated to be more than £400.

Source: Express and Star, 18 December 2017

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Don’t let this British success go up in smoke

Viscount Ridley has written an op-ed on e-cigarettes for the Times:

Britain leads the world at vaping. We have taken to it more enthusiastically than any other nation, consuming more than twice as many e-cigarettes as the average European country. There is a thriving manufacturing industry here, even exporting from Blackburn to China.

Now, following a positive view of e-cigarettes in its Tobacco Control Plan, the government’s “Stoptober” campaign for the first time advocated that people use e-cigarettes to help quit smoking. Yet just as the government joins the vaping bandwagon, progress is faltering, mainly because of irresponsible and wholly untrue headlines in tabloid newspapers claiming that vaping is as “bad as fags” for you. Just as the clinical and toxicological evidence has come in overwhelmingly in favour of the far greater safety of vaping, public opinion has begun swinging the other way: 26 per cent of people now erroneously believe vaping to be “at least as harmful as smoking”, up from 7 per cent in 2013.

Source: The Times, 18 December 2017

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How to give up smoking: Top tips to help with your New Year’s resolution

Around 10 million UK adults smoke, and 30-40% of them try to give up every year. When January arrives, many will vow to finally give up smoking for good. However, quitting smoking can be difficult.

Source: Daily Star, 15 December 2017

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E-cigarettes: Rise in specialist vape shops means grocers must innovate

Specialist vape stores have succeeded where the grocers are failing because the market has come a long way from the cigalike products that dominated sales a few years ago. The devices used by vapers have become increasingly elaborate and personal, as have the flavoured liquids they put in them. Specialist vape stores have evolved to offer wide ranges and experienced staff are on hand to offer advice.

“There’s no doubt that the emergence of national retail vape brands means grocery retailers are going to have to think more innovatively if they are to continue to have a decent slice of the market,” says UKVIA board member John Dunne.

Source: The Grocer, 14 December 2017

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Causes and remedies for cold feet

Experiencing cold feet is normal from time to time. Changes in temperature, as well as health and lifestyle choices, are some of the most common causes of cold feet, and adjusting these factors will usually help relieve symptoms.

Smoking tobacco products can make it more difficult for the blood to reach every area of the body, so people who smoke may be more likely to complain of cold feet.

Source: Medical News Today, 16 December 2017

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International
Ireland: Government warned tobacco tax rise may not increase revenue

The Irish government was warned that increasing the duty on cigarettes by 50 cents in the recent budget may not yield any extra revenue.

The advice was in an internal pre-budget advice note for Paschal Donohoe. An official from the department’s tax division told the finance minister that Revenue had “expressed concerns that increases in excise may not lead to increased yields as consumers are further incentivised to exit the tobacco market in Ireland”.

Smoking rates in Ireland are plummeting, the submission said. In 2003 28.3 per cent of the population smoked. This has fallen to 18.7 per cent. Tobacco Free Ireland, an action plan from the Department of Health, aims to reduce the number of smokers to less than 5 per cent of the population by 2025.

Mr Donohoe went ahead with a 50 cent rise, as recommended by the Irish Heart Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society. This was the third increase in three years, increasing the price of a box of cigarettes from about €11.50 to €12 and keeping Ireland’s duty rate on cigarettes the highest in the EU.

A Department of Finance spokesman said: “We are happy that the forecast is solid and if there is a more dramatic shift in the level of consumption . . . then that will be very welcome from a health perspective, which is the overriding policy objective.”

Source: The Times, 18 December 2017

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India: Court rules against tobacco health warnings

An Indian court on Friday struck down federal rules that mandated graphic health warnings on tobacco products. Lawyers involved in the case said the decision is seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates.

The Government lawyers said they would appeal to the Supreme Court.

Source: Reuters, 15 December 2017

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