ASH Daily News 18 May 2017
- Standardised tobacco packaging removes the power of brands
- Nottingham: Sniffer dog finds illicit cigarettes
- USA: Studies raise concerns for the bladder cancer risk of smokers and e-cigarette users
- USA: Research seeks to investigate indoor air pollution
Standardised tobacco packaging removes the power of brands
Colourfully branded cigarettes are being confined to the dustbin of UK history on Saturday.
New regulations on standardised “plain” packaging for all cigarettes means that tobacco companies can no longer use their instantly recognisable and long-established visual identity to seduce new customers, especially young people, or lead current smokers to switch. It will take time, but as children born today grow up they will never have seen the brightly coloured packs that create such associations.
As the regulatory framework becomes tighter in the UK, the focus of the industry moves to countries without such a strong framework. Increasingly, tobacco companies are concentrating their efforts in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). We must continue to #ActOnTobacco until the whole world is a dark market and stop the tobacco industry exploiting vulnerable people, especially children, with seductive and insidious marketing tactics.
Source: ASH, 17th May 2017
Nottingham: Sniffer dog finds illicit cigarettes
A prosecutor said illicit cigarettes were found by Scampy, a sniffer dog, at the back of a shop in Nottingham. The dog led officers to shelves which contained cigarettes breaching trade mark laws and which posed a risk of causing fires and packs which did not carry health warnings.
After the case, the city council’s Community and Customer Services portfolio holder, councillor Toby Neal said: “We will continue to take action, including prosecutions like this, against those who trade in illegal tobacco.”
Source: Nottingham Post, 17th May 2017
USA: Studies raise concerns for the bladder cancer risk of smokers and e-cigarette users
Data being presented at the 112th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) shows harmful links between the use of e-cigarettes and bladder cancer risk, and associates the intensity of smoking traditional cigarettes to a higher risk of mortality among bladder cancer patients. Even a small decrease in the amount of tobacco a bladder cancer patient smokes may help them live longer.
Dr. Chang. said: “We’ve known traditional smoking raises bladder cancer risk, and given the surge in popularity of e-cigarettes, it’s imperative we uncover any potential links to e-cigarette smoke and bladder cancer.
Editorial Note: These results are comprised of three separate studies. The study linking a higher risk to bladder cancer with e-cigarette usage used a sample size of 13 e-cigarette users and 10 nonsmokers. Overall, e-cigarette usage remains much less harmful than cigarette usage.
The Journal of Urology: Evaluation of e-cigarette users urine for known bladder carcinogens
Source: PR Newswire, 15th May 2017
USA: New research seeks to investigate indoor air pollution
An ambitious study led by San Diego State University researchers has investigated various factors that contribute to air pollution inside the house. Cigarette smoke emerged as a major source of airborne particles in homes with smokers.
Homes that reported cigarette smoking indoors had a median particle level that was close to double that of homes without indoor smoking. These particles contain nicotine and combustion byproducts well known to be dangerous to people’s health, especially children’s.
“Our primary goal was to figure out what’s happening in houses that leads to higher air particle levels and, in turn, to unhealthy environments for kids,” said study coauthor John Bellettiere.
Source: Medical Xpress, 17th May 2017