ASH Daily News 2 February 2018



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UK

  • Sharp rise in number of middle-aged people suffering strokes, research suggests

International

  • Thailand bans smoking on popular tourist beaches in attempt to curb litter
  • Global e-cigarette market expected to reach $26 billion by 2023
  • Altria Group CEO to retire in May

Link of the Week

  • Mary Yates shares her pride in signing the NHS Smokefree Pledge

 

UK

Sharp rise in number of middle-aged people suffering strokes, research suggests

New data from PHE has shown that the average age of people suffering a stroke for the first time has fallen over the past 10 years, with more than one in three now happening in middle age.

While the majority of strokes still happen in advanced age, 38% now occur between the ages of 40 and 69, which is up from 33% in 2007. The data also revealed that 57,000 people in England had their first stroke in 2016.

Professor Julia Verne, Head of Clinical Epidemiology at PHE, said: “Stroke is still one of the leading causes of death in England. While it’s often associated with older people, the latest research shows that people are having strokes at a younger age”.

Research from the Stroke Association has shown that smoking makes you twice as likely to die if you have a stroke and that a 20 cigarettes a day smoker is six times more likely to suffer a stroke than a non-smoker.

See also:
PHE: First stroke estimates in England: 2007-2016

Source: The Independent, 1 February 2018
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International

Thailand bans smoking on popular tourist beaches in attempt to curb litter

Thailand has issued a ban on smoking at 24 popular tourist beaches in order to tackle environmental concerns and curb littering.

The law, instated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, comes into force on Thursday 1 February.

According to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, cigarette butts accounted for a third of all waste on beaches. Designated areas for smokers have been created at the beaches, with containers provided to drop butts into.

People caught contravening the ban will be taken to criminal court and face up to one year in jail, a fine of up to 100,000 baht (£2,242), or both.

Source: The Independent, 1 February 2018
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Global e-cigarette market expected to reach $26 billion by 2023

According to a report published by Allied Market Research, a global market research and consulting firm, the global electronic cigarette market was valued at $8 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach $26,839 million by 2023.

The study found that online distribution was set to expand the most of all sales channels, surpassing that of high street vendors and specialist vape shops.

It also noted that North America is expected to maintain its dominance of the global market during the forecast period, with Europe the second largest market.

The US market alone accounted for two-fifths of the market share and the Latin America, Middle East and African market amounted to approximately one-fifth of the global market share.

The report also highlighted that the tobacco flavoured liquid segment generated the highest revenue in 2016.

See also:
Allied Market Research: Electronic Cigarette Market by Product Type (Disposable, Rechargeable, and Modular), Flavor (Tobacco, Botanical, Fruit, Sweet, Beverage, and Others) and Distribution Channel (Specialist E-Cig Shops, Online, Supermarkets, Tobacconist, and Others) – Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023

Source: PR Newswire, 1 February 2018
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Altria Group CEO to retire in May

Altria Group CEO Marty Barrington is retiring and will be replaced in May by another veteran from within the company.

Mr Barrington, who has held the post for six years, will retire in May after 25 years with the tobacco company. His replacement is Howard Willard, 54, the company’s current operating chief and former finance chief.

Mr Willard will take over as the company struggles to make up for falling volumes of combustible cigarette sales as a result of price rises and new product formats.

The group was dealt a setback last month when an advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration declared that there was not sufficient evidence for the IQOS ‘heat-not-burn’ tobacco device made by Philip Morris International (PMI) to be marketed as a reduced risk product. PMI already sells the product in 29 countries and Altria plans to bring it to the US market in the future, pending FDA approval.

Revenue from its products, which include Marlboro cigarettes, dropped 3.2% in the fourth financial quarter.

Source: Wall Street Journal, 1 February 2018
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Link of the Week

Mary Yates shares her pride in signing the NHS Smokefree Pledge

Mary Yates, Nurse Consultant at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, has shared her pride in representing the Trust as the first to sign up to the NHS Smokefree Pledge in this blog post.

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