ASH Daily News 20 April 2017



  • Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation launches a new report on young people and tobacco
  • Survey maps international barriers to tobacco control
  • Oxford: Voluntary smoking ban rolled out to all children’s play areas
  • Smokers and vapers face new regulations
  • Pakistan: PM urged to implement enhanced size of health warmings on cigarette packs
  • USA: NYC moves to raise cost of cigarettes to nation’s highest
  • USA: San Francisco may ban sales of flavoured tobacco products

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation launches a new report on young people and tobacco

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation recently launched a new report called New Issues And Age-Old Challenges: A Review Of Young People’s Relationship With Tobacco. The report, which was launched in central London with presentations by Professor Amanda Amos and Professor Marcus Munafo, is calling on the government to release the new tobacco strategy, which has not been updated since 2010.

During the event on February 27, Cut Films, the Education and Prevention Arm of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation presented their ideas on how to cut down on tobaccos usage. Some of their ideas included holding a national short film competition that will focus on how smoking harms health.

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Source: Ealing Times, 19th April 2017
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Survey maps international barriers to tobacco control

At the 2015 WCTOH, an online survey was implemented to assess barriers to global tobacco control activities, which information sources are used for tobacco control information, and with whom organisations interact with regarding tobacco control.

The top barriers faced regarding tobacco control activities are: funding is weak (56.8%), government commitment (45.0%), tobacco industry interference (43.8%), and lack of coordination (34.3%).

Source: BMC Public Health, 20th April 2017
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Oxford: Voluntary smoking ban rolled out to all children’s play areas

Oxford City Council has rolled out a voluntary smoking ban across its 80 children’s play areas.

The City Council ran a three-month trial – between July and September 2016 – of the voluntary smoking ban in three play areas: Cutteslowe Park, Florence Park and Sandfield Road. During the trial, the City Council carried out a consultation with Oxford residents and park users to discover their views on the voluntary ban.

The consultation found that 71.0 per cent either agreed or strongly agreed that the voluntary ban had improved the play experience for them and their children. It also found that 87.6 per cent either agreed or strongly agreed that they would like to see a permanent voluntary smoking ban across all the City Council’s play areas.

The voluntary smoking ban has now been rolled out across all the City Council’s 80 play areas.

Source: Oxford City Council, 19th April 2017
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Smokers and vapers face new regulations

Smokers and people using e-cigarettes face changes in regulations next month. From the 21st May, all cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco the UK must be sold in standardised, plain packaging in accordance with domestic legislation.

Meanwhile, EU rules that come into force at the same time will require tobacco manufacturers to print larger health warnings and stop sales of 10-pack cigarettes. The tightened regulations are designed to cut the number of young people taking up smoking and encourage adult smokers to quit.

Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), is not anticipating overnight results, but says indications are that the changes will curb smoking in young people. “We would expect to see an effect on young people’s uptake over time,” she says. Ms Cheeseman points to the example of Australia, which led the way in standardised packaging around the world. “In Australia, there are some good early indications that removing the branding is having the effect desired,” she tells us.

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Source: WebMD, 20th April 2017
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Pakistan: PM urged to implement enhanced size of health warmings on cigarette packs

Hundreds of Health Professionals have urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to implement the long-pending decision of raising size of pictorial warning on cigarette packs. It would go a long way in saving our children from the clutches of death, they said. Last week more than 150 public health professionals added to the voice of other health professionals who approached the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with the plea to enforce health ministry’s two years old decision of raising graphic health warning on cigarette packs to 85%.

The demand has been made in a petition filed by a large number of public health professionals including doctors, oncologists, pediatricians, cardio physicians, pulmonologists, neurologists, dentists etc who have approached the PM.

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Source: Pakistan Observer, 20th April 2017
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USA: NYC moves to raise cost of cigarettes to nation’s highest

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio on Wednesday announced a package of proposed bills that would, among other things, raise the base price of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13, making New York home to the costliest cigarettes in the country. If the legislation passes, it would join an ongoing campaign by the city to get smokers to quit — a campaign that includes a series of jarring public service announcements that show people dealing with amputations, life with no voicebox, or the last stages of life due to cigarette damage.

De Blasio made the announcement at an anti-smoking event Wednesday. “When it comes to New Yorkers’ health, big tobacco is public enemy number one,” the mayor said. “Today, we are taking a stand against these companies to not only reduce smoking and tobacco usage in New York City, but also save lives.”

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Wireless Goodness: City Hall Proposes Highest Tobacco Prices in Nation to Snuff Smoking Rates

Source: Press From, 20th April 2017
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USA: San Francisco may ban sales of flavored tobacco products

San Francisco has unveiled a tough anti-tobacco proposal that would ban the retail sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavoured tobacco or tobacco-related products that are often the first choice of minority group members and teenagers who smoke.

Supervisor Malia Cohen, sponsor of the proposed ordinance, joined Tuesday with public health experts and community advocates to announce the measure, which she said goes beyond more narrow laws on flavored tobacco in cities such as Chicago, Berkeley and New York.

“The legislation I’ve authored is a full restriction on the sale of all flavored tobacco products, and that does include menthol. There are no exemptions,” Cohen said. This includes cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes.
The proposed ordinance is designed to address two major groups, youth and minorities, who have been targeted in successful, well-financed advertising campaigns that promote menthol cigarettes and flavored non-cigarette tobacco products. The products often attract African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Latinos, as well as teenagers.

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SFist: SF, Oakland Could Ban Flavored Tobacco Products Including Menthol Cigarettes
California Healthline: San Francisco Seeks To Ban Sale Of Menthol Cigarettes, Flavoured Tobacco Products

Source: KQED, 19th April 2017
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