ASH Daily News 21 August 2017



UK

  • Dartford: Smoking banned at Darent Valley Hospital
  • Vets warn about dangers of pets ingesting liquid nicotine

International

  • USA: Study reports tobacco companies not concerned about NRT bought over the counter
  • USA: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids urges authorities to investigate British American Tobacco for allegations of widespread bribery and corruption in Africa
  • USA: Smokers 20% more likely to quit when cigarettes cost $1 more
  • Indian government warns of action after Philip Morris allegedly pushes cigarettes to young people
  • North Africa: Who benefits from a report into cigarette smuggling in the Maghreb?

 

UK

Dartford: Smoking banned at Darent Valley Hospital

The hospital has announced that smoking and vaping will be banned across the whole site from 2 October. Staff are already forbidden from smoking and vaping in hospital grounds but the ban will be extended to patients.

A spokesman for Darent Valley said: “We are happy to announce that Darent Valley Hospital will be going completely smoke free in time for Stoptober this year. We understand how difficult it can be for people to give up when they have smoked for many years and so we are publicising our Smoke Free message well in advance of the October 2 date when it will come into effect.”

Source: News Shopper, 18 August 2017
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Vets warn about dangers of pets ingesting liquid nicotine

Vets warned that reports of pets becoming ill after biting into e-cigarettes or refills have soared from 17 in 2013 to 113 last year.

Gudrun Ravetz, president of the British Veterinary Association, said the liquid nicotine found in the devices could contain sufficient quantities to kill a small animal, according to the Times.

Source: Evening Standard, 21 August 2017
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International

USA: Study reports tobacco companies not concerned aabout NRT bought over the counter

A new study from the University of California reports that the fact that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), without counselling, often doesn’t work is something tobacco companies have known for years. [Editorial note: The increased effectiveness of NRT when prescribed versus bought over the counter has long been known and reported in public health literature.]

Lead author Dorie Apollonio said: “It was surprising to discover the industry came to view NRT as just another product.”

Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy for Action on Smoking and Health said: “Medicines like nicotine patches and gum work much better if smokers are prescribed them. Smokers often need advice on how much they need to use to deal with cravings and on how to use products.”

Hazel said NCT prescriptions are off limits to GPs in some parts of the country. She added: “It is a scandal that GPs around the country are being warned off prescribing these life-saving drugs to patients. We are seeing a postcode prescribing lottery emerging which is simply not good enough when smoking kills 80,000 people a year and places a massive financial burden on the NHS.”

Source: The Sun, 18 August 2017
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USA: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids urges authorities to investigate British American Tobacco for allegations of widespread bribery and corruption in Africa

Following new allegations about the conduct of British American Tobacco (BAT) in Africa the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is urging the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate BAT and its subsidiaries for possible violations of the anti-bribery and accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Tobacco-Free Kids requested the investigation in a letter on 18 August to the two government agencies.

British American Tobacco has faced mounting allegations that the company engaged in widespread bribery and corruption in Africa to gain advantage over competitors and stifle government efforts to curb smoking. Earlier this month, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office (SFO) formally launched an investigation of BAT on suspicions of corruption.

Source: PR Newswire, 18 August 2017
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USA: Smokers 20% more likely to quit when cigarettes cost $1 more

A dollar increase in cigarette prices makes smokers 20% more likely to quit, a new Drexel University study has found. The study, published in Epidemiology, used 10 years of neighborhood-level price data to determine how it affected nearby smokers, focusing on those who skewed older.

The lead author of the study, Stephanie Mayne, PhD, said: “Our finding that increases in cigarette prices were associated with quitting smoking in the older population suggests that cigarette taxes may be a particularly effective lever for behavior change.”

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Epidemiology: Longitudinal associations of local cigarette prices and smoking bans with smoking behavior in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)

Source: Medical Xpress, 18 August 2017
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Indian government warns of action after Philip Morris allegedly pushes cigarettes to young people

The Indian government has threatened Philip Morris International with “punitive action” over the tobacco giant’s alleged violation of the country’s anti-smoking laws, according to a letter sent to the company by the federal health ministry.

The letter was prompted by a Reuters investigation last month that revealed how Philip Morris was deploying marketing tactics in India, some targeting young people, that officials said were illegal.

Source: Independent, 18 August 2017
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North Africa: Who benefits from a report into cigarette smuggling in the Maghreb?

“Over 20% of cigarettes consumed in the Maghreb are illicit,” claimed a KPMG report published last month, to which The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) contributed its own analysis and research. However, while it may have been KPMG’s logo on the front of the report, a closer reading shows that the firm had actually been hired by Philip Morris International Management SA (PMI). A clue as to why they commissioned KPMG, which in turn commissioned RUSI, is found in the latest sales figures for its North Africa unit, which overall saw a 3.4 per cent drop in cigarette shipments in 2015.

Source: Middle East Monitor, 19 August 2017
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