ASH Daily News 23 November 2017



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UK

  • Rolling tobacco hits £20 a pouch
  • The price of cigarettes has gone up… as of 6pm tonight
  • Increased or minimum tobacco price ‘could cut number of smokers’
  • Nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?

International

  • Tobacco hurts more than just your lungs – it damages the communities that grow it
  • Certain popular cigars deliver more nicotine than cigarettes

 

UK

Rolling tobacco hits £20 a pouch

The Daily Mail covers yesterday’s Budget in some depth. Its coverage of the rise in tobacco duty claims that a 50g pouch of hand rolling tobacco will cost more than £20.

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health said the move will help tackle the tobacco epidemic. She added that the Government should do more “by ensuring smokers are offered evidence-based treatment to help them quit.”

Source: Mail Online, 23 November 2017
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The price of cigarettes has gone up as of 6pm tonight

The Plymouth Herald has a slightly different take on the increase to tobacco duty. It gives specific details of the increases in duty, and offers advice to readers on the best way to avoid the increase in price – stop smoking.

The article acknowledges the difficulty in quitting, but suggests that 3-4 million people are trying to quit at any one time.

Source: Plymouth Herald, 22 November 2017
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Increased or minimum tobacco price ‘could cut number of smokers’

Health experts have suggested a minimum price for tobacco to cut smoking in poorer parts of Scotland. The report brings together the views of specialists in the public health field and makes the case for further steps to make tobacco more expensive and less available.

Dr Garth Reid from NHS Health Scotland co-wrote the report. He said: “Smoking causes over 10,000 deaths each year and is the biggest cause of preventable death in Scotland. But it’s where we are born and the conditions in which we live that influence whether or not we smoke.”

Source: BBC, 23 November 2017
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Nearly half of teenage smokers have bought illegal tobacco, so what are the dangers?

Dr Andrew Russell from the University of Durham takes a look at the figures from the 2017 North East Illegal Tobacco Survey. The survey found that 55% of children aged 14 and 15 who smoke say they buy illegal tobacco from shops or “tab houses”.

Dr Russell goes on to outline some key facts about illegal cigarettes.

Source: University of Durham, 22 November 2017
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International

Tobacco hurts more than just your lungs – it damages the communities that grow it

Researcher Eleanor Jew, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, has studied the environmental, social and physical harm faced in rural African communities that are currently dependent on tobacco farming.

Deforestation, child labour, green tobacco sickness and unsustainable practices are some of the issues she tackles in this article. She says: “Kicking the habit could save both trees and children’s chances.”

Source: The Conversation, 22 November 2017
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Certain popular cigars deliver more nicotine than cigarettes

Cigars have a reputation for being safer than cigarettes but they may be just as harmful and addictive, according to researchers from Penn State.

John Richie, from the Penn State College of Medicine, said: “There are many misconceptions about cigars. The truth is, cigar smoke is inhaled and is just as harmful to the lungs. Tobacco companies use loopholes in the way these products are taxed to allow these small cigars to be substantially cheaper than cigarettes. They can also get around the regulation that says cigarettes can’t be flavored, to avoid making them appealing to children. These small cigars come in all kinds of flavors.”

Source: Medical Xpress, 22 November 2017
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