ASH Daily News 23 October 2017



UK

  • Ex-Cameron aide in tobacco firm lobbying row
  • Budget cuts are damaging stop smoking services
  • MP calls for action to save tobacco retailers
  • Scotland: Pilot study shows passive smoking could be harming your pet
  • Scotland: Illegal super-strength e-cigarettes seized in Trading Standards crackdown
  • Why we need a clear message on e-cigarettes and vaping

International

  • USA: Trial to begin against Philip Morris in smoker’s death
  • Russia: Ready for war with smoking, says Health Ministry

 

UK

Ex-Cameron aide in tobacco firm lobbying row

One of David Cameron’s closest advisers has been caught up in a tobacco lobbying row after it emerged that she promoted a new product from the Marlboro manufacturer, Philip Morris, at this year’s Tory party conference.

The row has once again focused attention on the “revolving door” between Whitehall insiders and the business sector, which is keen to hire former government advisers for their knowledge and high-level contacts.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the anti-smoking charity ASH, said: “After decades of deception by the tobacco industry, it will take more than the launch of single product to rescue such a tarnished reputation. While Philip Morris uses a former adviser to David Cameron to vaunt its harm-reduction credentials at Conservative Party Conference, it continues to aggressively market its traditional lethal products in developing countries.”

Source: The Guardian, 21 October 2017
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Budget cuts are damaging stop smoking services

Local authorities have had to cut their stop smoking services due to a lack of funding over the past few years, according to a new study by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

The study, based on surveys from the past 3 years, found that services for smoking cessation have been cut by 16% in 2014, to 39% in 2015, and by a worrying 59% in 2016.

ASH Chief Executive, Deborah Arnott, said: ‘Our research shows that most local authorities remain committed to reducing smoking, but key services are under threat from ongoing funding cuts.’

Read More:
Journal of Public Health: Political priorities and public health services in English local authorities: the case of tobacco control and smoking cessation services

Source: Independent Nurse, 20 October 2017
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MP calls for action to save tobacco retailers

Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall, speaking at a tobacco industry funded event, said action is needed to protect tobacco retailers, he said “many will not be able to keep their shops open” until the planned 2021 tobacco regulations review.

Speaking in Parliament at an event hosted by the Tobacco Retailer’s Alliance, Mann told an audience of MPs and retailers: “Tobacco independents are becoming increasingly victims of over regulation that stifles trade and stops retailers from thriving.”

Source: Better Retailing, 20 October 2017
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Scotland: Pilot study shows passive smoking could be harming your pet

Researchers at Glasgow University have spent three years looking into the affects of cigarette smoke on dogs and say the results so far are concerning. Early signs in the pilot study suggest not only could dogs living with smokers die younger but dogs living in smoke-free homes could also be affected by passive smoking.

More than 40 dogs in and around Glasgow were recruited to take part in the research, which shows even those dogs whose owners don’t smoke still have levels of nicotine in their fur.

Source: STV News, 21 October 2017
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Scotland: Illegal super-strength e-cigarettes seized in Trading Standards crackdown

Hundreds of super-strength e-cigarette liquids were seized by Trading Standards during a blitz on retailers in Scotland. The undercover operation saw officers enforcing new legislation regulating the sale of vaping products.

They found illicit liquids over the maximum legal nicotine strength level of two per cent and other products which were nine months out of date.

Source: Brief Report, 22 October 2017
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Why we need a clear message on e-cigarettes and vaping

Shamir Patel writes an op-ed on e-cigarette messaging:

Are e-cigarettes a friend or a foe? Do their benefits outweigh their risks?
PHE is including them in the Stoptober campaign with the evidence that they’re 95% less harmful, however other organisations such as NICE encourage use of traditional services and nicotine replacement therapies.

“We haven’t got 50 years of data to back up how good they are. … No one can say for sure they are 100 per cent safe – but we know they are much safer than cigarettes. And I don’t think anyone can afford to wait 50 years for some clear guidance to be issued once and for all. Smoking still causes around 80,000 deaths in the UK. We know there is a big battle still to be had. The important thing is making sure people are equipped with the most effective weapons available.”

Source: Huffington Post UK, 20 October 2017
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International

USA: Trial to begin against Philip Morris in smoker’s death

A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit against Philip Morris in connection with the lung cancer death of a Connecticut woman who smoked the company’s Marlboro cigarettes.

Jeanette Bifolck died after having smoked Marlboro and Marlboro Lights since the early 1970s. She was 42 years old.

The lawsuit cites the Connecticut Product Liability Act and alleges Philip Morris cigarettes were “unreasonably” dangerous to the people smoking them. Philip Morris denies wrongdoing.

Source: Mail Online, 22 October 2017
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Russia: Ready for war with smoking, says Health Ministry

Russia is setting up a new five-year plan to reduce levels of smoking in the country with new restrictions on cigarettes and hookahs.

In a new draft regulation that the ministry would like to implement by 2022, officials hope to ban smoking virtually anywhere a bystander objects to the smoker’s puffing. By default, the new restricted areas include bus stops, shopping centers or in the smoker’s own car if there is a child present. The proposal from the ministry has not been submitted to a parliamentary vote, where it already has a split opinion.

Source: Yahoo! News, 19 October 2017
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