ASH Daily News 25 April 2018



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UK

  • Health Directors give evidence to Science and Technology Select Committee enquiry on e-cigarettes

International

  • Ireland: Call for smoking ban to be extended to outdoor areas that serve food
  • USA: FDA cracks down on ‘Juuling’ among teenagers
  • New Zealand: Keep NZ Beautiful launches new campaign to tackle litter

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Questions
  • Science and Technology Select Committee evidence on e-cigarettes

UK

Health Directors give evidence to Science and Technology Select Committee enquiry on e-cigarettes

Prof Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said at the Science and Technology select committee on E-cigarettes that while it was safe to use e-cigarettes as a quitting aid, there were questions about whether they should be marketed as a ‘lifestyle choice’ which could encourage people to use them long term.

However Professor John Newton, director of health improvement at Public Health England (PHE), said there were ‘reassuring patterns’ of e-cigarette use. He stated “The large scale surveys suggest that there is a progression from being a smoker, to using e-cigarettes, to stopping.” A recent academic review of the devices, published by PHE, concluded that vaping poses only a “small fraction” of the risks of smoking. It found that e-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20,000 people quitting smoking every year.

Source: The Telegraph, 24 April 2018

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International

Ireland: Call for smoking ban to be extended to outdoor areas that serve food

A proposal to ban smoking in outdoor areas of establishments that serve food was put before the Irish Cabinet yesterday. Health Minister Simon Harris asked approval for the private members’ motion, tabled by Fine Gael senators, at the meeting. If approved, it would see the current smoking ban extended to ‘al fresco’ dining areas.

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Policy Group on Tobacco said it strongly supports the proposed bill. However, there are some groups who oppose the bill, suggesting that smoking in the open air poses ‘no risk’ to non-smokers and concern over revenues for pubs.

Source: Irish Mirror, 24 April 2018

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USA: FDA cracks down on ‘Juuling’ among teenagers

On Tuesday 24th April, the FDA came down firmly about the risks of Juul E-cigarettes on young people. “The nicotine in these products can rewire an adolescent’s brain, leading to years of addiction,” Dr. Gottlieb said in his statement. He acknowledged that e-cigarettes “may offer a potentially lower risk alternative for individual adult smokers,” he added. “But the viability of these products is severely undermined if those products entice youth to start using tobacco and nicotine.”

In an emailed statement, Juul Labs said it agreed with the F.D.A. “that illegal sales of our product to minors is unacceptable”.

Source: Today Tells, 24 April 2018

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New Zealand: ‘Keep NZ Beautiful’ launches new campaign to tackle litter

‘Keep New Zealand Beautiful’ (KNZB) has launched an anti-litter campaign, fronted by a boisterous character named Mama Nature to celebrate Kiwis doing the right thing when it comes to disposing rubbish.

KNZB saw a need for a new litter reduction campaign after its volunteers collected enough rubbish to fill 120 rugby fields with litter reaching half a metre in height from just a one week-long clean up.

The campaign also aims to tackle the top litter items by New Zealanders, the key culprit being cigarette butts (78% of litter), followed by takeaway packaging (5%).

The next stage of the litter prevention project will involve partnering with Stats NZ, the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation, to launch a Tier 1 National Litter Audit, physically inspecting litter in areas such as motorways, rest stops, residential streets, beaches, rural and industrial locations.

See also: Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB)

Source: Ethical Marketing News, 25 April 2018

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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary Questions

PQ1: Government spending on smoking cessation campaigns

Bob Blackman, MP Harrow East
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on campaigns to promote the cessation of smoking in (a) 2016-17 and (b)2017-18; and what funding he plans to allocate to such campaigns in 2018-19.

Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care Expenditure on smoking cessation advertising media by Public Health England (PHE) in 2016-17 was £1,520,000.

The projected expenditure for smoking cessation campaigns for PHE campaigns in 2017-18 is £2,060,000. Figures for 2017-18 are provisional at this stage. A final amount will be available later in the year once all accounts have been finalised.

Detailed planning is underway for 2018-19 smoking cessation campaigns; therefore at this stage advertising media allocations are not yet available.

Source: Hansard, HC, 24 April 2018

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Science and Technology Select Committee evidence on e-cigarettes

On the 24th April, Steve Brine MP responded to questions in a Science and Technology Select Committee on E-Cigarettes.

The following topics were raised:
• The large disparity in regional smoking rates
• Inconsistencies in the use of E-cigarettes in NHS Mental Health Trusts
• Reasons for reduced local authority spending on Smoking Cessation Services
• Medical licencing of E-cigarettes
• What is being done to accurately quantify the risks of heat-not-burn

Also giving evidence:

• Rob Morrison, Senior Regulatory Policy Executive, Advertising Standards Authority
• Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health England
• Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
• Dr Ian Hudson, Chief Executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency,
• Dr Tim Baxter, Deputy Director of Healthy Behaviours, Department of Health and Social Care

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