ASH Daily News 25 May 2017



  • UN Development Programme blog studies the environmental harm of cigarettes
  • Happiness and harm awareness could help prevent youth smoking
  • London: 30,000 fake cigarettes uncovered in Soho
  • Philippines: Department of Health seeks regulation of e-cigarettes

 

UN Development Programme blog studies the environmental harm of cigarettes

Policy Analyst Roy Small considers the environmental harms caused by cigarettes:

“Smoking, including secondhand smoke, kills more than 7 million people each year, most in the prime of their lives. Less well-known are tobacco’s negative impacts on sustainable development, including on oceanic systems.

Each year, 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide, with a significant percentage finding their way into our oceans and onto our shores. The problem is only likely to get worse, particularly as smoking rates continue to rise in many low and middle-income countries.

Cigarette filters are comprised of thousands of chemical ingredients, including arsenic, lead, nicotine and ethyl phenol, all of which leak into aquatic environments. In one lab study, the leachate from just one cigarette butt, placed into no more than one litre of water, killed half of all exposed marine and freshwater fish.”

Source: UN Development Programme, 24th May 2017
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Happiness and harm awareness could help prevent youth smoking

Promoting young people’s levels of well-being and making them aware of the harms of smoking and could keep them away from cigarettes, according to a study published in BMC Public Health.

Researchers at UCL found that young people who were happier and more aware of the harms of cigarettes were more likely never to smoke than those who were less aware or perceived themselves as less happy.

See Also: BMC, Findings from the UK Household Longitudinal Study

Source: Medical Express, 24th May 2017
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London: 30,000 fake cigarettes uncovered in Soho

Sniffer dogs equipped with body-mounted cameras helped to uncover almost 30,000 fake cigarettes in a raid on a West End hairdressers.

A spokesman for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs said: “HMRC continues to develop and refine the methods used to combat the ever-changing nature of illicit trade.”

Source: The London Evening Standard, 24th May 2017
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Philippines: Department of Health seeks regulation of e-cigarettes

After President Duterte signed an executive order banning smoking in public places, the Department of Health (DOH) is considering regulating the use of electronic cigarettes and vapes.

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said e-cigarettes and vapes are not covered by the smoking ban.

Ubial also stated that she could not yet provide details about the proposed regulation since it is still under study.

Source: PhilStar, 23rd May 2017
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