ASH Daily News 25 October 2017



UK

  • E-cigarettes: Cross-party group of MPs launches inquiry
  • New ‘smokeless’ tobacco device contains less toxic substances than cigarettes, tobacco industry tests reveal
  • Scotland: Why ASH Scotland does not support a ban on smoking in the home
  • Scotland: Number of quit attempts down from previous years

International

  • USA: Vaping will be banned in indoor public places in the state of New York
  • USA: Study finds smokers wrongly believe Natural American Spirit cigarettes are healthier
  • USA: Large declines seen in teen substance abuse
  • Japan: Is Japan losing the fight against smokefree legislation?

UK
E-cigarettes: Cross-party group of MPs launches inquiry

The Science and Technology Select Committee will look at e-cigarettes’ effectiveness as a stop-smoking tool and the impact of their growing use on health.

Committee chair Norman Lamb said there was mixed messaging on vaping, saying: “They are seen by some as valuable tools that will reduce the number of people smoking ‘conventional’ cigarettes, and seen by others as ‘re-normalising’ smoking for the younger generation. We want to understand where the gaps are in the evidence base, the impact of the regulations, and the implications of this growing industry on NHS costs and the UK’s public finances.”

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Financial Times: BAT to rapidly expand ‘next-gen products’ while UK launches e-cigarette inquiry

Source: BBC, 25 October 2017
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New ‘smokeless’ tobacco device contains less toxic substances than cigarettes, tobacco industry tests reveal

New ‘smokeless’ tobacco cigarettes called Glo have been hailed by the tobacco industry as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. Because the devices heat tobacco as opposed to burning, it does not produce smoke, and it is argued that it produces less of the toxic substances found in conventional cigarette smoke.

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of public health charity Action on Smoking and Health, said: “From what we know so far it is likely that ‘heat not burn’ tobacco products are less harmful than smoking, but more harmful than electronic cigarettes. However, unless and until independent evidence shows that these products are substantially less harmful than smoking, they should be regulated in the same way as other tobacco products. Fully independent research and assessment will be crucial if heat not burn tobacco products are to be accepted as useful in fighting the smoking epidemic.”

Source: Daily Mail, 25 October 2017
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Scotland: Why ASH Scotland does not support a ban on smoking in the home

John Watson, deputy chief executive of ASH Scotland, responds to media reports claiming the charity is seeking to ban housing association tenants from smoking at home.

“The first thing demanding attention is a slew of media articles along the lines of “Ban smoking at home, say Scots campaigners”. To be very clear – ASH Scotland does not support this idea and has never called for it.

Certainly we believe that tobacco smoke is harmful, particularly to children, and that most exposure to tobacco smoke happens in the home. That much is established scientific fact.”

Source: ASH Scotland, 20 October 2017
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Scotland: Number of quit attempts down from previous years

New figures show the number of quit attempts in 2016-17 fell for the fifth consecutive year to 59,767 – down eight per cent on the previous 12 months.

Gregor McNie, from Cancer Research UK, said: “Smoking cessation services are failing to reach enough people in Scotland. It’s crucial that smokers get the best possible help to quit a deadly habit that causes at least 14 different types of cancer.”

Source: Scottish Sun, 24 October 2017
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International
USA: Vaping will be banned in indoor public places in the state of New York

A new rule, which will come into law in 30 days, will mean that vaping will be banned in places including restaurants, bars and offices.

The New York Times reports that 70% of municipalities in the state had already prohibited using e-cigs in public indoor spaces.

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The Guardian: E-cigarette bans highlight public health divide between US and UK researchers

Source: BBC, 24 October 2017
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USA: Study finds smokers wrongly believe Natural American Spirit cigarettes are healthier

A new study conducted by Penn Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) researchers found that current and former smokers do erroneously believe that Natural American Spirit (NAS) cigarettes, which the company markets as “organic” and “additive-free,” are healthier than other cigarettes.

“Broadly speaking, the purpose of this study was to assess the effects of Natural American Spirit advertising,” says Stefanie Gratale, Annenberg doctoral student and lead author of the study. “We found that NAS advertisements lead people to believe that smoking organic tobacco or a cigarette with fewer additives is a healthier choice.”

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Tobacco Control: Influence of Natural American Spirit advertising on current and former smokers’ perceptions and intentions

Source: Medical Xpress, 24 October 2017
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USA: Large declines seen in teen substance abuse

More than a decade of data indicates teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine and illicit drugs, and they also are less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, such as fighting and stealing, according to results of a national survey analyzed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The data come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey of 12- to 17-year-olds from all 50 states that is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The data include information from 2003 through 2014, the last year for which survey numbers are available. A total of 210,599 teens—13,000 to 18,500 each year—were part of the study.

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Psychological Medicine: Declines in prevalence of adolescent substance use disorders and delinquent behaviors in the United States: a unitary trend?

Source: Medical Xpress, 25 October 2017
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Japan: Is Japan losing the fight against smokefree legislation?

The World Health Organization (WHO) published a report earlier this year on the global tobacco epidemic in which it reported that comprehensive smokefree legislation is in place to protect approximately 1.5 billion people in 55 countries. Japan has signed the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), however, Japan’s tobacco policy lags behind the FCTC’s standard and is currently ranked the lowest level for smokefree policy in the world.

Source: BMJ, 24 October 2017
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