ASH Daily News 27 July 2017



  • Retailers report changing trends in the tobacco sector following new legislation
  • University of Leicester researchers receive funding to explore vaping among adolescents
  • USA: Study links rising e-cigarette use to rise in smokers quitting
  • China: Two years after smoking ban begins, Beijing has fewer smokers
  • Netherlands: Grassroots movement to make Groningen the Netherlands’ first smokefree city

 

Retailers report changing trends in the tobacco sector following new legislation

Retailers are reporting a decline in tobacco sales following the can on 1 packs and the introduction of standardised packaging. Owner of Tara’s News in Buckinghamshire, Raaj Chandarana, said that the ban on ten packets has naturally reduced sales and the frequency of visits shoppers are making to his store.

In a move that perhaps marks the decline of the tobacco sector, Chandarana has recently decided to put his tobacco stock under the counter and use the space for vaping and alcohol products.

“Studies show that putting tobacco under the counter has zero impact on sales,” says Chandarana. “It is a no brainer for me and loads of retailers are doing the same. It makes little sense to focus on a category that on average gives you 5% return. It is difficult to make money these days so we cannot operate this way anymore. It is a sign of the times.”

Source: Asian Trader, 26 July 2017

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University of Leicester researchers receive funding to explore vaping among adolescents

A research team led by the University of Leicester will be exploring how young people use e-cigarettes or ‘vape’ as part of a new project funded by Cancer Research UK.

Through an exploration of young people’s understandings, uses and experiences of e-cigarettes, the project will examine the relationship between vaping and smoking, particularly how this shifts over time and in relation to a range of different influences.

Source: News Medical, 26 July 2017

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USA: Study links rising e-cigarette use to rise in smokers quitting

A rise in the use of electronic cigarettes among American adults is linked to a significant increase in the numbers of people quitting smoking.

In a study published in the BMJ British medical journal, scientists from California said their findings were based on the largest representative sample of e-cigarette users to date and provided a “strong case” that e-cigarettes have helped to increase rates of smoking cessation. The results showed that e-cigarette users were more likely than non-users to make a quit attempt (65% versus 40%) and more likely to succeed in quitting smoking tobacco for at least three months.

See More:
BMJ: E-cigarette use and associated changes in population smoking cessation: evidence from US current population surveys
The Scottish Sun: E-cigarettes DO help smokers quit – and more should switch to vaping ‘for the sake of their health’, study finds

Source: Reuters, 26 July 2017

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China: Two years after smoking ban begins, Beijing has fewer smokers

Beijing had fewer smokers in 2016, the second year of the city’s smoking ban, according to a white paper issued Wednesday. The quitting rate — which measures the percentage of participants who quit smoking during the survey period — rose by 1.9 percentage points to 16.8 percent in 2016. Another 15.5 percent of the surveyed smokers said they will quit smoking in the next 12 months, said the report.

Source: China Daily, 27 July 2017

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Netherlands: Grassroots movement to make Groningen the Netherlands’ first smokefree city

A large number of organizations, schools, child care institutions and sports clubs in Groningen are working together to make the city the first smokefree city in the Netherlands. Their ultimate goal is to have no smokers in Groningen, and that no one in the city becomes sick due to smoking.

Van der Graaf is an addiction doctor at Verslavingszorg Noord Nederland. He set up this project, Groningen Smoke Free, in November. “I work as an addiction doctor and it struck me how big the impact on young people is when adults smoke”, he said. “Passive smoking is unhealthy, but seeing smoking is also unhealthy. We still do not realize well enough that children easily become addicted when they see others smoke. They think that it’s normal behavior. Therefore my goal is for Groningen to be smoke free.”

Source: NL Times, 24 July 2017

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