ASH Daily News 27 October 2017



UK

  • Tobacco tax gap stands at £2.4bn
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: Sniffer dogs help find record-breaking amount of illicit tobacco in Wakefield
  • Sheila Duffy: Unequal society helps push people into smoking – it’s time for change
  • Mary Glindon MP: “Vaping helping smokers quit”

International

  • USA: 1 in 5 US workers use tobacco products or e-cigarettes
  • USA: Three new lung cancer genetic biomarkers are identified in Dartmouth study

Link of the Week

  • Stoptober: Smoking and mental health video

 

UK

Tobacco tax gap stands at £2.4bn

According to new HMRC figures, the tobacco tax gap stands at £2.4bn. This gap is a measure of the discrepancy between tax due and tax collected on tobacco.

Of the £2.4bn, £1.8bn resulted from tax lost on cigarettes, with a further £0.7bn lost on hand-rolled tobacco.

See also
HMRC: Measuring tax gaps 2017 edition
ASH: Tobacco Tax Gaps

Source: Talking Retail, 26 October 2017
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Yorkshire and the Humber: Sniffer dogs help find record-breaking amount of illicit tobacco in Wakefield

West Yorkshire officials have seized a record amount of tobacco with the help of sniffer dogs.

Over 500,000 illicit cigarettes, and 45kg of hand-rolled tobacco were found in the course of the searches. The finds amount to around £150,000 in value.

The operation was undertaken as part of the Keep It Out campaign, which is funded by the five public health authorities in West Yorkshire and uses marketing campaigns and enforcement to tackle the illicit trade.

Source: Yorkshire Post, 26 October 2017
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Sheila Duffy: “Unequal society helps push people into smoking – it’s time for change”

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive at ASH Scotland, has written an article in the Scotsman on inequality and smoking, following a recent joint letter calling on Scottish political parties to support the new Poverty and Inequalities Commission.

“We have been exploring the number of other factors that push people to smoke and make it harder for them to quit. These include stress, anxiety and boredom, but also what is normal in people’s communities, such as a lack of alternative coping mechanisms or a lack of hopeful or optimistic plans for the future.”

“We want to reduce the harm caused by smoking. But when most tobacco consumers say they don’t want to be smokers, there’s no point just telling them people they should quit.”

“Looking at the factors that push them to smoke and prevent them from stopping, highlighting how the benefits from smoking are fleeting while the harm is ongoing, stressing that they have it in them to take back control of their health and well-being – there we might be on to something.”

Source: Scotsman, 27 October 2017
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Mary Glindon MP: “Vaping helping smokers quit”

Mary Glindon, MP for North Tyneside and member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on E-cigarettes, has written an article in the News Guardian, advocating vaping as a means for smokers to quit.

“The number of those smoking tobacco has fallen to an all time low of nearly 16%, or about eight million people. I am also pleased that more and more smokers have given up not just thanks to the ban on smoking in public places, but also to the development of e-cigarettes or vaping.

“There are about 14,000 smokers and 4,500 vapers in North Tyneside. About half of those have given up tobacco entirely. The vast majority of vapers are former or current smokers.”

Source: News Guardian, 26 October 2017
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International

USA: 1 in 5 US workers use tobacco products or e-cigarettes

Almost 33 million US working adults – around 20% – regularly smoke cigarettes, use another type of tobacco products, or vape, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

According to the report, over 15% of adults smoked cigarettes, with almost 6% using another type of combustible product. 3% used a smokeless tobacco product, with another 3.6% using e-cigarettes.

Prevalence was much higher among construction workers and maintenance workers, reaching 34% and 37% respectively. However, even among occupations with the highest rates, prevalence has declined since the CDC last reported in 2011.

See also
CDC: Tobacco Use Among Working Adults — United States, 2014–2016

Source: Med Page Today, 26 October 2017
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USA: Three new lung cancer genetic biomarkers are identified in Dartmouth study

A research team from Dartmouth has carried out a study which shows that interactions between smoking and genes could play a role in the development of lung cancer.

In the study, three new types of DNA variations linked to susceptibility to lung cancer were identified. The three variations could act as biomarkers for lung cancer risk screening and intervention among smokers.

See also
Carcinogenesis: Genome-wide interaction study of smoking behavior and non-small cell lung cancer risk in Caucasian population

Source: Medical Xpress, 26 October 2017
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Link of the Week

Stoptober: Smoking and mental health video

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust has produced a video to help mental health patients understand the harm caused by smoking and the help that is available to patients who smoke.

The video features interviews with staff and patients, explains why smoking is banned in all NHS ground, and goes on to reveal some of the impacts of smoking.

Source: YouTube, October 2017
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