ASH Daily News 29 August 2017


  • Reducing nicotine in cigarettes makes them less addictive, finds study
  • Cities lead the way on public health
  • Birmingham: Prison Officers Association comments on smoking ban following riot
  • London: Owner of Croydon shisha bars fined for allowing customers to smoke inside


  • USA: NYC boosts cigarette prices to $13


Reducing nicotine in cigarettes makes them less addictive, finds study

Nicotine reduction in cigarettes makes them less addictive and in a controlled study helped curb smoking, a new US study has found.

A team of scientists looked at how reducing nicotine levels affected smokers’ habits, focusing on vulnerable smokers, poverty-stricken women and those with mental health issues. They found that found that lowering nicotine levels does reduce the addiction potential of cigarettes.

In carefully controlled trials, there is some evidence it could help smokers cut down or quit.” Linda Bauld, professor of health policy, University of Stirling, told The Sun. “However, there will be big challenges implementing this in the real world. Cigarettes are available globally, and selling less addictive products in the USA could result in a black market in imported or counterfeit products.”

Robert West, professor of health psychology, University College London, agreed adding: “If we could move directly from where we are to a world where no accessible tobacco product contained addictive levels of nicotine that might work. Unfortunately this will not happen and in the meantime the demonisation of nicotine could undermine the complementary approach of encouraging smokers to switch to less harmful forms of nicotine use such as e-cigarettes.”

Source: MSN, 29 August 2017
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Cities lead the way on public health

Would supermarket vouchers encourage you to do more exercise? How about sprinting tracks marked out on pavements? These are just two of the latest ideas in NHS England’s Healthy New Towns initiative to put good health at the centre of urban design and planning.

Municipal leaders are in a unique position to influence the health of their citizens, the King’s Fund think-tank argued this week. Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, on Wednesday vowed to tackle the UK capital’s gross health inequalities.

More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, which are leading the way in public health initiatives, from New York’s calorie-count laws to London’s ultra-low emissions zone.

Another example of cities taking the lead in public health is that of Greater Manchester, which recently produced its own Tobacco Strategy. The strategy, “Making Smoking History”, aims to reduce smoking rates in the city by a third by 2021.

Source: Financial Times, 25 August 2017
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Birmingham: Prison Officers Association comments on smoking ban following riot

A riot at Haverigg prison has been linked to the introduction of the ban on smoking which is being phased into prisons across England.

Glyn Travis of the Prison Officers Association blamed the Prison Service for a lack of vision. He said prison chiefs had been given “10 years” to address a smoking ban but had failed to act properly.

More than 80 per cent of the UK’s 86,000 inmates smoke but a complete ban is being introduced to help protect the health of staff and inmates.

The policy is designed to bring prisons in line with the UK-wide ban on smoking in workplaces. Prisoners in long-term max security jails were encouraged to sign up for courses and apply for nicotine patches.

Source: Mirror, 27 August 2017
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London: Owner of Croydon shisha bars fined for allowing customers to smoke inside

A Croydon man has been hit with a hefty court bill of more than £8,500 after he allowed customers to smoke inside three of his Croydon shisha bars.

At the start of this month Sohail Khan, proprietor of the Café Havana chain, was found guilty in his absence at Croydon Magistrates’ Court of seven counts of allowing smoking in enclosed premises. Returning to the same court on Tuesday, August 22, Khan, of Oakfield Road, was fined £1,000 for each of the seven offences.

Khan was ordered to pay legal costs of £1,462.77 as well as a £100 victim surcharge – leaving court with a total bill of £8,562.77.

Source: Croydon Advertiser, 25 August 2017
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USA: New York boosts cigarette prices to $13

New York boosted the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes by 24 percent to $13 and placed a cap on the number of tobacco sellers as part of the city’s biggest crackdown on smoking in more than a decade.

The moves came in the form of a seven-point package of laws that Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Monday. The measures create a retail license fee for sellers of electronic cigarettes and almost double the licensing fee for tobacco retailers to $200. The city is also requiring all apartment buildings of three or more units to create explicit smoking policies, while banning smoking in all common areas.

Source: Bloomberg, 28 August 2017
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