ASH Daily News 29 March 2018



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  • Doctors should tell their patients that e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking, but not without risk, NICE guidance says
  • Doctors must send smokers to smoking cessation services before operations, says new NICE guidance
  • Top ten tips on e-cigarettes for smoking cessation

International

  • USA: Flavoured e-cigarette liquids slow growth of human cells in petri dish study

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  • NICE Guidance Implementation Guide

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Doctors should tell their patients that e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking, but not without risk, NICE guidance says

NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) released its new guidance in an attempt to dampen confusion over the safety of e-cigarettes. It says that doctors should tell patients that using e-cigarettes poses less harm than smoking. But the body added that evidence on the long-term health impact of vaping is not yet fully understood. Following the guidance from NICE, campaigners have once again called for the gadgets to be licensed as medicines – which would allow them to be prescribed on the NHS.

Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at Action on Health and Smoking (ASH), welcomed the new guidance. She said: ‘It is good news that NICE recommends that health professionals should reassure smokers that they are substantially less harmful than smoking. Looking to the future, it is hoped some e-cigarettes will be licensed as medicines and could then be prescribed, providing doctors with another tool to help smokers who want to quit.”

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH, argued on Tuesday that making e-cigarettes available on the NHS would reassure patients they are safe. She told the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee an array of evidence proves the devices are safe despite misconceptions.

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The Times: It’s official… vaping is safer than cigarettes

Source: The Daily Mail, 28 March 2018

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Doctors must send smokers to smoking cessation services before operations, says new NICE guidance

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said GPs must refer all smokers to smoking cessation services before they have a non-urgent operation, and should not shy away from advising patients from quitting for fear of offending. Smoking slows down recovery from non-urgent surgery such as hip or cataract ops and GPs should not miss the chance to get patients to give it up.

Professor Gillian Leng, the institute’s deputy chief executive, said: “GPs should not underestimate the impact of that conversation. The health benefit far outweighs the risk of offending.”

Source: The Amed Post, 28 March 2018

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Top ten tips on e-cigarettes for smoking cessation

Kevin Kennie, a stop smoking nurse specialist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, shares his tips on using e-cigarettes to quit smoking:

“There is growing evidence to support the use of e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking. Simply put, switching to vaping from smoking tobacco can reduce exposure to toxic chemicals that can lead to cancer in cigarette smokers. Public Health England estimates that vaping is 95% less hazardous than smoking, so don’t be afraid to view vaping as a viable replacement to tobacco for long-term smokers.”

Source: Nursing in Practice, 28 March 2018

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International
USA: Flavoured e-cigarette liquids slow growth of human cells in petri dish study

Researchers at the University of North Carolina took samples of 148 e-liquids – out of a possible 7,700 on the market – and performed a rapid evaluation of e-liquid toxicity using large plastic plates with tiny indentations, exposing fast-growing human cells to various e-liquids.

Exposure to the e-cigarette liquid was shown to slow down the growth of these cells.

Editorial Note: The study does not compare the impact of tobacco smoke on human cells with the impact of e-liquids. It does show that some flavours of e-liquids might be carry an increase
risk compared with others.

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PLOS Biology: Evaluation of e-liquid toxicity using an open-source high-throughput screening assay

Source: The Daily Mail, March 28 2018

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Link of the Week
NICE Guidance Implementation Guide

This factsheet is for patient, service user, community and carer organisations that want to support the uptake of a NICE guideline. It contains information about publishing and promoting the guideline and includes suggestions of how you could contribute to this work.

Source: The Daily Mail, March 28 2018

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