ASH Daily News 29 November 2017



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UK

  • Wholesaler crashes with significant impact on tobacco
  • Eight ways to remove smoke smells from your home
  • Cigarette breaks: Eight facts employers need to know
  • Scotland: Call to make pregnant women key focus of stop smoking strategy

International

  • Tanzania: Tobacco hurts more than your lungs – it damages the communities that grow it
  • USA: A lung condition is the third leading cause of death in the US, and ‘no one’s talking about it’
  • USA: Regulators should not consider ‘lost pleasure’ of quitting smoking, study says

UK
Wholesaler crashes with significant impact on tobacco

The grocery sector was facing a grim start to the Christmas trading season last night after a food and tobacco wholesaler with annual sales of more than £4 billion collapsed into administration with the loss of about 2,500 jobs.

Palmer & Harvey was Britain’s biggest delivered wholesaler to the convenience market, supplying about 90,000 customers ranging from small local corner stores to the big supermarkets. It operated a delivery network of 14 regional distribution centres with a fleet of more than 1,000 vehicles that supplied up to 12,000 product lines.

The company accounted for 25% of the UK’s tobacco market and Imperial Brands and Japan Tobacco International, both of which had a heavy exposure to the group, had provided tens of millions of pounds of short-term finance to prop it up pending a takeover by Carlyle Group.

Imperial, which makes Gauloises and Davidoff cigarettes, said that the collapse would cause a one-off hit of up to £160 million against its operating profits in the present financial year. Imperial and Japan Tobacco International said there were contingency plans that would ensure supplies to retailers would be largely unaffected.

Source: The Times, 29 November 2017

 

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Eight ways to remove smoke smells from your home

Buying a home owned by a smoker can put you at risk of breathing in third-hand smoke chemicals. The mark left by smokers has long been the bane of some homeowners, with the unpleasant odour of smoke and tobacco remaining trapped in furniture, walls and carpets.

These eight actions should at least help you shift the lingering smell smoke invariably leaves.

Source: BT, 28 November 2017

 

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Cigarette breaks: Eight facts employers need to know

To help employers establish robust policies and procedures for smoking breaks, as well as ensuring compliancy with the smoking legislation, Croner’s experts have put together this simple guide.

Source: Croner, 28 November 2017

 

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Scotland: Call to make pregnant women key focus of stop smoking strategy

Cancer Research UK said ensuring expectant mothers can access local stop smoking services gives them the best chance of quitting the habit. It has called on the Scottish Government to make helping pregnant women stop smoking a key focus of its new tobacco control strategy.

The call follows the publication of official statistics showing the number of women in Scotland smoking at the time of their first antenatal appointment has fallen to 15% in 2016/17, a total of 7,809 women and a drop of nearly a third (29%) since 1997/98.

Source: The Falkirk Herald, 28 November 2017

 

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International
Tanzania: Tobacco hurts more than your lungs – it damages the communities that grow it

Tobacco’s impact starts long before it is found wrapped in a cigarette, and affects many more people than the estimated one billion smokers worldwide. Tobacco also impacts the health and well-being of the people who grow it and the environment where it is grown, often with devastating consequences.

Source: The Independent, 26 November 2017

 

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USA: A lung condition is the third leading cause of death in the US, and ‘no one’s talking about it’

with cancer and heart disease as the two leading causes of death in the US, they’re talked about far more than the third leading cause of death: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The condition makes it difficult to breathe, leading to coughing and shortness of breath as it progresses.

There are about 16 million people diagnosed with the condition in the US. Cigarette smoking is the main cause of COPD. About a quarter of the people who get COPD haven’t smoked, and in those cases, environmental factors like polluted air could be involved as well as certain genetic risk factors.

Source: Business Insider, 28 November 2017

 

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USA: Regulators should not consider ‘lost pleasure’ of quitting smoking, study says

Federal officials considering new regulations on tobacco products should give more weight to the fact that a majority of smokers are unhappy about feeling addicted to cigarettes, and should put less emphasis on the theory that smokers who quit are losing “pleasure” in their lives, according to a recent study by the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is required to perform an economic cost-benefit analysis of proposed regulations. The agency has included a measure of the “lost pleasure” of smoking in its analysis of regulations on cigarettes, such as proposals to require visually graphic warning labels similar to those required in many other countries. Some researchers have questioned whether whether a focus on “lost pleasure” overstates the economic burden on smokers of regulations designed to encourage them to quit and to prevent others from taking up the habit.

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Tobacco Control: Reassessing the importance of ‘lost pleasure’ associated with smoking cessation: implications for social welfare and policy

Source: Medical Xpress, 28 November 2017

 

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