ASH Daily News 3 January 2018



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UK

  • Cabinet reshuffle: who’s coming in and who’s going out?
  • Philip Morris places anti-smoking advertisement in papers
  • How exercise can help you to quit smoking
  • Tayside: Free nicotine patches and cash incentives to help people stop smoking

International

  • USA: Study claims teenagers who start using e-cigarettes are twice as likely to become regular smokers within a year
  • USA: E-Cigarette Market to Reach $48 Billion by 2023

 

UK

Cabinet reshuffle: who’s coming in and who’s going out?

According to The Sunday Times, those on the way out could be Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Education Secretary Justine Greening.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express quotes sources in the “Tory high command” who think Justice Minister Phillip Lee, a GP, could be on track to become the first doctor to be health secretary in eight decades. He would replace Jeremy Hunt, who is tipped for a move to the Cabinet Office.

While he is expected to resist any such move which would be seen as a demotion, there are reports Boris Johnson could be replaced by current Home Secretary Amber Rudd, one of the few cabinet ministers to have improved her standing over the past year.

The Daily Telegraph says the Prime Minister is also keen to promote more women to top roles, to make the Cabinet more representative of society. Only five out of 21 cabinet posts are currently filled by female ministers.

Source: The Week, 3 January 2018
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Philip Morris places anti-smoking advertisement in papers

Tobacco firm Philip Morris has placed an advertisement in some newspapers promoting its “ambition to stop selling cigarettes in the UK”. It is part of the company’s drive to achieve a “smoke-free future”. The owner of the Marlboro brand has also written to Prime Minister Theresa May asking to be allowed to print information about quitting and switching on its cigarette packs. However, anti-smoking campaigners described the campaign as a “PR stunt”.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity Action on Smoking and Health said the “offer to support” local authorities was nothing more than a donation, which is not allowed under World Health Organization guidelines.

“As Philip Morris well knows the government isn’t allowed to accept ‘donations’ from the tobacco industry. However, it does show that the industry has money to burn. Rather than making donations, it should be forced to pay the government more of its enormous profits.”

Source: BBC, 2 January 2018
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How exercise can help you to quit smoking

New research has shown how various degrees of exercise intensity affect nicotine cravings in mice.

Dr. Alexis Bailey, senior lecturer in neuropharmacology at St George’s University of London, and his team treated mice with nicotine for 14 days and then subjected them to one of three wheel running regimens: 24 hours per day, 2 hours per day, or no exercise at all.

It was found that “nicotine-treated mice undertaking 2 or 24 hrs day wheel running displayed a significant reduction of withdrawal symptom severity compared with the sedentary group.”

See also:
British Journal of Pharmacology: Wheel running during chronic nicotine exposure is protective against mecamylamine-precipitated withdrawal and up-regulates hippocampal α7 nACh receptors in mice

Source: Medical News Today, 1 January 2018
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Tayside: Free nicotine patches and cash incentives to help people stop smoking

NHS Tayside is urging people to make giving up smoking in 2018 their New Year’s Resolution. Two incentive schemes are also available for people to join in Tayside, providing free nicotine products, support from a pharmacy and £12.50 per week if they remain smoke free.

Margaret Winton, NHS Tayside programme manager for tobacco, said: “A new year is the perfect opportunity to improve your health. We know that quitting smoking can be difficult and that sometimes it can take a few attempts to stop, so we would encourage people to find out about the support on offer. Go along to your local community pharmacy and they can answer any questions you have and give you up-to-date information to help you quit your way.”

Source: Evening Telegraph, 2 January 2018
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International

USA: Study claims teenagers who start using e-cigarettes are twice as likely to become regular smokers within a year

A University of California study of 10,000 12-17-year-olds found teenagers who try vaping are likely to become regular smokers within a year.

At the beginning of the study none of the youngsters had smoked a cigarette. When they were interviewed again 12 months later it was found those who tried e-cigs were now 2.53 times more like to have become smokers.

Editorial note: The UK’s largest ever analysis of data shows no evidence that e-cigarettes are leading young people into smoking. The study, a collaboration between UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, Public Health England, Action on Smoking and Health, and the DECIPHer Centre at the University of Cardiff is an analysis of five large-scale surveys conducted in the period 2015-17 involving over 60,000 11-16 year-olds. The findings show a consistent pattern: most e-cigarette experimentation among young people does not lead to regular use, and levels of regular e-cigarette use in young people who have never smoked remain very low. See “Smoking among schoolchildren at record low, new government figures show“.

See also:
JAMA Pediatrics: Association of Noncigarette Tobacco Product Use With Future Cigarette Smoking Among Youth in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, 2013-2015

Source: The Sun, 3 January 2018
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Global: E-Cigarette Market to Reach $48 Billion by 2023

According to a report published by P&S Market Research, the global e-cigarette market is forecasted to attain a value of $48 billion by 2023.

The growth in the market will be led by factors such as increasing demand for non-combustible vaping products and surge in the number of vape shops.

See also:
P&S Market Research: E-Cigarette Market Overview

Source: Yahoo! Finance, 2 January 2018
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