ASH Daily News 3 November 2017



UK

  • Smoking among teenagers falls to record low
  • Numbers of underage buying cigarettes fall sharply
  • Drug use more likely than smoking among secondary pupils
  • 10 facts that everyone gets wrong about vaping

International

  • Smoking rooms are disappearing from hotels

Link of the week

  • Netherlands: Sick of Smoking campaign

 

UK

Smoking among teenagers falls to record low

Smoking among 15-year-olds has reached the lowest level on record. The latest Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England survey, published by NHS Digital, shows just 7% are regular smokers. Campaigners said the fall shows that England continues to make good progress towards the government’s ambition of a smokefree generation.

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH, said: “This report shows that England continues to head in the right direction when it comes to youth smoking. However, we need to do more to get adult smokers to quit.”

See also: The Times: More teenagers have tried drugs than cigarettes

Source: iNews, 2 November 2017
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Numbers of underage buying cigarettes fall sharply

Referring to the same NHS Digital data, The Grocer reports that the percentage of underage young people buying cigarettes from retailers has fallen sharply. Those underage were most likely to get cigarettes from their friends, while those accessing cigarettes by buying them from shops fell from 57% in 2014 to 38% in 2016.

“These figures show that retailers are continuing to make significant progress toward eliminating the sale of age-restricted products to young people,” said James Lowman, Chief Executive of the Association of Convenience Stores.

Source: The Grocer, 2 November 2017
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Drug use more likely than smoking among secondary pupils

The Guardian has a slightly different take on the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People data. Young people are more likely to have tried alcohol (44%) and drugs (24%) than smoking (19%)

Steve Rolles, of Transform Drug Policy Foundation, said: “We are actually seeing effective success o effective regulation of tobacco, relative to failure of the total absence of regulation of drugs. It shows that regulation can work and it shows that public health education can work… Effective education has actually denormalised tobacco use.”

Source: The Guardian, 2 November 2017
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10 facts that everyone gets wrong about vaping

Women Talking breaks down the top ten biggest misconceptions about vaping, showing that vaping doesn’t produce secondhand smoke, that vaping doesn’t act as a gateway to smoking and that vaping can help smokers quit.

Source: womentalking.co.uk, 2 November 2017
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International

Smoking rooms are disappearing from hotels

A recent study by the American Hotel and Lodging Association shows that smoking rooms are becoming a thing of the past in American hotels. The share of non-smoking rooms is now 96%, up from 74% a decade ago. Fewer and fewer establishments are offering smoking rooms as an option – 85% are now entirely smokefree.

Source: The Economist, 2 November 2017
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Link of the week

Netherlands: Sick of Smoking campaign

Lawyers in the Netherlands have filed criminal charges against the tobacco industry for attempted murder, manslaughter, grievous bodily harm and the falsification of documents. A decision from the public prosecutor on whether the case should proceed is currently awaited.

The case was initiated by Anne Marie van Veen, a 43-year-old mother of four children. She was diagnosed with lung cancer, after having started smoking at the age of 15. With the support of the Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation, she appealed to people through the website sickofsmoking.nl to support her in her effort to bring a case against the tobacco industry because of its criminal activities. Over 22,000 people have signed up to the campaign. Van Veen has one goal: to prevent her and other people’s children falling victim to the deceptive practices of the tobacco industry.

Source: Sick of Smoking campaign, 2017.
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