ASH Daily News 30 August 2017



UK

  • Study: E-cigarette use by teenagers doesn’t lead to smoking
  • Hull: Lorry driver caught smuggling 34,000 illegal cigarettes through docks

International

  • China’s tobacco consumption accounts for 44% of world’s total
  • The Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control (MCTC) has dismissed calls to re-introduce smaller cigarette packs

 

UK
Study: E-cigarette use by teenagers doesn’t lead to smoking

New analysis has concluded that most e-cigarette experimentation among young people does not lead to regular use, or to teen smoking.

Levels of regular e-cigarette use in young people who have never smoked remain very low, according to the study – a collaboration between the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, Public Health England, Action on Smoking and Health, and the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement at the University of Cardiff.

Researchers examined data from five large-scale surveys conducted between 2015 and 2017 involving more than 60,000 11 to 16-year-olds across the UK.

Analysis showed that across all the young people surveyed, only 3% used e-cigarettes at least once a week, and that teenage use was “highly concentrated” in those who already smoked tobacco.

Among young people who have never smoked, regular use of e-cigarettes was between 0.1% and 0.5% across the five surveys, they said.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the campaign group Action on Smoking and Health, said: “A small proportion of young people do experiment with e-cigs, but this does not appear to be leading to regular vaping or smoking in any numbers, indeed smoking rates in young people are continuing to decline.”

See Also:
The Guardian: Fears over e-cigarettes leading to smoking for young people unfounded – study
Daily Mail: There is no evidence teenagers experimenting with e-cigarettes will go on to smoke tobacco, study reveals
The Sun: Fears that using e-cigarettes leads teenagers to smoke tobacco are unfounded, a study shows

Source: Telegraph, 29 August 2017
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Hull: Lorry driver caught smuggling 34,000 illegal cigarettes through docks

Mihai Gavrea, 30, was stopped by UK Border Force officials at King George Dock on Sunday.

Nicola Trory, prosecuting at Hull Magistrates’ Court, said: “Found within the trailer unit that he was driving were 34,000 mixed brand, non UK duty paid cigarettes.” UK Border Force say almost £10,000 of duty should have been paid on the cigarettes.

Source: Hull Daily Mail, 30 August 2017
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International
China’s tobacco consumption accounts for 44% of world’s total

China’s tobacco consumption accounts for 44% of the world’s total, said a recent report jointly issued by 37 organizations, including the Chinese Preventative Medicine Association and the Chinese Association of Tobacco Control.

China has seen 15 million new smokers in 5 years, making increased tobacco controls efforts essential.

A nationwide adult tobacco survey issued in 2015 said that 27.7% of Chinese above the age of 15 are smokers, and the total number of smokers has reached 315 million.

According to the “Healthy China 2030” blueprint issued by the State Council, China aims to lower the proportion to 20% by 2030.

Smoking is a leading cause of non-infectious diseases, and these diseases account for 85% of the total deaths in China.

Source: People’s Daily Online, 29 August 2017
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The Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control (MCTC) has dismissed calls to re-introduce smaller cigarette packs

The Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control (MCTC) has dismissed claims that smaller cigarette packs would help curb the sales of illicit cigarettes.

In a statement on Wednesday, the MCTC said that the reasons given in reports for the proposal of bringing back smaller packs were unfounded.

These reasons, the MCTC said, included that larger cigarette packs encouraged people to smoke more and that the increase in cigarette retail prices have not shown a significant decrease in the number of smokers.

Source: The Star, 30 August 2017
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