ASH Daily News 7 February 2018



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UK

  • Professor Peter Hajek offers advice about vaping
  • London: Bexley begins consultation on smokefree town centre

International

  • Ireland: Health officials have no plans to review their vaping policy in light of PHE report
  • Japan: New ‘heat-not-burn’ product to be launched by Japan Tobacco this year

UK
Professor Peter Hajek offers advice about vaping

Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University, has today provided an overview of what vaping is and answered many recurring questions that are asked by the public.

He covers the safety of vaping, its usefulness as a cessation aid and its safety for pregnant women, three concerns which the public have about vaping.

Referencing the recent PHE report into e-cigarettes, released on Tuesday 6 February, he stated that vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking. He stated that vaping is safer for pregnant women, because it exposes the unborn child to fewer toxins than combustible cigarettes, but also cautioned that quitting entirely is the best option and that clinical trials are now underway to determine the relative risks of vaping compared to smoking for pregnant women.

Professor Hajek noted that 850,000 smokers had switched successfully from smoking to vaping in 2016. He said that rates of smoking are declining very rapidly among young people and that while some are experimenting with e-cigarettes, this number is small.

Source: The Sun, 7 February 2018

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London: Bexley begins consultation on smokefree town centre

The London Borough of Bexley has begun a consultation on a proposed smokefree zone to cover the main pedestrianised areas in the town centre, which would initially run as a pilot for six months.

If a zone is introduced, Bexley would also become the first London Borough to have a smokefree pedestrian zone. The council has invited local residents and people who work within the proposed zone to voice their opinions on the pilot scheme in an online survey.

Dr Anjan Ghosh, Bexley’s director of public health, said: “Research has shown that even pre-school children who live with a smoker perceive that smoking is ‘the norm’.

By urging people not to smoke in a busy public area that is frequented by school children, Bexley will support the government’s Tobacco Control Plan for a future smokefree generation”.

Source: Bexley Times, 7 February 2018

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International
Ireland: Health officials have no plans to review their vaping policy in light of PHE report

The Irish Institute of Public Health and Health Service Executive both stated yesterday that their concerns about e-cigarettes remain despite the PHE report into e-cigarettes published Tuesday 6 February.

A spokeswoman for the institute said that it was still issuing guidance that the long-term impact of the devices was unknown.

The HSE said that its plans for controlling tobacco use were drawn from government policy, which notes the general consensus that there is “a lack of research in relation to the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes and a lack of sufficient evidence that they aid with smoking cessation”.

John Newton, director for health improvement at PHE, said: “It would be tragic if thousands of smokers who could quit with the help of an e-cigarette are being put off due to false fears about their safety”.

Source: The Times, February 7 2018

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Japan: New ‘heat-not-burn’ product to be launched by Japan Tobacco this year

Japan Tobacco (JTI) has stated that it plans to launch a new ‘heat-not-burn’ product in Japan as early as the end of this year, as it tries to regain market share from Philip Morris International (PMI) and British American Tobacco (BAT).

PMI’s IQOS and BAT’s glo products are already more established in Japan than the company’s own Ploom Tech, which launched in June 2017.

JTI said that it would be spending more than 100 billion yen ($917.43 million) over the next three years on development and production of what it calls ‘reduced-risk products’, which do not use combustion to deliver nicotine.

The company said it expects its domestic cigarette sales volume to decline by more than 16% in 2018, after falling 12.5% to 92.9 billion cigarettes in 2017, its lowest on record.

Source: Reuters, February 6 2018

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