ASH Daily News 8 January 2018



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UK

  • Vaping vouchers from Hampshire’s Quit4Life service
  • 10,000 smokers quit in Brighton and Hove in four years
  • Barnsley: Smoking ban will be rolled out across Glass Works market
  • Could new heat-not-burn device replace traditional cigarettes?
  • How to save the NHS: experts offer their big ideas

International

  • Commentary: Philip Morris Says It Wants to Quit Cigarettes. But It’s Just Blowing Smoke.
  • Cigarette firm’s offer is laughable, says Irish Cancer Society
  • India: Study shows e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes

UK

Vaping vouchers from Hampshire’s Quit4Life service

Quit4Life, the NHS stop smoking service in Gosport, Havant and Fareham, will be offering support to people looking to quit the habit by taking up e-cigarettes. They will be offering a new voucher scheme for those who choose to give up tobacco through vaping. Smokers who receive support from Quit4Life can exchange their £25 voucher for a vaping starter kit, when they are ready to give up cigarettes.

Source: The News, 8 January 2018

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10,000 smokers quit in Brighton and Hove in four years

More than 10,000 people have given up smoking in Brighton and Hove over the past four years, the council said on Friday, 5 January.
Brighton and Hove’s Director of Public Health Alistair Hill said: “Every week in Brighton and Hove, seven people die as a result of smoking-related illnesses and 33 are admitted to hospital. Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. The new year is the perfect time to quit.”

Source: Brighton and Hove News, 5 January 2018

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Barnsley: Smoking ban will be rolled out across Glass Works market

A ban on selling smoking products will be rolled out across the whole of the £130m Glass Works development.

Councillor Roy Miller said he wanted families and children to enjoy a smokefree town and market, and said development managers are pleased with the level of interest from retailers despite the ban.

He said: “We want families, especially children, to be able to enjoy our town and market area without smoking being present. As well as the benefits to health, we also hope to see a reduction in cigarette litter in the area, which looks unpleasant and is costly to clean up.”

Source: Barnsley Chronicle, 6 January 2018

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Could new heat-not-burn device replace traditional cigarettes?

In a campaign launched last week, Marlboro maker Philip Morris International promised to stop selling cigarettes in the UK, instead urging smokers to use IQOS. The cost to smokers would be more or less the same.

Ian Willmore is from Action on Smoking and Health, which wants to end the harm caused by tobacco. He said not enough independent research existed around the health risks from “heat not burn” products like IQOS – but accepted it was “reasonable to assume” they were less harmful.

Mr Willmore said: “The boss of Philip Morris has been talking about a post-smoking future. Clearly these products fit into this ideal. We have to be slightly sceptical about that given that they’re still selling cigarettes and promoting them in other countries. What we really don’t want is to create a new generation of addicts who wouldn’t have used nicotine products if it weren’t for some new thing on the market.

“That has been avoided in e-cigarettes, but there’s no reason to say it might not happen with IQOS. They’re likely to cause a lot less damage than smoking. The objective is to end up with a regulatory regime where as many people as possible stop smoking and nobody starts.”

Source: The Mirror, 6 January 2018

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How to save the NHS: experts offer their big ideas

Experts comment on how to ensure the NHS’s future.

“There is nothing inevitable about a winter NHS crisis. It is obvious that a long-term funding settlement is needed both for health and social care. It must be allied to a new determination to harness technological advances to make the NHS sustainable.”

-Alan Milburn, former health secretary

“Public health and prevention are the key to the survival of the NHS. Investing in population health and preventing disease is highly cost-effective – by reducing future demand on NHS services, preventive measures have the potential to save the NHS billions of pounds. The ban on smoking in public places is just one example, having been estimated to save the NHS more than £380m a year. Indeed, £1 of investment in public health interventions is found to have a £14 return in savings to the public purse. In the 21st century, most of the big killers, such as lung cancer and heart disease, are preventable.”

-Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health

Source: The Guardian, 5 January 2018

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International

Commentary: Philip Morris Says It Wants to Quit Cigarettes. But It’s Just Blowing Smoke.

Philip Morris International – the giant cigarette manufacturer operating in most countries excluding the U.S. – claims it wants a smokefree future, placing advertisements in major United Kingdom newspapers earlier this week with a New Year’s resolution: “We’re trying to give up cigarettes.”

It is the height of hypocrisy for PMI to proclaim that it is helping solve the tobacco problem while it aggressively markets cigarettes—especially in low- and middle-income countries—and fights proven policies to reduce tobacco use and save lives. This advertising campaign should be seen for what it is: an effort to divert attention from the fact that PMI remains a primary cause of the smoking problem, not the solution.

Source: Fortune, 6 January 2018

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Cigarette firm’s offer is laughable, says Irish Cancer Society

Plans by the tobacco company that makes Marlboro cigarettes to help people to stop smoking are laughable, the Irish Cancer Society has said. Philip Morris placed adverts in several British newspapers on 4 January which outlined its aims to stop selling cigarettes in Britain. A spokesman said that the company’s commitment to stop selling cigarettes included Ireland.

Donal Buggy, of the Irish Cancer Society, said that it had no intention of engaging with any tobacco company. “It’s laughable that they think they’re part of the solution to smoking,” he said. “We have a global framework convention for tobacco control which sets out how we need to behave and how governments need to behave in order to reduce the burden of tobacco. One of the tenets of that is that there should be no engagement with the tobacco industry because of their behaviour over the past 100 years.”

Source: The Times, 6 January 2018

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India: Study shows e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes

A study by the North East Hills University (NEHU) has stated that Electronics Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) or vaping has minimum health and safety concerns compared to high risk associated with conventional cigarettes. According to study, researchers, who undertook an evidence-based audit of published scientific literature on the issue, came to the same conclusion in their paper titled “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) as a substitute for conventional cigarettes”.

Source: The Asian Independent, 8 January 2018

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