ASH Daily News for 01 February 2017



  • Fewer retailers selling e-cigarettes to children
  • Wakefield: City will be smokefree to protect the health of children
  • Italy: E-cigarette packs lack accuracy
  • Opinion: It’s time to focus on an endgame for tobacco regulation
  • Smoking and its related illnesses drain the world economy of a £1.1tn
  • Japan urged to go smoke-free by 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • US: Altria unit recalls some smokeless tobacco products
  • Philippines: Government also starts probing Philip Morris, other firms

Fewer retailers selling e-cigarettes to children

Most retailers who sold electronic cigarettes to underage customers in previous test purchases are now fully compliant with the law, according to a new report from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). The illegal sale rate is now 10%.

See also:
Shoreditch to cut underage online e-cig sales with Prove-ID, The Grocer (£)

Source: Convenience Store – 31 January 2017
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Wakefield: City will be smokefree to protect the health of children

Wakefield Council is urging people and organisations across the district to sign up and support Breathe 2025, a campaign which aims to enable children to grow up smokefree and protected from health harms caused by tobacco.

As part of an overall plan to make smoking less commonplace, this spring the council is launching a Smokefree Play Parks scheme. The council is smokefree, which means people can’t smoke outside its buildings. Signs will be put up in play parks across the district asking parents and guardians to not smoke in them. This is to help make the habit less commonplace in the future than it currently is in day to day life.

Source: Wakefield Express – 31 January 2017
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Italy: E-cigarette packs lack accuracy

Italian researchers from the University of Bari and the National Centre for Chemicals in Rome examined 95 refill liquids from 12 different popular brands of e-cigarettes by chromatography and spectrometry, looking at the composition of the liquids and also the vapour in a test room where an e-cigarette is smoked.

The overall results from the study show that poor quality control (or possibly poor storage leading to degradation) is a widespread problem with e-cigarette liquids. About 47% of samples showed differences of ± 10% of stated nicotine concentration. Researchers conclude that further research and possibly new legislation is needed in this field.

See also:
Liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry method for the determination of nicotine and minor tobacco alkaloids in electronic cigarette refill liquids and second-hand generated aerosol, Wiley Online Library

Source: Separations Now – 31 January 2017
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Opinion: It’s time to focus on an endgame for tobacco regulation

Kathryn Barnsley, adjunct researcher at the University of Tasmania, presents a number of endgame proposals to lower tobacco use that she thinks should be actively explored and implemented as appropriate by governments.

Source: The Conversation – 31 January 2017
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Smoking and its related illnesses drain the world economy of a £1.1tn

Treating smokers for their illnesses costs a staggering £1.1 trillion ($1.4tn) each year, a new study by the World Health Organization has warned.
The research published in Tobacco Control – the first of its kind – shows that tobacco users receiving healthcare accounts for almost 2% of the world’s spending.

Known to increase the risk of heart disease and 17 forms of cancer, the cost of smoking was greatest in low and middle-income countries. These bore two fifths of the global economic cost, while Brazil, Russia, India and China accounted for a quarter of it, figures suggested.

Experts say the findings offer a reality-check for health campaigners, proving the significant burden smoking has on the economy.

See also:
Global economic cost of smoking-attributable diseases, BMJ

Source: Mail on Sunday – 31 January 2017
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Japan urged to go smoke-free by 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Health campaigners in Japan have called on the government to make restaurants and bars smoke-free in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and end the country’s reputation as a smoker’s paradise.

Japan is expected to pass legislation soon that will ban smoking in or near public buildings such as schools or hospitals, but the bill says the crackdown will apply to restaurants only in principle.

Restaurateurs and bar owners will instead be given the option of installing self-contained smoking rooms on their premises, a measure campaigners say contravenes an International Olympic Committee requirement for host cities to hold a healthy Games.

See also:
Smokers face tighter rules as Japanese capital eyes smoke-free Olympics, Reuters

Source: The Guardian – 31 January 2017
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US: Altria unit recalls some smokeless tobacco products

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co, a unit of Altria Group Inc, has recalled some of its smokeless tobacco products after consumers found metal objects in some cans.

The company got complaints from eight consumers in Indiana, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Ohio, who found some sharp metal objects in certain cans. The objects were visible to them. No injuries were reported.

Source: Reuters – 31 January 2017
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Philippines: Government also starts probing Philip Morris, other firms

Mighty Corp., the oldest and Filipino-owned cigarette manufacturer, has welcomed the new Bureau of Internal Revenue order to include Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. and other cigarette manufacturers in its fake tax stamps investigation.

Mighty dismissed allegations that it was using fake strip stamps, claiming the BIR was closely monitoring production and removal at its only factory in Bulacan.

The factory was the first one to install CCTV cameras to monitor its operations in compliance with BIR regulations.

Source: Manila Standard- 31 January 2017
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