ASH Daily news for 01 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • NHS stop smoking attempts down 31%
  • Oil and Gas UK advises firms to ban e-cigarettes offshore
  • West Lothian primary school children encourage local community not to smoke in play parks
  • Shock rise in women’s lung cancer is down to heavy smoking in the 1970s, say experts
  • US: FDA seeks data on e-cigarettes after surge in poisoning cases
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce works globally to fight antismoking measures
  • Macau confirms plan for full smoking ban in casinos despite operator protests

    NHS stop smoking attempts down 31%

    People made 73,338 attempts to give up cigarettes using smoking cessation services last year according to provisional statistics, a fall of 31% from 2013.

    Official figures from the health service show that an estimated 7% of all smokers turned to the NHS for help to quit in 2014.

    There was also a slight fall in the number of mothers-to-be trying to give up, with pregnant women making 2,876 quit attempts in 2014, a drop of 73 from the previous year.

    While a report from the NHS says the reason for the fall in smokers seeking NHS support to quit is ” not completely clear”, it adds that the rising use of electronic cigarettes “is a plausible explanation”.

    Data from England shows a ” marked increase in use of e-cigarettes for quitting”, with the report adding that “trends in Scotland may well be similar”.

    Source: Guernsey Press – 30 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NwoTu5

    Oil and Gas UK advises firms to ban e-cigarettes offshore

    Industry body Oil and Gas UK is advising companies not to allow e-cigarettes to be used offshore.

    Current safety measures permit workers to smoke in designated locations on offshore installations.

    But Oil and Gas UK’s 2015 health and safety report has recommended e-cigarettes should be banned unless, and until, they become medically regulated.

    It suggested the industry should be consistent with public health measures aimed at reducing tobacco smoking.

    The report said the increasing use of e-cigarettes had prompted employers across the industry to request advice.

    Source: BBC News – 01 July 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1NwpnAi

    West Lothian primary school children encourage local community not to smoke in play parks

    Children at two primary schools in West Lothian have got together to encourage people in their community to rethink their smoking habits.

    Pupils at Falla Hill and St John the Baptist primary schools in Fauldhouse are politely asking people not to smoke in their play parks.

    The young people have been asking local people to sign an agreement which says: “The young people of Fauldhouse politely ask you not to smoke so we can play all day.”

    The agreement has more than 1000 signatures.

    Source: Daily Record – 30 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Nwpvjk

    Shock rise in women’s lung cancer is down to heavy smoking in the 1970s, say experts

    Cases of lung cancer in women have rocketed by more than 40% in 20 years.

    Almost 20,500 women a year are now diagnosed with the disease, compared to 14,176 in 1993, Cancer Research UK found.

    With almost 20,000 men and 16,000 women dying from lung cancer each year, it is the UK’s most lethal form of cancer.

    Experts say the 44% rise is a legacy of the 1970s, when many women took up smoking.

    See also:
    – The deadly legacy of trying to appear seductive in the 1970s, Daily Mail

    Source: Daily Mirror – 01 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NwpGep

    US: FDA seeks data on e-cigarettes after surge in poisoning cases

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking additional data and comments on liquid nicotine as it considers warning the public about the dangers of its exposure amid a rise in electronic cigarette use.

    The agency has evaluated data and science on the risks, especially to infants and children, from accidental exposure to nicotine and liquid nicotine that is used in e-cigarettes.

    See also:
    – FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine packets, Daily Mail/AP
    – FDA considering warning labels for liquid nicotine, LA Times

    Source: Reuters – 30 June 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1Nwqmk9

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce works globally to fight antismoking measures

    Facing a wave of new legislation around the world, the tobacco lobby has turned for help to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, with the weight of American business behind it. While the chamber’s global tobacco lobbying has been largely hidden from public view, its influence has been widely felt.

    See also:
    – Why is the US Chamber of Commerce lobbying abroad for smoking?, Yahoo!
    – Statement on New York Times Investigation of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Tobacco Lobbying and Advocacy, Yahoo!

    Source: New York Times – 30 June 2015
    Link: http://nyti.ms/1NwrN1R

    Macau confirms plan for full smoking ban in casinos despite operator protests

    Macau casinos will be forced to go completely smoke-free, which analysts believe will further delay the gambling hub’s recovery from its current slump.

    The special administrative region’s government posted a notice to its official website on Tuesday, affirming its commitment to ending all smoking in Macau casinos.

    Source: CalvinAyre.com – 30 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Nws4lk