ASH Daily news for 01 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • E-cigarettes: the need for clear communication on relative risks
  • Councils scale back test purchase activity
  • Jersey: Smoking banned in cars carrying under 18 year olds
  • Calderdale: Considering banning smoking in playgrounds
  • US: Smoking rates among adults drop to 15 per cent
  • China: Tough new laws on tobacco advertising lauded by WHO
  • FDA issues warning letters to Tobacco companies

    E-cigarettes: the need for clear communication on relative risks

    Authors of the Public Health England report on electronic cigarettes have responded to the editorial in the Lancet which criticises the evidence the report used.

    The authors said: “The Editorial focuses on the estimate of risk reduction and protests strongly against the media reassuring smokers that switching to e-cigarettes provides substantial health benefits, but it provides no data to counter our estimate, nor any reason as to why The Lancet believes that the message smokers can benefit from switching to vaping is an undesirable one”.

    “We would encourage people to read our full report before criticising it. Current evidence indicates that smokers who switch from smoking to e-cigarettes reduce the risks to their health dramatically. We believe this needs to be communicated and that undermining this message will keep smokers smoking and dying as a result.”

    Source: The Lancet, 31st August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1N6F6cM

    Councils scale back test purchase activity

    The number of English councils carrying out test purchases in retail outlets has decreased in the past year.

    The tobacco control survey of trading standards activity in 2013-14 found that only 74 per cent of councils had conducted test purchase operations with young people, compared to 92 per cent the year before.

    According to some councils this was due to a “lack of intelligence” about where to target testing activity, as well as a “lack or resources”.

    Source: Convenience Store, 28th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NKfx1f

    Jersey: Smoking banned in cars carrying under 18 year olds

    The new law prohibiting smoking in cars with passengers under the age of 18 has come into force today on the British island of Jersey (Channel Islands).

    The island is leading the way in introducing the new law, with England and Wales due to bring in similar legislation early next month.

    It comes after strong public support for extending smoke free laws in Jersey following the results of a consultation.

    Source: ITV News, 1st September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ifUaI8

    Calderdale: Considering banning smoking in playgrounds

    Calderdale Council are considering banning smoking in playgrounds across the borough as part of a move to prevent young people taking up smoking.

    The council’s proposal comes after a similar scheme was introduced in Leeds this month, where a voluntary ban was put in place alongside plans for ‘no smoking’ signs designed by children themselves.

    The proposal is now open to comments from the public which will be gathered before the council’s final decision in a few months’ time.

    Source: Brighouse Echo, 31st August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EuYxJs

    US: Smoking rates among adults drop to 15 per cent

    The number of cigarette smokers in the United States has dropped to about 15 per cent of the population, its lowest point in decades, US health authorities have announced.

    “The prevalence of current cigarette smoking among US adults declined from 24.7 percent in 1997 to 15.2 percent in January-March 2015,” said the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Centre for Health Statistics.

    The report found that smoking continues to be more common among men (17.4%) than women (13%). It also found that smoking is more common among African Americans (18.1%), followed by whites (17.1%) and Hispanics (10.4%).

    Source: Medical Xpress, 1st September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1hQniWF

    China: Tough new laws on tobacco advertising lauded by WHO

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed new restrictions on tobacco advertising that will come into force today.

    The new restrictions will prohibit the advertisement of tobacco products in mass media, public places, on public transport and outdoors in China. Distribution of any form of tobacco advertising to minors will also be prohibited. Previously, billboard advertising and advertising in some public places was allowed.

    Source: China Daily, 31st August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KoQnoy

    FDA issues warning letters to Tobacco companies

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their “additive-free” and “natural” label claims.

    The FDA now requires any company seeking to claim that one tobacco product is safer than another to prove it with scientific evidence.

    Federal regulators ordered the three tobacco companies to cease claims that their cigarettes are “additive-free” or “natural”, saying they could mislead smokers into believing that the products are healthier than other cigarettes.

    Source: Celeb Café, 31st August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ifWije