ASH Daily news for 02 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Adoption chiefs’ U-turn over ban on placing young children with parents who use e-cigarettes
  • British Heart Foundation is urging smokers to quit on National No Smoking Day
  • London’s mayor rejects smoking ban proposal in public spaces
  • US Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine
  • US: Three tobacco companies to settle 400 smoking lawsuits
  • Ireland: Former attorney general questions legality of proposal to penalise firms representing big tobacco
  • Italy: E-cigarette firms say new tax benefits tobacco
  • What Killed Spock: Leonard Nimoy killed by cigarettes he gave up 30 years ago

    Adoption chiefs’ U-turn over ban on placing young children with parents who use e-cigarettes

    Adoption chiefs have ended a ban on young children being placed with electronic cigarette users after The Mail on Sunday highlighted the ‘misguided’ policy.

    Last week, the Mail reported that a couple had been barred from adopting after a social worker spotted the would-be father using an electronic cigarette.

    But the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has now updated to its guidance, saying it had changed its electronic cigarette policy.

    Source: Daily Mail – 01 March 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1GGcXTB

    British Heart Foundation is urging smokers to quit on National No Smoking Day

    The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has published the results from a new survey of Acorn Data showing that 18% of adults continue to smoke despite the widely-publicised health risks of smoking.

    Acorn is a survey tool that uses demographic categories and social factors to analyse and predict behaviours of people in different communities.

    The charity is using this data to urge smokers to visit their local stop smoking services before No Smoking Day on Wednesday, March 11.

    Source: Kent Online – 27 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GGdXqS

    London’s mayor rejects smoking ban proposal in public spaces

    The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has published his response to the London Health Commission’s report Better Health for London, rejecting a smoking ban in public spaces but committing to personally chair the board tasked with delivering the health plan and announcing a £250,000 cash boost for his London Healthy Workplace Charter.

    Source: Cities Today – 25 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GGeM32

    US Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine

    A major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, which often include electronic cigarettes as part of the mix.

    It’s a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes.

    Dr. Andrew Hyland of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute presented preliminary findings from the first 20,000 people to enroll in the study, a baseline as the Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health track how use of tobacco products, or alternatives like tobacco-free e-cigarettes, is evolving.

    Twenty-eight percent of adults and nearly 9 percent of youths reported that they currently use any type of tobacco product, Hyland said.

    About 40 percent of those current tobacco users report using two or more products. And half say battery-powered e-cigarettes are one of the multiple products they use, Hyland found. In fact, the most common combination was cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

    Ultimately, the PATH study—it stands for Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health—will follow 46,000 people aged 12 and older over five years, a source of information as FDA decides how to regulate tobacco-related products.

    See also:
    – Smokers use e-cigarettes to supplement their habit not to quit, study reveals, Daily Mail

    Source: Medical Xpress – 27 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GGfIUZ

    US: Three tobacco companies to settle 400 smoking lawsuits

    Three major US tobacco companies — Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds and Lorillard — have agreed to pay $100 million to settle more than 400 lawsuits claiming that smoking damaged people’s health.

    A judge awarded a combined $100 million to the plaintiffs in the lawsuits filed in Florida by smokers or their families, seeking damages for injuries caused by smoking.

    Source: The Express Tribune – 26 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GGg9yK

    Ireland: Former attorney general questions legality of proposal to penalise firms representing big tobacco

    Former attorney general Michael McDowell believes it would be unlawful for the Government to seek to impose blanket bans on legal firms who act for big tobacco tendering for legal services advertised by the State.

    Last week, Minister for Children James Reilly said he is seeking legal advice on whether he can block certain legal firms from taking on work with his department.

    The legal firms in question represent tobacco companies, which have threatened to sue the State if the Government continues with its legislative plan to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes sold in Ireland.

    Source: RTÉ News – 01 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GGgwJE

    Italy: E-cigarette firms say new tax benefits tobacco

    Electronic cigarette firms in Italy say a new levy that doubles the price of e-liquid refills unfairly helps tobacco giants like Philip Morris International and will hurt their industry.

    The tax, which was adopted in January, is set at half the rate of that of traditional cigarettes. The controversy centers on the fact that the lower rate is applied to both electronic cigarettes and to tobacco products such as Marlboro HeatSticks, which Philip Morris is launching in Italy alongside a 500 million euro ($568 million) factory investment.

    E-cigarette companies say applying the discount to tobacco products is unfair, and designed to help Big Tobacco. The firms and industry experts also say the method of calculating the tax is too complicated and gives an unfair discount to Philip Morris’ products.

    Source: Reuters – 27 February 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1GGgOjM

    What Killed Spock: Leonard Nimoy killed by cigarettes he gave up 30 years ago

    The iconic actor, who was best known as Mr. Spock in the long-running US TV series Star Trek, died from lung disease on Friday 27 February. He was 83.

    His widow, Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed the news of his passing, and revealed the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy had been a smoker for many years and developed the disease, despite giving up the habit thirty years ago.

    The actor used his public profile to deter others from smoking and frequently took to Twitter with stark warnings, appealing to fans to stop smoking.

    In January this year he tweeted: “Don’t smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP [live long and prosper]”

    Source: International Business Times – 27 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GG1Xpo