ASH Daily news for 05 January 2015
5 January 2015
- Doctors’ fury at ministers over delays to plain cigarette packaging
- E-cigarettes sold in prison shops in smoking ban pilot
- Cancer figures prompt call to reduce risk by improving lifestyles
- Grocers light up as e-cigarette sales soar 50 per cent in a year
- Roll-ups are just as harmful as manufactured cigarettes
- Watch: Graphic anti-smoking ad shows father rolling cigarette and smoking rotting flesh
- Car smoking ban moves step closer
- Tobacco control campaigners receive honours
- How to quit smoking (for good)
Doctors’ fury at ministers over delays to plain cigarette packaging
The government is heading for an explosive new year showdown with doctors who fear it is in danger of giving cigarette companies a late Christmas present by pulling out of a major anti-tobacco initiative.
Nearly 4,000 health professionals, including the presidents of many of the leading royal colleges, have signed an open letter to the prime minister and the health secretary, published on the British Medical Journal website, expressing alarm that plans to force cigarette manufacturers to sell their products in plain packs may not be introduced before the general election, as had been expected.
The number of doctors signing the letter – 3,728 – is five times greater than the number who recently signed an open letter supporting a ban on smoking in cars, a health initiative the government has confirmed it will introduce. The thousands of signatories underscore the strength of feeling about the issue within the medical community.
– Standardised (“plain”) packaging of cigarettes regulations must be passed before the general election, BMJ
– Time running out for standardised cigarette packs, UK, Medical News TodaySource: The Observer – 27 December 2014
E-cigarettes sold in prison shops in smoking ban pilot
Prisoners are being allowed to use electronic cigarettes as part of a pilot scheme that could lead to a jail smoking ban.
A brand of disposable electronic cigarettes has been on sale in three prisons for two months.
The Prison Service said last year it was committed to introducing a smoking ban across the prison estate in England and Wales to reduce health risks.
– Prisoners get e-cigarettes in move to ban smoking in jails, Daily Mail
– Fags ban lags will get E-cigs! Riot fears prompt jail trials, Daily Star
– Prisoners offered e-cigarettes in a bid to ban smoking in Britain’s jails, Daily MirrorSource: BBC News – 24 December 2014
Cancer figures prompt call to reduce risk by improving lifestyles
Almost 600,000 Britons developed cancer over five years as a result of unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking and spending too much time in the sun, a new analysis reveals. The figures have prompted calls for people to improve their lifestyles to reduce their risk of cancer, for example by eating less processed meat, taking more exercise and losing weight.
Cancer Research UK estimates 587,000 cases of cancer diagnosed between 2007 and 2011 could have been avoided through healthier lifestyles.
– Life choices ‘behind more than four in 10 cancers’, BBC News
– 600,000 cancers ‘avoided by healthier livestyles’, Yorkshire Post
– Most cancer types ‘just bad luck’, BBC News
– Yes, sometimes developing cancer is just bad luck – but that doesn’t mean you should keep smoking, The IndependentSource: The Guardian – 26 December 2014
Grocers light up as e-cigarette sales soar 50 per cent in a year
E-cigarettes, sports nutrition bars and gluten and dairy-free food were the fastest growing products sold in UK supermarkets and grocers in the last year, according to new data.
Insights firm Nielsen found that e-cigarette sales soared 50 per cent year-on-year, while traditional nicotine replacement products, such as patches and gum, have dropped by 6.1 per cent.
The e-cigarette market is estimated to be worth £91.3m a year and is expected to be worth £340m by 2015. Supermarkets have been particularly keen to cash in on the craze, particularly as tobacco counter displays are banned at larger stores.
Pharmacies, including Boots, have also started selling the products for the first time, and landlords have revealed that e-cigarette shops are some of the fastest-growing outlets on the high street.
– E-cigarettes and sports nutrition products lead grocery sales boost, The GuardianSource: The Independent – 30 December 2014
Roll-ups are just as harmful as manufactured cigarettes
Gram for gram of tobacco, roll-ups are just as unsafe as ordinary cigarettes, the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has warned.
Smokers turning to roll-up cigarettes are being warned they harm the body just as much as manufactured cigarettes.
Public health officials found that male smokers using hand-rolled cigarettes had more than doubled from 18 per cent in 1990 to 40 per cent in 2013.
Women smoking mainly roll-ups went from just 2 per cent to 23 per cent in the same period, despite warnings that hand-rolled cigarettes are just as harmful.
The figures were highlighted ahead of a new hard-hitting campaign by Public Health England (PHE) warning smokers of the damage caused by their habit.Source: The Telegraph – 29 December 2014
Watch: Graphic anti-smoking ad shows father rolling cigarette and smoking rotting flesh
Public Health England has launched a campaign to highlight the role of smoking in the progressive decline of the body’s major systems with a graphic advert.
The advert shows a father rolling and lighting a cigarette which then turns into rotting flesh and proclaims that ‘every cigarette rots you from the inside out’.
– Smoking: progressive decline of the body’s major systems, PHE
– Graphic anti-smoking advert featuring father lighting a roll-up made of rotting flesh is unveiled as report aims to highlight lesser known consequences of the habit, Daily Mail
– Tobacco faces more pressure in UK, Travel Retail Business
– Merseyside smokers warned cigarettes slowly “rot” the body as health chiefs step up quit campaign, Liverpool Echo
– Pensioner who smoked 60 cigarettes a day for 52 years backs new anti-smoking campaign, Manchester Evening News
– Anti-smoking adverts accused of ‘scaremongering’, The IndependentSource: The Telegraph – 29 December 2014
Car smoking ban moves step closer
Health chiefs have welcomed steps forward in a ban on smoking in cars carrying passengers aged under 18.
The proposals have been laid before Parliament so they can be voted on before the General Election and put in place from October 2015.Source: Warrington Guardian – 31 December 2014
Tobacco control campaigners receive honours
Three tobacco control campaigners, Fiona Andrews (Smokefree South West), Andrea Crossfield (Tobacco Free Futures) and Jean King (Cancer Research UK), have received MBEs in this new year’s honours list. Congratulations to all three.
– New Year Honour for anti-tobacco campaigner who was driving force behind public smoking ban, Manchester Evening News
– Three women from Waltham Forest have been named in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list, The is Local London
– New Year’s Honours for 15 people living in Bristol, Bristol PostSource: The Guardian – 30 December 2014
How to quit smoking (for good)
We know why smoking is bad for us, and many people will be looking to break the habit as a New Year’s resolution. It can be difficult, but, Prof. Robert West explains, there are ways to make quitting easierSource: The Independent – 31 December 2014