ASH Daily news for 05 January 2016



HEADLINES

  • No, there’s still no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking
  • Contract for new Quit 51 stop smoking service saves county council £750,000
  • Norway under pressure to ban sale of tobacco to adults
  • Turkey: Increase in tax on cigarettes
  • South Korea: Sales ban on cigarettes in Jeju Duty Free faces opposition

    No, there’s still no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking

    Professor Linda Bauld unpicks recent headlines around a study looking at the impact of e-cigarette vapour on human cells, as reported in yesterday’s ASH Daily News.

    In the press release, the authors of the study claim that e-cigarettes are no safer than tobacco, and experienced science editors in newspapers were quick to reproduce these claims without careful scrutiny of the original article.

    However, Professor Bauld demonstrates that the study shows little or no evidence about the safety of e-cigarettes compared to smoking. The main results in the study compare e-liquid treated cells with completely untreated cells, and show more damage to those exposed to e-liquid vapour.

    Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Heath (ASH) said: “Electronic cigarettes are a much safer alternative source of nicotine for smokers than cigarettes, but that doesn’t mean they are risk-free and we would discourage anyone who’s not a smoker from using them.

    “It is good news that an electronic cigarette has received a licence from the medicines regulator, as we know that they have been effective in helping smokers quit, and the cost, as part of a quit attempt, will be far lower than treating the diseases caused by smoking.”

    BBC, 4th January 2016

    See also:
    Vaping really isn’t as harmful for your cells as smoking – New Scientist

    Source: The Guardian, 4th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JhzlZd

    Contract for new Quit 51 stop smoking service saves county council £750,000

    Smokers will get help to quit smoking with a new stop smoking service in Lincolnshire.
    Quit 51 has now taken over from the old Pheonix Stop Smoking Service, and is funded by Lincolnshire County Council.

    The switch-over came into force on January 1 and the new service will run face to face clinics, group support, telephone and online support.

    Patricia Bradwell, deputy leader of Lincolnshire County Council and executive councillor for adult care and health services, said: “We think although there is a saving of £750,000, the way that the new contract is set up, it is much more user friendly so people can get advice on the internet, they can do it by phone calls or they can see people.”

    Source: Lincolnshire Echo, 4th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RaiCtQ

    Norway under pressure to ban sale of tobacco to adults

    The Norwegian Medical Association (NMA) wants to ban the sales of cigarettes to adults.

    In a drive towards a smoke-free society by 2035, the NMA is pressing the government to back its proposal for a ban on tobacco sales to citizens born after the year 2000.

    Marit Hermansen, the president of the NMA, said that access to cigarettes was not a basic human right.

    She said: “We have long had the policy of phasing out smoking by 2035. This is a measure to achieve this goal. We want a tobacco-free generation”

    “It shouldn’t be forbidden to smoke, but we want young people to not get started with tobacco.”

    Yet despite the NMA’s hopes, health spokespeople for the Conservative, Labour, Centre and Christian Democrats parties in the country have said that the idea was not currently feasible.

    Source: The Independent, 4th January 2016
    Link: http://ind.pn/1Jpwqhl

    Turkey: Increase in tax on cigarettes

    The cost of cigarettes are set to increase after a price hike being imposed by the Turkish government with the advent of the New Year.

    The government increased special taxes on the goods two days after announcing a 30 percent rise in the minimum wage for workers.

    The minimum fixed tax rate on tobacco products increased by 5.1 percent to 4.42 liras and the fixed rate by 25 percent to 0.25 liras.

    Source: Dogan News Agency, 5th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1O87ffT

    South Korea: Sales ban on cigarettes in Jeju Duty Free faces opposition

    The South Korean government‘s attempt to ban the sales of cigarettes in the duty-free shop of Jeju International Airport faces mounting opposition from smokers and the tobacco industry.

    The duty-free cigarette controversy on Jejudo Island arose in early December 2015, when duty-free industry sources leaked the Finance Ministry’s plan to the press. The Finance Ministry’s plans are intended to enhance public health and reduce consumption of cigarettes.

    Although the Finance Ministry said it has not reached decision regarding the matter, the revelation of the plan angered numerous smokers, tourist associations and the Jeju lawmakers of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy.

    Source: The Korea Herald, 5th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IO24oG