ASH Daily news for 05 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Members of the European Parliament declare “war” on tobacco companies
  • Patients who smoke want respect from physicians
  • Ireland: Japan Tobacco International responds to standardised packaging decision
  • Australia: Smokers drive spike in house fires
  • US: Majority support raising tobacco sales age to 21
  • Parliamentary Business

    Members of the European Parliament declare “war” on tobacco companies

    A cross-party working group has been set up in the European parliament to counter the growing influence of tobacco companies.

    Some EU officials have also been criticized for dealing with tobacco manufacturers and covering up investigations into the matter.

    MEP, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, declared: “We are at war – and I am not afraid of using that word – with tobacco companies, both for medical and ethical reasons”.

    Source: The Parliamentary Magazine, 05 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EisStd

    Patients who smoke want respect from physicians

    A new study carried out by researchers from the University of North Carolina and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Centre, which explored personal experiences regarding smoking and smoking cessation, found that patients often feel ashamed, isolated or disrespected.

    Author, Adam Goldstein said: “Doctors need to know that patients who smoke want and need to be treated with great respect.”

    Source
    The Journal of the National Center for Chronic Disease: Patient Perspectives on Tobacco Use Treatment in Primary Care

    Source: Medical Press, 04 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1zNQ3UG

    Ireland: Japan Tobacco International responds to standardised packaging decision

    Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has responded to the Irish government’s plans to progress with standardised packaging, calling the decision “a step too far”.

    Source: Forecourt Trader, 04 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/18T1G7E

    Australia: Smokers drive spike in house fires

    More than 500 cigarette-related house blazes have been reported in the past three years in South Australia.

    South Australia is on track to double its average number of cigarette-related house fires this year, with 47 recorded in just eight weeks.

    Source: Daily Mail, 05 March, 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1BKopgZ

    US: Majority support raising tobacco sales age to 21

    A survey conducted in 2013 has found that about 70% of U.S. adults (including 57% of current smokers) support raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

    The survey also showed that most people support tobacco control measures, such as raising tobacco taxes and restricting smoking in public spaces.

    Source

    Tobacco Control: Public support for raising the age of sale for tobacco to 21 in the United States

    Source: Reuters 05 March, 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1wXv1CT

    Parliamentary Business

    Standardised packaging

    Sir Roger Gale has been appointed as the chair of the Delegated Legislation Committee which will consider the draft Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations. Members include Debbie Abrahams, Luciana Berger, Kevin Brennan, Mr Russell Brown, Paul Burstow, Neil Carmichael, Alex Cunningham, Nick de Bois, Jane Ellison, Sir Edward Garnier, Richard Harrington, Andrew Jones, Ian Paisley, John Penrose, Chris Ruane, Mr Lee Scott, Sir Andrew Stunell and Phil Wilson.

    Source: Parliamentary news updates, 05 March, 2015
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