ASH Daily News for 05 March 2019



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UK

  • Maggie and Tony appeal for smokers to stop as part of Quit 16 campaign
  • Greater Manchester: Smokers given free vape kits to help kick the habit in new trial

International

  • Ferrari drops tobacco branding from name for Australia F1 opener
  • US: FDA puts 15 national retailers on notice for allegedly selling tobacco products to minors

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary questions

 

UK

Maggie and Tony appeal for smokers to stop as part of Quit 16 campaign

In a bid to persuade more people to quit smoking Maggie and Tony are speaking out about their experience of cancer as a result of smoking. Tobacco control group Fresh is re-launching the Quit 16 campaign, in reference to the 16 types of cancer smoking can cause, in the run up to No Smoking Day, which takes place on March 13.

Aged 45, Maggie Bratton was diagnosed with mouth cancer. She had smoked since she was 15, only stopping the night before she underwent surgery to remove the roof of her mouth. She said “If I had one message to smokers it’d be don’t wait until it’s too late…Smoking isn’t worth what I have gone through.”

Tony Osborne was diagnosed with throat cancer on his 52nd birthday. Now 55, he breathes through an opening in his neck, known as a stoma, and talks using an artificial voice box. He said “I should have taken notice when my father and two brothers died from lung cancer. I watched them die, that should have been enough for me to quit.”

Ailsa Rutter, Director of Fresh, said: “There are thousands of people like Tony and Maggie who are living with a smoking related disease and we applaud them for coming forward to share their story. Their stories do not make comfortable viewing, but campaigns are an important way to encourage people to stop, help people to stay quit, and give people reasons not to start in the first place.”

Source: The Northern Echo, 4 March 2019

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Greater Manchester: Smokers given free vape kits to help kick the habit in new trial

Pharmacies will be providing free, four week e-cigarette starter kits and a consultation with a stop-smoking advisor to anyone who signs up to the latest smoking cessation pilot rolled out by Trafford Council.

Health commissioners behind the scheme hope it will improve residents’ health and save them money. Ben Fryer, Public Health Registrar at Trafford Council, said “Public Health England estimates that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco. E-cigarettes are recommended as one option to help people stop smoking by Public Health England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the medical royal colleges.”

Councillor Judith Lloyd, Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing at Trafford Council, said: “One of the best things that anyone can do in 2019 to improve their health and wellbeing is to stop smoking.”

Source: Manchester Evening News, 4 March 2019

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International

Ferrari drops tobacco branding from name for Australia F1 opener

Formula One team Ferrari has dropped tobacco company Philip Morris’ branding from its official name for the season-opening Grand Prix in Australia amid an investigation by authorities over a breach of regulations. In the team entry list released by Formula One’s ruling body FIA this week ahead of the Melbourne race in mid-March, the team name was changed from “Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow” to just “Scuderia Ferrari”.

The FIA bans any advertising or sponsorship by tobacco companies, but Philip Morris re-entered the sport last October through its scientific research subsidiary and branded Ferrari cars with its “Mission Winnow” logo. In a similar move this year, British American Tobacco partnered with Formula One team McLaren through its “A Better Tomorrow” platform.

The Mission Winnow logos were featured on Ferrari livery during the Japan Grand Prix in October, sparking an investigation by Australia’s communications regulator over whether TV broadcasts of the race breached its ban on tobacco advertising.

Source: The Daily Mail, 5 March 2019

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US: FDA puts 15 national retailers on notice for allegedly selling tobacco products to minors

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called out 15 retailers on Monday 4th March for allegedly selling tobacco products to minors and requested information from more than 40 e-cigarette companies the Agency thinks may have illegally introduced new products onto the market.

The Agency named corporate-owned and franchise retailers who were allegedly found selling tobacco products to minors during more than 15% of FDA inspections that have taken place since 2010. These retailers include brands such as Walgreens, Walmart and 7-Eleven. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that he plans to ask these companies about what policies they have in place and what more they plan to do.

The FDA also sent letters to more than 40 companies the Agency suspects may have introduced e-cigarettes to the market without first getting the FDA’s permission. Starting in August 2016, the FDA has required manufacturers to submit new products for review before selling them.

Source: The Daily Mail, 5 March 2019

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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary questions

PQ1: Health services

Asked by Andrew Gwynne, Denton and Reddish
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what representations his Department has received from local authorities on services provided by councils to help people give up smoking in the last 12 months.

Answered by James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government
A search of our records indicates no correspondence has been received from local authorities on this matter in the last 12 months.

Source: Hansard, HC Deb, 4 March 2019
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2019-02-27.226632.h

PQ2: Philip Morris International

Asked by Andrew Gwynne, Denton and Reddish
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what meetings (a) Ministers, and (b) officials of his Department, have had with representatives working on behalf of Philip Morris International since 2018 to date.

Answered by James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government
Details of Ministers’ and Permanent Secretary meetings with external organisations can be found at the following links on gov.uk:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dclg-ministerial-data

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/business-expenses-and-hospitality-for-dclg-senior-officials

The Department does not maintain a record of all meetings which take place between officials and external organisations.

Source: Hansard, HC Deb, 4 March 2019
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2019-02-27.226630.h

PQ3: Health services

Asked by Andrew Gwynne, Denton and Reddish
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations his Department has received from the charity sector on services provided by councils to help people give up smoking in the last 12 months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations his Department has received from local authorities on services provided by councils to help people give up smoking in the last 12 months.

Answered by Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health and Social Care
A search of the Department’s Ministerial correspondence database has identified no correspondence received from local authorities or the charity sector on services provided by councils to help people give up smoking in the last 12 months. This figure represents correspondence received by the Department’s Ministerial correspondence unit only.

Source: Hansard, HC Deb, 4 March 2019
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2019-02-27.226633.h

PQ4: Stop Smoking Services

Asked by Andrew Gwynne, Denton and Reddish
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of services provided by local authorities to help people give up smoking.

Answered by Steve Brine, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health and Social Care
NHS Digital collects quarterly data from stop smoking services in England, recording the number of people making a quit attempt, the numbers that are successful, demographic variables and success rates by different quitting methods.

The effectiveness of services has remained steady in recent years with a 50% quit rate on average, with substantially higher success rates for some quit methods. The latest statistics on National Health Service stop smoking services in England are available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/statistics-on-nhs-stop-smoking-services-in-england

Source: Hansard, HC Deb, 4 March 2019
Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2019-02-27.226631.h