ASH Daily News for 05 October 2016



  • Scotland: Use of NHS services to quit smoking falls
  • Scotland: Thousands quit smoking as Glasgow health board beats its target
  • Ireland: Plain packaging on cigarettes and tobacco due in May 2017
  • USA: FDA sued over delay on graphic cigarette warning labels
  • USA: Long-term e-cigarette use and smoking cessation
  • Smoking Cessation in Mental Health Event

Scotland: Use of NHS services to quit smoking falls

Fewer people are using NHS services in an attempt to quit smoking amid a rise in e-cigarette use, new figures show.

There were 64,736 attempts to give up smoking made with the help of cessation services in 2015/16, down 5% on the previous year. The uptake is about 7% of the estimated 932,000 adult smokers in Scotland, with 24% smoke-free after one month, according to carbon monoxide testing.

Statisticians said that while the reason for the fall in service use was not completely clear, a rise in the use of electronic cigarettes to help quitting “is a likely contributing factor”.

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of Ash Scotland, said: “For the past four years, we’ve seen declining numbers quitting with NHS services. At the same time, there have been no adverts for these services on the airwaves. In other countries like Australia, TV and radio advertising is a key part of helping smokers to quit, and we know that it works. If we want to meet the government target of a tobacco-free Scotland by 2034, we need to help the two thirds of smokers who want to quit find the best available support. Crucially, those who try to quit using NHS services are much more successful than those who use other methods.”

Source: The Times – 05 October 2016 (£)
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Scotland: Thousands quit smoking as Glasgow health board beats its target

A target to reduce smoking in Greater Glasgow has been surpassed by 40 per cent, new figures show.

Over the 12 months up to March, the health board’s smokefree services surpassed a target set by the Scottish Government by 42 per cent, as it helped 3,084 to quit with 1,884 coming from the most deprived areas in the area.

The health board is now targeting parents living in the city’s most deprived areas in a drive to cut the risk of second-hand smoke to children.

Source: The Evening Times – 05 October 2016
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Ireland: Plain packaging on cigarettes and tobacco due in May 2017

Plain (standardised) packaging on cigarette and tobacco products will come into effect in Ireland in May next year, Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed in the Dáil (Parliament).

Mr Harris was speaking as he introduced the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill – an amalgam of measures to amend four pieces of legislation relating to different aspects of health. The Bill amends six sections of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015 relating to the regulation of the appearance of tobacco packaging.

Mr Harris said the regulation of the appearance of tobacco packaging is aimed at improving public health by reducing the appeal of tobacco products to consumers, especially young people, and increasing the effectiveness of health warnings on the retail packaging of tobacco products.

Source: Irish Times – 04 October 2016
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USA: FDA sued over delay on graphic cigarette warning labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is being sued over its delay in issuing a final rule about graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and adverts.

The legal action was launched on Tuesday, 4th October by eight public health and medical groups, including the American Cancer Society, and several individual paediatricians.

“The FDA has been in violation [of a 2009 law] for more than four years. During that time, over 3 million Americans, the vast majority of them minors, have begun to smoke on a regular basis. Half of them will die prematurely as a result of tobacco-related disease,” according to the lawsuit.

Under a 2009 federal law, the FDA was given until 22nd June 2011 to issue a final rule on graphic cigarette warnings covering the top half of the front and back of cigarette packs, and 20 percent of cigarette advertising.

The FDA met the deadline but the specific warnings required by the agency were struck down in August 2012 by an appeals court. However, the ruling applied only to certain images proposed by the FDA and did not affect the underlying requirement of the 2009 law.

In 2013, the FDA announced that it planned to issue a new rule on those warnings but it has yet to do so, even though several of the groups involved in the lawsuit have repeatedly urged the FDA to take action.

Source: Maysville Online – 05 October 2016
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USA: Long-term e-cigarette use and smoking cessation

In the US dual use of electronic cigarettes and conventional cigarettes has become very common, prompting researchers to examine whether this dual usage delays quitting tobacco.

This study examined the relationship between long term use of e-cigarettes and smoking cessation in a 2 year period. 2028 participants were recruited and surveyed in 2012 and then again in 2014. Long term e-cigarette users were those who reported use in both surveys, short-term users were those who reported use in one survey while non-users did not report e-cigarette use on either occasion.

At 2-year follow-up, 43.7% of baseline dual users were still using e-cigarettes. Long-term e-cigarette users had a higher quit attempt rate than short-term or non-users (72.6% vs 53.8% and 45.5%, respectively), and a higher cessation rate (42.4% vs 14.2% and 15.6%, respectively). These differences remained significant after adjusting for baseline variables, but the difference in cessation rate between short-term users and non-users was not statistically significant.

The researchers concluded that long term e-cigarette use was associated with higher rates of smoking cessation.

Title: Long-term e-cigarette use and smoking cessation: a longitudinal study with US population
Authors: Yue-Lin Zhuang, Sharon E Cummins, Jessica Y Sun, Shu-Hong Zhu

Source: Tobacco Control – September 2016
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Smoking Cessation in Mental Health Event

Friday 21 October 2016
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This one day CPD certified conference features a series of extended interactive sessions which will provide a practical guide to smoking cessation in mental health including, ensuring your service effectively supports people with mental illness to stop smoking and does so within a smoke free environment. Smoking Cessation in Mental Health, and delivering smoke free environments is key to the government ambition for parity of esteem and to reduce the lower life expectancy of people with mental health disorders.

For further information and to book your place visit
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