ASH Daily News for 06 December 2016



  • BAT said to plan increased bid for Reynolds as soon as this week
  • Even with one cigarette a day, odds of early death are higher
  • Research letter – Unregulated hazards to young people: smoking in films
  • Global public health advocates open new fronts in war on tobacco
  • US: FDA warns pets exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke at risk of cancer
  • Tobacco industry still rakes in major profit despite anti-smoking laws
  • Customised health warnings for Christmas

BAT said to plan increased bid for Reynolds as soon as this week

It is reported that British American Tobacco Plc is planning to increase its offer for Reynolds American Inc. as early as this week after the U.S. cigarette maker rejected its last bid as too low.

BAT is aiming to reach an agreement by the end of the year, according to unconfirmed reports. While BAT hasn’t decided on a final amount, it is thought that the British firm is unlikely to increase the bid more than 5 percent above the last offer.

Source: Bloomberg – 05 December 2016
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Even with one cigarette a day, odds of early death are higher

Light smokers still have a higher risk of an early death than non-smokers, a new study suggests.

Lead study author Maki Inoue-Choi, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, says there is no safe level of cigarette smoking even for smokers who consistently smoked less frequently than one cigarette per day.

To get a better picture of the health effects of light smoking, researchers tracked more than 290,000 adults aged 59 to 82, including more than 22,000 current smokers and more than 156,000 former smokers, who completed surveys in 2004 and 2005.

By 2011, compared to people who never smoked, adults who consistently smoked at least part of one cigarette a day were 64% more likely to have died of any cause, researchers report in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Smoking one to 10 cigarettes a day was associated with 87% higher odds of dying from all causes during the study than not smoking at all.

See also:
Association of Long-term, Low-Intensity Smoking With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality in the National Institutes of Health–AARP Diet and Health Study, JAMA Network
‘NO SAFE LEVEL OF SMOKING’ Smokers who puff on just ONE fag a day are still ‘at greater risk of early death’, The Sun

Source: Yahoo! News – 05 December 2016
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Research letter – Unregulated hazards to young people: smoking in films

In February, the WHO issued its latest Smoke-Free Movies report and urged governments to rate movies that feature tobacco use as adult content. Smoking acquisition typically begins at a young age. For this population, studies have shown that smoking imagery in the popular media, specifically, scenes of tobacco use in films are a prevalent and potent risk factor for smoking initiation across countries.

Current tobacco control legislation may not be adequate in protecting adolescents and young adults from being exposed to smoking imagery in films. For example, Taiwan implemented the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act (THPA) in 1997, which states that ‘smoking imagery in movies shall not be particularly emphasised’. The act eliminated many forms of advertising but included no enforceable policy for smoking in movies.

Source: Tobacco Control – 02 December 2016
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Global public health advocates open new fronts in war on tobacco

Public health advocates from Brazil, Malaysia, Ireland, Australia, and Uruguay presented various tobacco control strategies during a press briefing held at IASLC 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC).

These strategies include tobacco company divestment, comprehensive workplace smoking bans, and monitoring trade agreements.

Source: Medical Xpress – 05 December 2016
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US: FDA warns pets exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke at risk of cancer

The Food and Drug Administration has released an advisory informing smokers that second and even third-hand smoke can kill animals.

Chemicals in tobacco smoke damages the blood and organs of cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters and even fish – increasing their risk of developing cancer or lung disease.

See also:
Secondhand (and Third-Hand) Smoke May Be Making Your Pet Sick, FDA

Source: Why 4 News – 05 December 2016
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Tobacco industry still rakes in major profit despite anti-smoking laws

People around the world are smoking about 6 trillion cigarettes per year.

A documentary examines what impact cigarette laws are having on smoking rates.

[includes video]

Source: CCTV America – 05 December 2016
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Customised health warnings for Christmas

Inspired by campaigns run by Nutella and Coca Cola, allowing customers to have personalised messages printed on the packaging of the products they buy, “creative team” Oli + Josie have developed a way of customising smoking health warnings.

They have launched a website allowing people to create personalised versions of the ‘Smoking Kills’ warning found on cigarette packs by adding a name after the warning. The creators see that as a way to remind that person of a good New Year’s resolution to quit smoking.

[includes pictures]

Source: Metro – 05 December 2016
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