ASH Daily news for 06 January 2015



HEADLINES

  • Lung cancer cases in Welsh women jump by a third in just 10 years, with numbers now the third highest in Europe
  • Pick up some of the £1bn litter bill, MPs to tell businesses
  • Scientists discover best time to quit smoking – if you are a woman
  • Footballer faces £20,000 fine after being accused of smoking in the team showers
  • Israel: Tel Aviv University cancels Philip Morris event
  • South Korea: Cigarette sales plummet after price hike

    Lung cancer cases in Welsh women jump by a third in just 10 years, with numbers now the third highest in Europe

    A report by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit has found that lung cancer cases in women rose from 825 in 2003 to 1,121 in 2013. It is estimated that Wales now has the third highest cancer rate among women in Europe.

    The rise has been attributed to an increase in the number of female smokers in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

    Source: Wales Online, 06 January 2014
    Link: http://bit.ly/1s0s8UE

    Pick up some of the £1bn litter bill, MPs to tell businesses

    MPs want businesses to contribute to the costs of cleaning up the litter their products create. Leading figures from the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association, Wrigley Company and McDonald’s will meet the House of Commons’ Communities and Local Government Committee this week.

    It is estimated that managing litter in England alone costs £1bn a year, much of it in council tax. The most frequently discarded items are cigarette butts.

    Source: Independent, 04 January 2014
    Link: http://ind.pn/1BzXnFU

    Scientists discover best time to quit smoking – if you are a woman

    Research carried out by scientists at the University of Montreal and published in Psychiatry Journal suggests that women have a better chance of successfully giving up cigarettes if they time quitting for immediately before their period.

    Lead researcher, Professor Mendrek said: “Taking the menstrual cycle into consideration could help women to stop smoking. Hormonal decreases of oestrogen and progesterone possibly deepen the withdrawal syndrome and increase activity of neural circuits associated with craving.”
    Source                                                                                                                                                                       Psychiatry Journal: Sex Differences and Menstrual Cycle Phase-Dependent Modulation of Craving for Cigarette: An fMRI Pilot Study

    Source: Daily Mail, 06 January 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1BtL7ZQ

    Footballer faces £20,000 fine after being accused of smoking in the team showers

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is facing a fine of £20,000 after being accused of smoking in the team showers.

    The clubs manager, Arsène Wenger has previously criticised another player, Jack Wilshere following photographs of him smoking.

    Source: Daily Telegraph, 06 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1whIhBI

    Israel: Tel Aviv University cancels Philip Morris event

    Tel Aviv University has cancelled an event for marketing students sponsored by Philip Morris, after the Israel Cancer Association threatened to cancel its research grants to the university if the event went ahead.

    The tobacco company had invited marketing students to hear about its activities, meet senior managers and hear about the variety of jobs in the company.

    Source: Jerusalem Post, 04 January 2014
    Link: http://bit.ly/1tB3JAP

    South Korea: Cigarette sales plummet after price hike

    Tobacco sales have fallen significantly in South Korea following a price increase on New Year’s Day.

    Last year, the country’s parliament approved an 80% increase in the price of cigarettes, from 2,500 won (£1.47) per packet to 4,500 won. Tobacco sales fell by nearly half on New Year’s Day compared to the previous year, according to industry sources.

    Source: BBC News, 05 January 2014
    Link: http://bbc.in/1zOdgXf