ASH Daily news for 06 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Industry-funded survey finds public want smoking rooms in pubs
  • Scotland: Health and tobacco bill goes out to consultation
  • NICE issues standard on reducing the harm from smoking
  • EU: Public consultation on revised Tobacco Products Directive launched
  • Cancer survivors who smoke perceive less risk from tobacco
  • Indonesia: Philip Morris seeks at least $1bn from stake sale in unit
  • Actress Helen Flanagan has quit smoking for her daughter

    Industry-funded survey finds public want smoking rooms in pubs

    Of 2,000 adults polled by Populus on behalf of smokers’ rights group Forest, 57% were in favour of allowing pubs and private members clubs the choice of operating well-ventilated designated smoking rooms. Earlier this year, a separate opinion poll of more than 4,000 Britons commissioned by the Institute of Economic Affairs arrived at a similar conclusion; 35% opposed the suggestion outright.

    However, British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) chief executive Brigid Simmonds says it is unlikely the smoking ban will be reversed or amended.

    So do publicans think the ban on smoking should be looked at again? It seems not.

    “We have the balance between the smokers used to going outside to smoke and the non-smokers who come in the pub. I think the happy medium is met, but it was difficult to get there, ” said Peter Gilbert, licensee of the Weavers Arms, in Bulkington, Warwickshire.

    Alan Vaughan, licensee of the Countryman Inn, Shipley, West Sussex, agreed. “The smokers are few and far between these days. I think the smoking ban should stay as it is — the outside areas are good enough. You don’t need well-ventilated rooms because then it’s just an outside area on the inside,” he said.

    Janet Dooner, licensee of the Railway Tavern, Stratford, east London, is also against any changes having experienced the perils of working in smoky environments for decades first hand. “I suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and have never smoked a cigarette in my life. It’s a disease you can get through passive smoking and, during the years of working in a pub, that’s what I’ve ended up with.”

    Despite the public sentiment in favour of smoking rooms, it seems the trade has, mostly, moved on and the Government has no appetite to amend the legislation.

    Source: Morning Advertiser – 03 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1G2ARG0

    Scotland: Health and tobacco bill goes out to consultation

    Submissions to the Scottish Parliament have been invited on the Scottish Government’s Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc, and Care) Scotland Bill.

    MSPs on the Health & Sport Committee are scrutinising the bill at stage 1 and have issued their call for evidence.

    The bill would create a ban on the sale of non-medicinal e-cigarettes to under-18s, and a new offence for an adult to buy them for someone under that age. E-cigarette retailers will be required to be registered on a central register, as tobacco retailers in Scotland currently are. Smoking in the vicinity of hospital buildings will also be made a statutory offence.

    Source: The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland – 03 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1G2AYBr

    NICE issues standard on reducing the harm from smoking

    A quality standard to help reduce tobacco-related harm for people who don’t feel able to stop smoking in one step has been published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

    See also:
    – QS92 – Smoking: harm reduction, NICE

    Source: NICE press release – 03 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1G2BeR5

    EU: Public consultation on revised Tobacco Products Directive launched

    To coincide with the launch of the UK Government’s consultation on implementing the Tobacco Products Directive, The Sun is reporting what it claims to be an exclusive: that the TPD would ban the sale of cigarette packs of fewer than 20 sticks, a measure which was approved by MEPs with the rest of the revised TPD in February 2014.

    See also:
    – Tobacco Products Directive consultation, Department of Health

    Source: The Sun – 05 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1G2Bqjj

    Cancer survivors who smoke perceive less risk from tobacco

    Cancer survivors who smoke report fewer negative opinions about smoking, have more barriers to quitting, and spend time around other smokers more often than survivors who had quit before or after their diagnosis, according to a new study appearing in Psycho-Oncology. The authors say these factors point to potential targets to help cancer survivors quit.

    Researchers led by Lee Westmaas examined psychological correlates of smoking status and patterns, likelihood of quitting, and intentions to quit among long-term survivors enrolled in the American Cancer Society’s Study of Cancer Survivors-I (SCS-I), a longitudinal nationwide study of adult survivors of 10 commonly diagnosed cancers.

    The most recent survey was completed between January 2010 and December 2011, approximately 9 years after diagnosis, with 2,938 survivors providing data on smoking.

    Source: Medical News Today – 03 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1G2BHmd

    Indonesia: Philip Morris seeks at least $1bn from stake sale in unit

    U.S. cigarette giant Philip Morris International Inc plans to sell shares worth more than $1 billion in Indonesia’s PT HM Sampoerna Tbk, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

    Last month, Philip Morris said Sampoerna will explore options to comply with a new Indonesia stock exchange regulation requiring a minimum free float of 7.5 percent. All listed Indonesian firms have to comply with the rule by Jan. 30, 2016.

    Philip Morris owns 98.18 percent of Sampoerna and only 1.82 percent is in public hands.

    Source: Reuters – 06 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1G2BSxZ

    Actress Helen Flanagan has quit smoking for her daughter

    Helen Flanagan has vowed to quit smoking after giving birth.

    The former Coronation Street actress has said she will “never smoke another cig” after welcoming her daughter into the world.

    The actress has smoked for several years but after finding out she was having daughter Matilda, she kicked the habit.

    Source: Daily Mirror – 04 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1G2C3cB