ASH Daily News for 07 April 2017



Investigation reveals vape shops selling to non-smokers
US: Nicotine on children’s hands could indicate tobacco smoke exposure
Uganda: Government defends law regulating tobacco consumption
Canada: Health Minister Philpott warns against tobacco industry influence
US: Programme reduces cigarette litter by 60%

 
Investigation reveals vape shops selling to non-smokers

Almost nine out of ten e-cigarette shops in the UK are selling their products to non-smokers an investigation has revealed. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) said that 87% of shops were knowingly or unwittingly prepared to sell vaping products to people who had never smoked or vaped. The investigation covered 100 of the 1,700 specialist vape shops in the UK.

Nearly half the stores did not check whether customers had smoked previously, while three-quarters of those that did still encouraged non-smokers to start vaping, the RSPH claimed. The RSPH is now calling on shops to adhere to a voluntary code of conduct set out by the Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA).

The IBVTA sets out a 15 point code of conduct including stating: “Vape products are for current or former smokers and existing users of vaping devices, therefore [you should] never knowingly sell to anyone who is not a current or former smoker, or a current vaper.”

Chief executive of the RSPH, Shirley Cramer, said e-cigarettes should be treated as: “evidence-based quitting aids, rather than lifestyle products”, and therefore should be aimed at smokers. She said: “We applaud the Independent British Vape Trade Association code of conduct, which is in line with this principle. However, as our investigation shows, the majority of vape shops in the UK are not adhering to these important standards. We are keen to support the sector to strengthen their codes of best practice, and for individual retailers to sign up and ultimately adhere to them.”

Richard Hyslop, Chief Executive of the IBVTA, said statistics showed the vast majority of people using e-cigarettes were ex-smokers. “Vape products should not be marketed to non-smokers or those under the age of 18,” he said. “However, figures produced by organisations such as the Office for National Statistics and Action on Smoking and Health demonstrate that more than 90% of vapers in the UK are adult current or former smokers, therefore we do not believe this to be a significant problem.”

Deborah Arnott Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health said: “There is an opportunity for vape shops to be public health allies not enemies but they need to get their house in order to fully realise that opportunity.”

See also:
Daily Mail: Nine in ten e-cigarettes shops break their own retail rules by selling devices to people who have never smoked
The Telegraph: Vaping stores told not to sell devices to non-smokers, as survey reveals 90pc are flouting little-known rules
Evening Express: Majority of vape shops willing to sell e-cigarettes to non-smokers probe found

Source: BBC News, 7th April 2017
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US: Nicotine on children’s hands could indicate tobacco smoke exposure

A pilot study conducted by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre and San Diego State University has found that children may carry significant levels of nicotine on their hands from coming into contact with items or surfaces contaminated by tobacco smoke residue.

The pilot study involved 25 children who had been admitted to A&E between April and September 2016 with illnesses potentially relating to secondhand smoke exposure, such as breathing difficulties. The children’s parents were all smokers.

Researchers found that the presence of significant nicotine on the hands of children was associated with equally significant levels of the harmful tobacco metabolite cotinine in their saliva. All of the children had detectible levels of nicotine on their hands and all but one had detectable cotinine in saliva.

This pilot study is being followed-up by a larger analysis of exposure data collected from 700 children. This additional research will try to distinguish between the contribution of secondhand and thirdhand smoke in assessing a child’s overall level of tobacco smoke exposure.

See also:
Tobacco Control: Preliminary evidence that high levels of nicotine on children’s hands may contribute to overall tobacco smoke exposure

Source: Medical X Press, 6th April 2017
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Uganda: Government defends law regulating tobacco consumption

The Government has defended the 2015 Tobacco Control Act which regulates the consumption of tobacco before the Constitutional Court.

The Government has argued that the restrictions imposed on tobacco use in public places are proportionate given the adverse health effects. Non-governmental organisation, the Centre for Health, Human rights and Development has applied to the Court to be allowed to join the Government in defending the Tobacco Control Act on behalf of the general public.

The case comes in response to a petition filed by British American Tobacco (BAT) challenging a number of provisions of the Act. In its main petition, BAT contends that the Tobacco Control Act has the effect of unjustifiably singling out the tobacco industry for discriminative treatment and amounts to a ban on the right to trade and consume a legal product, which contravenes the right to freedom from discrimination.

Source: All Africa, 5th April 2017
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Canada: Health Minister Philpott warns against tobacco industry influence

Health Minister Jane Philpott has warned that the tobacco industry may be using front groups to influence policy initiatives and that the Government must guard against attempts to undermine tobacco control.

“We need to make sure our policies are not influenced by commercial interests”, said Dr. Philpott in an interview, after some federal ministers and MPs met with a lobby group that has financial ties to the tobacco industry.

The Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) held a lobbying event on Parliament Hill, having earlier this week given evidence to the Senate hearing on Bill S-5, which deals with the regulation of electronic cigarettes and the Government’s plans to move forward with plain packaging.

Dr Philpott said that despite lobbying from the tobacco companies and groups with ties to the industry the Government remains committed to the introduction of both plain packaging and regulation of e-cigarettes.

Source: Newscaf, 6th April 2017
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US: Programme reduces cigarette litter by 60%

Keep America Beautiful has announced that cigarette litter has reduced by an average of 60% in communities that have adopted its Cigarette Litter Prevention Programme in 2016. These results are a 10% increase on the 2015 results and show the success of the Programme which is now in its 15th year.

See also:
Keep American Beautiful: Cigarette Litter Prevention Programme

Source: Clean Link, 7th April 2017
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