ASH Daily News for 07 February 2017



  • E-cigarette users have lower carcinogen and toxin levels than smokers
  • Some smokers have a 72 per cent chance of getting deadly lung disease
  • Smokers in North Yorkshire urged to stub out the habit
  • £10,000 of illegal tobacco products seized in Cornwall
  • EU: Anti-fraud official calls tobacco smuggling ‘major source’ of organised crime
  • Canada: 200 organisations endorse ban of seductive brand names
  • US: Many teenagers use e-cigarettes for ‘dripping’ liquid nicotine

E-cigarette users have lower carcinogen and toxin levels than smokers

Former smokers who have completely replaced standard cigarettes with e-cigarettes show substantial reductions in levels of tobacco related carcinogens and toxins compared with those who continue to smoke cigarettes, a study has found. In particular, the chemical NNAL (known to cause lung cancer), was 97% lower in e-cigarette users compared to smokers.

The study shows that people who use e-cigarettes or NRT without completely quitting smoking do not show the same drop in toxin levels. This shows that a complete switch is needed to get the long-term health benefits of quitting tobacco.

See also:
New study comes the closest yet to proving that e-cigarettes aren’t as dangerous as smoking, Cancer Research UK
Study of cancer-causing toxins finds e-cigarettes much safer than smoking, Reuters
Health experts back vaping as healthier alternative to regular cigarettes, BT News

Source: British Medical Journal – 07 February 2017
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Some smokers have a 72 per cent chance of getting deadly lung disease

A major study has found genes that significantly increase the chance of getting a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as bronchitis or emphysema.

The researchers studied 24 million genetic differences in people to discover those who are at greater risk. The most susceptible were about 3.7 times more likely to suffer from it at some point in their life. For every 100 people with this genetic make-up who also smoked, 72 would develop COPD, according to the study, which involved more than 100 scientists and 350,000 people from 13 different countries.

The researchers found that COPD could be reduced in about half of the people with a high genetic risk of the disease if they stopped smoking in early adulthood. About 900,000 people in the UK have COPD, costing the NHS more than £800m a year and the overall economy some £3.8bn in lost productivity.

Source: The Independent – 07 February 2017
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Smokers in North Yorkshire urged to stub out the habit

North Yorkshire County Council and partner organisations are using the introduction this year of plain cigarette packets in the UK to promote the ‘stub it out’ message. The local authority urged smokers to quit after Public Health England revealed that 45 people a day die from cardiovascular disease due to smoking.

County Councillor David Chance, executive member for public health and stronger communities, said: ” Whilst the number of people smoking has decreased over the years in North Yorkshire, 13.3 per cent of residents aged over 18 currently smoke and our Growing Up in North Yorkshire survey showed that six per cent of 15-year-old students also regularly smoke.”

Source: Craven Herald and Pioneer – 06 February 2017
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Cornwall: £10,000 of illegal tobacco products seized

More than £10,000 worth of illegal tobacco was seized during raids on homes and businesses in Camborne, Pool and Illogan.

Gareth Walsh, from Public Health Cornwall, condemned the sale and distribution of illegal tobacco and cigarettes saying it is “most definitely not a victimless crime. Cheap cigarettes help to encourage children to start smoking, the absence of all the health warnings loses the deterrent intended to encourage smokers to quit, the tax-free prices undermine existing, legitimate shops and the whole illegal nature of the transactions encourages less desirable characters.”

Source: Cornwall Live News – 06 February 2017
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EU: Anti-fraud official calls tobacco smuggling ‘major source’ of organised crime

Cigarette smuggling costs national and EU budgets more than €10 billion annually in lost public revenue and is a major source of organised crime, including terrorism, says Margarete Hofmann, director of policy at the European Anti-Fraud Office. In an interview, she highlights the need to enhance and encourage the exchange of information between authorities at national and EU level, and to provide adequate means for sharing intelligence.

Source: EurActiv – 07 February 2017
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Canada: 200 organisations endorse ban of seductive brand names as part of plain packaging regulations

200 Quebec organisations have endorsed a proposal to ban seductive brand names as part of the Government’s plain packaging regulations for tobacco products.

For years, the health groups have condemned the fact that, despite bans on conventional advertising, the tobacco industry still manages to create “lifestyle” advertising by using the cigarette pack as a promotional vehicle. Packs are enhanced with brand names and imagery, slogans and other terms such as “Signature,” “Distinct,” “Balanced,” “Mellow Taste” and “De Luxe.”

Source: Life in Quebec – 06 February 2017
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US: Many teenagers use e-cigarettes for ‘dripping’ liquid nicotine

One in four teenagers who use electronic cigarettes have tried “dripping” liquid nicotine directly onto the heating coils on the devices to get thicker clouds of vapour, a new US study published in Pediatrics suggests.

According to Maciej Goniewicz, a researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, there is cause for concern: “Inhaling aerosols from e-cigarettes seems to be less risky as compared to smoking tobacco cigarettes, but ‘dripping’ is not a safe technique for using e-cigarettes and should be avoided.”

See also:
E-Cigarettes and “Dripping” Among High-School Youth, Pediatrics

Source: Reuters – 06 February 2017
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