ASH Daily News for 07 October 2016



  • Stores in the dark over e-cigarette promotion laws
  • Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service supporting national Stoptober campaign
  • Smokers pay high price for life insurance
  • New Zealand: Philip Morris calls for light regulation of e-cigarettes
  • US: Ad against California Prop. 56 claiming it ‘cheats’ schools is deceptive
  • US: Vermont political action committee fined for illegal contributions
  • Transgender women who begin hormone therapy more likely to quit smoking

 

Stores in the dark over e-cigarette promotion laws

Large numbers of retailers are leaving themselves open to prosecution for promoting their electronic cigarette ranges on social media.

An investigation by Convenience Store has revealed widespread ignorance of the new law (prohibiting the advertising, either directly or indirectly, of e-cigarettes in online media) among retailers, with many stores still promoting their e-cigarettes and liquids on sites such as Facebook.

All of the retailers in question were either unaware of the new advertising and promotion laws, or mistakenly believed that they applied only to manufacturers.

Source: Convenience Store – 05 October 2016
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Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service supporting national Stoptober campaign

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the national Stoptober campaign being held this October.

In the region in 2015, more than 4,489 made an attempt to quit smoking for good while 2,209 were successful in their attempt.

One of the reasons the fire service’s community fire prevention and arson manager, Moreno Francioso, is backing the campaign is due to the number of fires caused by smoking.

Source: Worcester News – 06 October 2016
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Smokers pay high price for life insurance

Kicking the habit will save thousands of pounds each year in cigarette costs and could take thousands off the cost of life insurance.

A pack of cigarettes costs around £9.60 – that’s £3,494.40 a year for a 20-a-day smoker. And there’s now the risk of a 50% price rise to £15 by 2020. That would mean it will cost £5,460 a year to keep up the habit.

Research from Gocompare shows a 30-year-old who doesn’t smoke would pay life insurance premiums of £8.44 per month – £2,532 over a 25 year life insurance term. A smoker would pay £14.63, a hefty £4,389 over the term. Reaching the age of 40, smokers can expect to pay almost a double for cover a month.

Source: Mirror – 06 October 2016
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New Zealand: Philip Morris calls for light regulation of e-cigarettes

International cigarette giant Philip Morris has appealed to the New Zealand Government to go light when regulating its “heat not burn” tobacco devices.

The Ministry of Health is receiving submissions on how to regulate e-cigarettes but Philip Morris is keen the Government does not overlook its heat-not-burn cigarettes, which heat tobacco plugs to deliver their nicotine hit without combustion.

Source: Stuff.co.nz – 06 October 2016
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US: Ad against California Prop. 56 claiming it ‘cheats’ schools is deceptive

An TV advert funded primarily by the tobacco industry against a proposition to raise state tobacco taxes by 2% and claiming that this would harm schools is deemed deceptive by a local paper as part of series of fact-checks article on the ads running during the election season.

Source: Press Telegram – 05 October 2016
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Transgender women who begin hormone therapy more likely to quit smoking

A new study has found that transgender women who receive hormone therapy are more likely to quit or decrease smoking cigarettes as compared to the general population.

The findings, which appear in the journal Endocrine Practice, is the first report of the potential for a dramatic decrease in tobacco use by transgender women who receive medical care at a medical facility.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, while 68 percent of adult smokers nationally desire to quit, only 6.2 percent successfully do in a given year. Transgender women seen for hormone therapy at Boston Medical Center (BMC) are strongly advised to quit smoking before the start of treatment, not only due to general health benefits, but also because of the concern for increased thromboembolic events (blood clots) with estrogen therapy. Transgender men are given the same recommendation regarding tobacco as any patient.

Source: Medical Xpress – 05 October 2016
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