ASH Daily news for 07 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • After landmark Canada ruling tobacco firms facing UK court fight
  • Quit pill varenicline does not cause depression or heart attack
  • Point of sale display ban may have depressed sales
  • Nottinghamshire County Council smoking ban unlikely to be copied in Kent
  • Scots ‘oppose ban on smoking outside hospitals’
  • North Devon: Man slams cloud of ‘carcinogenic, disgusting smoke’ outside District Hospital
  • France: Dropping a cigarette butt in Paris will prompt €68 fine
  • US: High schoolers use e-cigarettes to vape marijuana
  • US: Dr. Beach gives extra credit for no smoking beaches in 2016
  • Liam Payne causes backlash by posing with a cigarette on a private plane

    After landmark Canada ruling tobacco firms facing UK court fight

    British smokers could be about to receive billions of pounds worth of compensation following a ground breaking legal case in Canada.

    Tobacco companies are bracing themselves for mass claims in the UK following a ruling in Quebec which found that the firms had failed to warn users of the health risks of smoking.

    A landmark campaign has already been launched in Britain to compensate both smokers and non-smokers who think their health may have been damaged by the effects of tobacco. The estimated compensation figures could be as much as £30 billion.

    The preliminary moves in the UK come after a Canadian court awarded ground-breaking damages several weeks ago of C$15.5bn (£8bn; $12bn) against three tobacco companies.

    Source: Asian Trader – 04 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UwyJUH

    Quit pill varenicline does not cause depression or heart attack

    A smoking-cessation drug used by millions does not cause depression or heart attacks as once feared, a study says.

    Smokers across the UK and US prescribed varenicline — tradename Champix — had claimed they faced suicidal thoughts and anxiety.

    There were also reports the drug, designed to cut cravings, brought on heart problems. Researchers from the universities of Edinburgh and Düsseldorf tracked 150,000 English smokers for six months to test the theories.

    They were either on varenicline, another drug called bupropion or used nicotine replacement therapy such as patches or chewing gum.

    The experts found that people on either drug were no more likely to have a heart attack, be depressed, or try to self-harm.

    Source: The Sun – 07 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UwzblV

    Point of sale display ban may have depressed sales

    Britain’s biggest cash-and-carry wholesaler, Booker, has said in a trading update that the ban on small stores displaying cigarettes had depressed sales by 2% in the ten weeks to August 28 — tobacco sales were 6.5% lower and non-tobacco sales up 0.1%.

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    Source: The Times – 04 September 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1UwyCbG

    Nottinghamshire County Council smoking ban unlikely to be copied in Kent

    Kent County Council (KCC) has no plans to follow the proposal by Nottinghamshire County Council to ban staff from smoking during breaks, according to a council spokesman.

    However, they said that it would be interesting to see how the proposal – if given the green light – by Nottingham County Council worked in practice. That was echoed by Labour Party health spokesman at KCC, Mike Eddy, who said he felt it was unlikely Kent would ever adopt a similar rule for staff.

    Source: Kent News – 04 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UwyOrw

    Scots ‘oppose ban on smoking outside hospitals’

    Almost two-thirds of Scots oppose plans 
to impose a smoking ban in hospital grounds, a Scottish Parliament survey has found.

    A greater number of people are against plans for a £1,000 fine for anyone caught breaching the ban.

    The majority of those who took part either strongly disagreed or disagreed with the proposal (46 per cent and 16 per cent respectively) to ban smoking across all hospital grounds in Scotland.

    More than half of respondents (54 per cent) strongly disagreed with imposing a fine of up to £1,000 on any person convicted of the offence of smoking in a no-smoking area in hospital grounds. More than two-thirds of those surveyed (68 per cent) either disagreed or strongly disagreed.

    A total of 845 Scots participated in the survey, although the researchers say they may not necessarily be representative of the Scottish population as a whole.

    An Ash Scotland and YouGov survey in March 2014 indicated that the majority, 73 per cent, of a representative sample of the Scottish population would be in favour of a ban on smoking in hospital grounds.

    Source: The Scotsman – 07 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UwyUPK

    North Devon: Man slams cloud of ‘carcinogenic, disgusting smoke’ outside District Hospital

    A grandson has slammed the cloud of “carcinogenic, disgusting smoke” that his grandfather had to walk through during a recent visit to North Devon District Hospital.

    Jack Altham wrote in to the Journal to say he believes if people want to “poison their bodies” they should be able to do it in their own separate area.

    He said his grandfather suffered from pulmonary fibrosis and as a result of the lung condition he struggled to breathe and found walking left him breathless and coughing to try and clear his lungs.

    Source: North Devon Journal – 06 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UwyXLs

    France: Dropping a cigarette butt in Paris will prompt €68 fine

    The City of Paris has launched a huge campaign against cigarette butt pollution – and against litter in general – informing residents of the fine increase set to go into effect on October 1.

    After unveiling 30,000 new litter bins equipped with cigarette extinguishers this spring, and after distributing 15,000 free pocket ashtrays over the summer, city officials tried to drive the message home in recent days by handing out fake fines to offending smokers.

    Beat cops have been issuing flyers to Parisians caught dumping cigarette ends in the street, warning them that real, €68 fines would be handed out in one month’s time.

    Source: France 24 – 04 September 2015
    Link: http://f24.my/1K0Go2r

    US: High schoolers use e-cigarettes to vape marijuana

    Nearly one in five high school students who said they used electronic cigarettes to vaporize nicotine also used them to vaporize pot, according to a survey of nearly 4,000 Connecticut teens.

    The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, is the first evidence that teens are using electronic cigarettes to vaporize cannabis, the researchers said.

    The researchers of Oberlin College in Ohio found that of students who had used e-cigarettes, 18 percent had used them to vaporize cannabis in some form, including hash oil and wax infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive cannabis ingredient.

    High school students in the study were 27 times as likely to use e-cigarettes to vaporize cannabis as adults who use e-cigarettes, the researchers said.

    Source: Reuters – 07 September 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1K0GFCq

    US: Dr. Beach gives extra credit for no smoking beaches in 2016

    After 25 years of ranking US beaches, the professor known as “Dr. Beach” is starting his list of best beaches over from scratch in 2016. And he’ll be giving extra credit to beaches that ban smoking.

    Professor Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University began his best beaches list in 1991. Once a beach achieved the No. 1 ranking, it was retired from consideration on future lists.

    But now he says he’ll start fresh next year so that even beaches that he previously rated as tops have a shot at the No. 1 slot again.

    Leatherman rates beaches using 50 criteria including water temperature, air temperature, number of sunny days, rip currents, water color, algae, views, access, seaweed and noise. But beginning in 2016, he says he’ll give extra points to beaches that ban smoking.

    Source: Yahoo! News/AP – 04 September 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1K0GUgM

    Liam Payne causes backlash by posing with a cigarette on a private plane

    One Direction member Liam Payne has come under criticism from some of the boy band’s fan after posting on Instagram an image of himself smoking a cigarette.

    Source: OK! – 06 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1K0HlaT