ASH Daily News for 08 August 2016


  • Shops flout ban to sell e-cigarettes to minors despite it being made illegal ten months ago

    Almost 40% of retailers surveyed during an undercover investigation by Trading Standard officers were caught selling e-cigarettes and vaping liquids to under-18s despite it being made illegal ten months ago.

    The officers asked children to make 634 test purchases in a range of outlets over a three-month period. In 246 cases — 39% — retailers flouted the law. The offence carries a maximum fine of £2,500.

    Source: The Sun – 05 August 2016

  • Wales: Public e-cigarettes ban ‘well worth exploring’ says top doctor

    Wales’ new Chief Medical Officer, Dr Frank Atherton, suggested in an interview that e-cigarettes should be banned in public places.

    The first Minister, Carwyn Jones had already said that e-cigarette ban proposals would not make it into the revised Public Health Bill.

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    Source: ITV – 05 August 2016

  • Wakefield: Council cuts health workers

    Dozens of health workers could be made redundant after cash-strapped Wakefield Council ended a contract with the NHS to provide community services. Up to 60 jobs are at risk after the council decided to stop commissioning health and wellbeing services from the district’s mental health trust.

    Domestic abuse workers are among those potentially facing the axe, along with specialist health trainers who help people lose weight, cut down on cigarettes and alcohol and manage stress.

    Source: Wakefield Express – 05 August 2016

  • No logo: Big Tobacco’s controversial, ailing crusade against plain packaging

    The Economist takes a look at the tobacco industry’s response to standardised packaging legislation gaining traction in various parts of the world.

    Source: The Economist – 06 August 2016

  • Lung cancer: despite advances, prevention is still best

    The first of August marked World Lung Cancer Day. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, with 1·8 million people diagnosed each year. While smoking is decreasing in high-income countries, smoking rates are rising in low-and-middle-income countries, and thus lung cancer incidence is predicted to increase globally. However, great advances have been made in the prevention, detection, and treatment of lung cancer, and so despite these grim predictions, there is cause for optimism.

    Source: The Lancet – 06 August 2016

  • Potential health gains and health losses in eleven EU countries attainable through feasible prevalences of the life-style related risk factors

    This Dutch research concludes that smoking is still the risk-factor with the largest potential health gains. BMI, however, has comparatively large effects on morbidity. Future research should aim to improve knowledge of how policies can influence and shape individual and aggregated life-style-related risk-factor behavior.

    Source: BMC – 05 August 2016

  • Australia: Hostility to harm reduction in smoking, says expert

    An application to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to increase the accessibility of nicotine for e-cigarettes to reduce tobacco smoking is unlikely to succeed, says an addiction expert, because harm minimisation strategies are rarely applied to smoking.

    Source: AJP – 08 August 2016

  • US: California lawmakers called out for taking tobacco money

    Campaign records show tobacco industry donors have given at least $1.6 million to state political campaign committees since the beginning of 2015. Now the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is calling out elected officials and candidates who have received industry support since July 1, 2014.

    Source: Sacramento Bee – 05 August 2016

  • The strange reason we call people ‘Type A’ personalities goes back to the tobacco industry

    Type A behaviour pattern (TABP), the personality characteristics assigned to people who are ambitious and time conscious — often to a fault — is a big part of popular psyche. But this catch-all description isn’t supported by modern research.

    In fact, the popularisation of TABP came from flawed studies funded by the tobacco industry that were meant to obscure and discredit claims about tobacco’s harmful effects.

    Source: Business Insider – 05 August 2016