ASH Daily News for 08 February 2017



  • Thirdhand smoke affects weight, blood cell development in mice
  • Tobacco gantry removed from Wembley retailer
  • Sunderland council ‘failing to fine smokers’
  • Sweden: Smokeless tobacco increases type 2 diabetes by 70%
  • Japan: Can Japan stub out its smoking habit?

Thirdhand smoke affects weight, blood cell development in mice

The sticky residue left behind by tobacco smoke may do worse damage than making furnishings smell and discolouring walls. An animal study at Berkeley National Laboratory found that exposure to thirdhand smoke had biological effects on weight and cell development.

The researchers noted that human babies and toddlers are at greater risk because they come into contact with contaminated surfaces while crawling or teething during a critical window of immune system development.

While the harmful effects of active and secondhand smoking have been well-established by decades of extensive studies, research into thirdhand smoke is still in its nascent stages. But evidence is mounting that the residue lingering on indoor surfaces could be harmful.

Source: Medical News Today – 07 February 2017
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London: Tobacco gantry removed from Wembley retailer

Imperial Tobacco has removed the tobacco gantry unit from a retailer convicted of selling illegal tobacco. The owner of the store was found to be in breach of the conditions of his agreement with Imperial Tobacco. The retailer’s membership of its ‘ignite’ retailer reward scheme was also revoked.

Tom Miller, Brent Council cabinet member for stronger communities, said: “It is simply unacceptable for businesses to trade in a way that puts the public’s health at risk. Shops that sell tobacco products have a responsibility to ensure they are purchased from legitimate traders carrying the proper health warnings, so that the dangers of smoking are made clear to those who choose to buy them, and to ensure that they do not undercut businesses who are trading legitimately.”

Source: Talking Retail – 06 February 2017
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Sunderland council ‘failing to fine smokers’

A Sunderland resident alleges that the local authority has not fined a single person for smoking in non-smoking bus shelters since the law came into force in July 2007. The author complains that non-smoking signs are often not respected.

Source: Sunderland Echo, 7th February 2017
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Sweden: Smokeless tobacco increases type 2 diabetes by 70%

Consuming one pot of smokeless or dipping tobacco per day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 70 per cent, according to a new Swedish study.

The sale of snus is illegal in the European Union, but it is legal in Sweden and prevalent in several Scandinavian countries. The Public Health Agency of Sweden reports that 19 per cent of men and four per cent of women in Sweden take snus.

See also:
‘Snus’ users run greater risk of type 2 diabetes, Medical Press
Swedes warned snus tobacco raises diabetes risk, Planet Genius

Source: Diabetes.co.uk – 07 February 2017
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Japan: Can Japan stub out its smoking habit?

With the clock ticking towards 2020 and the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Japan is under pressure to comply with the IOC stipulation that all public spaces in the host city are smokefree.

The Japanese government is due to put legislation to a vote in March that would outlaw smoking in or near public buildings – such as schools and hospitals – and is holding discussions with businesses to hear their concerns.

The strongest opposition to the proposed blanket ban on smoking in public places comes from companies that operate bars, restaurants and other entertainment facilities. At present, less than 10 percent of bars and restaurants have no-smoking policies.

Source: Deutsche Welle – 07 February 2017
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