ASH Daily news for 09 December 2015



HEADLINES

  • Welsh Government amends plans for e-cigarette ban
  • Northern Ireland: Smoking ban in cars with children present could be introduced soon
  • Tobacco giants launch UK plain packaging challenge
  • London: Call to tackle the ‘growing problem’ of shisha smoking in Barnet
  • Study has found chemicals in e-cigarettes linked to respiratory problems
  • Smoking in pregnancy ‘affects boys’ fitness in later life’
  • India: International parliamentarians and doctors highlight warnings on tobacco packs

    Welsh Government amends plans for e-cigarette ban

    The Welsh health minister, Mark Drakeford, has withdrawn his plans to ban the use of e-cigarettes in all enclosed public places in Wales.

    Instead of a wide-ranging prohibition of vaping, the government will now attempt to introduce a law banning e-cigarettes from specific places. The Welsh health minister, Mark Drakeford, said: “Basically, we have changed our proposals so that a ban on e-cigarettes would be put in place in areas where there is a potential risk to children; this will include schools, eating places and on public transport.”

    In the summer the Labour-led administration announced it wanted to ban e-cigarettes from public places because it feared they could normalise smoking and act as a “gateway to tobacco”.

    See also:
    Health Minister backs down on campaign to have e-cigarettes banned in public places
    Climb down on proposed e-cigarette public place ban
    Mark Drakeford says he’s going to amend the Public Health Bill to define areas where e-cigarettes should be banned  

    Source: The Guardian, 8th December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NgNBxF

    Northern Ireland: Smoking ban in cars with children present could be introduced soon

    Smoking in cars whilst children are present could soon be banned in Northern Ireland.

    The health minister has announced an amendment to a bill currently going through the assembly, which would make it illegal to smoke with children passengers.

    A similar ban came into force in England and Wales in October and Scotland plans to legislate next year.The Republic of Ireland has already approved a ban, but it has not been implemented yet.

    Source: BBC, 9TH December 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/21Ogg74

    Tobacco giants launch UK plain packaging challenge

    Four of the world’s largest tobacco companies will be challenging the UK Government in court for its plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging.

    British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco International are fighting the ban on branded cigarette packs, which is due to come into force next year.

    The industry will argue to the High Court that the ban infringes property rights and will be ineffective in reducing smoking levels.

    The government will argue that trademarks are being controlled and not removed.

    The Department of Health said: “Smoking is catastrophic for your health and kills over 100,000 people every year in the UK, with the burden of disease falling most heavily on poorer communities.”

    “The tobacco industry has a history of challenging in the courts policies that aim to reduce smoking… we intend to defend this important public health policy robustly.”

    Source: The Financial Times, 8th December 2015
    Link: http://on.ft.com/1QeGV98

    London: Call to tackle the ‘growing problem’ of shisha smoking in Barnet

    Barnet Council’s health chief has called for an investigation to tackle the “growing problem” of shisha in the borough.

    Edgware councillor Helena Hart, chairman of the health and wellbeing board, says the borough currently has twenty shisha businesses – an increase of more than half compared to January 2014.

    In a motion she put at a council meeting, she said young people are “more likely” to be drawn into smoking shisha if there are outlets near their homes or schools, and notes the “serious impact” it can have on people’s health.

    Source: Times Series, 8th December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QeAMdf

    Study has found chemicals in e-cigarettes linked to respiratory problems

    A study published in the journal of Environmental Health Perspectives found Diacetyl, a chemical linked to respiratory disease, in 75% of the flavoured electronic cigarettes they tested.

    [Editorial Note: One of the liquids tested had a much higher concentration of Diacetyl than others. Diacetyl is also found in tobacco smoke. The study did not compare levels found in liquids with levels found in tobacco smoke.]

    Source: The Telegraph, 8th December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IRoakr

    Smoking in pregnancy ‘affects boys’ fitness in later life’

    A new study published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) found that young men whose mothers smoked during pregnancy had lower aerobic fitness compared to those whose mothers did not.

    Source: Medical Xpress, 9th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1jNIiNS

    India: International parliamentarians and doctors highlight warnings on tobacco packs

    Parliamentarians from India and Australia met along with renowned Indian doctors to discuss the importance of larger pictorial health warnings in India and steps recommended to move towards plain packaging of tobacco products.

    This meeting comes ahead of the Indian Government’s decision to implement 85 per cent pictorial health warnings on both sides of tobacco packages from April 1, 2016.

    Source: NewKerala, 9th December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HUrTTw