ASH Daily News for 09 February 2017



  • Plymouth: Vapers tell how e-cigarettes saved their lives
  • Rochdale: Smokefree football match hits back of the net
  • Wales: E-cigarette use ‘rapidly increasing’ among young people
  • Study: E-cigarette use as a predictor of cigarette smoking
  • Is Altria’s debt a disaster waiting to happen?
  • JT volumes to drop further
  • Romania: Special operation to fight cigarette smuggling

Plymouth: Vapers tell how e-cigarettes saved their lives

Plymouth vapers say they don’t find surprising the results of a new study showing that those who switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes have far fewer toxins and cancer-causing substances in their bodies after six months than continual smokers.

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See also:
Is it better to vape than to smoke?, FT (£)

Source: Plymouth Herald – 08 February 2017
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Rochdale: Smokefree football match hits back of the net

Rochdale’s Smokefree Sports pilot kicked-off with its first match at Bridge Juniors Football Club on Saturday 4 February.

Parents and coaches who smoke were asked to watch from the side lines without lighting up in a bid to promote healthy behaviour to children.

The match was widely supported by parents who called for ‘more children’s sports events to be smoke-free.’ Many parents, club staff and children signed a smoke-free sports pledge at the club to support the campaign.

Representatives of Healthier Futures, a local social enterprise which has developed the campaign, were on hand with the council’s stop smoking service providing information about the positives of healthy, shared community spaces for families, and the negative impact of smoking on children’s health.

Source: Rochdale Online – 08 February 2017
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Wales: E-cigarette use ‘rapidly increasing’ among young people

Young people in Wales are twice as likely to try an e-cigarette compared to tobacco, according to research from Cardiff University.

Research published in the British Medical Journal Open suggests that youth experimentation with e-cigarettes has grown rapidly since 2013, although regular use remains very low.

The study concluded that there was no evidence that e-cigarettes make young people more likely to smoke but warned that youth e-cigarette use may become a public health problem if left unmonitored.

According to the research, older students and male students were most likely to have used an e-cigarette.

See also:
Electronic-cigarette use among young people in Wales: evidence from two cross-sectional surveys, BMJ

Source: ITV – 08 February 2017
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Study: E-cigarette use as a predictor of cigarette smoking

A US study has found that 31% of teenagers who used e-cigarettes also tried tobacco. The study, published in the journal Tobacco Control, followed 347 teens for a year.

However, The results have been criticised by Prof. Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), who said: “This paper just shows that teenagers who try cigarettes are more likely to also try e-cigarettes (and the other way round) compared to teenagers who do not do such things. This is trivial.”

See also:
E-cigarette use as a predictor of cigarette smoking: results from a 1-year follow-up of a national sample of 12th grade students, BMJ
Expert reaction to study on teen vaping and future smoking, Science Media Centre

Source: The Sun – 08 February 2017
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Is Altria’s debt a disaster waiting to happen?

Altria Group has been one of the best-performing stocks of all time, and the tobacco giant shows few signs of slowing down. But some investors think that the company has seen its debt levels climb precipitously over the past decade, and that could leave Altria exposed to higher interest costs if rates start to rise more substantially in the future.

Altria currently has $13.9 billion in long-term debt as of the end of 2016. That represents about 30% of Altria’s total assets, and the tobacco company’s debt-to-equity ratio is 1.09 based on its most recent figures.

Source: Madison – 08 February 2017
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JT volumes to drop further

Japan Tobacco Inc. is expecting to sell 96 billion cigarettes in Japan this year, 9.6 percent fewer than in 2016, according to a story in The Japan Times.

If this prediction proves to be true, it will mark the first time that the company’s sales have dropped below 100 billion.

Source: Tobacco Reporter – 08 February 2017
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Romania: Special operation to fight cigarette smuggling

The National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) has announced the launch of a “Shield” operation, aiming to eliminate cigarette smuggling at Romania’s borders from states outside the European Union.

The operation includes an intensification of controls of traffic, markets, and fairs using sniffer dogs.

Source: Business Review – 08 February 2017
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