ASH Daily news for 09 March 2016



HEADLINES

Prison smoking ban ‘can be phased in’ after Court of Appeal ruling
Smokers urged to become quitters on No Smoking Day 2016
E-cigarettes now the most popular form of support to stop smoking
Smoking will cause more than ‘1.3 million new illnesses in Britain’
Wales: First British beach to ban smoking has been unveiled in bid to get people to stub it out
Scotland: Tobacco free generation website to target young people
Wales: Partial ban on use of e-cigarettes in public places wins AMs’ support
Staffordshire: Shock statistics reveal cigarettes caused 200 house fires
Smokers who get support more likely to quit habit
Specsavers chief optometrist warns e-cigarettes could be linked to dry eye and cause more serious sight loss
EU finance ministers call for higher taxes on e-cigarettes
India: Supreme Court seeks Centre’s view on plain cigarette packaging
Canada: Study says tobacco companies must deal with waste butts
India turns its back on tobacco, usage dips across states

Prison smoking ban ‘can be phased in’ after Court of Appeal ruling
The ban on smoking in public places does not apply to state prisons, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Judges allowed a government appeal against a High Court ruling that the 2007 ban covered all public places and workplaces in England and Wales.

The government says it means it can carry on with its plans to roll out a ban gradually “in a safe and secure way” rather than rushing it through.

An inmate who wanted quicker implementation had brought the case.

See also:
Prisoner takes smoking ban battle to Supreme Court, ITV
Smoking ban in public places does not apply to state prisons, Court of Appeal rules, The Independent
Prison smoking ban overturned by court of appeal, The Guardian
Prisoners CAN light up behind bars as workplace ban doesn’t apply to jails, Daily Mirror

Source: BBC News – 08 March 2016
Link: http://bbc.in/1R68KeW

Smokers urged to become quitters on No Smoking Day 2016
Smokers are being urged to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good today – No Smoking Day.

While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke.

The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encourages hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.

See also:
No Smoking Day 2016: Quitting for a year could earn you a new kitchen, Daily Mirror
Smokers urged to ‘be proud to be a quitter’, ITV
‘I don’t want you to die’ – plea to mum to quit smoking, Leicester Mercury

Source: Wales Online – 09 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1R69Ffw

E-cigarettes now the most popular form of support to stop smoking
E-cigarettes are now the most popular form of support to stop smoking, overtaking nicotine gum and skin patches, researchers have said.

More than one million smokers in England used an electronic cigarette in a bid to kick the habit last year, according to academics at University College London (UCL).

They estimated that 2.6 million of England’s eight million smokers tried to quit last year. Two fifths of those who tried to quit used an e-cigarette compared with 26% who used a licensed nicotine product in their attempt.

Meanwhile, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) called on the Government to force big tobacco companies to pay a penny levy on every single cigarette sold in the UK.

CRUK said the move would raise an extra £500 million to invest in public health services and advertising campaigns.

It is submitting a petition of more than 16,000 signatures to Parliament supporting the move.

See also:
Are e-cigs creating a new generation of smokers?, The Sun
Half of North-East smokers used e-cigarettes in an attempt to quit, study finds, Northern Echo
Poll shows two thirds of e-cigarette users quit smoking in Wales, South Wales Argus
Hull has the highest number of smokers in whole country, Viking FM

Source: Telegraph – 09 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1R6ag0G

Smoking will cause more than ‘1.3 million new illnesses in Britain’
Analysis by Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum reveals the figure will include almost 600,000 cases of cancer.

If current trends continue the number of smokers is on course to fall 10 per cent by 2035 but the charity wants to see this drop to five per cent.

Achieving this could mean 97,000 fewer new cases of smoking-related diseases including 36,000 cases of cancer.

Cancer Research UK has called on the Government to preserve stop smoking services after forecasts showed tobacco-related diseases could cost the UK an additional £3.6billion a year by 2035.

Source: The Express – 08 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1R6b0D9

Wales: First British beach to ban smoking has been unveiled in bid to get people to stub it out
The first smoke-free beach has been unveiled in a bid to discourage youngsters from taking up the habit.

Little Haven beach in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, is the first seaside resort in Britain to trial the no-smoking signs on the sand.

The year-long trial, which also includes e-cigarettes, comes after a YouGov survey showed 54 per cent of adults believe smoking should be banned in communal areas like parks and beaches.

Officials in Wales have tried to bring in the ban before, but they couldn’t enforce it because the Crown Estate is in charge of the British seabead.

But they’ll get around the ban by advertising it as “voluntary” – meaning you won’t get a fine by breaking it.

See also:
This beach is the first in Wales to ban smoking (but you won’t get fined if you do), Wales Online
Little Haven becomes Wales’ first smoke-free beach, BBC News
Welsh beauty spot is first seaside resort in Britain to ban smoking and vaping on the beach, Daily Mail

Source: Daily Mirror – 08 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1R6bjxO

Scotland: Tobacco free generation website to target young people
A new website has been launched aimed at stopping young people in Scotland from becoming smokers.

YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, said 13,000 young Scots take up smoking each year.

Now, the agency and other youth organisations have joined forces with anti-smoking charity ASH Scotland to campaign for a tobacco-free generation by 2034.

To mark No Smoking Day, the new partnership has launched the Tobacco Free Generation website to offer young people support to make positive choices for themselves, protection from pro-tobacco commercial interests and help with stubbing it out.

Source: Herald Scotland – 08 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1R6bQ2C

Wales: Partial ban on use of e-cigarettes in public places wins AMs’ support
The Welsh government has won support from some Plaid Cymru AMs for the measure after ministers watered down the ban to places where children are likely to be present.

See also:
E-cigarette ban to be extended to zoos, cinemas and libraries…if Welsh Government gets its way, Daily Post
E-cigarettes ‘ban’ denied by Welsh health minister, BBC News [includes video]
Hopes of stopping potential e-cigarette ‘ban’ in Wales stubbed out in Welsh Assembly, Daily Post

Source: BBC News – 08 March 2016
Link: http://bbc.in/1R6c3D2

Staffordshire: Shock statistics reveal cigarettes caused 200 house fires
Smokers in Staffordshire are being warned about the safety of lighting up after shocking statistics revealed cigarettes sparked almost 200 house fires in five years.

Between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015 there were 191 residential blazes caused by cigarettes across Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service released the latest figures as the country marks No Smoking Day.

Source: Staffordshire Newsletter – 09 March 2019
Link: http://bit.ly/1R6cu07

Smokers who get support more likely to quit habit
A study from the University of Aberdeen showed that smokers with partners who offered emotional encouragement and practical support were more likely to stop than those with unsupportive partners.

Research conducted by Gertraud Stadler, senior lecturer in health psychology at the university, tracked the behaviour of 100 couples comprised of one smoker and one non-smoker.

Smoking partners used their mobile phones to keep a record of the support the other offered for ten days before a quitting date and three weeks after.

Their records were then passed on to the university who found help with potentially stressful situations, such as childcare and shopping, as well as comforting and listening during difficult periods, improved the overall success on smokers’ quitting than nagging before the quitting start date.

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See also:
Nagging smokers does not help them quit, say researchers, The Telegraph

Source: The Times – 09 March 2016
Link: http://thetim.es/1R6cEEH

Specsavers chief optometrist warns e-cigarettes could be linked to dry eye and cause more serious sight loss
Although tobacco smoking is still far riskier than vaping, Specsavers’ expert optometrist has warned e-cigarette use can cause dry eyes and may also lead to macular degeneration.

The ingredients contained in e-cigarettes can include formaldehyde, a carcinogen which has been shown to irritate the eyes, nose and throat, while propylene glycol can also cause eye and respiratory irritation.

Prolonged exposure to propylene glycol can also affect the nervous system and spleen.

However tobacco smokers are still the most at risk, with double the chance of developing age-related macular degeneration, and a definitive link between vaping and eye damage has yet to be proven.

Source: City AM – 08 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1R6dcKW

EU finance ministers call for higher taxes on e-cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes may need to be taxed at higher rates, European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday, as “vaping” increases in popularity.

With an eye on both state revenues and public health considerations, ministers meeting in Brussels said the exemption from excise duties should be reconsidered, and asked the European Commission to decide by 2017 whether to propose increasing taxation on e-cigarettes.

The Commission, the EU body which draws up legislative proposals, is likely to take a cautious approach, a spokeswoman said.

Source: Interactive Investor – 08 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1R6cTzw

India: Supreme Court seeks Centre’s view on plain cigarette packaging
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought the Centre’s view on a public interest litigation (PIL) to bring in plain packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Laws have been passed in other countries on the basis that the jazzy covers and messages on cigarette packets attract more customers and reduce the effectiveness of pictorial warnings.

The petition, filed by a Allahabad-based lawyer Umesh Narain Sharma, contended that cigarette, bidi and gutka companies violated the rules pertaining to pictorial warnings on the packets of tobacco products and said that “it defeated the whole purpose”.

The Health Ministry had in September 2014 issued a notification making it mandatory for cigarette manufacturing companies to carry a statutory warning against smoking on both sides of a cigarette pack with a pictorial depiction of throat and mouth cancer covering at least 85 per cent of the package.

Source: Mail Online – 09 March 2016
Link: http://dailym.ai/1R6dqS4

Canada: Study says tobacco companies must deal with waste butts
A single tossed cigarette butt may seem inconsequential, but researchers say more than five trillion waste butts accumulate in the global environment each year, resulting in degradation, costly cleanup and emergency response.

Tobacco manufacturers should be made responsible for the stinky, toxic mess, says a new study co-authored by a Simon Fraser University professor.

The paper, published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Tobacco Control, sets out a regulatory scheme as model legislation for adoption by cities, provinces or countries. It was designed in collaboration with the Washington, D.C.-based Cigarette Butt Pollution Project.

The study found that one to two-thirds of butts from cigarettes are littered, buried in landfills or washed down storm drains.

See also:
– SFU study calls for tobacco companies to clean up their butts, Metro News

Source: Info News – 08 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1R6dBgd

India turns its back on tobacco, usage dips across states
Use of tobacco, the leading cause of preventable death, has for the first time begun to decline across several states. Data from the Phase 1 results of National Family Health Survey-4 released by the Union health ministry show there is a dip in the use of all forms of tobacco, among men and women, in the past decade.

Doctors are hailing the results as one of the biggest successes in public health. At least 11of the 13 states in the report, including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, have reported a decline in the numbers between 2005-06 and 2015-16.

While Tamil Nadu saw a 10% decrease in the number of male tobacco users from 40.1% to 31.7%, there is up to 20% dip in tobacco use in states like Sikkim.

The only states that showed an increase in tobacco consumption were Manipur and Meghalaya.
Ten years ago, nearly half the men and, at least, a quarter of the women in rural areas consumed tobacco. A sustained campaign against the use of tobacco has helped bring down the numbers.

Source: Times of India – 08 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1R6dQrA