ASH Daily News for 09 November 2016



  • UK to invest £15 million in FCTC implementation
  • Should e-cigarette use be permitted in smoke-free public places? The case for a ban
  • New research raises concerns that vaping may lead to smoking
  • Imperial Chief Executive: ‘Ignore City’s takeover smoke signals’
  • Scotland: Angus Council to ban smoking at new foster and adoptive homes
  • California approves tax increase on cigarettes

UK to invest £15 million in FCTC implementation

The UK Government has announced that it will be investing £15 million in extra budgetary funds to support global implementation of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to help Parties meet their Sustainable Development Goals.

The announcement received support from Cancer Research UK, which has also invested £5 million to support implementation of the FCTC in lower and middle income countries, focusing on building the evidence base to support policy makers to implement more effective tobacco taxation and pricing measures.

Source: Framework Convention Alliance Bulletin – 08 November 2016
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Should e-cigarette use be permitted in smoke-free public places? The case for a ban.

Further to yesterday’s article: E-cigarette use in public places: striking the right balance, Professor Simon Chapman from the School of Public Health, University of Sydney and colleagues have presented the other side of the argument.

The authors focus on concerns about the renormalisation of smoking behaviour especially around children. They raise further concerns about the substances comprising e-cigarette vapour, the levels of vapour exposure in “real world” settings and whether the prevalence of vaping could lead to relapse among former smokers.

Source: Tobacco Control – 07 November 2016
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New research raises concerns that vaping may lead to smoking

A study of teenagers in California has tentatively suggested a link between vaping and starting to smoke cigarettes. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the study surveyed more than 3,000 teenagers about vaping and smoking.

Though numbers who vaped or smoked were small, researchers found that the more the teenagers said they had vaped, the more likely they were to smoke cigarettes. Those who used e-cigarettes more frequently were also more likely to smoke more heavily.

While acknowledging the limitations of the study, the authors conclude that “The transition from vaping to smoking may warrant particular attention in tobacco control policy.”

Professor John Britton, Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies at the University of Nottingham, said the study “doesn’t tell us whether vaping caused these young people to start smoking, or whether they would have started smoking anyway; or whether vaping prevented some young people who would otherwise have become smokers from progressing to tobacco smoking. The key question is whether vaping is increasing smoking uptake, over and above that underlying risk. This study doesn’t answer that question; but it does show that if it does, the proportions of children affected are very small.”

Leventhal et al. Research letter, Association of e-Cigarette Vaping and Progression to Heavier Patterns of Cigarette Smoking, JAMA, November 2016

See also:
E-cigarettes ARE a gateway to smoking: Experts say high usage leads teenagers ‘to take up the real thing’, Daily Mail
Teenagers who use e-cigarettes ‘are more likely to become heavy cigarette smokers’, The Sun

Source: The Guardian – 08 November 2016
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Imperial Chief Executive: ‘Ignore City’s takeover smoke signals’

In the wake of speculation following BAT’s $47 billion bid for control of Reynolds American last month, Imperial Tobacco’s Chief Executive Alison Cooper has said that “doing deals” is not a focus for the company.

Imperial yesterday accompanied its full-year results with the announcement of a £300 million investment in its biggest growth brands, as well as a fresh £300 million cost-cutting programme for each year up until 2020, at a one-off cost of £750 million.

See also:
Imperial Brands raises dividend by 10% for eighth year in a row despite sharp fall in profits, This is Money
Imperial Brands tobacco boss says it can stand alone with cost cuts, Evening Standard

Source: The Times – 09 November 2016
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Scotland: Angus Council to ban smoking at new foster and adoptive homes

Angus Council is proposing policy changes which will prevent under-12s from being placed in smoking households, even if occupants go outside to smoke. Over 12s will be protected by a requirement for carers and adoptive parents to keep a smokefree home meaning occupants will have to go outside to smoke.

Sheila Duffy, chief executive of ASH Scotland said: “We believe that the well-being of the child must always be the prime consideration, and that exposure to tobacco smoke is one part of that picture.

In that context, we welcome the council’s firm commitment to providing smoke-free environments for young children in care.”
“To do this successfully, it’s important that foster parents understand what the council is seeking to achieve, and that they are supported to offer the best caring environment they can.”

Source: The Courier – 08 November 2016
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California approves tax increase on cigarettes

Voters in California have supported raising taxes on tobacco and vaping products by $2 per pack but similar proposals have fallen short in North Dakota, Missouri and Colorado.

Proposition 56 will raise tax on a pack of cigarettes from 87 cents per pack to $2.87 bringing it more in line with other states. The measure also raises tax on electronic cigarettes.

Source: Reuters – 09 November 2016
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