ASH Daily news for 09 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • Do lung cancer scans deter smokers from giving up?
  • London: 2.5 million illegal cigarettes seized
  • Sussex: Fire service welcomes ban on smoking in cars
  • Scotland: MSPs warned against ‘demonisation’ of electronic cigarettes
  • France: Protest against plain packaging proposals
  • US: Smoke-free zones and high cigarette taxes decrease youth smoking

    Do lung cancer scans deter smokers from giving up?

    A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that almost half of smokers who received the all-clear for lung cancer said that screening lowered their motivation to give up.

    However, a different study found that screening reduced lung cancer deaths by 20 per cent, which prompted the US screening programme.

    Conversely, screening can provide false reassurance, with a temptation to ignore other risks: heart attacks, emphysema, stroke, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and a range of cancers. Also, false positives can lead to potentially needless invasive investigations and treatments.

    Source: The Guardian, 8th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UEYf4M

    London: 2.5 million illegal cigarettes seized

    A haul of 2.5 million illegal cigarettes was found in a Twickenham self-storage unit hidden among washing machines.

    The cigarettes, estimated by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to be worth around £500,000, arrived from Poland and were seized on September 4.

    Three men have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling.

    Source: Richmond and Twickenham Times, 8th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MaA13b

    Sussex: Fire service welcomes ban on smoking in cars

    East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed the change in law on smoking in vehicles with children present. The new legislation comes into force on the 1st October in both England and Wales.

    Source: Eastbourne Herald, 9th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FxiUAY

    Scotland: MSPs warned against ‘demonisation’ of electronic cigarettes

    Holyrood’s Health Committee heard evidence that the over-regulation of electronic cigarettes could be counter-productive in light of evidence about their ability to help smokers quit tobacco.

    MSPs are currently examining a Scottish Government Bill that will introduce restrictions on the sale and marketing of nicotine vapour products (NVPs) such as electronic cigarettes, including a minimum purchase age of 18 and limit on advertising and promotions.

    Mike MacKenzie, SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said he is concerned about the “disparity” between evidence from health professionals on the potential benefits of e-cigarettes and negative public perceptions of the products.

    Source: Midlothian Advertiser, 8th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OcntI4

    France: Protest against plain packaging proposals

    Mocked-up cigarette packets were displayed on Tuesday in Toulouse, during a demonstration against plain packaging that the French government wants to reintroduce in a new draft health law.

    Next week, the French Senate will begin debating the health law, with one of the objectives being to reduce the rate of youth smoking.

    Source: Global Times, 8th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NpaeEE

    US: Smoke-free zones and high cigarette taxes decrease youth smoking

    A new study has found that smoking bans and higher taxes have led to fewer teenagers and young adults from taking up smoking.

    The 11-year study conducted by the University of California researchers tracked 4000 Americans aged 12 to 18 as they grew up. It found that teenagers who grow up in smoke-free environments were a third less likely to start smoking and the number of new smokers plummeted over time.

    The researchers have suggested that a further increase in tobacco tax could reduce the number of young people smoking by half.

    See also:

    Smoke-free zones, higher taxes deter youth smoking, study shows

    Smoke-free workplace laws may decrease youth smoking  

    Source: Mirror, 8th September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NhyaIs