ASH Daily news for 10 April 2015



  • Women smokers concerned about weight are less likely to try to quit
  • BHF: Cigarette display ban will ‘help stop children taking up smoking’
  • Isle of Man tobacco display ban plans heard in Tynwald
  • India: Central Gov. told to enforce rule for bigger pictorial warnings
  • Cambodia: Parliament passes law on tobacco control
  • US: Anti-smoking campaign targeting hipsters cost $5M

    Women smokers concerned about weight are less likely to try to quit

    Women who believe smoking helps them manage their weight are less likely to try quitting in response to anti-smoking policies than other female smokers in the U.S, with similar patterns in the UK but not in Australia and Canada.

    The study, published online in the journal Tobacco Control, is the first to find that smokers who are concerned about their weight are less swayed by anti-smoking policies – such as bumps in cigarette prices, smoke-free laws or anti-tobacco messaging — than other smokers are.

    The researchers looked at survey data from about 10,000 smokers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia as part of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project. The ITC Project conducts longitudinal surveys of smokers and tobacco users across 22 countries.

    Respondents completed three surveys between 2002 and 2007 that asked questions on whether they agreed with the statement that smoking helps control weight; on their attempts to quit smoking; and on their exposure to tobacco policies such as price, anti-smoking messaging, and smoking bans at work or in public.

    For female smokers who did not believe that smoking helps control weight, a 10 percent increase in cigarettes price was associated with a 6 percent rise in attempts to quit, while women who thought smoking does help control weight did not significantly increase their attempts to quit in response to a price increase. Additionally, while a 10 percent increase in exposure to anti-smoking messaging was associated with a 12 percent increase in quit attempts among those who did not hold the weight-control belief, no increase in quit attempts was reported by smokers who did so believe.

    Source: Medical News Today – 09 April 2015

    BHF: Cigarette display ban will ‘help stop children taking up smoking’

    Legislation that came into force this week means that newsagents, convenience stores, petrol stations, hotels, pubs and nightclubs are no longer able to display cigarette packs for sale.

    In most cases packs will be kept behind sliding doors and will only be in view when staff are serving customers.

    The British Heart Foundation (BHF) welcome this development and believe it will help to stop children taking up smoking.

    Simon Gillespie, BHFs Chief Executive, said: “By taking cigarettes off the display shelves we’re cutting off one of the last avenues that tobacco companies have to entice young people to smoke.”

    Source: Wired Gov – 08 April 2015

    Isle of Man tobacco display ban plans heard in Tynwald

    Proposed new laws banning tobacco displays in Isle of Man shops have been heard by the Manx parliament.

    The 2015 Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Bill – designed to reduce “impulse smoking” – has had its first reading at a session of Tynwald.

    The legislation, introduced in the UK in 2012, aims to protect children from exposure to products and advertising.

    The selling of cigarettes from vending machines would also be outlawed if the proposed legislation is passed by MHKs.

    It has been introduced to the Manx parliament after a public consultation was launched on the island last year.

    See also:
    – Crackdown on cigarette promotion is ‘positive step’, IoM Today
    – Strengthening tobacco legislation to protect future generations, Department of Health and Social Care

    Source: BBC News – 09 April 2015

    India: Central Gov. told to enforce rule for bigger pictorial warnings

    The Maharashtra government is to send a proposal to the Union government to enforce the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco packets to 80-85 percent of the size of the packet.

    While the Union government had decided to increase the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products from April 1, the decision was put on hold indefinitely following the recommendations of a parliamentary standing committee, headed by Dilip Gandhi, an MP from Maharashtra. The committee had strongly urged the Union government to keep the proposal on hold.

    Source: Indian Express – 10 April 2015

    Cambodia: Parliament passes law on tobacco control

    The National Assembly of Cambodia on Wednesday unanimously adopted a draft law on tobacco control with an aim of minimizing tobacco impacts on people’s well- being and the economy.

    All 89 lawmakers, who were present at the session, supported the law, which includes measures to control tobacco-made products in order to reduce impacts on health, economy, society and environment.

    Among the bill’s stipulations is a commitment to protect people from secondhand smoke, an increase in taxes to discourage smoking, the restriction of tobacco sales to minors, the combating of illicit tobacco and the inclusion of large health warnings on all cigarette packaging.

    Dr Yel Daravuth, who works with the WHO Cambodia office and has assisted in the drafting process of the law since the WHO FCTC was signed in 2003, said once the law passes the Senate and is signed off by King Norodom Sihamoni, graphic visual warnings of the damaging health consequences of smoking will take up 55 per cent of cigarette packets – a significant proportion more than the 30 per cent stipulated by the WHO FCTC.

    See also:
    – Tobacco law passed, KI Media

    Source: KI Media – 09 April 2015

    US: Anti-smoking campaign targeting hipsters cost $5M

    The federal government spent millions of dollars in recent years to discourage tobacco use among hipsters through a program that recommends “styling your sweet mustache” and listening to music “no one else has heard of” as good alternatives to smoke breaks.

    The National Institutes of Health has awarded $5 million to the anti-smoking campaign since 2011, with the money going toward events, ads, posters, T-shirts, social media and more.

    Some of the messaging knocks “neoconservative political candidates,” criticizing them for taking major donations from the tobacco industry. A 2004 NIH study found that Democratic and Republican lawmakers receive such contributions and that members of both parties are strong allies of the industry.

    Pamela Ling, a medical professor at the University of California at San Francisco and a cast member in the third season of MTV’s “Real World,” directs the project. She worked with Rescue Social Change Group to create a “social brand” called Commune, which sponsors smoke-free events featuring local artists and alternative bands, in addition to paying artists to create anti-tobacco swag.

    The campaign also involves quit-smoking groups for social leaders such as DJs and bartenders, who record their progress with kicking the habit on a blog.

    The program specifically targets hipsters, defining the subculture as young adults who are “focused on the alternative music scene, local artists and designers, and eclectic self expression,” according to an abstract of the project.

    The Washington Free Beacon first reported the campaign’s questionable messaging last November, noting that a statement on the Commune’s website condemns the tobacco industry for contributing to “things like world hunger, deforestation and neo conservative policies.”

    Source: Standard Examiner – 09 April 2015