ASH Daily news for 10 February 2015



HEADLINES

  • Study: Tobacco-smoking mums and dads increase diabetes risk for children in utero
  • Animal study suggests electronic cigarette flavourings could damage the lungs
  • Opinion: ‘Smoking – it’s so twentieth century’
  • China: Strict anti-tobacco controls proposed
  • Vietnam orders tobacco firms to pay more for anti-smuggling fund
  • Parliamentary Business

    Study: Tobacco-smoking mums and dads increase diabetes risk for children in utero

    A study carried out by researchers at the University of California and published in the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease has found that women whose mothers smoked while pregnant were two to three times as likely to be diabetic as adults. Dads who smoked while their daughter was in utero also contributed to an increased diabetes risk for their child.

    Michele La Merrill, an assistant professor of environmental toxicology who led the study said: “Our findings are consistent with the idea that gestational environmental chemical exposures can contribute to the development of health and disease.”

    Source: Medical Xpress, 09 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1zSeinO

    Animal study suggests electronic cigarette flavourings could damage the lungs

    A study carried out on mice by researchers from the University of Rochester suggests that emissions from flavourings used in electronic cigarettes may damage the lungs.

    The study suggested that cinnamon-flavoured e-liquid was one of the worst offenders, while sweet flavours were generally more damaging than straight nicotine.

    Source
    Plos: Vapors Produced by electronic cigarettes and e-juices with flavorings induce toxicity, oxidative stress, and inflammatory response in lung epithelial cells and in mouse lung.

    Source: The Mirror, 09 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/16NHHpe

    Opinion: ‘Smoking – it’s so twentieth century’

    In an outspoken and provocative opinion piece Giles Coren considers opposition to the introduction of voluntary smoke-free zones in Bristol last week and smoking more widely.

    He suggests that smoking “is just so over” and calls on local government to protect people where central government has not done so.

    Source: Time-out, 10 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1z3KDFO

    China: Strict anti-tobacco controls proposed

    The Chinese government has published draft regulations proposing to ban smoking in public places, including sports venues and bus and train waiting areas. If implemented it would be the strictest anti-smoking law in Chinese history.

    The regulations also propose that messages and graphic images illustrating the harms of tobacco should cover at least half the packaging of tobacco products.

    Source: British Medical Journal, 09 February 2015
    Link: http://bmj.co/1y4Lpky

    Vietnam orders tobacco firms to pay more for anti-smuggling fund

    Vietnamese tobacco firms have been asked to triple their contribution to a compulsory funding initiative aimed at cracking down on illicit tobacco in Vietnam.

    Local media reported that the Tobacco Association is now required to pay the equivalent of 16 US cents for each smuggled or counterfeit 20-cigarette pack confiscated in Vietnam.

    Source: Thanh Nien News, 10 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1y55MOl

    Parliamentary Business

    PQ1: Mortality

    Luciana Berger (Shadow Minister (Public Health); Liverpool, Wavertree, Labour)
    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of UK mortality was directly linked to (a) obesity, (b) smoking, (c) insufficient fruit and vegetables in diet, (d) inactivity and (e) alcohol in each of the last four years.

    Rob Wilson (The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office; Reading East, Conservative)
    The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

    ONS Letter to Member – ULK Mortality (PDF Document, 113.34 KB)

    Source: Hansard (Citation: HC Deb, 9 February 2015, cW)
    Link: http://bit.ly/1zSakvy

    PQ2: Japan Tobacco

    Nigel Dodds (Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs); Belfast North, DUP)
    To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what discussions he and officials in his Department have had with relevant stakeholders in relation to the closure of the JTI Gallahers factory in Ballymena since October 2014; and what steps he has taken as a consequence of those discussions.

    Matthew Hancock (Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills); West Suffolk, Conservative)
    Officials in UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) have been in discussion with Invest Northern Ireland over recent months. Invest Northern Ireland have held conversations with the Northern Ireland Department of Education and Learning (DEL) about skills provision for the affected workforce, and Ballymena Borough Council. The Unite union has met my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Theresa Villiers) and the hon. Member for North Antrim (Ian Paisley), and has written to UK Ministers with a copy of their counter-proposal for JTI, with a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Minster responding to it on behalf of the UK Government.

    Colleagues at the British Embassy in Tokyo have had contact with Invest NI since being notified by JTI of the closure. Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Japan was also in Belfast the week of the announcement and met the hon. Member for North Antrim (Ian Paisley) and the Northern Ireland Inward Investment team (as well as JTI UK). Permanent Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sir Simon Fraser was in Tokyo during the week commencing 2nd February 2015 and met JTI when there.

    Source: Hansard (Citation: HC Deb, 9 February 2015, cW)
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ft9tDu