ASH Daily News for 10 July 2019



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UK

  • First hospital vape shops open to help smokers kick habit
  • British American Tobacco interviewed on the Government’s pledge to reduce smoking prevalence to 5% by 2030

International

  • US: Maine law to prevent tobacco use and streamline tobacco taxes
  • India: Survey finds majority of young people in Delhi-NCR are addicted to smoking

UK

First hospital vape shops open to help smokers kick habit

Two hospitals in the Midlands have become the first in Britain to open shops selling e-cigarettes to patients and visitors as part of efforts to support smokers switch. The shops were given approval to run from within the hospitals by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust as part of its mission to deter all patients, visitors and staff from smoking.

Source: The Times, 10 July 2019

See also:
Evening Standard, Hospitals open vaping shops in bid to help smokers quit
The Telegraph, Vape shops open on NHS hospital sites, in bid to stub out smoking
Daily Mail, Two hospitals have opened shops selling e-cigarettes in a bid to help patients and visitors quit smoking
Yahoo News, Vape shops open on NHS hospital sites, in bid to stub out smoking

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British American Tobacco interviewed on the Government’s pledge to reduce smoking prevalence to 5% by 2030

Kingsley Wheaton, BAT Chief Marketing Officer, was interviewed on e-cigarettes and the Government’s Prevention Green Paper on the Today programme. He urged the government to invest tobacco taxes into science, education and product development however he declined to comment on the proposal in leaked sections of the Prevention Green Paper for the government to introduce a “polluter pays” levy on tobacco companies.

The interview also covered BAT’s return to F1 sponsorship at the British Grand Prix. With the number of people smoking cigarettes in the UK declining, BAT is increasingly focussing on e-cigarettes the use of which has doubled in the last five years. BAT claims the partnership with the McLaren team at the British Grand Prix focusses only on its “reduced risk product portfolio”.

Source: Today BBC Radio 4, 10 July 2010

Time: 22:10

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International

US: Maine law to prevent tobacco use and streamline tobacco taxes

A new law designed to fund tobacco cessation and make sure all tobacco products are taxed at the same rate has taken effect in Maine. The proposal, by Democratic Representative. Joyce McCreight of Harpswell, is designed to equalise the tax on tobacco products in line with cigarettes at 43 percent of the wholesale sales price. That standard applies to products such as pipe tobacco, cigars and e-cigarette products.

Source: Main Public, 9 July 2019

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India: Survey finds majority of young people in Delhi-NCR are addicted to smoking

A recent survey of 1,400 respondents has found that one in every three people in the 15-50 year age-group in Delhi National Capital region (NCR) are addicted to smoking, and around half of them are aged between 20 and 30. The survey, ‘Understanding Smoking Attitudes in Youth, conducted by Gurgaon-based Aviss Health Foundation also found that many young people report resorting to smoking to cope with work-related stress.

Source: Business Standard, 10 July 2019

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