ASH Daily News for 10 March 2017



  • Number of people quitting smoking hits record high
  • London: Smoking related fire deaths double, warns Brigade on No Smoking Day
  • Smoking cessation in secondary care: acute and maternity settings
  • US: Proposed BAT acquisition of RAI clears antitrust hurdle
  • ‘War of innovation’ rages in tobacco industry
  • US: Lawyer’s trousers erupt in flames as he gives closing statement blaming ‘spontaneous combustion’ for arson

Number of people quitting smoking hits record high

More people in the UK are quitting smoking than ever before, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

Of all adults in Great Britain who had previously smoked 56.7% were former smokers in 2015, which is the highest proportion of quitters since 1974.

In 2015, of all adults in the UK 17.2 percent were smokers, down from 20.1 percent of adults who smoked in 2010. Cancer Research UK estimates that this means there were 8,800,000 adult smokers in the country in that year.

Also, average cigarette consumption among smokers has reduced to 11.3 cigarettes each day – the lowest level since 1974.

The data also show that 2.3 million people in the UK used e-cigarettes in the year, with half having turned to ‘vaping’ to help them stop smoking cigarettes.

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A quarter of adults in Great Yarmouth admit to smoking as it’s revealed smokers are on the rise in parts of Norfolk, Evening News

Source: Pharma Times – 09 March 2017
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London: Smoking related fire deaths double, warns Brigade on No Smoking Day

Twenty-one Londoners died in fires relating to smoking last year, which is more than double the year before.

The figures, released to coincide with national No Smoking Day, also show that around three fires a day are linked to smoking, with around two people a week being injured.

Fire chiefs are asking people to quit smoking to avoid the risk of dying or being hurt in a fire.

Source: Fire Magazine – 09 March 2017
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Smoking cessation in secondary care: acute and maternity settings

Public Health England has produced a self-assessment framework, based on NICE Guidance, for NHS acute trusts to develop local action to reduce smoking prevalence and the use of tobacco.

Source: GOV.UK – 09 March 2017
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US: Proposed BAT acquisition of RAI clears antitrust hurdle

Reynolds American Inc. and British American Tobacco have announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 relating to BAT’s proposed acquisition of RAI has expired without a request for additional information by the US Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission. The expiry of the Act’s waiting period satisfies the transaction closing condition related to U.S. antitrust approval.

The transaction still requires approval by RAI and BAT shareholders and regulatory clearance from Japan, and is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the other closing conditions specified in the merger agreement.

Both companies continue to expect the transaction to close in the third quarter of 2017.

Source: Yahoo! Finance – 09 March 2017
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‘War of innovation’ rages in tobacco industry

A recent Bloomberg report sheds light on traditional tobacco and cigarette industry leaders’ accelerated race to offer innovative products in light of anti-smoking regulation and campaigns, along with changing consumer preferences. As a byproduct of this shift, companies such as Philip Morris International Inc., Reynolds American Inc. and Japan Tobacco Inc. have invested heavily in product development, funding tech incubators, launching venture funds and creating apps after the style of Silicon Valley in efforts to develop next-gen reduced-risk tobacco platforms.

See also:
Big Tobacco Has Caught Startup Fever, Bloomberg

Source: Investopedia – 09 March 2017
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US: Lawyer’s trousers erupt in flames as he gives closing statement blaming ‘spontaneous combustion’ for arson

A Miami, Florida defence attorney’s pants burst into fire in the middle of the courtroom while he was defending an arson case.

Defence lawyer Stephen Gutierrez, 28, was in the midst of his closing argument when the pocket fire — which he is said to have attributed to a faulty e-cigarette battery — started.

Gutierrez was stating that his client did not intentionally set his car on fire, but that instead, the car had spontaneously combusted, when smoke suddenly began to issue forth from his right pants pocket, witnesses said.

Apparently unharmed, but sporting a newly-singed pocket, Gutierrez is said to have insisted that the fire near his loins was definitely not part of a staged defence demonstration gone awry.

Source: This is Money – 09 March 2017
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