ASH Daily News for 10 November 2016



  • More than 100 countries require graphic pictorial warnings on tobacco packaging
  • WHO convention calls for monitoring waterpipe tobacco use
  • Ireland: Working towards smokefree campuses
  • British American Tobacco to test tobacco based vape product in Japan
  • USA: Vice President-elect Mike Pence doesn’t believe that smoking kills
  • Japan: Go for a walk after a smoking break

More than 100 countries require graphic pictorial warnings on tobacco packaging

A new report by the Canadian Cancer Society shows that 105 countries and territories now require graphic health warnings on cigarette packets. This is a significant milestone for public health and one which will save lives.

The report: Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report, lists those who require pictorial warnings and ranks them based on the size of health warnings. The UK comes 14th on this list requiring 65% of the packaging to be covered by health warnings, and goes further being one of five countries to have introduced laws on plain, standardised packaging.

Source: wfmj.com – 09 November 2016
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WHO convention calls for monitoring waterpipe tobacco use

A draft decision by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has urged Parties to the treaty to monitor the use of waterpipe tobacco and also ban flavourings in such products.

“Concerned about the growing use of flavoured waterpipe tobacco among youth and the increasing influence of the tobacco industry over waterpipe regulation and production, we invite parties (nations) to continue to monitor waterpipe tobacco use through national surveillance systems to cover all age groups and all policy aspects in an integrated approach, and submit the findings to the COP through the reporting instrument of WHO FCTC,” the draft said.

The draft stressed the need for Parties to work together and share experiences to reduce and regulate the use of waterpipe tobacco.

A senior WHO official said the draft was being discussed and a decision would be made shortly.

Source: India Today – 09 November 2016
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Ireland: Working towards smokefree campuses

ASH Ireland isencouraging universities and higher education colleges to make smokefree campuses the norm for staff and students.

Both Westport College and Athlone IT already have smokefree campuses while University College Dublin and Trinity College have commenced the ‘going smokefree’ process.

Speaking at a seminar in at the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin Dr Patrick Doorley, Chairman of ASH Ireland, said: “Ireland has been a world leader in the fight against tobacco for well over a decade and we now have an opportunity to take the lead in Europe with this initiative. Denormalisation is a key issue in the fight against tobacco and introducing a ‘smokefree policy’ in key locations is a key factor in reducing smoking prevalence. We must also remember that tobacco waste is our biggest urban waste, so smokefree campuses will reduce cost and create a much healthier environment for all.”

Source: Irish Mirror – 09 November 2016
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British American Tobacco to test tobacco based vape product in Japan

British American Tobacco (BAT) has announced plans to test a new tobacco based heat not burn product in response to Philip Morris International’s new IQOS device.

The new product ‘Glo’ is due to be launch on the 12th December 2016 and works through heating tobacco enough to create an inhalable vapour, which researchers claim still contains 90% fewer toxins than smoke.

Source: London South East – 08 November 2016
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USA: Vice President-elect Mike Pence doesn’t believe that smoking kills

Mike Pence, the new Vice President-elect has said he doesn’t believe that smoking kills.

Pence made the case in an op-ed article published in 2000 and has not publicly updated his stance since. In the article he wrote: “Time for a quick reality check, despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill. In fact, 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer.”

In fact smoking kills approximately 6 million people worldwide every year and in America around 40 million people smoke with smoking related diseases killing nearly 480,000 people annually.

While 2000 was 16 years ago it was 36 years after US Surgeon General Luther Terry published his 1964 report on the links between smoking and cancer.

Source: UK Business Insider – 09 November 2016
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Japan: Go for a walk after a smoking break

Employees at the Japanese Health Ministry have been ordered to go for a brisk walk after a smoking break to get rid of the lingering smell of tobacco. The order follows complaints from non-smokers about colleagues bringing a strong smell of smoke back into the building.

The new regulation comes into effect today, and smokers have been given a prescribed route through the grounds of the Ministry.

The ministry has also imposed a limit on the amount of time any individual can remain at the outdoor smoking area, which is also now closed between 9:30 am and 3 pm, except during lunch breaks.

The moves come as Japan attempts to cut levels of passive smoking in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Source: The Telegraph – 10 November 2016
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