ASH Daily news for 11 January 2019



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UK

  • Perth Council seizes illegal tobacco

International

  • USA: Alabama bans smoking on public beach

Parliamentary Activity

  • Correspondence between Rt Hon Norman Lamb and Dr Ian Hudson regarding House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report on E-cigarettes

Links of the week

  • Cochrane review update
  • Call for participants – shaping the future of vaping research

 

UK

Perth Council seizes illegal tobacco

Trading standards have seized illegal tobacco from two shops in Perth with support from local police. These shops customers could purchase “under the counter” tobacco at cut price rates and avoiding VAT charges. Council officials have now promised further action against traders who are found to be breaking the law.

Housing and communities committee convener and Liberal Democrat councillor Peter Barrett said: “Controlled sale of tobacco is very important. Smoking is a major cause of ill health and disease.”

Source: The Courier, 13 December 2018

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International

Alabama bans smoking on public beach

Alabama has banned smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, in Gulf Shores, its most popular stretch of beachfront, which is currently undergoing a $15 million renovations.

Violators could face fines of up to $500 and jail time which comes into effect in June 2019. The ban follows previous campaigns encouraging beach goes to “leave only footprints” instead of litter, and is part of an ordinace that also bans pets, fireworks, alcoholic beverages, open fires, drones and laser pointers.

Source: Albany Times Union, 11 January 2019

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Parliamentary Activity

Correspondence between Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP and Dr Ian Hudson on House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report on E-cigarettes

As part of the on going correspondence regarding the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report on E-cigarettes Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP Chair of the committee has written to Dr Ian Hudson, Chief Executive of MHRA regarding medicinal licensing of e-cigarettes. He asked for a response regarding the proposal for a Government review on the use of e-cigarettes as stop smoking aids.

Ian Hudson responded saying the MHRA continues to support and engage with companies that express an interest in applying for a medicines licence.

See the letter from Norman Lamb to Ian Hudson here
See Ian Hudson’s reply to Norman Lamb here

See also: House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology – E-cigarettes

 

Links of the week

Cochrane Review

The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group has published an update for its review on Print-based self-help for smokers.

The review considers the effectiveness of different forms of print based self help materials that provide a structured programme for smokers to follow compared to no treatment and other minimal contact strategies.

See review

Call for participants – shaping the future of vaping research

Smokers, vapers and non-smokers are being invited to help shape the future of medical research into the safety of e-cigarettes by taking part in a new online survey run by the University of Nottingham’s UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies.

Researchers want to find out what people think are the most important questions that need answering about vaping, so they can prioritise the right areas for future research into the safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes. They are also asking doctors and health professionals to take part in the survey which is open until the 7th March 2019.

Survey link