ASH Daily news for 11 May 2015



HEADLINES

  • Children as young as 10 smoking to ease exam worries
  • London: Hospital introduces smoking breath tests for all pregnant women
  • Scotland: Actors demand right to escape e-cigs ban
  • US: Evidence is insufficient to recommend e-cigarettes for quitting, US committee concludes
  • EU fraudbusters ‘tapped phones illegally and fiddled clear-up rate’
  • China hikes cigarette tax in anti-smoking drive
  • US: SF mayor signs law that bans chewing tobacco at ballparks
  • Bangladesh: Cigarette makers want export tax cut
  • Sir Philip Carter, businessman – obituary

    Children as young as 10 smoking to ease exam worries

    Some children as young as 10 are smoking cigarettes, gorging on junk food and drinking energy drinks to prepare for their exams, new research has found.

    A poll of more than 1,000 youngsters who took Key Stage Two SATs last year found eight had smoked before the tests, while 37 ate chocolate and 30 drank the high-sugar beverages.

    See also:
    – Children as young as 10 ‘smoke before exams’, survey suggests, BBC News
    – Children as young as 10 are SMOKING to help cope with exam stress, Daily Mirror

    Source: Telegraph – 11 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ItlcXf

    London: Hospital introduces smoking breath tests for all pregnant women

    The Whittington Hospital, in Archway, will carry out screening on expectant mums using carbon monoxide (CO) monitors as part of its standard antenatal checks from this summer.

    Women can choose to opt-out of the test, but otherwise the monitor will detect if they smoke or if they are affected by secondary smoking by a partner.

    It comes as a Ham&High investigation has found the health of 881 unborn babies in Camden, Haringey and Barnet was put at risk from maternal smoking from April 2013 to December 2014.

    Source: Ham & High – 11 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ItlHRb

    Scotland: Actors demand right to escape e-cigs ban

    The Federation of Scottish Theatre wants actors to be exempt from any future ban on electronic cigarettes – so their characters can “smoke” on stage -, claiming it can be crucial to some roles.

    It comes as the Holyrood Government consults on the use of the tobacco substitute devices.

    [requires subscription]

    Source: The Sun – 10 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ito5Hq

    US: Evidence is insufficient to recommend e-cigarettes for quitting, US committee concludes

    There are not enough data on the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes to determine whether the devices can help smokers quit, the US Preventive Services Task Force has concluded.

    The Task Force, which makes recommendations on the effectiveness of preventive healthcare services such as screening, counselling, and use of drugs, issued its draft evaluation of tobacco smoking cessation in adults and pregnant women on 5 May.

    [subscription required] 

    Source: BMJ – 11 May 2015
    Link: http://bmj.co/1ItonON

    EU fraudbusters ‘tapped phones illegally and fiddled clear-up rate’

    The EU’s anti-fraud office is itself under criminal investigation over claims that it illegally tapped the phones of suspects.

    Belgian investigators said they had asked the European Commission (EC) to lift the diplomatic immunity of Olaf officials who are accused of making the recordings so they can be investigated — and possibly prosecuted — under the country’s law.

    The alleged recordings were made in connection with an investigation into John Dalli, a Maltese member of the EC,who was sacked after being accused by Olaf of soliciting bribes to change EU legislation.

    [subscription required]

    Source: Sunday Times – 10 May 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1ItoyJS

    China hikes cigarette tax in anti-smoking drive

    China raised the wholesale tax rate for cigarettes to 11 percent from 5 percent, in a move to deter smokers in the world’s biggest maker and consumer of tobacco.

    China has accelerated a campaign against smoking over the past year, despite persistent opposition from the tobacco industry. Domestic and foreign anti-smoking activists say China’s cigarette habit has come at a heavy cost to the healthcare system.

    The parliament passed legislation last month banning tobacco ads in the mass media, public places, on public transport and outdoors.

    Cigarette wholesalers must also pay an additional 0.005 yuan (less than one cent) per cigarette sold, a statement said. The increase came into effect on Sunday.

    Source: Reuters – 08 May 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1ItoUQO

    US: SF mayor signs law that bans chewing tobacco at ballparks

    San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields.

    Players and the manager of the team expressed support for the ordinance signed into law by Mayor Ed Lee on Friday but also concern about breaking the chewing habit.

    The ordinance, which will take effect on 01 January 2016, prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco at athletic venues, specifically singling out baseball, which has a long history of players masticating and spitting tobacco juice in view of children.

    Source: BT/AP – 09 May 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1Itp4Y9

    Bangladesh: Cigarette makers want export tax cut

    Bangladesh’s cigarette manufacturers have asked the national revenue board to reduce the 10 per cent tax imposed on the export of tobacco leaves to explore their export potential. They also urged the National Board of Revenue to initiate preventive measures against cigarette smuggling.

    A five-member team from the Bangladesh Cigarette Manufacturers Association placed its demands at a pre-budget meeting with the NBR at the latter’s headquarters in the capital.

    Source: New Age – 10 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ItpnT0

    Sir Philip Carter, businessman – obituary

    Sir Philip Carter, who has died aged 87, was a director of Littlewoods who forged a career in football administration as a successful chairman of Everton Football Club and one of the founders of what became the Premier League.

    He gave a considerable amount of his time and energy to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. In 2005 Everton Football Club took steps to have Britain’s first smoke-free football stadium, banning cigarettes from the ground’s restaurants, bars and stands.

    Source: Daily Telegraph – 10 may 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ItpHB5