ASH Daily news for 11 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • Insurance: E-cigarette users punished just as harshly as smokers
  • London: Westminster tackles cigarette & gum litter with innovative behaviour change campaign
  • Scientists discover genes that ‘lower the risk of early death’
  • Ireland: Smoking ban will not be extended to e-cigarettes
  • US: Man left with hole in mouth after ‘e-cigarette explosion’
  • Zayn Malik upsets fans by smoking in Instagram photo

    Insurance: E-cigarette users punished just as harshly as smokers

    Insurance broker Tom Conner, director at Drewberry, thinks that insurers are taking a conservative stance and none are offering discounts for smokers who switch to e-cigarettes.

    This means smokers who switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes will still have to pay more for insurance related to life expectancy or health.

    Source: Daily Mirror – 10 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1J28CZL

    London: Westminster tackles cigarette & gum litter with innovative behaviour change campaign

    Giant cigarettes, voting ashtrays and music-playing poles have seen the amounts of gum and cigarette butts left on the streets of Westminster fall rapidly.

    A campaign called ‘Neat Streets’, launched in May, has seen Westminster City Council, Veolia, and environmental charity Hubbub trial “some of the most innovative schemes from around the world” along the mostly pedestrianised Villiers Street [Charing Cross area].

    The organisations have together sought to reduce the growing problem caused by cigarettes and chewing gum – the two items that are now responsible for 78% of all observed litter.

    Research from Keep Britain Tidy has found that the pilot schemes helped chewing gum litter fall by 54% in June and 26% in July. The research also suggests that littering has fallen by 26% overall since the campaign began.

    Source: edie – 10 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1J29UUp

    Scientists discover genes that ‘lower the risk of early death’

    US scientists have discovered that smokers who live for a long time may have specific genes promoting a lengthy lifespan.

    These ‘longevity’ genes were also linked to an 11% lower incidence of cancer.
    Scientists say the genes help the body’s cells maintain and repair themselves, protecting the person from ageing, and environmental damage like smoking.

    The study’s author, Morgan Levine, of UCLA, said: ‘We identified a set of genetic markers that together seem to promote longevity. What’s more, many of these markers are in pathways that were discovered to be important for ageing and lifespan.’

    Source: This is Money – 10 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1J2awtg

    Ireland: Smoking ban will not be extended to e-cigarettes

    The Irish Department of Health will not extend the smokefree law to include e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

    The Department examined whether to include vaping in the workplace smoking ban, but was not able to do so because the evidence of the harm caused by e-cigarettes was not strong enough.

    It will be up to individual premises and business owners whether they allow the use of e-cigarettes or not.

    The Department will introduce special licensing conditions for those selling e-cigarettes and equipment.

    Source: RTÉ News – 10 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1J2aGRi

    US: Man left with hole in mouth after ‘e-cigarette explosion’

    A man was reportedly left unable to eat solid foods after an e-cigarette exploded in his face – leaving a gaping hole in his mouth.

    James Lauria, 23, from Cobb County, Georgia, was airlifted to hospital with first degree burns after the smoking device unexpectedly exploded.

    Source: Yahoo! News – 10 September 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1J2bbuG

    Zayn Malik upsets fans by smoking in Instagram photo

    Zayn Malik, a former member of the boy band One Direction, has upset his loyal fan-base by posting a photo of himself smoking a cigarette on Instagram.

    The monochrome image shows the former One Direction member staring into the camera and holding a rolled-up cigarette, as smoke drifts from his mouth.

    This comes less than a week after one of Malik’s former fellow band members, Liam Payne, got in trouble for similar reasons.

    Source: The independent – 10 September 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1J2bEgp