ASH Daily news for 12 January 2015



HEADLINES

  • Five year action planned to help beat cancer
  • Warrington: Wolves lift ban on e-cigs at stadium after signing new sponsorship deal
  • Dramatic video shows E-Cigarette bursts into flames in just 35 minutes
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger accepts Szczesny smoking apology, says he used to sell cigarettes
  • Ability to quit smoking ‘predictable’
  • US: Study shows e-cigarette flavors do not appeal to nonsmoking teens
  • China: Illiterate farmer who claimed he didn’t know it was illegal to smoke on planes is fined £170 after lighting up at 35,000ft
  • Ditch the cigarettes to see comet Lovejoy, says astronomer

    Five year action planned to help beat cancer

    Patients will be allowed to self-refer for diagnostic tests, under new plans launched by NHS England designed to improve cancer survival rates.

    NHS England has announced a new independent taskforce to develop a five-year action plan for cancer services and a major new programme to test innovative ways of diagnosing cancer more quickly.

    The taskforce has been asked to deliver the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View, which calls for action on three fronts: better prevention; swifter diagnosis; and better treatment, care and aftercare for all those diagnosed with cancer. Action is needed as survival rates for some cancers remain below the European average.

    See also:
    – The NHS Five Year Forward View, NHS England

    Source: On Medica – 12 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1APMl2U

    Warrington: Wolves lift ban on e-cigs at stadium after signing new sponsorship deal

    Wolves rugby club fans will now be able to use an electronic cigarette after the club lifted its ban at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

    It coincides with a new sponsorship deal which will see Truvape take over sponsorship of the South Stand.

    Wolves-branded electronic cigarettes will also be on sale in the Wolves shop.

    Source: Warrington Guardian – 09 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1APO1td

    Dramatic video shows E-Cigarette bursts into flames in just 35 minutes

    Shocking video footage has been released showing an E-Cigarette bursting into flames in just 35 minutes after being plugged into a non-standard charger.

    Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s graphic video is part of a campaign to warn people of the dangers.

    Across the country more than 100 fires have been caused by them.

    [includes video]

    Source: ITV – 09 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1APOBai

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger accepts Szczesny smoking apology, says he used to sell cigarettes

    Source: ITV – 09 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1APPFeq

    Ability to quit smoking ‘predictable’

    Success at quitting tobacco can be predicted from the way a smoker’s body processes nicotine, a study from the University of Pennsylvania, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal, has found.

    Measuring the rate of nicotine breakdown can help determine the best strategy to be adopted for a particular individual, experts believe.

    The research shows that “normal” nicotine metabolisers – who make up 60% of smokers – might be better off using a drug than nicotine patches. Those classified as “slow” metabolisers achieve similar quitting success with a patch while avoiding medicinal side effects.

    Scientists compared the effectiveness of nicotine patches or the drug varenicline in a study involving 1,246 smokers who wanted to quit.

    Of the participants, 662 were slow metabolisers of nicotine and 584 normal metabolisers.

    See also:
    – Metabolism pointer for quitting smoking, Yahoo!/AFP
    – How quickly smokers metabolize nicotine may point to most effective way to quit, Medical Xpress

    Source: ITV – 12 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1APR5FG

    US: Study shows e-cigarette flavors do not appeal to nonsmoking teens

    Nonsmoking teens show very low interest in using electronic cigarettes, even when presented with a variety of flavors described as, for example, raspberry, bubble gum, gummy bear, and vanilla bean, according to a study published online in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

    Researchers surveyed 216 nonsmoking teens aged 13-17 and 432 adult smokers of combustible tobacco cigarettes about their interest in a range of potential e-cigarette flavors.

    Asked on a scale of 0-10 about interest in using electronic cigarettes, offered in a list of flavors, teens reported minimal interest (mean=0.410.14 SE), and teens’ interest did not vary across flavors.

    Among adult smokers of combustible tobacco cigarettes, interest in electronic cigarette flavors was greatest among recent users of e-cigarettes (mean=3.190.21), followed by past users (mean=1.620.17) and never users (mean=1.080.15). Recent electronic cigarette users indicated an interest in flavors such as vanilla bean, double espresso, and raspberry; none of which appealed to nonsmoking teens.

    Source: IT Briefing – 10 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C73Bhc

    China: Illiterate farmer who claimed he didn’t know it was illegal to smoke on planes is fined £170 after lighting up at 35,000ft

    A Chinese farmer who lit up a cigarette on board a flight to Bangkok claimed he had no idea that smoking on a plane was illegal.

    Xu Miaoqing, from mainland China, told a court he was illiterate and was unable to read the no smoking signs.

    Mr Miaoqing had been caught smoking in the toilet on the Cathay Pacific flight on Christmas Day by flight attendants.

    He has been given a HK$2,000 (£170) fine after pleading guilty in Tsuen Wan Court in Hong Kong to a charge of smoking in an aircraft.

    Source: Daily Mail – 11 January 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1C74bLP

    Ditch the cigarettes to see comet Lovejoy, says astronomer

    Stargazers hoping to catch a glimpse of comet ‘Lovejoy’ this weekend should ditch the cigarettes, an astronomer has advised.

    The glowing green comet is making its closest approach to Earth at the moment, providing amateur astronomers a sight that will not be seen again for 8,000 years.

    Astronomer Geoff Wyatt said smoking could prevent people seeing the comet as it affects the blood supply to the optic nerve and reduces night vision. He also advised getting away from light pollution to improve the view.

    Source: Telegraph – 09 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C74C8W