ASH Daily news for 12 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • UK Government to develop a new tobacco control plan
  • Wales: RPS backs e-cigarette ban in public places
  • Industry-funded report: Black market tobacco trade increases in the UK
  • Hampshire: Dangers of smoking highlighted at school
  • Croydon takes historic step to support cut in tobacco use
  • Children’s exposure to second-hand smoke in England has dropped 80% since 1998
  • Additives in low tar (‘light’) may reinforce nicotine dependence
  • Ireland: Two thirds of black market cigs sold in Dublin are ‘illicit whites’
  • Air China staff suspected of smoking in cockpit on airborne flight

    UK Government to develop a new tobacco control plan

    The government has comitted to developing a new tobacco control plan for 2015 and beyond as its previous strategy ’Healthy Lives, Healthy People’ launched in 2011, comes to an end.

    Health minister Jane Ellison announced her intention to develop a new strategy when speaking at the launch, in Parliament, of a new report by ASH earlier this week.

    One of the key recommendations in ASH’s Smoking Still Kills report is the development of a new tobacco strategy.

    Source: Convenience Store – 11 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IMWQbn

    Wales: RPS backs e-cigarette ban in public places

    Legislation to ban the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces in Wales has been supported by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), which warns that rising use of the devices threatens to normalise smoking once more.

    A Public Health Bill put before the Welsh parliament on 8 June 2015 would bring rules on the sale and use of e-cigarettes into line with those for tobacco products.

    If passed, the Bill is expected to become law by spring 2016.

    Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal (RPS) – 11 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IMXh5B

    Industry-funded report: Black market tobacco trade increases in the UK

    A tobacco-industry-funded report by KPMG claims that the UK has seen a significant rise in the consumption of counterfeit and contraband cigarettes in 2014, the second highest increase across the whole of the EU.

    The report asserts that this has been driven by an increase in illicit tobacco coming out of Belarus and Pakistan.

    The illegal brand Fest accounted for 70% of cigarettes from Belarus and 40% of the total amount of ‘illicit whites’ in the UK.

    All four major tobacco manufacturers operating in the EU – BAT, Imperial, JTI and PMI – jointly commissioned the report.

    Source: Asian Trader – 11 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IMXHJe

    Hampshire: Dangers of smoking highlighted at school

    Pupils at a Hampshire school got to grips with discovering the dangers of smoking.

    More than 80 Year Six students at Blackfield Primary School in Hampton Lane were given a hands-on lesson in why smoking could seriously harm their health.

    Youth workers discussed with the pupils common misconceptions about smoking and put any myths about the habit to rest.

    Source: Southern Daily Echo – 11 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IMYdH8

    Croydon takes historic step to support cut in tobacco use

    A drive to reduce tobacco use among Croydon residents is set to receive a significant boost when the leader of Croydon Council signs the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control.

    Source: Your Croydon – 11 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IMYnyi

    Children’s exposure to second-hand smoke in England has dropped 80% since 1998

    A new study published by the scientific journal Addiction finds that in England, children’s exposure to second-hand smoke has declined by approximately 80% since 1998.

    Also, an emerging social norm in England has led to the adoption of smoke-free homes not only when parents are non-smokers but also when they smoke. The proportion of children living in a home reported to be smoke-free increased from 63% in 1998 to 87.3% in 2012.

    The study gathered data from over 35,000 children who participated in the annual Health Survey for England (HSE) from 1998 to 2012.

    Source: Medical News Today – 11 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IMYIRD

    Additives in low tar (‘light’) may reinforce nicotine dependence

    Pyrazine additives in low tar (‘light’) may be reinforcing the addictive qualities of nicotine, and should be strictly regulated, concludes research published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

    The evidence suggests that pyrazines have sensory and pharmacological effects which act independently of, and in tandem with, nicotine, and were developed by the tobacco industry to make low tar (‘light’) cigarettes taste richer and smoother, and boost sales.

    Nicotine dependence is a complex process, but is primarily caused by the ability of nicotine to prompt the release in the brain of dopamine, a chemical involved in pleasure, arousal, and mood change.

    A growing body of evidence suggests that nicotine alone is not responsible for the intense addictive properties of tobacco smoking and the high relapse rate among people attempting to stub out their habit for good using nicotine replacement products.

    The researchers scoured internal tobacco industry documents made available in the late1990s as a result of litigation and reviewed scientific research on the composition and role of cigarette additives.

    See also:
    – A study of pyrazines in cigarettes and how additives might be used to enhance tobacco addiction, Tobacco Control

    Source: Rochdale Online – 12 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IMZ3DH

    Ireland: Two thirds of black market cigs sold in Dublin are ‘illicit whites’

    An industry-funded survey has revealed that brands produced only for the smuggling trade, known as ‘illicit whites’ now dominate the Dublin black market in cigarettes.

    In the tests, carried out in May, two out of every three packets bought were so-called ‘illicit whites’, brands that only exist to be smuggled, usually into the UK and Ireland.

    The purchases, carried out by Detective Chief Superintendent, Kevin Donohoe and former Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector, Will O’Reilly, on behalf of tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris International, also showed that Moore Street in Dublin was the epicentre of the trade and that only illicit whites were for sale from eight people openly selling.

    See also:
    – Heard of ‘Black Mount’ and ‘Jim’s’ cigarettes? They’re available on the Irish black market…, The Journal.ie

    Source: Sunday World – 11 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IMZON3

    Air China staff suspected of smoking in cockpit on airborne flight

    Air China staff are suspected of sparking up on a plane from Hong Kong to Beijing on June 2 after passengers complained about cigarette smells coming from the cockpit.

    Four passengers complained to a flight attendant, who went into the cockpit twice and offered an apology. The flight attendant also persuaded the passengers not to make a fuss out of it.

    All four passengers were assured that once landed in Beijing, Air China would initiate an investigation into the incident. All four also signed a safety disclaimer, saying Air China staff had offered satisfactory service and that they would receive notification of the investigation results.

    Source: Air Soc – 10 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IN0HFx