ASH Daily News for 12 June 2018



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UK

  • Glasgow health board signs ASH Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-Free Generation

International

  • Cigarette butts and filters the most common pieces of litter on Europe’s beaches
  • Global Electronic Cigarette Market expected to generate $26.83bn of revenue in 2023

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Question

UK

Glasgow health board signs ASH Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-Free Generation

Scotland’s largest health board has thrown its weight behind a health charity’s goal to create a tobacco-free generation by 2034.

The director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), John Matthews OBE, has signed ASH Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-Free Generation, designed to further help drive down smoking rates. Despite the continuing drop in Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s smoking rates, smoking remains the biggest single preventable cause of ill-health and premature death in Scotland.

John Matthews OBE, chair of the board’s Public Health Committee, said: “Tobacco is still the most common preventable cause of death in Scotland with smoking to blame for around a quarter of all deaths.

Signing this charter today is important as it shows our continued commitment to reducing smoking and our determination to ensure that all children will grow up free from the harmful effects of tobacco.”

Source: Glasgow Live, 12 June 2018

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International

Cigarette butts and filters the most common pieces of litter on Europe’s beaches

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released new data about litter found on Europe’s beaches. Based on nearly 700,000 collected items, disposable plastics are the biggest contributor to marine litter, with cigarette butts and filters being the most commonly found individual items.

A new EEA analysis on marine litter showcases data collected by volunteer groups at beaches across Europe’s four regional seas — the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the North-East Atlantic Ocean.

Using the EEA’s Marine LitterWatch mobile app, volunteer groups collected litter data at 1,627 beach clean-up events between 2014 and 2017.

Source: Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, 8 June 2018

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Global Electronic Cigarette Market expected to generate $26.83bn of revenue in 2023

The global electronic cigarette market is expected to be worth $26,839 million by 2023, up from $8,610 million in 2016, registering a compound annual growth rate of 17.4% from 2017 to 2023.

The figures are based on data from the commercial research organisation Research and Markets.

Source: Cision PR Newswire, June 2018

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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary Question

Desmond Swayne Conservative, New Forest West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the level of vendor compliance with the tobacco and related products regulations in respect of vaping; and if he will make a statement.

Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department commissioned the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) to assess compliance with the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 including e-cigarettes. The CTSI published its latest report ‘A Rapid Review of Nicotine Inhaling Product Compliance with the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations’ in May 2018 and is available at the following link: https://www.tradingstandards.uk/news-policy/tobacco-control/tobacco-compliance-and-rapid-reviews

Source: Hansard, 11 June 2018

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