ASH Daily news for 12 May 2015



HEADLINES

  • Study: Electronic cigarettes could lead to chronic lung conditions
  • Study: Use of hookah steam stones could lead to dangerous, false sense of security
  • Cabinet reshuffle: Who are the women David Cameron has promoted to his all-Conservative line-up
  • Australia: Australian football player throws parties to “sneakily” advertise his tobacco company
  • US: State of Oregon approves ban on indoor electronic cigarette use and sales to minors
  • Scotland: House fire started by child playing with lighter

    Study: Electronic cigarettes could lead to chronic lung conditions

    A study carried out by researchers from Central Michigan University College of Medicine and published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found evidence to suggest that long tern exposure to vapour from electronic cigarettes could lead to emphysema.

    Dr Nicholas Hopkinson, medical adviser to the British Lung Foundation, said this study was small, but the results were significant.

    He noted that whilst most people are fairly confident electronic cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes, there is now evidence which shows there is some harm.  He went on to suggest that risks seem to be associated with flavouring and device type and stated there is “quite a strong argument for regulation”.

    Source: Daily Mail, 09 May 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1G0ssrU

    Study: Use of hookah steam stones could lead to dangerous, false sense of security

    New research published in Microchemical Journal suggests the use of hookah steam stones, commonly considered a safer alternative to cigarette smoking, could be leaving users with a dangerous, false sense of security.

    The article states: “In spite of the claims that the steam stones are a ‘safer’ alternative, this research demonstrates a smoker will still be subjected to toxic metals in potentially harmful amounts when using traditional charcoal.”

    Source

    Microchemical Journal: Metal analysis for non-tobacco smoking alternatives steam stone fluids and smoke

    Source: Medical News, 12 may 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PDXI0C

    Cabinet reshuffle: Who are the women David Cameron has promoted to his all-Conservative line-up

    Lydia Smith looks at the women David Cameron has promoted to cabinet after winning a majority in the general election.

    These include Priti Patel promoted to Minister of State for Employment. Patel previously worked in the tobacco and alcohol industry and has been criticised for voting for the smoking ban to be overturned in 2010.

    That same year, Patel signed a letter demanding that plain packaging for cigarettes be reconsidered. She has also taken a robust stance on crime, causing controversy when she argued for the restoration of capital punishment on BBC’s Question Time in 2011.

    Source: International Business Times, May 11 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HbmC5s

    Australia: Australian football player throws parties to “sneakily” advertise his tobacco company

    Travers Beynon, a former star of the Australian Football League, is using social media to beat Australia’s tobacco advertising laws.

    Beynon has posted pictures of extravagant parties at his home known as the “Candy Shop Mansion” as a means of promoting his tobacco company on social media.

    A spokeswoman for the Cancer Council Queensland expressed concern that Beynon’s company was being promoted through Candy Shop Mansion.

    Source: The Australian, 11 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ATsrzX

    US: State of Oregon approves ban on indoor electronic cigarette use and sales to minors

    Oregon has approved tighter restrictions on electronic cigarettes, including a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurants and workplaces.

    The bill also bans the sale of vaporizers, nicotine liquid and other accessories to minors, bringing Oregon in line with 41 other states.

    Source: Oregon Live, 11 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HbmC5s

    Scotland: House fire started by child playing with lighter

    Fire crews responded to a fire in a family home on the weekend after a mattress was set alight by a young child playing with a lighter.

    Station Manager Martyn Brandrick, the commanding officer at Livingston Fire Station, said: “It’s important we all make sure matches, lighters and cigarettes are always kept well out of children’s reach and that we help them understand these items are dangerous, that they aren’t toys and should never be played with.”

    Source: Edinburgh news, 11 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EzrehR