ASH Daily news for 13 May 2015
May 13, 2015
- Nottingham: Secondary school pupils will help classmates quit smoking
- Scotland: NHS Fife joins local vets to highlight danger of passive smoking on animals
- ‘Not just a flavoring:’ Menthol and nicotine, combined, desensitise airway receptors
- US: FDA denies petition to change smokeless tobacco warning
- EU court rules against Maltese ex-commissioner Dalli
- US: Obama’s plans for trade deals with Asia and Europe in tatters after Senate vote
- US: Berkeley leaders considers banning tobacco sales near schools
- Spain: Woman posts photo showing ‘baby smoking a cigarette’ on Instagram
- Australia: Woman finds a cigarette butt baked inside her doughnut
Nottingham: Secondary school pupils will help classmates quit smoking
A new initiative which will sees pupils encouraging their peers not to take up smoking has been approved.
Nottinghamshire County Council will introduce the three-year scheme, costing £450,000, to secondary school pupils in September.
The scheme hopes to reduce the number of young people taking up smoking each year by training youngsters who will then go on to inspire their classmates.
The scheme has already been tested on 11,000 students in 59 schools across the UK and it has seen a 22 per cent reduction in the chances of pupils taking up smoking.Source: Nottingham Post – 13 May 2015
Scotland: NHS Fife joins local vets to highlight danger of passive smoking on animals
NHS Fife has teamed up with local veterinary surgeons to raise awareness of the negative impact that second-hand smoke can have on animals.
The chain of surgeries is encouraging customers and visitors to sign up to the smoke-free homes pledge. By signing the pledge, participants commit themselves to keeping their homes completely smoke-free, helping to promote their own good health and the good health of others in the property.Source: Fife Today – 12 May 2015
‘Not just a flavoring:’ Menthol and nicotine, combined, desensitise airway receptors
Menthol acts in combination with nicotine to desensitize the type of nicotinic receptors found in lungs and airways that are responsible for nicotine’s irritation, say Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) researchers.
They say their findings, published online in Molecular Pharmacology, suggests menthol is not just a flavoring, but has an important pharmacological effect.Source: BrightSurf – 12 May 2015
US: FDA denies petition to change smokeless tobacco warning
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a citizen petition from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and American Snuff Co. on modified risk.
The petition asked the FDA to initiate a rulemaking to change one of the four smokeless tobacco warning statements currently required by the Comprehensive Smokeless Tobacco Health Education Act, as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act of 2009.
The FDA received the citizen petition on July 29, 2011, asking it to change the current statement, “WARNING: This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.” to “WARNING: No tobacco product is safe, but this product presents substantially lower risks to health than cigarettes.”Source: CSP Net – 12 May 2015
EU court rules against Maltese ex-commissioner Dalli
The EU’s top court has dismissed a case brought by Maltese ex-Commissioner John Dalli against the European Commission in which he sought compensation.
Mr Dalli left his job as EU health commissioner in 2012, accused of improper links to tobacco lobbyists.
The European Court of Justice has ruled that he resigned voluntarily. He had argued that ex-Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso had asked him to resign. Mr Barroso said Mr Dalli had put the Commission’s integrity at risk.Source: BBC News – 12 May 2015
US: Obama’s plans for trade deals with Asia and Europe in tatters after Senate vote
Barack Obama’s ambitions to pass sweeping new free trade agreements with Asia and Europe fell at the first hurdle on Tuesday as Senate Democrats put concerns about US manufacturing jobs ahead of arguments that the deals would boost global economic growth.
A vote to push through the bill failed as 45 senators voted against it, to 52 in favor. Obama needed 60 out of the 100 votes for it to pass.
White House officials dismissed the Senate vote against fast tracking as a “procedural snafu” but without this crucial agreement from lawmakers to give the administration negotiating freedom, it is seen as highly unlikely that international diplomats can complete either of the two giant trade deals currently in negotiation: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).Source: The Guardian – 12 May 2015
US: Berkeley leaders considers banning tobacco sales near schools
Berkeley is considering a ban on the sale of tobacco goods within 1,000 feet of schools and parks in Berkeley.
Berkeley recently passed the nation’s first soda tax.
Supporters of the ban say they want to protect the health of the community, while opponents want to protect their right to sell a legal product.Source: ABC 7 News – 13 May 2015
Spain: Woman posts photo showing ‘baby smoking a cigarette’ on Instagram
A Spanish woman has been reported to the police for posting a photo appearing to show a baby “smoking” a cigarette on social media.
The child is seen with its lips around a lit cigarette bring held in its mouth by an adult hand.
It was posted on Instagram by a user who claims she is 18 and lives in Valencia.Source: The Independent – 12 May 2015
Australia: Woman finds a cigarette butt baked inside her doughnut
A woman says a friend of hers has found a cigarette butt in her doughnut, claiming that employees must have been smoking while they made the doughnuts – and didn’t notice when the butt dropped in.
Posting to the Krispy Kreme Facebook page, she said, ‘Earlier this afternoon I was with my friend whilst she was eating a Krispy Kreme doughnut, she took a bite into her doughnut and spat it back out, to find a cigarette butt cooked into the doughnut.’
‘This could have seriously affected the health of not only my friend but her 5 month old unborn child. We are seriously disgusted by this!’Source: Metro – 12 May 2015