ASH Daily News for 14 May 2015



HEADLINES

  • New study: One billion smokers in the world today
  • New study: Personal cash investment may improve quit rate for smokers
  • New study: Quitting smoking may improve angioplasty outcomes
  • Australia: Cancer Council voices concern over flavoured electronic cigarettes being sold next to sweets
  • Asia: Tobacco industry lobbying undermines public health
  • Philip Morris renews backing of the Ferrari Formula One team
  • How ‘Mad Men’ Made Smoking Glamorous – Then Deadly

    New study: One billion smokers in the world today

    According to the “Global Statistics on Addictive Behaviours 2014 Status Report”, which was published in the journal Addiction this week, almost 5% of the world’s adult population (240 million people) have an alcohol use disorder and more than 20% (1 billion people) smoke tobacco.

    Professor Robert West, an author of the report and editor-in-chief of Addiction said “The most striking thing to emerge is how much more damage is done to society by legal drugs than illegal ones. It is a stark reminder of how the need to create shareholder value can work against global health and wellbeing.”

    Full study: Global Statistics on Addictive Behaviours 2014 Status Report, Addiction

    Source: First Post, 13 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JJOoqh

    New study: Personal cash investment may improve quit rate for smokers

    A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that if smokers make an up-front investment in their quit attempt they may be more likely to succeed.

    The study compared five smoking cessation techniques, used with 2,538 employees of a US drug store chain and found that those who made a financial deposit that they could lose if their quit attempt failed and told they would be given a large cash reward if they succeeded were the most likely to quit.

    The programmes that required cash up front from smokers were twice as effective that those that simply offered cash for continued abstinence. However, despite its effectiveness, the study also found that fewer people were willing to take part in a scheme that required payment up front.

    See also:
    Do YOU want your loved one to quit smoking? Offer them money: Bribing smokers is the best way of encouraging them to kick the habit, Daily Mail

    Full study: Randomized Trial of Four Financial-Incentive Programs for Smoking Cessation New England Journal of Medicine

    Source: Reuters, 13 May 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1bRwW7w

    New study: Quitting smoking may improve angioplasty outcomes

    According to a new study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions those who quit smoking at the time of undergoing angioplasty may benefit more from the procedure than those who continue to smoke.

    The study recruited 2,765 angioplasty patients from 10 hospitals across America. Compared to patients who continued to smoke after angioplasty, those who quit the habit reported a better overall quality of life at 1 year after the procedure. 21% of patients who quit smoking at the time of angioplasty continued to experience chest pain, compared with 31% who carried on smoking. 19% of patients who had never smoked or quit smoking before angioplasty continued to experience chest pain.

    More information: Smoking and angioplasty: not a good combination, American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

    Source: Medical News Today, 13 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1K7HGxF

    Australia: Cancer Council voices concern over flavoured electronic cigarettes being sold next to sweets

    Following an audit of convenience stores which found electronic cigarettes frequently being sold next to confectionery items, the Australian Cancer Council has spoken of its concern that impressionable young children are being targeted by electronic cigarette advertising.

    Scott Walsberger, Tobacco Control Unit Manager at Cancer Council NSW said: ‘It’s really concerning that an addictive product is being marketed like this and is a way that is attractive for children. ‘The way that electronic cigarettes are marketed to appeal to children with their placement next to lollies, use of confectionery flavours, packaging – it’s hard to look past that it’s a marketing ploy for kids.”

    Source: http://dailym.ai/1G8JFPS
    Link: Daily Mail, 13 May 2015

    Asia: Tobacco industry lobbying undermines public health

    An online editorial in the British Medical Journal explores “troubling evidence that the tobacco industry is exerting undue influence in several Asian countries, in some cases with the complicity of governments, to thwart public health measures”.

    Source: British Medical Journal, 13 May 2015
    Link: http://bmj.co/1K7Fh60

    Philip Morris renews backing of the Ferrari Formula One team

    Tobacco company Philip Morris International has renewed its backing of the Ferrari Formula One team for three more years according to team manager Maurizio Arrivabene. Advertising laws means that Ferrari hasn’t been able to display Philip Morris branding at races since 2007.

    Philip Morris is the only cigarette maker retaining a link with Formula One, extended the sponsorship through 2018 at a board meeting more than a year ago without making a public announcement, Arrivabene said in an interview.

    Source: thestar.com, 13 May 2015
    Link: http://on.thestar.com/1A1X7nQ

    How ‘Mad Men’ Made Smoking Glamorous – Then Deadly

    An article in the The Daily Beast explores the role of smoking in the TV series, ‘Mad Men’.

    Source: The Daily Beast, 12 May 2015
    Link: http://thebea.st/1FfPUAv