ASH Daily news for 15 April 2016
April 15, 2016
- Wales: Prisoner suicide linked to smoking ban
- Nottinghamshire: Council considers banning smoking for staff in worktime
- US: No change in tobacco use among youth; e-cigarettes preferred
- US: California pension system reconsiders tobacco divestment
- India: In health warning showdown, tobacco industry turns to top court
- India: Delhi govt bans manufacture, sale of all forms of chewing tobacco for one year
- US: FDA’s anti-e-cig regulation
- US: Boy, 14, blinded in one eye after e-cigarette exploded in his face
Wales: Prisoner suicide linked to smoking ban
A prisoner has killed himself after allegedly being stopped from smoking in Swansea jail. The prison authorities say the prison has been operating normally since going smoke free and that all prisoners are able to have the support to quit smoking if they need it.
A prison service spokeswoman said: “As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”Source: Swansea Sound – 12 April 2016
Nottinghamshire: Council considers banning smoking for staff in worktime
As part of its commitment to promote better workplace health for its employees, Nottinghamshire County Council will be considering plans to create a smoke free working environment for all its employees from May 2016.
The council’s updated Smoke Free Policy will mean council employees will not be permitted to smoke while at work or on council business. The final decision will be taken at the Policy Committee meeting on 20 April.Source: Worksop Guardian – 14 April 2016
US: No change in tobacco use among youth; e-cigarettes preferred
Overall tobacco use among U.S. middle and high school students has not changed since 2011, a period in which use of electronic cigarettes increased dramatically, U.S. health officials said.
Given that most adult smokers begin using tobacco before age 20, health officials are concerned over the lack of progress in reducing tobacco use among U.S. youth.
According to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products, 3 million middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2015, compared with 2.46 million in 2014.
There was no significant change in cigarette smoking habits among middle and high school students between 2014 and 2015, with 9.3 percent of high school students and 2.3 percent of middle school students saying they smoked cigarettes.Source: Reuters – 14 April 2016
US: California pension system reconsiders tobacco divestment
Anti-smoking groups on Thursday stepped up pressure on the nation’s largest public pension system to drop plans to consider re-investing in tobacco stocks 15 years after selling them off.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has been reconsidering its divestments since a consultant reported last year that the tobacco sell-off has cost as much as $3 billion in lost returns. Board members are scheduled to decide how to proceed next week, but a final decision will take up to two years.
In a letter to the head of the CalPERS board, executives from the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association say investing in tobacco companies would send the message that California supports the industry.Source: Mail on Sunday – 15 April 2016
India: In health warning showdown, tobacco industry turns to top court
India’s tobacco industry has sought to delay strict new health warning rules by appealing to the country’s highest court, a move anti-smoking activists say could backfire given that the court has ruled against cigarette makers in the past.
Earlier this month Indian tobacco companies, some backed by “Big Tobacco” firms in the West, effectively went on strike by closing factories in protest against demands that 85 percent of a cigarette packet’s surface be covered by health warnings, up from the older requirement of 20 percent.
The industry estimates the stoppages cost it as much as $68 million a day, taking cumulative losses to up to $850 million.
Similar battles have played out around the world in recent years as governments try to discourage smoking. On a few occasions, major tobacco producers have resorted to drastic action by freezing output.
That tactic worked in India in 2010, when the government delayed a set of warnings proposed at the time after the industry shut plants.Source: Reuters – 14 April 2016
India: Delhi govt bans manufacture, sale of all forms of chewing tobacco for one year
The Delhi government has banned for one year the manufacture, sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewing tobacco, including pan masala, gutka, flavoured /scented tobacco and kharra.
The ban came into effect on April 13, 2016.Source: IBTimes – 15 April 2016
US: FDA’s anti-e-cig regulation
Food and Drug Administration regulations which could adversely affect the e-cigarette industry are good news for big tobacco, according to one of the world’s largest banks.
In a research note, Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog warns the FDA’s so-called “deeming” regulations will entrench the existing tobacco industry and stifle e-cigarette innovation.Source: Daily Caller – 14 April 2016
US: Boy, 14, blinded in one eye after e-cigarette exploded in his face
A 14-year-old boy has been blinded in one eye after an e-cigarette he was trying at a mall kiosk exploded in his face.
Leor Domatov suffered a cut to his left cornea and severe hand injuries after the device blew up as he was holding it.
Leor – who is too young to be sold e-cigarettes – was offered one by a worker at the Plaza Vapes kiosk at Kings Plaza mall in Brooklyn, New York.Source: Mail on Sunday – 14 April 2016