ASH Daily News for 15 August 2016



  • Tobacco has been linked to the most fatal form of stroke

    A possible link between a deadly form of stroke and smoking has been discovered by scientists.

    Researchers in Finland found a sharp drop in the number of people who suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage – the most fatal form of stroke – occurred in the same period as a decline in smoking numbers.

    Between 1998 and 2012, the number of people who smoked plunged 30% among 15 to 64-year-olds in the country, the study found.

    During this time, cases of the killer stroke also went down by 45% among women under 50 and 38% among men under 50, as well as by 16% among women over 50 and 26% among men over 50.

    ASH Chief executive Deborah Arnott said: “The Finnish study is a wake-up call to smokers. They need to know that if they don’t quit smoking they’re twice as likely to die from stroke than non-smokers. But stopping smoking can be tough, which is why it is so important to ensure that all smokers are given the best possible support and encouragement to give up.”

    See also:
    – Most fatal type of stroke becoming increasingly rare as smoking falls out of fashion, Daily Mail

    Source: Yahoo! News – 12 August 2016

  • Staffordshire: E-cigarettes may be banned from Hackney Cariage and Private Hire vehicles

    The use of electronic cigarettes is set to be banned from taxis as part of a new licensing policy proposed by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

    Additional staff are also to be trained in an effort to tackle environment crimes in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

    Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has launched a consultation on the possible changes.

    Source: Leek Post and Times – 14 August 2016

  • Tobacco industry research claims one in ten cigarettes is contraband

    A report commissioned by tobacco firms claims that 16% of cigarettes consumed in the UK are illicit.

    The report, compiled by accountancy firm KPMG, alleges that the overall volume of illegal cigarettes consumed in the UK during 2015 increased by more than six per cent to 6.7 billion cigarettes – the second highest increase in the EU.

    Source: Southern Daily Echo – 14 August 2016

  • Varenicline for smoking cessation and reduction in people with severe mental illnesses

    Varenicline appears to be significantly more effective than placebo in assisting with smoking cessation and reduction in people with severe mental illness. There appears to be no clear evidence that varenicline was associated with an increased risk of neuropsychiatric or other adverse events compared with placebo.

    Source: Addiction – 09 June 2016

  • Australia: Tobacco giant shrinks packs from 25 to 23 cigarettes as taxes go up

    British American Tobacco has made the decision to reduce the amount of cigarettes per pack rather than raising the price, as a new tax rise approaches.

    BAT brand, Dunhill, will be reduced to 23 per pack from next month but the wholesale price will remain the same as the pre-tax Dunhill 25 pack.

    A BAT Australia spokesperson said that the move is in response to feedback directly from their consumers.

    Source: Daily Mail – 14 August 2016

  • Abu Dhabi: Cigarette butts a major source of litter in residential areas

    Grassy areas near residential buildings are becoming littered with cigarette ends, say residents in the UAE capital.

    Sonu Singh, a park foreman who oversees a daily clean-up, estimated that his team picked up more than 150 cigarette ends every day.

    Source: The National – 12 August 2016

  • Ireland: Descendant relights Irish tobacco trade

    On land near the village of Kilsheelan, Harry Everard is restarting an Irish industry pioneered by his great-great-grandfather, Sir Nugent Everard, at the end of the 19th century: tobacco growing.

    Everard produced his first small crop last year and plans to sell cigars rolled with Irish tobacco by the end of 2017.

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    Source: The Times – 14 August 2016

  • Cuban dedicates a giant cigar to Fidel Castro

    A Cuban cigar maker broke his own record on Friday by rolling the world’s longest cigar at 90 meters (295 feet), the length of a football field, dedicating the cigar to Fidel Castro ahead of the retired leader’s 90th birthday.

    Source: Reuters – 12 August 2016