ASH Daily news for 15 January 2016



HEADLINES

  • E-cigarettes lower the odds of quitting successfully, contested study claims
  • YouTube music videos ‘pose health risk to teens’
  • BDA calls for smoking cessation funding to be ring fenced
  • Northern Ireland: Trust to bring in smoking ban at health buildings
  • Bristol: Smokers outside Southmead Hospital warned with cheeky sign
  • MultiCIG named largest independent e-cigarette brand in UK
  • Opinion: Just a smoker’s cough? COPD blights more than one million lives
  • Turkmenistan pulls cigarettes from shelves in anti-smoking bid
  • Canada: Cancer Society supports stronger federal tobacco control strategy including plain packaging to combat tobacco epidemic
  • Manchester: This magpie smoking a cigarette has become something of a hero

    E-cigarettes lower the odds of quitting successfully, contested study claims

    Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco reviewed the findings of 38 studies conducted across the globe into e-cigarette use, and concluded that smokers who use the devices were 28% less likely to quit smoking tobacco.

    Published in the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine, it claimed to be the largest review of the value of e-cigarettes as a tool to help smokers kick the habit.

    However, experts who were not involved in the new study were cautious, some scathing in their comments.

    Peter Hajek, director of the Queen Mary University of London’s tobacco dependence research unit, called it “grossly misleading”.

    The work, he said, looked only at current smokers who had at some point used an e-cigarette – thus excluding any former smokers who may have used exactly such a device to quit.

    Ann McNeill, a King’s College London professor of tobacco addiction, said the review was “not scientific”.

    See also:
    – E-cigarettes and smoking cessation in real-world and clinical settings, The Lancet
    – Expert reaction to meta-analysis looking at e-cigarette use and smoking cessation, Science Media Centre

    Source: The Guardian – 15 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ldpetc

    YouTube music videos ‘pose health risk to teens’

    British teenagers are being exposed to a high level of tobacco and alcohol images in online music videos, experts warn.

    Research from the University of Nottingham suggests girls aged between 13 and 15 are the most exposed. The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, analysed 32 of the most popular music videos during a 12-week period.

    Experts estimated, using the census and their own data, that the average percentage viewing of those videos was 22% for teenagers and 6% for adults.

    They worked out the total number of depictions (impressions) of alcohol and tobacco in 10-second slots throughout the music videos seen by viewers. Overall, the videos produced 1,006 million “impressions” of alcohol and 203 million of tobacco.

    Dr Jo Cranwell, psychologist from the University of Nottingham, wants tighter measures put in place to protect children. She is concerned about the potential for an increased risk of uptake of smoking and drinking among teenagers.

    Source: Sky News – 15 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ldstk4

    BDA calls for smoking cessation funding to be ring fenced

    The British Dental Association has issued a press release reacting to the news that around 40 per cent of local councils have dropped their free stop-smoking services. This was brought to light by a survey of tobacco control leads by ASH and Cancer Research UK published this week,

    As smoking accounts for nearly two-thirds of all oral cancers, the BDA expressed the view that funding for smoking cessation programmes should be ring fenced rather than being at the mercy of cuts imposed by central government.

    Source: noodls – 14 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1P46E4K

    Northern Ireland: Trust to bring in smoking ban at health buildings

    The South Eastern Trust is to ban smoking at all its premises.

    The Downe and Downshire hospitals in Downpatrick and a host of other Trust facilities across the district will be smoke free from March 9, which is No Smoking Day.

    The ban is part of a province-wide smoke free initiative being enforced by all health trusts. In addition to buildings, smoking will be banned in hospital grounds and car parks.

    Source: Down Recorder – 13 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1P47jmI

    Bristol: Smokers outside Southmead Hospital warned with cheeky sign

    People smoking outside Bristol’s biggest hospital have been warned they could be set upon with a fire extinguisher if they light up.

    A cheeky sign has been placed at the entrance to Southmead Hospital to warn that staff there will ‘assume you are on fire’ if they are seen smoking.

    It includes a fire extinguisher blasting a no smoking sign.

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    Source: Western Daily Press – 15 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ldtSr6

    MultiCIG named largest independent e-cigarette brand in UK

    Nottingham-based MultiCIG has been named the UK’s largest independent producer of electronic vaping devices.

    The ranking was published in grocery sales magazine The Grocer’s Top Product Survey of 2015, using information compiled by consumer analysis group, Nielsen.

    Source: Nottingham Post – 14 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1lds4hN

    Opinion: Just a smoker’s cough? COPD blights more than one million lives

    Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director for Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England, writes about COPD and how quitting smoking can help prevent it.

    Source: Huffington Post – 15 January 2016
    Link: http://huff.to/1P470Ik

    Turkmenistan pulls cigarettes from shelves in anti-smoking bid

    Turkmenistan’s authorities have forced shops to stop selling cigarettes, according to traders in the capital Ashgabat, after its president urged citizens to kick the habit.

    State anti-narcotics officials “came to our shop recently and forced us to remove cigarettes from the shelves, threatening us with huge fines,” said Bairam Saryev, the 34-year-old owner of a small store in the capital.

    Saryev’s shop was one of those targeted in a wave of raids in the isolated Central Asian country after President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov criticised the country’s anti-smoking strategy at a televised government meeting on January 5.

    Source: Yahoo!/AFP – 14 January 2016
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1ldt6ue

    Canada: Cancer Society supports stronger federal tobacco control strategy including plain packaging to combat tobacco epidemic

    On the eve of National Non-Smoking Week in Canada (January 17–23), the Canadian Cancer Society has published a press release highlighting the need for Health Canada’s tobacco control strategy to be enhanced by modernised legislation, better funding and plain packaging regulations.

    Source: Morning Star – 14 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ldsIvJ

    Manchester: This magpie smoking a cigarette has become something of a hero

    The picture of a magpie having a “cigarette break” shot in Manchester and tweeted on Wednesday with the caption: “Meanwhile in Manchester” has gone viral.

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    Source: The Independent – 14 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ldtpoN