ASH Daily News for 15 July 2016


  • US: E-cigarettes could cut smoking-related deaths by 21 percent – study

    E-cigarettes could lead to a 21 percent drop in deaths from smoking-related diseases in those born after 1997, according to a study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

    The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network, found that under most plausible scenarios e-cigarettes and other vapour products have a generally positive public health impact.

    This latest study summarises patterns of use from national data and distinguishes between youths who vape who would not otherwise have taken up any nicotine product, and those who vape, who would otherwise have smoked cigarettes. When both those populations are taken into account, the benefit outweighs the harm, according to the study.

    See also:
    – The Application of a Decision-Theoretic Model to Estimate the Public Health Impact of Vaporized Nicotine Product Initiation in the United States, Nicotine & Tobacco Research

    Source: Reuters – 14 July 2016

  • Germany: BAT to cut 950 jobs at cigarette factory to reduce costs

    BAT is to create 950 redundancies at a German factory in an attempt to cut costs amid a decline in smoking in western Europe.

    The staff reductions at the 1,320-worker factory in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth will be implemented over two years, the London-based tobacco company said in a statement. Cigarette production will be shifted to BAT’s other European plants, though the factory will continue to make fine-cut tobacco.

    Source: ESM – 14 July 2016

  • US: Baltimore initiative collects 55K cigarette butts in one neighbourhood

    An initiative by the nonprofit Waterfront Partnership collected 55,000 cigarette butts from Baltimore’s Harbor East neighbourhood within six months.

    The group installed 15 collection urns near bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and coffee shops throughout the area and now plans to expand the initiative further this autumn.

    The cigarette waste has been processed into compost and shipping pallets.

    Source: Waste Dive – 14 July 2016

  • Turkey: Over 3 million cigarette packets seized from vessel in Istanbul

    Over 3 million packages of smuggled cigarettes were seized during an operation on a Ukraine-flagged dry cargo vessel passing through Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on July 14, the largest amount of cigarette packages ever seized on water.

    The vessel carrying over 100 tons of cigarettes worth more than 28.5 million Turkish Liras was stopped by Turkish authorities on the Bosphorus upon a tracking operation initiated by received intelligence.

    A total of 385.8 million packages of smuggled cigarettes have been seized in operations conducted by the Turkish authorities since 2013, while 3,145 suspects have been arrested.

    Source: Hurriyet Daily News – 14 July 2016

  • TV: Viewers unhappy with the smoking on Love Island

    The ITV2 dating show Love Island came to an end on Monday night. Some viewers have taken to Twitter to voice concern about the amount of smoking showed during the show.

    There are even a few conspiracy theories flying around, with one speculating: ‘#loveisland I feel this show is a PR tool of the #Tobacco companies used to subconsciously manipulate young people into smoking.’

    Source: Look – 14 July 2016