ASH Daily news for 15 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • Letter: Unhealthy cuts
  • Scotland: Ban on smoking in cars will lead to children reporting parents to police, say pro-tobacco lobbyists
  • Middlesbrough: The vape café where diners use e-cigarettes while they eat and drink
  • Gender divide for health risk to babies of smoking mothers
  • US: Tobacco CEO brags that business is looking like the ‘old days’
  • US: It’s a deal: £4.6bn buy-up puts Imperial Tobacco at No3
  • Zimbabwe: tobacco industry on the ropes
  • Football: Prem star’s shisha shame

    Letter: Unhealthy cuts

    Dr Iain Kennedy, chairman of the BMA’s Public health committee, writes to the Times’ editor to denounce the newly announced £200 million of cuts from the public health grant, warning that “further cuts will end up costing the NHS and the taxpayer more money in the long term.”

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    Source: The Times – 15 June 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1Bd2Qru

    Scotland: Ban on smoking in cars will lead to children reporting parents to police, say pro-tobacco lobbyists

    The Scottish Government is backing legislation brought forward by Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume, which would make it a criminal offence to smoke in a car with children, a move that has been widely supported by health campaigners.

    However, the pro-smoking lobby group Forest, in a submission to Holyrood’s health committee which is scrutinising the proposed legislation, said while it does not support parents smoking in cars with youngsters present, introducing legislation is a “gross overreaction to a very small problem.”

    The group claimed that the move would prove to be a stepping stone to banning smoking in all cars regardless of whether children are present as well as in homes where youngsters live. They also argued the move was not backed up by conclusive evidence and will be all but impossible to enforce.

    Source: Herald Scotland – 13 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Bd2XmJ

    Middlesbrough: The vape café where diners use e-cigarettes while they eat and drink

    Cloud Cafe in Middlesbrough serves paninis, drinks and sweet treats – but its unique selling point is that customers are actively encourage to vape.

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    Source: Daily Mirror – 13 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Bd3WUd

    Gender divide for health risk to babies of smoking mothers

    Babies born to women who smoked while pregnant could be exposed to different health problems as adults depending on their sex, according to new research.

    Scientists have discovered that the livers of foetuses start to process chemicals transferred from blood from their mother’s placenta at the end of the first trimester.

    And new research shows that by-products of cigarettes cause changes in the amounts of important proteins in the livers of the developing baby at the age of just 10 weeks.

    Researchers from the universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh found that some of these changes were sex-specific and could manifest themselves in different ways in later life.

    Male babies are believed to be more likely to develop liver cirrhosis and cancer compared to females, who are more at risk of conditions such as obesity and diabetes when they are adults.

    Source: Herald Scotland – 13 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Bd395B

    US: Tobacco CEO brags that business is looking like the ‘old days’

    The CEO of a major tobacco company says her industry is enjoying a return to the “old days.”

    Reynolds American CEO Susan Cameron told Bloomberg that profits in her industry are rising after recent court decisions that made it more difficult for smokers to sue.

    This could lead to more foreign tobacco companies pursuing American customers, Cameron told Duane Stanford at Bloomberg.

    Source: Business Insider – 12 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Bd3hCb

    US: It’s a deal: £4.6bn buy-up puts Imperial Tobacco at No3

    Imperial Tobacco has completed its £4.6billionn deal to buy five cigarette brands cast off when two of America’s biggest tobacco firms merged.

    The debt-fuelled deal will catapult Bristol-based Imperial, which also owns Davidoff and Gauloises, to the number three position in the US from fifth.

    Imperial has a 3 per cent market share in what is the world’s second largest market after China. The acquisition will increase this to 10 per cent, while America will contribute 20 per cent of Imperial’s group profit.

    Former corporate affairs director Matthew Phillips will become chief development officer.

    Source: Mail Online – 12 June 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1Bd3EN1

    Zimbabwe: tobacco industry on the ropes

    Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is on the ropes despite the growth potential it had shown in previous seasons.

    The tobacco auctioning season on Friday reached Day 68. However, about 20,769 growers who had sold their crop in the 2014 auctioning season have failed to do so this season.

    Zimbabwe’s chaotic land reform programme in 2000 saw thousands of black farmers accessing land from only about 5,000 white farmers.

    Now close to 100,000 black farmers are into tobacco production, but in successive years, they are finding the going tough despite the huge tracts of land many of them have.

    Source: The Citizen – 14 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Bd3RzM

    Football: Prem star’s shisha shame

    Stoke City’s top scorer Mame Diouf, 27, has posted a Snapchat video of himself puffing on a Shishapipe next to West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyaté while on international duty.

    The Senegalese players were partying after meeting up following the end of the Premier League season.

    Diouf is the latest in a string of Premier League stars caught smoking the harmful substance.

    They include Liverpool stars Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe – who were warned over their antics by boss Brendan Rodgers – and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere who was criticised by Arsene Wenger.

    Spokesmen at both Stoke City and West Ham declined to comment.

    Source: Irish Sun – 12 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Bd49qs