ASH Daily news for 16 April 2015



HEADLINES

  • E-cigarettes are popular with teenagers – but few of those who try them become regular users
  • Ipswich: Second taxi driver taken to court for smoking in his vehicle
  • US: E-cigarette flavourings ‘can be harmful’ according to study
  • US: Tobacco companies’ lawsuit: New FDA guidelines violate free speech
  • Nigeria: Campaigners urge strong anti-tobacco law
  • Which party leader is most popular in these election-inspired E-Cigarette flavours?
  • France: Strip tease – video in support of standard packs

    E-cigarettes are popular with teenagers – but few of those who try them become regular users

    Electronic cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers, even among those who don’t smoke conventional cigarettes.

    New research has found that few teens who try electronic cigarettes become regular users and most of those who do are already regular smokers.

    The results come from two surveys of primary and secondary school children from more than 150 schools in Wales, published in the online journal BMJ Open.

    See also:
    – Many teenagers try e-cigarettes but few become regular users, study finds, Daily Mail
    – E-cigs popular with teens, but few are regular users, Yahoo!/AFP
    – E-cigarettes ‘unlikely to encourage teens to smoke’, The Scotsman
    – New research shows more primary school children are trying e-cigarettes than tobacco, Wales Online
    – ‘More youngsters use e-cigs than tobacco in Wales’ – research, South Wales Argus
    – E-cigarettes ‘normalise’ smoking, says Welsh CMO, BBC News [includes video]

    Source: The Independent – 15 April 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1INP8gJ

    Ipswich: Second taxi driver taken to court for smoking in his vehicle

    A second Ipswich taxi driver is paying the price today after being taken to court for smoking in his vehicle.

    Ian Potter must pay fines and costs totalling £305 after pleading guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court to smoking in a smoke-free place.

    Six months ago fellow taxi driver Andrew Slinn was also convicted of the same offence for the second time.

    Potter has been licensed as a private hire driver with the borough council since June 2013.

    Source: East Anglian Daily Times – 16 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1INPJit

    US: E-cigarette flavourings ‘can be harmful’ according to study

    Flavourings used in electronic cigarettes contain high levels of chemicals which can be potentially harmful and cause respiratory problems according to a new study.

    The study carried out in the United States analysed the chemicals used to flavour electronic cigarette fluid in a sample of 30 products, and found a “significant” number were aldehydes – compounds which are recognised to be primary respiratory irritants.

    The study quoted a recent report that found an “astonishing 7,764 unique flavour names” available online in January 2014, with 242 new flavours being added a month and sales occurring under 466 brands.

    See also:
    – Calls for more regulation over e-cigarette flavours, The Times (£)
    – E-Cigs may be just as bad for you, The Irish Sun

    Source: ITV News – 16 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1INPZ0H

    US: Tobacco companies’ lawsuit: New FDA guidelines violate free speech

    Tobacco companies including Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds filed suit this week against the Food and Drug Administration alleging that the FDA is violating the companies’ free speech rights.

    In March, the FDA issued guidance that if significant changes are made to a product’s label, like color or a logo, the product requires new approval from the administration. This holds true even if the product was previously approved.

    The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., argues that those guidelines go too far and are too vague. They violate the First Amendment because they pre-emptively restrict free speech and exceed the scope of the Tobacco Control Act, the companies claim.

    Source: CNN – 15 April 2015
    Link: http://cnn.it/1INQNmt

    Nigeria: Campaigners urge strong anti-tobacco law

    As the House of Representatives begin a clause by clause debate on the National Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB), the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) have called on the lawmakers to ensure a strong and enforceable bill that puts the health of Nigerians first.

    The activists said that in conformity with the WHO-FCTC, the law must prohibit all forms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among other measures.

    Source: City Voice – 15 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1INR74z

    Which party leader is most popular in these election-inspired E-Cigarette flavours?

    To mark the up-coming general election, Totally Wicked has released a range of e-liquid flavours inspired by political party leaders.

    The options are Cameron’s Eton Mess, Miliband’s Rocky Red, Farage’s Lunchtime Tipple, Bennett’s Green Deal and Clegg’s Blueberry Coalition Crumble.

    [includes video]

    Source: BT.com/PA – 15 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1INRmfT

    France: Strip tease – video in support of standard packs

    As the Assemblé Nationale was preparing to vote on the introduction of standard packs, the Comité National Contre le Tabagisme has produced an advert, titled Strip Tease, highlighting the way the tobacco industry uses packaging to entice young people.

    The clip was broadcast on websites and TV channels in France over the last few weeks.

    Source: YouTube – 13 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OGgbuG