ASH Daily news for 16 December 2015



HEADLINES

  • Imperial plans to drop ‘tobacco’ from its name
  • Scotland: Patients allowed to use e-cigarettes in Glasgow hospital grounds after policy change
  • Active and passive smoking linked to earlier menopause and increased risk of infertility
  • Romanian Parliament bans smoking in public places
  • United Nations agency gives EU a tobacco warning

    Imperial plans to drop ‘tobacco’ from its name

    Imperial Tobacco, one of the world’s biggest cigarette manufacturers, plans to drop the word “tobacco” from its name in what marks the first major rebranding of the company since it was created more than a century ago.

    The maker of Davidoff, Lambert & Butler, Golden Virginia and West cigarettes wants to rename itself Imperial Brands plc next year.

    Imperial must gain approval for its name change from shareholders at its annual meeting, on 3 February next year.

    Source: The Guardian, 15th December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/226E6eC

    Scotland: Patients allowed to use e-cigarettes in Glasgow hospital grounds after policy change

    Patients and visitors to Glasgow’s hospitals will now be permitted to use electronic cigarettes following a change in policy.

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde currently prohibits the use of the nicotine delivery devices as part of a wider ban on smoking on NHS grounds.

    However, the board is to revise its policy following new research about e-cigarettes which found that they are significantly less harmful than smoking.

    The health board will now identify specific areas within grounds where e-cigarettes will be permitted.

    It said a lifting of the ban would also improve consistency because the NHS cessation services operate an “e-cigarette friendly” approach.

    Source: Herald Scotland, 15th December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1T1de9J

    Active and passive smoking linked to earlier menopause and increased risk of infertility

    A large study published in the journal Tobacco Control found that active and passive smoking are linked to infertility in women and an earlier menopause.

    People who are exposed to high levels of tobacco – either through smoking themselves or passively – can experience menopause one or two years earlier than those who have never smoked or been exposed to passive smoking.

    Current or former smokers were found to have a 14 per cent greater risk of infertility while passive smokers – exposed to the highest levels of fumes – were 18 per cent more likely to have trouble conceiving than non-smokers.

    Source: Mail on Sunday, 15th December 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1O8brBz

    Romanian Parliament bans smoking in public places

    The Romanian Parliament has extended the smoking ban to include bars and playgrounds, becoming the latest European Union state to strengthen anti-smoking controls.

    Prior to the bill, which has been under consideration since 2011, smoking had been banned in state institutions, schools and hospitals, but bars did not have to be smoke-free.

    The country, where roughly a third of the population smokes, joins another 17 EU states that have enforced wide-ranging smoke-free legislation, including neighbours Bulgaria and Hungary.

    Marking the final stage of the process, parliament’s lower house approved the ban on smoking in playgrounds as well as all indoor public spaces, including bars, restaurants and workplaces. The legislation also requires that the public be educated about the dangers of smoking.

    Source: Reuters, 15th December 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1O8aRUg

    United Nations agency gives EU a tobacco warning

    The United Nations public health agency in charge of tobacco control has warned EU policymakers to keep their distance from industry as they consider reforms to fight cigarette smuggling.

    The head of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control secretariat, Vera Da Costa e Silva, wrote to senior European Commission officials earlier this month, saying the EU’s close working relationship with tobacco companies to fight cigarette smuggling may violate Europe’s international commitments.

    Costa e Silva said the “continuation of an illicit trade agreement with a major tobacco company” on the part of the Commission could be in contravention of international commitments, which state that obligations to clamp down on smuggling “shall not be delegated to the tobacco industry.”

    Source: Politico, 15th December 2015
    Link: http://politi.co/1NQZtKC