ASH Daily news for 16 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Study reveals electronic cigarette vapour produces similar results as air
  • Brighton: Beach smoking ban proposals considered
  • Leicester: NHS trust plan to extend smoking ban
  • Bourne, Lincs: Cigarette causes house fire
  • US: Health Groups urge Chamber of Commerce Board members to withdraw if chamber does not end global lobbying for Tobacco Industry
  • US: $25 million isn’t too much to punish Philip Morris for Oregon smoker’s death, court rules
  • Canada: BC – Smoking ban in public outdoor places for Castlegar?

    Study reveals electronic cigarette vapour produces similar results as air

    Six hours of exposure to cigarette smoke resulted in near-complete cell death but the same exposure to electronic cigarette vapour did not affect tissue viability, a study has revealed.

    Electronic cigarette vapour from two different types of electronic cigarettes had no toxic effect on the human airway tissue, according to new research published in Toxicology in Vitro.

    Scientists used a unique combination of tests to investigate the potential adverse effects of electronic cigarette vapour on airway tissue compared with cigarette smoke.

    Source: Medical News Today – 15 July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HzV0oU

    Brighton: Beach smoking ban proposals considered

    A smoking ban could be introduced on beaches and parks in Brighton with plans being considered by the city council.

    The Brighton and Hove City Council has said that residents could be asked for their views on the proposals. The authority will decide next week on whether the consultation should proceed.

    If agreed, the consultation will start immediately and last for 12 weeks. A “voluntary” smoke-free scheme already exists in 42 of the city’s children’s playgrounds.

    Source: BBC News, 15 July 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1HwlJoC

    Leicester: NHS trust plan to extend smoking ban

    The Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust plans to extend the smoking ban to the grounds of their mental and community health services and hope to do so by the end of next year.

    Louise Ross, a member of the trust’s smoke-free action team, said: “No date has yet been set to be smoke free but we want to involve patients and have started the discussion.”

    Source: Leicester Mercury, 16th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1e1YesN

    Bourne, Lincs: Cigarette causes house fire

    A fire that severely damaged a house in Bourne, Lincolnshire was caused by a cigarette according to the fire-fighters that put out the flames.

    A fire had started in the garden of the house and spread to the building, damaging windows, fascias, roof trusses, the rear door and the garden fencing.

    No-one was hurt in the fire but the house is currently uninhabitable.

    Source: Stamford Mercury, 15th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Mcbg5Z

    US: Health Groups urge Chamber of Commerce Board members to withdraw if chamber does not end global lobbying for Tobacco Industry

    Five leading US public health organizations have called on members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors to withdraw from the Chamber unless it stops fighting measures to reduce tobacco use around the world.

    The five health groups wrote to the more than 100 companies and organizations on the US Chamber’s Board of Directors.

    The letter follows a recent investigative series in The New York Times that exposed how the U.S. Chamber has worked systematically in countries around the world to oppose public health measures that reduce tobacco use.

    Source: BioPortfolio, 15th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1TEro1o

    US: $25 million isn’t too much to punish Philip Morris for Oregon smoker’s death, court rules

    Philip Morris has been ordered to pay $25 million in damages to a dead smoker’s family. The court believes this is reasonable due to the reprehensible way Philip Morris conducts business.

    The appeals court likened Philip Morris’ role in the death of Salem smoker Michelle Schwarz to “manslaughter” under Oregon law.

    Philip Morris is expected to appeal Wednesday’s ruling, which sided with the estate of Schwarz. The Salem resident started smoking in 1964 at age 18. Schwarz was concerned about the health effects, so she switched to a low-tar cigarette that the company launched in 1976. She died at age 53 – in 1999 – from a brain tumour caused by lung cancer that had metastasized

    Source: The Oregonian, 15th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1gDgoDg

    Canada: BC – Smoking ban in public outdoor places for Castlegar?

    A presentation to the city council of Castlegar from the Kootenay Tobacco Free Coalition (British Columbia) has left at least one councillor undecided on whether smoking should be banned in outdoor public places such as plazas, trails, beaches, parks, recreation facilities and patios at restaurants/bars.

    The presentation calling for the ban on outdoor smoking in public places cited, as reasons for the legislation, a reduction in second-hand smoke, a disincentive to smoke, a reduction in toxic litter, and an overall healthier community.

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    Source: The Nelson Daily, 16th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HzWLCB