ASH Daily news for 17 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Fears e-cigarettes lead children to smoke tobacco are unfounded, survey suggests
  • Councils told by ministers not to accept money from tobacco firms to clean up Britain’s streets
  • Wales: E-cig ban ‘flies in face of evidence’, say LibDems
  • Government rules out smoking ban extension
  • Cigarette plain packaging war heating up as new Australian study due for release
  • Wales: Fires sparked by substandard chargers have tripled in two years
  • Leicester: Boxing champion urges smokers to join how to quit study
  • Leeds: Sign design competition to back council’s new ban on playground smoking
  • Lincoln: National recognition for stop smoking scheme

    Fears e-cigarettes lead children to smoke tobacco are unfounded, survey suggests

    Electronic cigarettes do not introduce children to traditional forms of tobacco, according to a survey of 11- to 18-year-olds which contradicts previous suggestions that the gadgets may lead young people to the far more dangerous habit of smoking.

    Concerns that e-cigarettes, which are considered less risky than cigarettes because they result in nicotine vapour being inhaled that is free of the dangerous chemical constituents of cigarette smoke, could lead to a rise in smoking real cigarettes appears to be unwarranted, scientists said.

    The survey found that although more young people are now experimenting with e-cigarettes, the number using them on a regularly basis is still relatively small and most of these children have already been smokers.

    “These results should reassure the public that electronic cigarettes are not linked with any rise in young people smoking,” said Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at the anti-smoking charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), which commissioned the research carried out by YouGov.

    “Although more young people are trying electronic cigarettes and many more young people are aware of them, this has not led to widespread, regular use or an increase in smoking,” Ms Cheeseman said.

    See also:
    – Latest data finds no evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking for young people, ASH press release
    – E-cigarettes ‘not encouraging youngsters to smoke’, Mail On Sunday
    – E-cigarettes are NOT encouraging young people to take up smoking, Daily Mail
    – E-cigarette use rising among British youths, campaign group study shows, The Guardian
    – Number of children trying e-cigarettes doubles in a year, The Times (£)

    Source: The Independent – 17 August 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1IXEZKr

    Councils told by ministers not to accept money from tobacco firms to clean up Britain’s streets

    Councils have been told not to accept help from tobacco companies to clean up the country’s streets, in an apparent U-turn by the Government.

    The decision was condemned as an example of “political correctness” by the tobacco industry and appears to contradict the official position from earlier this year.

    In January Kris Hopkins, then a Local Government minister, said he wanted tobacco companies to “make a contribution to put right the wrongs as a consequence of their product”.

    Cigarette companies offered to fund measures to help clean the country’s streets last month, but the offer was rejected by Rory Stewart, a junior Environment minister.

    In a letter to the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association, Mr Stewart said it risked underminining councils’ work on promoting public health.

    See also:
    – Ministers block tobacco firms from helping to clean up the 122 tons of cigarette butts, packets and matches dropped in the UK every day, Daily Mail

    Source: The Telegraph -16 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IXFIeo

    Wales: E-cig ban ‘flies in face of evidence’, say LibDems

    Welsh Liberal Democrats’ leader has said the Welsh Government’s ban on e-cigarettes in public places “flies in the face” of scientific evidence.

    Party leader Kirsty Williams said: “The evidence is stacking up against Labour’s e-cigs ban. They claim the ban is in the interest of public health, yet a respected public health organisation has now said their use should be encouraged to help people quit smoking.

    “This report completely flies in the face of the Welsh Labour Government’s plans. In fact, it backs up what Welsh Liberal Democrats have said all along: these devices can help people give up smoking, and banning them could cause more harm than good.

    “Welsh Labour Ministers need to take heed of this advice and scrap their proposals at once.”

    The Welsh Lib Dems’ campaign against the Welsh Government’s e-cigs ban has been signed by nearly 3,000 people.

    Source: South Wales Argus – 14 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IXFX9m

    Government rules out smoking ban extension

    The Department of Health has said that there is “no plan” to extend the public smoking ban to pub gardens, following proposals set out in a report by the Royal Society of Public Health.

    See also:
    – Campaigners call for extension of smoking ban to beer gardens, Chronicle Live
    – Ukip Euro-MP attacks ‘fanatics’ behind call for smoking ban in pub gardens, Herts and Essex Observer

    Source: Morning Advertiser – 14 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IXG7NY

    Cigarette plain packaging war heating up as new Australian study due for release

    The tobacco industry has hit back at the government’s plan to enforce standard packaging for cigarettes, asserting that the ruling will cause a rise in counterfeits being smuggled into the UK.

    This latest challenge comes after it was revealed that an official Australian study, to be published next month, will be used by the UK government as support for the measure.

    The report by Australia’s department for health will show that smoking rates have reduced since the introduction of plain packaging. Some opponents argue that a combination of factors have led to a decline in smoking rates over many years.

    See also:
    – Cigarette giants in plain packet fight, Sunday Times (£)

    Source: City AM – 17 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IXHlJ5

    Wales: Fires sparked by substandard chargers have tripled in two years

    Millions of electrical chargers are being sold in unregulated online markets as firefighters warn blazes sparked by them have tripled in two years.

    Our investigator uncovered hundreds of devices being sold on the internet not carrying European safety markings. Many were unbranded. And some were on offer for only a few pence.

    South Wales Fire Service said between 2012 and 2014 the number of fires caused by chargers had gone from being in “the teens” to “over 60.”

    Source: Wales Online – 16 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IXGIPE

    Leicester: Boxing champion urges smokers to join how to quit study

    Former boxing champion Rendall Munroe has given his support to a recruitment programme for smokers to volunteer in a study due to take place in Leicester.

    The city is one of three in the country to be selected by Queen Mary University of London to take part. Researchers want to know if e-cigarettes or patches are more effective in getting people to quit.

    Source: Leicester Mercury – 14 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IXH8pk

    Leeds: Sign design competition to back council’s new ban on playground smoking

    Creative children are being urged to join the call to make over 140 Leeds playgrounds smoke-free by designing bright and bold ‘no smoking’ signs.

    Leeds City Council has announced it is set to introduce a voluntary smoking ban on all of its children’s playgrounds later this year, prompting the local authority and the Yorkshire Evening Post to team up to run a design competition.

    Source: Yorkshire Evening Post – 15 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IXHOLg

    Lincoln: National recognition for stop smoking scheme

    A project to encourage people to stop smoking in Lincoln has won a national award.

    The ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ scheme organised by City of Lincoln Council’s Neighbourhood Working Team involved pupils from Ermine Primary Academy, city council apprentices and four more people not in employment, education or training.

    The group took part in a workshop about the benefits of quitting smoking and produced a piece of community artwork at the rear of Trelawney Methodist Church on Ermine West with the help of a graffiti artist.

    Now the British Heart Foundation, which organises the No Smoking Day, has awarded the project first prize for Best Artistic Idea category in the No Smoking Day Organisers of the Year awards.

    Source: The Lincolnite – 15 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IXI1OJ