ASH Daily News for 17 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • Poll: Was Public Health England right to endorse electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid?
  • No conclusive evidence that electronic cigarettes tempt teens to smoke
  • Lincolnshire: £75 fine issued for dropping cigarette litter
  • US: New York smoking rate falls after worrying rise
  • New study: Video game warnings fall short in rating tobacco content
  • US: FDA bans sale of Four Reynolds tobacco brands

    Poll: Was Public Health England right to endorse electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid?

    The British Medical Journal’s weekly online poll asks “Was Public Health England right to endorse electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid?”. At the time of writing, the answer ‘Yes’ had received 444 votes, a 85.38% vote share, with ‘No’ on 76 votes and 14.62% overall. The poll follows an editorial article published on Tuesday in the BMJ, in which Professors Martin McKee and Simon Capewell queried the evidence underpinning PHE’s recent report on electronic cigarettes.

    McKee/Capewell editorial: Evidence about electronic cigarettes: a foundation built on rock or sand?, British Medical Journal

    Joint statement on e-cigarettes by Public Health England and other UK public health organisations: E-cigarettes: An emerging public health consensus

    Source: The BMJ Online, 17 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KQ7sYy

    No conclusive evidence that electronic cigarettes tempt teens to smoke

    An article published on the NursingTimes.net critiques a Telegraph article that stated that evidence shows young people who try electronc cigarettes are much more likely to start smoking. Though the study relies on results from surveys of 700 young people in total, just 16 of these youngsters had tried electronic cigarettes at the start of the study, six of them had tried a cigarette by the next year and five thought they might in the future. The research also failed to ask how often they had used electronic cigarettes or smoked tobacco.

    Study: Progression to Traditional Cigarette Smoking after Electronic Cigarette Use among US Adolescents and Young Adults, JAMA Paediatrics

    Telegraph article: E-cigarettes ‘tempt young into smoking’

    Source: NursingTimes.net, 16 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UYDExG

    Lincolnshire: £75 fine issued for dropping cigarette litter

    A member of the public has been given an on the spot fine of £75 for dropping a cigarette end on a street in South Kesteven. The authority is reminding residents and visitors of their responsibilities to not drop litter on the street.

    Source: Grantham Journal, 16 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MspsZx

    US: New York smoking rate falls after worrying rise

    The number of current smokers in the New York has fallen to fewer than 900,000 adults, down from more than 1 million the year before. The 13.9% smoking rate for last year roughly equals an all-time low in 2010.

    Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said last year she believed budget cutbacks following the 2008 financial crisis had hampered the city’s effectiveness in fighting tobacco use. Following the crisis, the city had reined in television advertising and some other efforts to help people quit.

    In 2013, the New York smoking rate rose to 16% and since then the city has run new anti-smoking ads.

    Source: ABC News, 16 September 2015
    Link: http://abcn.ws/1FOXYFN

    New study: Video game warnings fall short in rating tobacco content

    A San Francisco study has found that video games in the US are not being adequately rated for tobacco content. Researchers interviewed 65 gamers between 13 and 50 years old on whether their favourite games contained smoking imagery. The authors found that game ratings do not accurately reflect tobacco content; although 42% of the games has tobacco content, just 8% of the games received tobacco warnings.

    Study: Tobacco imagery in video games: ratings and gamer recall, Tobacco Control

    Source: Medical News Today, 16 September 2015
    Link: 1W2ZZY8

    US: FDA bans sale of Four Reynolds tobacco brands

    Sales of four R.J. Reynolds cigarette brands have been banned by the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for not meeting safety review requirements. Under FDA rules, companies must show that new cigarette brands are broadly similar to older products in terms of health risks and R.J. Reynolds have failed to show this.

    Source: Maine News Online, 16 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1iR6OxJ