ASH Daily news for 18 February 2015



HEADLINES

  • Scotland : Electronic cigarettes to be banned from hospital grounds
  • Australian government announces plain packaging review
  • Gradual smoking cessation may be possible with nicotine addiction pill
  • Philip Morris to John Oliver: Give Us a Break, We’re Trying Our Best
  • Pleased as Punch

    Scotland : Electronic cigarettes to be banned from hospital grounds

    According to a survey carried out by BBC Scotland, all but one health board in Scotland will completely ban the use of electronic cigarettes from April 2015. NHS boards in Scotland are required to ensure that their grounds are smoke-free by April but the Scottish government had said that it is up to individual health boards whether they prohibit the use of e-cigarettes.

    Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive, ASH Scotland said: “There is a clear case for hospital grounds to be free from tobacco use, which is always dangerous.

    “However e-cigarette policies should not be so restrictive that they discourage smokers from trying an alternative that might help them to move away from tobacco.”

    Source: BBC Scotland, 18 February, 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1yVeiA2

    Australian government announces plain packaging review

    The Australian government has announced that it will undertake the first cost benefit analysis of standardised tobacco packaging since legislation was introduced in the country in 2012. The review period began yesterday and will run until 27th March 2015.

    Source: ES Magazine 17 February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1zKBWiL

    Gradual smoking cessation may be possible with nicotine addiction pill

    A recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota shows that a nicotine addiction pill can help smokers not willing or able to quit within the next month to stop smoking gradually. The researchers suggest that it may be time to revisit practice guidelines that focus primarily on immediate cessation.

    Source: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2110968   JAMA, online February 17, 2015.

    Source: Reuters, 17 February, 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/19vFUXp

    Philip Morris to John Oliver: Give Us a Break, We’re Trying Our Best

    Following Comedian John Oliver’s comedic parody of the tobacco industry on February 15th, tobacco company Philip Morris International released the following statement:

    ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ is a parody show, known for getting a laugh through exaggeration and presenting partial views in the name of humour. The segment includes many mischaracterizations of our company, including our approach to marketing and regulation, which have been embellished in the spirit of comedic license.”

    “While we recognize the tobacco industry is an easy target for comedians, we take seriously the responsibility that comes with selling a product that is an adult choice and is harmful to health. We support and comply with thousands of regulations worldwide — including advertising restrictions, penalties for selling tobacco products to minors, and substantial health warnings on packaging.”

    Source: Hollywood Reporter, 17 February, 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1CHMste

    Pleased as Punch

    Australian academic Professor Simon Chapman shares his views on the success of standardised packaging so far in the latest edition of Tobacco Reporter. He states that the industry’s claim about no “immediate, obvious effect” about plain-packaging is misleading and that the impact of tobacco-control policy will greatly benefit young generations especially those born after 2012 when the law came into effect.

    Source: Tobacco Reporter, February, 2015
    Link: http://www.ash.org.uk/files/SimonChapmanTobReporter.pdf