ASH Daily news for 18 January 2016



HEADLINES

  • Scotland: Anti-smoking campaigners call for Holyrood to tackle health inequalities
  • Cheshire: Man’s horrific injuries after e-cig battery exploded
  • Bromley stop smoking group rewarded for No Smoking Day involvement
  • Warwickshire: New use for old smoking shelter at Nuneaton’s Hospital
  • Weight loss, quitting smoking and giving up alcohol may be aided by hormones from our guts
  • Nigeria: Group calls for probe of cigarette importation by foreign companies
  • US: Big tobacco loses legal challenge to FDA report on menthol cigarettes
  • India: Experts welcome new Act against tobacco sale to kids
  • Photography: Inside the vaping bars which have become London’s latest fashionable hangout

    Scotland: Anti-smoking campaigners call for Holyrood to tackle health inequalities

    Tackling health inequality will be the key challenge the next Holyrood administration will have to address, anti-smoking campaigners have insisted.

    Ash Scotland said smoking rates in the most deprived communities are four times higher than they are in the wealthiest areas.

    With a third of tobacco in the UK consumed by those with mental-health problems, the next government should also include smoking in its national strategy on mental health, it suggested.

    In addition, it called for action to raise awareness of higher dementia rates among smokers, with the risk of developing the disease up to 70 per cent greater.

    With about 10,000 retailers across Scotland selling tobacco, Ash Scotland is also demanding assistance for retailers so they can “shift their business model away from reliance on a harmful product in long-term decline”.

    Source: The National – 18 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfDfwO

    Cheshire: Man’s horrific injuries after e-cig battery exploded

    A father-of-two has revealed the extent of his injuries after an e-cigarette battery exploded next to him while he was asleep.

    Kevin Woodward had left the Eleaf iStick on charge overnight but was woken with what he described as the feeling of a ‘blow torch’ being held to his face.

    He put the fire out with a pillow before being taken to hospital to be treated for burns on his face, arms and hands. He is unlikely to need skin grafts but doctors have warned the scarring and redness will take six months to heal.

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    Source: Metro – 18 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfE5cW

    Bromley stop smoking group rewarded for No Smoking Day involvement

    Smokefree Bromley has been rewarded by the British Heart Foundation for its organisation of the national No Smoking Day campaign.

    The group won the Best Community/Local Partnership prize, for its promotion of the day, aimed at helping more people stop smoking, thus improving their coronary health.

    Source: Bromley Times – 15 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfEeNv

    Warwickshire: New use for old smoking shelter at Nuneaton’s Hospital

    One of the former smoking shelters at the George Eliot Hospital has been turned into a cycle park facility, with staff and visitors making use of the new addition.

    However ‘smoking behind the bike shed’ will not be tolerated as there is a complete ban on lighting up anywhere on its grounds. The Nuneaton NHS Trust went smoke-free on January 1.

    Source: Nuneaton News – 16 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfEzzI

    Weight loss, quitting smoking and giving up alcohol may be aided by hormones from our guts

    Scientists are investigating whether an infusion of gut hormones could help people to stop over-eating, quit smoking, or give up alcohol.

    The team at Imperial College London are seeking volunteers to take part in their study, in which they are giving participants compounds that mimic the action of hormones naturally produced by our stomach and intestines. The hope is that these gut hormones, which help trigger feelings of fullness after a meal, can switch off cravings not only for high-fat, high-sugar foods – but also cigarettes and alcohol.

    See also: 
    – Recruitment of volunteer ex-smokers for smoking & gut study, ASH calendar

    Source: Medical Xpress – 15 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfENHi

    Nigeria: Group calls for probe of cigarette importation by foreign companies

    The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of Earth Nigeria (ERA/ FoEN) has called for a probe into the granting of permission to a foreign company to import 122 million units of cigarettes into the country, saying that the action has contravened the National Tobacco Control Act 2015 (NTCA).

    Tthe Deputy Director, ERA/FoEN, Akinbode Oluwafemi, accused Philip Morris International of attempting a comeback into Nigeria.

    He said the tobacco industrywas trying to undermine the law due to lack of full implementation of the Act.

    Source: People’s Daily – 15 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfF8JY

    US: Big tobacco loses legal challenge to FDA report on menthol cigarettes

    A federal appeals court has thwarted the tobacco industry’s attempt to challenge a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel report on the safety of menthol cigarettes.

    In 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, part of which directs the Food and Drug Administration to create an advisory panel to look into the safety of menthol cigarettes.

    In early 2011, the panel released its findings, recommending a ban on the minty cigarettes, but several tobacco companies — now all subsidiaries of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc. — contended that the panel was unfairly biased because three of its 12 members had conflicts of interest.

    In 2014, a federal district court granted summary judgment in favor of the tobacco companies, ordering the FDA to dissolve the advisory panel and refrain from using its report on menthol cigarettes.

    However a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has now overturned that lower court ruling because it found the tobacco companies lacked standing to even bring the case in the first place.

    Source: Bullfax – 15 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfFOiv

    India: Experts welcome new Act against tobacco sale to kids

    Health experts working on an anti-tobacco campaign in Mumbai have welcomed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, of the ministry of women and child development, which imposes a harsh penalty on the sale of tobacco to minors. The Act came into force last Friday. It strengthens the earlier Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003.

    Source: DNA – 17 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NfGog4

    Photography: Inside the vaping bars which have become London’s latest fashionable hangout

    Photographer Louis Amore documents the vaping culture at the Prohibition Vapes bar in Hoxton, east London.

    Source: Mail Online – 17 January 2016
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1NfHpVy