ASH Daily news for 18 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Electronic cigarettes and craft beer go into the nation’s shopping basket
  • Opinion: Tobacco can show us the way to tackle our obesity disaster
  • Political party set up to protest EU rules on electronic cigarettes
  • Regional delegates refused visas for World Conference on Tobacco
  • Genetic analysis of current smokers shows that high tobacco consumption lowers body weight
  • MP Graham Jones welcomes the vote in favour of standardised packaging of tobacco
  • US: National Comprehensive Cancer Network publishes new guidelines for smoking cessation
  • Philippines: Bill amended to clarify smokefree areas

    Electronic cigarettes and craft beer go into the nation’s shopping basket

    Electronic cigarettes and craft beer have been added to the list of goods used to calculate inflation by The Office for National Statistics (ONS). The basket is made up of items that have sales of more than £400 million a year. It reflects the fact that both Craft beer and electronic cigarettes have been increasingly popular.

    Source: The Times, 18 March, 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1Lt00mp

    Opinion: Tobacco can show us the way to tackle our obesity disaster

    Writing in the Times, nutritionist Susan Jebb, argues that tobacco control has shown that irrational habits can be changed by “nudging”. She suggests that approaches including educational campaigns, restrictions on the advertising of tobacco products, taxation and bans on smoking in public places may shed light on ways of treating obesity in our society.

    Source: The Times, 18 March, 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1F2iO8d

    Political party set up to protest EU rules on electronic cigarettes

    A “one issue” political party called “Vapers in Power” has been set up to campaign against EU rules on the sale of electronic cigarettes.

    Amanda Sandford, from ASH, said: “We think electronic cigarettes are more likely to be a force for good than bad,” She added: “However, we think the European regulations are appropriate because we would not want to see these products promoted in a way which encourages adult non-smokers and children to use them.”

    Source: Mirror, 18 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/19xzOX4

    Regional delegates refused visas for World Conference on Tobacco

    This week the World Conference on Tobacco is taking place in Abu Dhabi. At the start of the conference at least 38 registered delegates, many whose presentations had been accepted and some who were due to chair sessions, were still waiting for their visas to be issued. The delegates came from Bangladesh Iraq, Tunisia, Nigeria and Syria.

    Source: BMJ blogs, 17 March, 2015
    Link: http://bmj.co/1AYczLo

    Genetic analysis of current smokers shows that high tobacco consumption lowers body weight

    A new study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology,  has shown that smokers who consume a high amount of tobacco are more likely to weigh less.

    The study had 80,342 participants, including 15,220 current smokers.

    Prof Nordestgaard who led the research said that smoking and obesity remain two leading modifiable risk factors for death. Despite the results he said that he did not recommend the decision to start or continue smoking in order to control body weight.

    Source

    International Journal of Epidemiology: High tobacco consumption lowers body weight: a Mendelian randomization study of the Copenhagen General Population Study

    Source: Medical News Today, 18 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Cs4i7D

    MP Graham Jones welcomes the vote in favour of standardised packaging of tobacco

    In response to the vote on standardised packaging MP Graham Jones wrote in his blog: “I welcome this week’s vote in favour of standardised packaging of tobacco. It is a fantastic victory for children’s health and experts say it will make children less likely to take up smoking, and so will ultimately save lives.”

    Source: hhgrahamjones.blogspot, 18 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1CuLl5Z

    US: National Comprehensive Cancer Network publishes new guidelines for smoking cessation

    To meet the needs of patients who are smokers at the time of a cancer diagnosis, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network has published the Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Smoking Cessation.

    Source

    NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines)

    Source: Medical News Today, 17 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BP8psE

    Philippines: Bill amended to clarify smokefree areas

    A Filipino lawmaker has filed a measure to amend some provisions of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, particularly the measures which define public places and designated smoking and non-smoking areas.

    Source: Noodls, 18 March, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1AY7mTG