ASH Daily news for 19 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Health officials urge British smokers to start vaping
  • Blog: Young people and electronic cigarettes – what do the latest data tell us?
  • Southend: More than one in ten new mums at Southend Hospital are smokers
  • Chile: Anti-smoking bill has tobacco industry on edge
  • Why planes can’t fly without ashtrays?

    Health officials urge British smokers to start vaping

    A review of the evidence surrounding electronic cigarettes and a report setting out the position of Public Health England has been launched today. The evidence review concludes that electronic cigarettes carry just 5% of the risk of tobacco and should be used by smokers as an aid to quitting.

    The report estimates that if every smoker in Britain switched to vaping around 75,000 lives a year could be saved. It calls for electronic cigarettes to be prescribed on the NHS once regulated.

    Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Well-being, at PHE said: “Electronic cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm.”

    Professor Ann McNeill, of Kings College London also said electronic cigarettes are significantly safer than tobacco. She added: “In my view smokers should try vaping. Electronic cigarettes could be a game-changer in public health.”

    [See here for the PHE commissioned evidence review and subsequent report]

    See also
    • Daily Mail: Health chiefs call for free e-cigarettes on the NHS
    • Express: Smokers ‘to get free e-cigarettes on the NHS’ to help them kick the habit
    • Guardian: Vaping: e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public Health England
    • Independent: Make e-cigarettes available on NHS, say Government health officials
    • The Sun: The vape escape
    • The Times: Give out e-cigarettes free on the NHS, doctors told

    Source: Telegraph, 19 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1LiEWMf

    Blog: Young people and electronic cigarettes – what do the latest data tell us?

    In a Cancer Research blog, Professor Linda Bauld, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling and CRUK’s cancer prevention champion, looks at the latest evidence on electronic cigarette use in young people.

    She argues that the evidence tells us that while young people are experimenting with electronic cigarettes, and that the proportion who say they’ve tried them is rising, only very small numbers of young non-smokers are attracted to these products on any regular basis.

    Adding, it is worth remembering this is during a period when smoking rates among young people are continuing to fall, suggesting that, in the UK at least, there is no evidence yet that more young people are starting to smoke because of electronic cigarettes.

    Source: Cancer Research UK, 18 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PlwqN3

    Southend: More than one in ten new mums at Southend Hospital are smokers

    NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG is raising awareness of the problems that smoking during pregnancy can cause, after data showed that 10% of women who gave birth between April and June this year at Southend Hospital smoked at the time of delivery.

    Tricia D’Orsi, Chief Nurse for NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG said: “We remain resolutely committed to tackling smoking and helping people to quit. We understand how daunting and confusing it can be when thinking about quitting smoking, but there are excellent local services that here to help you.

    “You are four times more likely to successfully quit smoking if you give up with support from the NHS. So don’t be afraid to find out more how local services can help and support you to quit smoking.”

    Source: Echo, 18 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1gWA7ha

    Chile: Anti-smoking bill has tobacco industry on edge

    A tobacco control bill which would introduce standardised packaging, limit smoking at parks and beaches and ban menthol cigarettes, has provoked a backlash from the tobacco industry.

    A spokesperson for BAT Chile criticised what he called a “disproportionate” and “often illegal” provisions on generic packaging and “scientifically unfounded” ban on menthol.

    Source: Yahoo News, 19 August 2015
    Link: http://yhoo.it/1E4IJgk

    Why planes can’t fly without ashtrays?

    Whilst the smoking ban on planes is rigorously enforced, with repeated warnings on the overhead speakers and illuminated no smoking signs, you may have noticed ashtrays in the toilet.

    In fact this is a legal requirement. Airlines fear someone having an illicit cigarette in the toilet could panic and not dispose of it properly – by dropping it in the sink or down the paper towel dispenser.

    Source: Daily Mail, 18 August 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1fmUIdf