ASH Daily News for 19 July 2016



  • E-cigarette users ‘should have their own room and extra breaks at work’ according to Government advice

    New guidance from Public Health England is urging bosses to make allowances for vapers in an attempt to encourage workers to give up smoking.

    Employers are being encouraged to set aside a room to allow staff to use e-cigarettes at work and give them extra break times for their habit.

    New official advice urges employers to make the vaping devices a “more convenient option” – to encourage workers to give up traditional cigarettes, which are far more harmful.

    Workers should not be forced to vape outdoors – in places set aside for regular smokers – because this will “undermine their ability to quit smoking”, the advice says.

    And, because e-cigarettes deliver a smaller nicotine hit, users should be allowed extra breaks for the “frequent interim top-ups” they need.

    Companies are also told to make clear that vaping is not smoking – the guidance reads: “To avoid confusion, do not use smoking terminology when referring to e-cigarettes.”

    See also:
    – Give vapers their own rooms and more breaks, bosses told, The Times (£)
    – Bosses told to give staff on e-cigs EXTRA BREAKS and create special vaping rooms at work to encourage the end of regular cigarettes, Daily Mail

    Source: Mirror – 18 July 2016

  • Campaign for a revised TPD in the EU: lessons learnt

    An article in Tobacco Control examines the lessons learned from the campaign to strengthen the EU TPD from the perspective of the Smoke Free Partnership.

    Source: BMJ – 18 July 2016

  • MP warns of ‘false economy’ in Government approach to health spending

    The Chair of the Health Select Committee has warned ministers at risk of creating a “false economy” in a scathing review of the governments plans to fund the NHS.

    Following the conclusion of the committee’s recent inquiry into the spending review, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP argues Government cuts to the public health budget are likely increase costs in the long term.

    Meanwhile,she notes that the promised increase to overall NHS funding is “less than was promised”, and warns additional funds for mental health could get “sucked” into acute care.

    The comments from the former GP coincide with the publication of the select committee’s latest report on the impact of the 2015 spending review on health and social care.

    See also:
    – Impact of the Spending Review on health and social care, Parliament
    – Jeremy Hunt has broken NHS funding pledges, report finds, The Guardian
    – The radical blueprint the NHS needs to survive life after Brexit, The Telegraph

    Source: The Plymouth Herald – 18 July 2016

  • EU calls on international partners to sign anti-smuggling UN treaty

    Following a Commission proposal, the EU ratified the FCTC  Illicit Trade Protocol on 24 June 2016. It is now calling on other countries to follow suit and sign the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (“FCTC Protocol”).

    Source: Council of the EU – 18 July 2016

  • US: Tobacco companies give $17m to defeat California cigarette tax measure

    Tobacco companies are giving about $17 million to defeat a proposed cigarette tax that’s quickly attracting some of the highest spending among the initiatives on California’s November ballot.

    R.J. Reynolds and Altria affiliates reported giving $16 million in cash and nearly $1 million in non-monetary contributions to defeat a proposed $2 tax on each pack of cigarettes.

    Altria spokeswoman Beth Miller says the donations will go towards advertising, polling and mailings opposing the measure.

    Medical groups and the state’s largest union have raised more than $14 million in favour of the cigarette tax initiative.

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    Source: CBS Los Angeles – 18 July 2016

  • US: Japan Tobacco bringing low-priced cigarette brand to the country

    Japan Tobacco Inc. (JTI) is bringing a new, low-priced cigarette brand to the United States.

    The $2.81-a-pack price tag for LD cigarettes compares with Marlboro at $4.92 and puts it in position to challenge discount brands L&M at $3.69 and Pall Mall at $3.49, said the report.

    The red, blue, green and silver packs of cigarettes bearing the LD logo are part of a plan to give the world’s second-largest tobacco company a toehold in the lucrative U.S. market, reports said. Almost all of JTI’s roughly $22 billion in sales come from outside the United States.

    Source: CSP Daily News – 18 July 2016

  • US: Mike Pence compared health risks of tobacco to candy in 1997 op-ed

    Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence wrote an op-ed in 1997 equating the health risks associated with cigarettes with those associated with candy.

    Pence, who was a conservative radio host in Indiana at the time, was defending the tobacco industry, which had been successfully sued by some states to recoup medical expenses related to tobacco.

    Pence’s op-ed came two years before he wrote “smoking doesn’t kill,” in an editorial uncovered in 2015.

    Source: Buzzfeed News – 18 July 2016