ASH Daily News for 20 April 2016



HEADLINES

  • New research: Fall in dementia suggests disease can be prevented
  • South Tyneside: Newsagent fined for selling cigarettes to children
  • Scotland: Electronic cigarettes allowed on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde sites
  • US: FDA launches new campaign against chewing tobacco
  • US: Committee votes to smooth e-cigarette regulatory path
  • India: Delhi bans chewable tobacco in bid to tackle cancer

    New research: Fall in dementia suggests disease can be prevented

    According to new research, dementia rates are dropping faster than expected with the most likely explanation being because men are smoking less and living healthier lives.

    The proportion of older people suffering from dementia has fallen by a fifth over the past twenty years. As a result the number of new cases in the UK is lower than had been predicted in the 1990’s, with 210,000 new dementia cases annually in the UK as opposed to 250,000.

    See also:
    New study reveals a ‘20% fall in new cases of dementia’ in past two decades, ITV News
    ‘New men’ winning dementia battle as healthy lifestyles prevent 40,000 cases a year, The Telegraph
    Why men are leading the fight against dementia: Better diets, more exercise and quitting smoking means ‘cases are a fifth lower than expected’, Daily Mail

    Full Study: A two decade dementia incidence comparison from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies I and II 

    Source: The Guardian, 19 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1TheC98

    South Tyneside: Newsagent fined for selling cigarettes to children

    A newsagent in South Tyneside has been fined for selling cigarettes to children and illegally displaying tobacco products in his shop.

    Monir Hussein pleaded guilty to selling a packet of ten cigarettes to a 16-year-old South Tyneside Council Trading Standards volunteer and was fined £140 by magistrates who also ordered him to pay £100 investigation costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

    Ailsa Rutter, director of North East anti-smoking group Fresh, said: “Most smokers start as children or in their mid teens, and end up wishing they had never started.

    “No other product will kill one in two of its lifelong customers, and both the 18 age limit and rules on displaying tobacco are there for a very good reason.”

    Source: Chronicle Live, 19 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1SSVawD

    Scotland: Electronic cigarettes allowed on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde sites

    Scotland’s largest health board, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, has lifted a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes on the hospitals ground.

    Smoking was banned across all health grounds in Scotland April last year with health boards given discretion over whether vaping was allowed outside buildings.

    Dr Emilia Crighton, NHS GGC’s director of public health, said: “Tobacco is still the most common preventable cause of death in Scotland with smoking to blame for around a quarter of all deaths. We’re now allowing e-cigarettes on our grounds to give our patients, staff and visitors more choice in how they quit smoking.”

    “We have seen the percentage of people who smoke fall from 37.5% to 25% over the last 10 years. I believe allowing e-cigarette use is the next tool in that fight and it will play a role in reducing that figure even more.”

    Source: BBC News, 19 April 2016
    Link: http://bbc.in/1YGvgAD

    US: FDA launches new campaign against chewing tobacco

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new advertising campaign on the dangers of chewing tobacco aimed specifically at white teenagers living in rural America.

    According to the agency, around 32% of rural males aged 12 – 17 are at risk of using chewing tobacco. The central message of the campaign, which will run in 35 rural areas and in baseball stadiums this summer, is “smokeless doesn’t mean harmless”.

    Source: NBC News, 19 April 2016
    Link: http://nbcnews.to/1WELxYg

    US: Committee votes to smooth e-cigarette regulatory path

    On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to an agricultural funding bill that would make it easier for electronic cigarettes to win regulatory clearance than currently proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    Under a rule proposed by the FDA, almost all vaping devices introduced after February 2007, would be required to meet regulatory standards that the industry considers excessively stringent. The House Committee voted 31-19  in favour of easing the process.

    Source: Reuters, 19 April 2016
    Link: http://reut.rs/1Nl02yj

    India: Delhi bans chewable tobacco in bid to tackle cancer

    Chewing tobacco has been banned in India’s capital Delhi in a bid to lower the high incidence of mouth and throat cancers. Those who violate the ban on sale, purchase and possession of all forms of chewable tobacco can be imprisoned for up to six months and fined up to 300,000 rupees (£3,179). Chewable tobacco products reportedly causes 90% of all mouth cancers in India.

    Source: The Press & Journal, 18 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1qDCn1I