ASH Daily News for 20 January 2015



HEADLINES

  • Higher cot death risk around smokers, report finds
  • Let’s quit together: health kicks are easier if your partner signs up too
  • Cigar smoking makes Tom and Jerry the most complained about children’s TV show of the last decade
  • Imperial Tobacco launches display resources for retailers
  • US: San Francisco launches electronic cigarette public education campaign
  • Parliamentary question: electronic cigarettes safety
  • Parliamentary question: importing electronic cigarettes

    Higher cot death risk around smokers, report finds

    A review published by Public Health Wales has singled out smoking as posing a particular risk for sudden unexplained infant death.

    Dr Paul Davis, author of the review, said that although parents should not feel the blame for deaths the “rate of smoking among parents was alarmingly high and the importance of a smoke-free environment for young babies cannot be overestimated.”

    Full journal article: CHILD DEATH REVIEW PROGRAMME AND ALL WALES PERINATAL SURVEY: Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy – A Collaborative Thematic Review 2010-2012 January 2015

    Source: BBC News, 20 January 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1yCIMtD

    Let’s quit together: health kicks are easier if your partner signs up too

    Research funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine has found that quitting smoking, getting fit or losing weight is easier if your partner is on the same health kick.

    The study based on respondents taking part in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) found that 50% of women who smoked managed to quit if their partner gave up smoking too at the same time. This is compared with 17% of women whose partners were already non-smokers, and 8% of those whose partners continued to be regular smokers. Among men, 48% managed to stop if their partner gave up at the same time.

    Full journal article: JAMA: Partners can help each other make positive health behavior changes

    Source: Guardian, 19 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DXfIBB

    Cigar smoking makes Tom and Jerry the most complained about children’s TV show of the last decade

    With 82 complaints over the last decade, the cartoon Tom and Jerry reached the top of Ofcom’s list of the most complained about children’s TV shows. The cartoon was attacked by complainants for two episodes which seemed to glamourise smoking cigars and cigarettes.

    Source: Mail Online, 18 January 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1sVvl8t

    Imperial Tobacco launches display resources for retailers

    As the implementation date for the prohibition of tobacco displays in small shops approaches, Imperial Tobacco has increased its level of support to traders. The tobacco company launched a new online platform which offers retailers advice on how to prepare ahead of full display restrictions, which come into force on 6th April.

    Source: Talking Retail, 19 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DXm97H

    US: San Francisco launches electronic cigarette public education campaign

    The city and county of San Francisco are taking a stance against electronic cigarettes in a public education campaign. The advertising campaign which is called #CurbIt features adverts on the side of buses and inside rail stations.

    The aims of the campaign are to educate San Francisco about the potential risks of electronic cigarettes and their links to the tobacco industry; inform San Franciscans about a new law that treats the devices identically to cigarettes; reinforce laws that restrict smoking/vaping to a limited number of spaces and enncourage smokers and vapers to quit smoking and vaping altogether.

    Source: Convenience Store News, 19 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/151Pmz9

    Parliamentary question: electronic cigarettes safety

    Andrew Stephenson (Pendle, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions have occurred as a result of injuries caused by e-cigarettes in each of the last five years.

    Jane Ellison (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health; Battersea, Conservative): The Department does not hold this information.

    The revised Tobacco Products Directive (Directive 2014/40/EU) will, from May 2016, establish new rules for the safety, quality, ingredients and presentation of consumer electronic cigarettes, as well as refill mechanisms. This will include a requirement for manufacturers to report any adverse incidents and, as necessary, to withdraw/recall any product.

    In the meantime, e-cigarettes are subject to general product safety regulatory requirements, which include powers for local trading standard officers to withdraw unsafe products from the market.

    Source: Hansard (Citation: HC Deb, 19 January 2015, cW)
    Link: http://bit.ly/1CvB1Ge

    Parliamentary question: importing electronic cigarettes

    Andrew Stephenson (Pendle, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to prevent poorly manufactured or dangerous e-cigarettes being imported into the UK.

    Jo Swinson (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Education) (Women and Equalities); East Dunbartonshire, Liberal Democrat): All products intended for use by consumers are regulated under the General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR) 2005 which implements the EU’s General Product Safety Directive (GPSD). A producer must not supply a consumer product unless it satisfies the general safety requirement (regulation 5 of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005). Further still there is also robust legislation, in the form of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations; these implement into UK law the European Council Directive 2006/95/EEC – commonly referred to as the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) – which cover electrical products such as chargers. This requires the charger to be safe and constructed to good engineering practice and be supplied with relevant safety advice and operating instructions. The enforcement of the legislation falls to Local Authority Trading Standards Services.

    The revised Tobacco Products Directive (Directive 2014/40/EU), which will enter into force from May 2016 will ensure a high level of health protection for UK citizens. It will establish new rules for the safety, quality, ingredients and presentation of consumer electronic cigarettes, as well as refill mechanisms. The new regulations will require six month prior notification of a range of information before either e-cigarettes or refills are placed on the market.

    In the meantime, the Department is currently funding a market surveillance project led by Dorset Trading Standards and involving 40 local authorities across England to ascertain whether there are significant product safety issues for the e-cigarette market in the UK. The main deliverable from this project will be a report with recommendations for future steps to be taken by industry, Trading Standards and Government. The report will be shared with the relevant enforcement authorities in the UK.

    Source: Hansard (Citation: HC Deb, 19 January 2015, cW)
    Link: http://bit.ly/1AFKNTR