ASH Daily News for 21 April 2015



HEADLINES

  • New research: Realistic-looking electronic cigarettes less likely to help smokers quit
  • Barking and Dagenham: Second highest rates of smoking during pregnancy in London
  • Derbyshire: Shopkeeper who sold illegal cigarettes jailed
  • Scotland: Further challenges for hospitals’ cigarettes ban
  • France: Fine for dropping cigarette butts in Paris to rise to €68
  • USA: Almost 2 million try to quit smoking after CDC campaign
  • PR Week: Tobacco companies are doing themselves no reputational favours

    New research: Realistic-looking electronic cigarettes less likely to help smokers quit

    Two new studies have found that the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes as an aid to help smokers quit depends on the type and how often it is used. The research suggests that daily use of “tank” style devices designed to be refilled with nicotine-containing liquids is most likely to help smokers quit, as opposed to “cigalike” products.

    The two studies were based on a survey of around 1,500 smokers in Britain in December 2012, followed up one year later. The first study found 65 percent of daily electronic cigarette users in December 2012 tried to quit smoking in the next year compared with 44 percent of non-users. In the second study, researchers found that of 587 people using electronic cigarettes at the one year follow-up, 76 percent used “cigalikes” and 24 percent used “tank” models. Almost a third of daily tank users had quit smoking, compared with 13 percent of smokers not using e-cigarettes.

    Full article: Is use of electronic cigarettes while smoking associated with smoking cessation attempts, cessation and reduced cigarette consumption? A survey with a 1-year follow-up, Addiction
    Full article: Associations Between E-Cigarette Type, Frequency of Use, and Quitting Smoking: Findings From a Longitudinal Online Panel Survey in Great Britain, Nicotine & Tobacco Research

    See also:
    Realistic-looking E-cigarettes less likely to help smokers quit, study claims, The Independent
    E-cigarette users trying to quit smoking should vape every day, studies suggest, The Guardian
    Trying to quit smoking? Those who use an e-cigarette EVERY day are ‘more likely to succeed’ – provided it’s the right type, Mail on Sunday
    Tank e-cig users better at quitting, Evening Express

    Source: Reuters, 21 April 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1yLb8oN

    Barking and Dagenham: Second highest rates of smoking during pregnancy in London

    New figures show that Barking and Dagenham has the second highest rate of smoking during pregnancy in London. Data analysed by the Barking and Dagenham Post indicates that 10.1 per cent of expectant mums – or 616 women – smoked in Barking and Dagenham from April 2013 to December 2014 and that smoking rates among expectant mothers in the area have not fallen over the last five years.

    Source: Barking & Dagenham Post, 20 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1yNmVmR

    Derbyshire: Shopkeeper who sold illegal cigarettes jailed

    A Derbyshire shopkeeper has been jailed for four months after pleading guilty to possessing and selling illegal tobacco from two premises. The case is the latest success for Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team which brought the prosecutions following raids at Melanie Clinton’s shops in Heanor and Ilkeston.

    Source: Derby Telegraph, 17 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1G2IRra

    Scotland: Further challenges for hospitals’ cigarettes ban

    An investigation by The Courier Newspaper has found that new guidelines requiring hospitals to be completely smoke-free places are being flouted across Tayside and Fife with numerous patients, visitors and staff members spotted taking smoking breaks outside hospitals without being challenged.

    The move to achieve smoke-free status in the grounds of every hospital and health centre in Scotland is part of a national drive to create a tobacco-free generation by 2034.

    Source: The Courier, 20 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1cUqVbk

    France: Fine for dropping cigarette butts in Paris to rise to €68

    Officials in Paris have announced plans to increase the fine for dropping cigarette litter on the street from €35 to €68. Annually, 350 tonnes of cigarette butts are collected each year in Paris. The new fine will be brought in over the next few weeks but won’t be enforced until September.

    Source: The Local, 20 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1DHvcrp

    USA: Almost 2 million try to quit smoking after CDC campaign

    Analysis of a campaign run in 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control that featured tips from former smokers has shown almost two million Americans made a quit attempt following the campaign and that at least 100,000 of them have quit permanently.

    Researchers from the CDC also found that there were more quit attempts among those who were younger, were African American, had less education, and were lighter smokers.

    Source: MSN News, 19 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1yLeMiK

    PR Week: Tobacco companies are doing themselves no reputational favours

    In an opinion piece in PR week, Tamsin Tierney, Managing Director of Tonic London discusses the tobacco industry’s legal challenge to standardised packaging of tobacco products. She makes the case that this is just “another example of the industry flexing its muscles and taking an unscientific, unethical and morally questionable stance on a potentially life-saving, public health intervention.”

    Source: PR Week, 20 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1bftWlr