ASH Daily News for 21 November 2016



  • PHE says hospitals should ban all smoking on their grounds
  • New JTI campaign to raise shopper awareness of tobacco legislation
  • Scotland: Smoking in pregnancy linked to childhood obesity
  • MPs call for legalisation of cannabis amid warning UK is falling behind in its drug policies
  • E-cigarettes, a safer alternative for teenagers? A UK focus group study of teenagers’ views
  • US: Trump casts a shadow over BAT’s $47bn bid for Reynolds
  • Philippines: BAT taps unregulated e-cigarette market

PHE says hospitals should ban all smoking on their grounds

All NHS hospitals should put a blanket ban on smoking on their grounds, the head of Public Health England (PHE) has said.

A number of trusts have introduced such rules, but others have shied away, or failed to enforce the bans when patients, visitors or staff smoke outside hospital doors.

In an interview with Health Service Journal, Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE said he wanted “a tobacco-free NHS”.

See also:
Family raises concern over new smoking ban for patients at Northampton mental health hospital, Northampton Chronicle and Echo

Source: Daily Telegraph – 18 November 2016
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New JTI campaign to raise shopper awareness of tobacco legislation

JTI has launched a campaign to inform smokers of changes being made to tobacco products under plain packaging and EUTPDII legislation.

The campaign will run in print media and online and will provide facts on changes to tobacco packaging, such as the banning of smaller pack sizes. It will also direct smokers to JTI’s Pack Changes website where they can learn more about upcoming legislation.

JTI said it has launched the initiative after research revealed half of the UK’s nine million smokers are not fully aware of how tobacco packs will change under the new laws.

Source: Asian Trader – 18 November 2016
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Scotland: Smoking in pregnancy linked to childhood obesity

At least one in five women continue to smoke during pregnancy according to a Scottish study that links the unhealthy habit with excessive weight gain in children.
The finding has renewed calls for greater efforts to wean mothers off cigarettes once they become pregnant amid concern that rates in Scotland are among the worst in the world.

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh found that of 2,278 mothers, about 419 (18%) smoked while pregnant. The real number is likely to be much higher as the reported figure represents only those who admitted to smoking during pregnancy.

Source: The Sunday Times – 20 November 2016 (£)
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MPs call for legalisation of cannabis amid warning UK is falling behind in its drug policies

The UK should follow in California’s footsteps and legalise cannabis, according to a new report into domestic drugs policy.

If cannabis were made legal and regulated by the Government, taxation from sales and savings on criminal justice costs could net the Treasury up to £1bn, claimed the report, which has been backed by MPs from all the major political parties.

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and former health minister Norman Lamb joined Labour and Tory figures to argue that the UK should follow the lead of the United States, where recreational cannabis use is already legal in a number of states including Washington and Colorado.

Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK, with 6.7% of adults aged between 16 to 59 using it in the past year, according to the Home Office.

The report from liberal think-tank the Adam Smith Institute and Volteface accused the Government of failing in its current cannabis policies.

See also:
Could legalized pot diminish California’s gains against smoking?, East Bay Times

Source: The Independent – 21 November 2016
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E-cigarettes, a safer alternative for teenagers? A UK focus group study of teenagers’ views

A qualitative study explored how teenagers in the UK currently perceive e-cigarettes and how and why they do or do not use them.

Sixteen focus groups were conducted across the UK between November 2014 and February 2015, with 83 teenagers aged 14–17.

The Teenagers generally agreed that e-cigarettes are useful products for smokers, including teenage smokers, to quit or reduce traditional cigarette use. Concerns were expressed about lack of information on their precise ingredients and any unknown risks for users and bystanders. However, teenagers typically viewed e-cigarettes as substantially less harmful than traditional cigarettes. They perceived e-cigarettes as attractive, with products described as ‘fun’ and having ‘great flavourings’. Seeing websites or social media featuring e-cigarettes, especially YouTube ‘vaping tricks’, prompted some experimentation and imitation. E-cigarettes were used in a variety of situations, including at parties or when they could not smoke traditional cigarettes. A very few participants suggested covert use was a possibility and that e-cigarettes might help maintain a fledgling nicotine habit.

See also:
E-cigarettes raise teens’ risk of persistent cough and wheeze, study finds, BMJ

Source: BMJ – 16 November 2016
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US: Trump casts a shadow over BAT’s $47bn bid for Reynolds

BAT’s $47bn (£38bn) takeover bid for Reynolds, the US maker of Camel cigarettes, could be stubbed out by the Trump effect, according to senior City sources.

Reynolds rejected BAT’s $56.50 per share offer last week, but many analysts have assumed the merger will go ahead at an improved price.

However, sources close to the situation said the sharp fall in consumer staples stocks since the US election has cast a shadow over the deal.
BAT shares are down almost 6pc since Mr Trump was elected and 13pc since it revealed its bid for Reynolds in October.

Source: Daily Telegraph – 19 November 2016
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Philippines: BAT taps unregulated e-cigarette market

BAT is to start selling a branded e-cigarette product that would allow the cigarette firm to tap a growing yet unregulated and fragmented market in the country.

An exclusive arrangement with 7-Eleven will expand to 100 stores in the next six months, according to a statement. The Philippines was the first Asia-Pacific market where the Vape ePen was launched, following a handful of markets in Europe and South America.

BAT’s next-generation products include vapor and tobacco-heating products to serve as nicotine alternatives for smokers.

Source: Inquirer.net – 21 November 2016
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