ASH Daily news for 22 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • New study reveals that smokers are at increased risk of going blind
  • Tobacco taxation does not increase illicit tobacco
  • Scotland: 5 per cent of adults in Scotland use e-cigarettes
  • Wales: Smoking ban in cars with kids was ‘long overdue’, say Wrexham shoppers
  • Korea: New anti-smoking research institute

    New study reveals that smokers are at increased risk of going blind

    New research adds to the evidence that smoking has a detrimental impact on eye health.

    The new study published in the journal of Ophthalmology found that poor lifestyle choices increases the risk of sight loss regardless of the person’s genetic make-up, with smoking being the biggest modifiable risk factor.

    The study found that eating more fruit, vegetables and fish can also help protect eyesight.

    Source: Mirror, 21st September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1iKuOmu

    Tobacco taxation does not increase illicit tobacco

    Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland rebutts claims by Giles Roca, the Director General of the Tobacco Manufacturers Association, who believes that high taxes on tobacco products have “failed”.

    The tobacco industry is quick to attack proposed tobacco taxation and frequently claims steep rises in illicit tobacco will follow.

    However, this is not true and as a recent paper from the University of Bath put it: “Industry data on levels of illicit tobacco should be treated with extreme caution.” The industry’s sums do not add up.

    If low taxes lead to low levels of illicit tobacco, countries with the lowest tobacco tax regimes would have low levels of smuggled tobacco and this is not the case.

    Source: The Scotsman, 22nd September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PndLAW

    Scotland: 5 per cent of adults in Scotland use e-cigarettes

    New evidence released from the Scottish Health Survey found that electronic cigarette prevalence is higher among current and ex-smokers, with 15 per cent of current cigarette smokers and 7 per cent of ex-smokers using e-cigarettes, compared to only 1 per cent of people who have never smoked cigarettes regularly.

    Source: The Scottish Government, 22nd September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1LKiIAh

    Wales: Smoking ban in cars with kids was ‘long overdue’, say Wrexham shoppers

    Speaking to shoppers in Wrexham, there was almost total agreement that a law that protected children from second-hand smoke was just common sense.

    When the Welsh Government consulted over plans to introduce the ban last year, 86 per cent of those who responded agreed with the proposals. In Wrexham, the response was almost wholly one of approval.

    From October 1, it will be an offence to smoke in a vehicle if under-18s are present.

    Source: The Leader, 22nd September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OrzIBr

    Korea: New anti-smoking research institute

    The Korean government will open a research institute next month to study the ingredients in tobacco and assess the harmful effects of smoking.

    Data from the institute are likely to be used in the government’s ongoing lawsuit against tobacco companies over compensation for healthcare costs linked to smoking-related diseases.

    Source: The Korea Times, 21st September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ONq5wi