ASH Daily news for 23 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • Vaping takes off as e-cigarette sales break through $6bn
  • Scotland: Car smoking ban proposals to be scrutinised
  • Salford: Joyce helps stop smoking service celebrate 15th birthday
  • Switzerland: Scientists join tobacco companies to develop e-cigarettes
  • US: Millions of smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease
  • Smoking around toddlers is ‘just as bad as doing so while pregnant’
  • New research finds prostate cancer link to smoking
  • Singapore smoking e-cigarettes out with impending tobacco ban
  • Ghana: Tobacco control law not implemented after 3 years

    Vaping takes off as e-cigarette sales break through $6bn

    The electronic cigarettes industry is now bigger than dental floss and canned soup after sales of vaping devices surpassed $6bn for the first time last year.

    Global sales of vapour devices grew by 59% to £3.9bn as business in its largest market, the US, more than doubled to £1.7bn, according to data from Euromonitor International.

    In a sign that British consumers are increasingly turning to e-cigarettes as a means to quit smoking, domestic vaping sales increased by 75% to £459m while spending on nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum fell by 3% to £137m, ending several years of growth of between 5% and 6%.

    See also:
    Smoking toolkit study, UCL

    Source: Daily Telegraph – 23 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Lr0b0H

    Scotland: Car smoking ban proposals to be scrutinised

    Liberal Democrat Jim Hume will be questioned about his Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill by MSPs on Holyrood’s Health Committee today.

    Hume’s Bill to bring in a ban has already won the backing of the Scottish Government, although Police Scotland has said than enforcing the measure wouldn’t be a priority for them.

    Source: The Scotsman – 23 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Lr0sk8

    Salford: Joyce helps stop smoking service celebrate 15th birthday

    Ex smoker Joyce Mia has helped Salford City Council’s stop smoking service celebrate its 15th birthday – by saying thank you to the worker who helped her quit.

    Joyce was one of the first people stop smoking advisor Anne Sharples helped back in 2000 when the service was first launched.

    And, despite smoking for 34 years, Joyce gave up cigarettes the day of her first appointment and has never smoked since.

    Source: Salford Online – 19 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Lr0yZ7

    Switzerland: Scientists join tobacco companies to develop e-cigarettes

    Scientists who have devoted years developing medicines to cure disease are now working for tobacco companies to make e-cigarettes.

    Philip Morris International Inc has hired more than 400 scientists and technical staff at its research facility in Neuchatel, Switzerland, including toxicologists, chemists, biologists, biostatisticians and regulatory affairs experts.

    Altria Group Inc, makers of Marlboro, has recruited dozens of scientific and healthcare experts, as have independent e-cigarette companies such as NJOY. They bring experience developing inhalation devices and navigating the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, valuable knowledge in the new world of electronic cigarettes.

    Source: Reuters – 23 June 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1Lr0GYk

    US: Millions of smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease

    More than half of current and former smokers who can pass basic lung function tests may suffer from lung diseases that have gone undiagnosed, researchers said.

    The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine included nearly 9,000 people, aged 45-80, who had smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 10 years.

    About half of those in the study “were considered disease-free based on their lung-function tests,” said the JAMA article.

    But when researchers looked at other criteria, including respiratory symptoms, CT scans, medications use and quality of life issues, they found that “55 percent of the ‘disease-free’ study participants had some form of respiratory related impairment.”

    Many were in the early stages of chronic pulmonary obstruction disease, or COPD, which is the third-leading killer in the United States.

    Source: France 24 – 22 June 2015
    Link: http://f24.my/1Lr0OY2

    Smoking around toddlers is ‘just as bad as doing so while pregnant’

    Toddlers exposed to second hand smoke are more likely to be fat by the age of 10, scientists warn.
    In fact, smoking around children aged one to three is just as harmful as using tobacco during pregnancy, they claim.

    Children whose parents smoked when they were between one and three were more likely to have a wider waist and a higher BMI (body mass index) by time they reached 10.

    The same phenomenon has been spotted in mothers who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy.

    Professor Linda Pagani and her colleagues of Montreal University used data from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development – a vast survey of parents and teachers who contribute information about a child’s development, well-being, lifestyle, social environment and behaviour.

    The findings, published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, were based on comparisons between 2,055 families and their children.

    Source: Mail Online – 22 June 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1Lr0ZCB

    New research finds prostate cancer link to smoking

    Smoking can almost double the risk of prostate cancer returning after surgery, a study has found.

    Ex-smokers were also at greater risk of recurring cancer, but not those who quit the habit 10 years or more before having their prostate glands removed.

    The findings, published in the journal European Urology, make it seem more likely that there is a link between smoking and prostate cancer. Previous research has shown that smokers are more likely to die from the disease, but the results of other studies have been inconclusive.

    The new study looked at 7,191 American and Austrian patients who had their prostate glands removed between 2000 and 2011.

    Source: Belfast Telegraph – 23 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Lr17St

    Singapore smoking e-cigarettes out with impending tobacco ban

    Singapore authorities have announced a ban on what they term “emerging tobacco products” from December 15.

    The first phase of the ban targets “emerging tobacco products” currently not available in Singapore. They include smokeless cigars, smokeless cigarillos or smokeless cigarettes, dissolvable tobacco or nicotine, any product containing nicotine or tobacco that may be used by implant or injected into any parts of the body; and any solution or substance where tobacco or nicotine is a constituent, that is intended to be used with an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) or a vaporiser, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes.

    From August 1 next year, the ban will be extended to emerging tobacco products existing in the local market, including nasal snuff, oral snuff, as well as gutkha, khaini and zarda, which are chewable tobacco products.

    The only emerging tobacco products left out of the blanket ban in Singapore are tobacco-containing products, tobacco derivates, or medicinal products registered under the Medicines Act.

    Source: The Establishment Post – 23 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Lr1qwT

    Ghana: Tobacco control law not implemented after 3 years

    Three years after the Ghanan Parliament passed the Public Health Act (Act 851), which contains measures to control tobacco, the Act has still not been implemented effectively because of the absence of a Legislative Instrument (LI), that is supposed to direct how the law should be implemented and also define its scope. The document remains in limbo in the Attorney General’s office.

    Even at the AG’s office some officers and stakeholders suspect the delay might be caused by the ‘ever powerful’ Tobacco Industry, who may be pulling strings at the Attorney General’s Department just so the implementation of the law would not see the light of day, as they are the biggest beneficiaries as long as the LI remains on the shelves.

    Source: Peace FM – 19 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Lr1I6I