ASH Daily news for 23 June 2016


  • BMA calls for ban on electronic cigarette use in public places

    The British Medical Association (BMA) has urged the government to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in public places to protect non-smokers from “passive vaping”. However, Government public health advisers say the call to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places is unjustified and counterproductive.

    Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians say that electronic cigarettes can help save lives if smokers take up vaping and give up tobacco. They have found little evidence that the habit was harmful or would lure children.

    Close to 500 BMA members passed a motion to restrict public vaping at the association’s annual representative meeting in Belfast. Dr Iain Kennedy, a public health consultant in Glasgow who proposed the ban, believes that until further research is carried out on the safety issue of electronic cigarettes, their use in public places should be restricted. Kennedy agreed that e-cigarettes could become a very useful tool for helping people quit tobacco, but cautioned against “passive vaping”.

    Rosanna O’Connor, Director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at Public Health England said, “Vaping is not the same as smoking. Second-hand smoke is harmful to health but there is no evidence that e-cigarette vapour carries the same harms. A ban on using e-cigarettes in public places could be damaging, as it may put off smokers from using e-cigarettes to help them quit.”

    See also:
    – Ban the use of e-cigarettes in public, demand doctors, The Times

    Source: International Business Times – 23 June 2016

  • Smoking breaks cost Britain £5 billion year in lost productivity

    Electronic cigarette manufacturer Vapeclub has produced a new series of graphics to illustrate the impact that smoking and smoking breaks have on the British economy.

    With the average cigarette taking about seven minutes to smoke, and smokers taking an average of four cigarette breaks a day, this equates to 865 million minutes a day lost to puffing on cigarettes. Vapeclub cite research from the British Heart Foundation which says smoking employees each cost business £1,815 a year.

    Figures from the Office for National Statistics looking at the smoking and working habits of 300,000 Britons, also found smokers take more sick days than the average employees. These sick days alone are estimated to cost the economy £979 million.

    Source: Daily Mail – 22 June 2016

  • US: Smokers don’t know what they’re smoking

    New research conducted by the University of North Carolina suggests that there is little awareness of the chemical components of cigarette smoke amongst US adults, even though many of them report having looked for relevant information.

    More than a quarter of adults (27.5%) reported having looked for information on the different components of tobacco products and tobacco smoke, many of which are known to be poisonous or cause cancer. Out of these adults, 37.2% were young adults (18-25 years of age) and 34.3% were smokers. Despite this searching, and with the exception of nicotine, most respondents were largely unaware of which constituents are present in cigarette smoke.

    Marcella Boynton, lead author of the research, said: “By making tobacco chemical information available to the public and tobacco industry practice more transparent, those seeking this information may be less likely to start smoking and more likely to quit because they will be better informed about the toxic chemicals present in tobacco products.”

    See also:
    Access the full research here.
    – Do you know what you’re smoking? Research suggests you don’t, EurekAlter

    Source: Medical Xpress – 22 June 2016

  • Philippines: Department of Health intensifies no-smoking campaign in schools

    In observance of June as No Smoking Month, the Department of Health (DOH), Education, and Interior and Local Government, and the Government of Pasig City on Monday (20 June) urged partner agencies, schools, universities, colleges and parents to enforce a 100% smokefree school policy.

    There is an existing law, Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, which provides that tobacco products cannot be sold or distributed within 100 meters of school perimeters, as well as near public playgrounds or any other facility that minors frequently go to. However, the Government wants to get teachers, parents and officials to recognise the significance of this policy to ensure compliance and enforcement actions are carried out.

    Source: Business Mirror – 23 June 2016