ASH Daily news for 23 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • BAT to buy Polish electronic cigarette firm
  • Lincolnshire: Almost 15 per cent of pregnant women are smoking until they give birth
  • St Helens: Smokers urged to quit smoking this Stoptober
  • US: Task Force recommends behavioural interventions and medication to help smokers quit
  • Around the world, those treated for addiction far more likely to smoke

    BAT to buy Polish electronic cigarette firm

    British American Tobacco has decided to expand its range of products in the sector by acquiring a Polish manufacturer and signing a technology deal for vapour products with Reynolds American, the American tobacco group.

    The maker of Dunhill and Pall Mall cigarettes, which already sells Vype electronic cigarettes in Britain, said that it was buying 100 per cent of Chic Group, which has an e-liquids production facility, a research and development centre and a distribution network of 800 outlets.

    See also:
    BAT to buy Polish e-cigarette firm, signs deal with RJ Reynolds
    British American Tobacco turns to e-cigarettes to stay ahead  

    Source: The Times, 23rd September 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1L59R1T

    Lincolnshire: Almost 15 per cent of pregnant women are smoking until they give birth

    A report to Lincolnshire’s Health and Wellbeing board revealed that approximately 15 per cent of pregnant women in Lincolnshire are smoking right up until the time of delivery.

    The report found that there is a higher percentage of pregnant women smoking in Lincolnshire than in England as a whole. Throughout the country, 12 per cent of pregnant women were smoking in 2013 to 2014 compared to 14.9 per cent of pregnant women in Lincolnshire.

    A lack of specialist Stop Smoking Services for pregnant women was identified as one of the reasons for such high figures.

    Source: Lincolnshire Echo, 22nd September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QxHQxZ

    St Helens: Smokers urged to quit smoking this Stoptober

    Smokers are urged to join in the Stoptober national challenge to help them quit cigarette smoking.

    St Helens Council is supporting the campaign which sees participants involved go 28 days smokefree.

    Residents are also encouraged to sign up with friends, family and colleagues, as evidence reveals that ‘social quitting’ can dramatically improve people’s chances of successfully stopping.

    Source: St Helens Star, 21st September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OucSJF

    US: Task Force recommends behavioural interventions and medication to help smokers quit

    The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends counselling and pharmaceutical interventions to help adults and pregnant women quit smoking. Clinicians should ask all adult patients about smoking and encourage those who do smoke to quit with appropriate cessation aids.

    Task Force recommendations were informed by a systematic review of published evidence on smoking cessation interventions, including behavioural interventions and medications. The full recommendations and the evidence review are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

    Source: Medical News Today, 22nd September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1V9QKmK

    Around the world, those treated for addiction far more likely to smoke

    People in addiction treatment programmes around the world use tobacco at two to three times the rate of people who are not being treated for addiction, according to a review of research studies from 20 countries other than the United States.

    The review, led by Joseph R. Guydish, PhD, a UC San Francisco professor of medicine and health policy, was published in the journal Addiction.

    Guydish and his team reviewed 54 studies, involving a total of 37,364 participants in 20 countries on six continents, which were published in English from 1987 to 2013. They found that among people in treatment for drug and alcohol use, the overall rate of smoking was 84 percent, compared with a rate of 31 percent for members of the general population, matched for gender and year of study.

    Source: Medical Xpress, 22nd September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1LNqZnj