ASH Daily news for 24 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • BAT to put its first quitting aid on the market
  • Bosses urged to let staff vape at work
  • Chief exec tells of ‘verbal abuse’ when asking people not to smoke on hospital grounds
  • London: £15,000 Covent Garden e-cigarettes promotion stunt abandoned
  • Scots back tighter smoking restrictions in outdoor spaces
  • Public Health England e-cigarette report leaves Welsh unmoved
  • Tobacco lobby fights plain packaging and new smoking ban
  • Australia: Outdoor areas in Victorian restaurants to be a smoke-free zone from mid-2017
  • India: 75 per cent of cigarettes sold loose, says study
  • Ireland: E-cigarettes not anti-smoking aids, says HSE
  • Malaysia: Anti-smoking law to pack a real punch

    BAT to put its first quitting aid on the market

    British American Tobacco’s (BAT) first anti-smoking product, Voke, is expected to arrive in shops at the end of the year. Imperial Tobacco has similar products in development.

    The development arm of BAT’s subsidiary, Nicoventures, was granted regulatory approval in 2014 by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHPRA).

    The product will be the first approved alternative nicotine device made by a tobacco company.

    See also:
    –  Cigarette maker sells way to quit, Sunday Times (£)

    Source: City AM – 24 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JePp8m

    Bosses urged to let staff vape at work

    Bosses should consider allowing their employees to vape at their desks, campaigners have said.

    Graham Jukes, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said making it easier for people to use e-cigarettes than to smoke tobacco might help them to switch.

    He added that offices did not ban cakes and biscuits despite a national obesity crisis, so e-cigarettes should be the same.

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    Source: The Times – 22 August 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1JePwRq

    Chief exec tells of ‘verbal abuse’ when asking people not to smoke on hospital grounds

    The chief executive of a hospital trust has told of the “verbal abuse” and “the potential of physical violence” she and her staff have faced when asking people not to smoke on hospital grounds.

    Professor Tricia Hart, chief executive of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, made the comments after staff and volunteers at James Cook University Hospital started an information campaign after receiving complaints about smokers lighting up outside hospital entrances.

    See also:
    – Staff abused as they try to stub out smoking outside hospital, Northern Echo

    Source: Gazette Live – 21 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JePBVd

    London: £15,000 Covent Garden e-cigarettes promotion stunt abandoned

    Camden Council representatives held discussions with an e-cigarette company with a view to collecting £15,000 in return for allowing a week-long promotional stunt to take place on public pavements.

    E-Lites, one of the biggest brands providing “vaping” products, were set to bring a 5m-high inflatable dome to two streets in Covent Garden, with staff handing out trial e-cigarettes over five days next month.

    But the firm pulled out after the council failed to “offer an immediate decision” on their proposals.

    Source: West End Extra – 21 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JePOYo

    Scots back tighter smoking restrictions in outdoor spaces

    A majority of Scots think smoking should be banned in playgrounds and many would welcome other outdoor smoke free places too, according to new research.

    Following proposals for tighter smoking bans in other parts of the UK, the survey has revealed an appetite for extended smoking restrictions in Scotland too – although some think it would be a step too far.

    Two thirds (66 per cent) of those from Scotland back bans in playgrounds, with many in favour of restrictions in outdoor restaurants (49 per cent) and public parks (40 per cent). One in five (19 per cent) said they would travel further to visit a smoke free beach.

    The independent research was commissioned by the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor service.

    Source: Herald Scotland – 21 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JePWaA

    Public Health England e-cigarette report leaves Welsh unmoved

    According to a spokeswoman, the Welsh Assembly is unlikely to change its tough stance on electronic cigarettes following the publication of the PHE report last week.

    See also:
    – Smoking lite? No, vaping’s a lungful of fun for hipsters, Sunday Times (£)
    – E-cigarettes on the NHS would mean the taxpayer funding other people’s weakness, Daily Mirror
    – Free ‘vaping’ on the NHS? Stub out this daft, costly idea, Western Morning News
    – E-cigarettes on the NHS? Not in my name, Express and Star
    – Ohio Smokers Respond to New Findings on Electronic Cigarettes, WTRF [includes video]

    Source: The Grocer – 21 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JeQ61F

    Tobacco lobby fights plain packaging and new smoking ban

    The pro-smoking campaign group Forest, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and a number of MPs have voiced opposition to the recent RSPH report calling for smoking to be banned in pub gardens. Ukip leader Nigel Farage called its authors “puritans”.

    All were strongly opposed to the plans, but none appeared surprised. For the tobacco industry, though, it is standardised packaging that is of particular concern.

    Cigarette companies hope at the very least to delay the implementation of the law. Given recent anti-smoking legislation, even that would be seen as some victory for the tobacco industry.

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    Source: Sunday Times – 23 August 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1JeQo8K

    Australia: Outdoor areas in Victorian restaurants to be a smoke-free zone from mid-2017

    Smoking will be banned in the outdoor dining areas of all restaurants, cafes, take-away shops and licensed premises in Victoria, the state’s health minister, Jill Hennessy, announced on Sunday.

    But the ban won’t take effect until August 2017, with the government set to consult with health and industry groups over the coming months to flesh out the detail of the reforms.

    Anti-smoking groups have expressed concern over the two-year delay.

    Source: The Guardian – 23 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JeRykB

    India: 75 per cent of cigarettes sold loose, says study

    Nearly 75 per cent of all cigarettes in India are sold as single sticks valued at close to 30% of the Rs35,000 (over $5bn) crore Indian market, an international journal says. The sale of single cigarettes, which is not in the interest of public health, is an important factor for early experimentation, initiation and persistence of tobacco use, says the study.

    “Based on the data collected from 10 jurisdictions, we estimate that nearly 75% (59-87%) of all cigarettes are sold as single sticks,” says the study, published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention and conducted by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease across 10 cities.

    Source: Times of India – 22 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JeRQrM

    Ireland: E-cigarettes not anti-smoking aids, says HSE

    The Irish Health Service Executive has refused to endorse electronic cigarettes as a method of quitting smoking, despite new evidence from Britain that switching to the devices could save thousands of smokers’ lives.

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    Source: Sunday Times – 23 August 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1JeS1mR

    Malaysia: Anti-smoking law to pack a real punch

    The Health Ministry plans to raise the minimum age for purchasing all tobacco products from 18 to 21.

    A new tobacco bill is being drafted to include a ban on displaying products and making it illegal to smoke in vehicles with children inside.

    Tobacco products are regulated under the Food Act 1983. The Control of Tobacco Products Regulations 2004 under the Act requires a smoke-free environment and regulates tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship, packaging and labelling.

    Source: New Straits Times – 24 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JeSmpy