ASH Daily news for 24 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • 4D ultrasound study shows harmful effects of smoking on unborn babies
  • Paul Burstow MP: Time to introduce a tobacco manufacturers levy
  • Parental smoking increases risk of future heart disease for children
  • Tobacco investors shrug off Europe’s regulatory moves
  • Electronic cigarettes and Big Tobacco
  • South Staffordshire: Smoking ban for psychiatric patients
  • Cornwall: Parks to go ‘smoke-free’
  • Parliamentary Business

    4D ultrasound study shows harmful effects of smoking on unborn babies

    A study conducted by researchers at the James Cook University Hospital which examined moving 4D ultrasound scans of expectant mothers appears to shed light on the harmful effects of smoking while pregnant.

    The study found that unborn babies of the smoking mothers touched their faces more frequently.

    Whilst lead researcher Dr Nadja Reissland hopes to replicate the study across a far larger sample size, the results suggest that mothers who smoke may delay the development of their babies’ central nervous systems.

    See also
    Express: 4D ultrasound scans show the harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on babies
    Metro: Know someone who smokes during pregnancy? Show them this
    Telegraph: Unborn baby shown grimacing in womb as mother smokes

    Source: The Independent, 23 March 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1GMDKgS

    Paul Burstow MP: Time to introduce a tobacco manufacturers levy

    In a 10 minute rule bill, Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow called on the Government to introduce a levy on tobacco manufacturers and direct the funds into measures to reduce the harm that smoking causes.

    Source: Politics Home, 23 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1bpLdsC

    Parental smoking increases risk of future heart disease for children

    A study carried out by researchers from the University of Tasmania and published in the journal Circulation has found that children exposed to their parents’ smoking are at a greater risk of developing heart disease in adulthood than the children of non-smoking parents.

    Source
    Circulation: Exposure to parental smoking in childhood is associated with increased risk of carotid atherosclerotic plaque in adulthood

    Source: Medical News Today, 24 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1bpLxHK

    Tobacco investors shrug off Europe’s regulatory moves

    Shares in Japan Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco Group, which control 85% of the UK cigarette market, are up about 10% in the past three months and tobacco companies have generally outperformed other consumer-goods.

    A shareholder for Philip Morris International suggested that “new regulation takes costs out of the business.”

    Source: Wall Street Journal, 23 March 2015
    Link: http://on.wsj.com/1xu45k6

    Electronic cigarettes and Big Tobacco

    The Mail Online explores the motivation for tobacco companies getting involved in the regulation of electronic cigarettes.

    The article reports that tobacco companies say their goal in pushing for firm control is not to hurt smaller competitors. Regulation will benefit consumers and electronic cigarette companies alike by ensuring safety and quality standards and boosting confidence.

    Source: Mail Online, 23 March 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1GOTu2T

    South Staffordshire: Smoking ban for psychiatric patients

    Psychiatric patients in South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust, who are not allowed to leave hospital grounds, will be banned from smoking under new a plan set to be introduced in October.

    Source: Express & Star, 22 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C70Bmf

    Cornwall: Parks to go ‘smoke-free’

    Six children’s play areas in Cornwall are to become smokefree after signing up to a voluntary code which discourages people from smoking in them.

    A recent survey conducted in the South West found that almost 60% of those questioned thought smoking was a problem in their local play park and 98% would support a voluntary ban on smoking in the play parks.

    Source: Cornish Guardian, 24 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FyEUzl

    Parliamentary Business

    Ten minute rule motion on Tobacco Manufacturers’ Producer Responsibility

    Paul Burstow MP, moved a Bill “to require the Secretary of State to undertake a programme of research into the costs and benefits of introducing an annual levy on sales to be paid by tobacco manufacturers, with the proceeds to be used to support tobacco control measures, to discourage young people from starting to smoke tobacco, to help existing tobacco smokers to stop smoking; and for connected purposes.”

    The Bill was sponsored by Paul Burstow, Kevin Barron, Bob Blackman, Dr Julian Huppert, Alex Cunningham, Martin Horwood, Nick Smith, Sheila Gilmore, Sir Alan Beith, John Robertson and Dr Sarah Wollaston.

    Source: HC Deb, 23 March 2015, c1147
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ipgk2n