ASH Daily news for 25 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • Investigation examines dispute over electronic cigarettes in the public health community
  • Bradford: Millions set to be slashed from Bradford’s public health budget
  • West Yorkshire: 100,000 illegal cigarettes and tobacco worth £47,000 seized in raids
  • As smoking declines, more are likely to quit
  • Parliamentary Questions

    Investigation examines dispute over electronic cigarettes in the public health community

    An investigation published by the British Medical Journal examines how ‘harm reduction’, has divided the public health community.

    On one side are those who believe it is time to support products such as electronic cigarettes, whilst others contest the public health benefits and fear harm reduction is smokescreen for the tobacco industry.

    Simon Capewell, professor of public health and policy at Liverpool University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society argues that electronic cigarettes help to glamorise and renormalise smoking” and are being used by the industry “as a trojan horse to get inside ministries of health.”

    However, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH, dismisses such fears, saying there is no evidence so far that electronic cigarettes are a gateway into smoking for young people. “The risk is that smokers who could potentially use these as an alternative to smoking are being discouraged, and that’s not a good thing”.

    Source
    BMJ: Why e-cigarettes are dividing the public health community

    Source: Rochdale Online, 25 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JkwSw7

    Bradford: Millions set to be slashed from Bradford’s public health budget

    Almost £3 million is likely to be cut from public health funding in Bradford to help people quit smoking or drinking and lose weight. The cuts are part of an immediate 7.8% reduction in public health funding in the first round of the post-election cuts.

    Councillor Ralph Berry, the executive member for health and social care at Bradford Council called the cuts shocking and said “effective projects to improve health are being cut with little notice, when we are using all our public health funding to tackle the serious health challenges we face.”

    Source: Telegraph and Argus, 24 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IfoMn0

    West Yorkshire: 100,000 illegal cigarettes and tobacco worth £47,000 seized in raids

    During the last month trading standards officers seized almost 100,000 illicit cigarettes and 37kg of illegal hand-rolling tobacco, worth more than £40,000, from retailers in West Yorkshire.

    Councillor Val Slater, chairman of the West Yorkshire trading standards committee, said: “Although a lot has been achieved, illegal tobacco is still a problem. While all smoking kills, illegal tobacco is a danger to health, particularly to young people, as it is sold at pocket money prices, making it easy for children to start.”

    Source: Telegraph and Argus, 24 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1TOglUv

    As smoking declines, more are likely to quit

    A study carried out by researchers at UC San Francisco and published online in the Journal of Tobacco Control, has found that as smoking prevalence rates in the US and EU declined, the remaining smokers smoked less and were more likely to quit.

    Senior author Stanton A. Glantz, Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education said: “These results suggest that current tobacco control policies have been leading to softening of the smoking population without the need to promote new recreational nicotine products like electronic cigarettes”.

    Source
    Tobacco Control: “The smoking population in the USA and the EU is softening not hardening”

    Source: Medical Xpress, 24 June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GzNusL

    Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Action on Smoking and Health

    Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department will provide funding to Action on Smoking and Health in the 2015-16 financial year.

    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    The Department has received an application for grant funding from Action on Smoking and Health for the 2015-16 financial year. No decision on funding has yet been taken.

    Source: Hansard (Citation: HC Deb, 24 June 2015, cW)
    Link: http://bit.ly/1dhJcPi