ASH Daily news for 25 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • Children with asthma fare worse when they live with smokers
  • Stoptober support for parents as smoke-free car law comes in
  • Japan Tobacco said to be in talks for $5bn Reynolds assets
  • Australia: Man who refused to stop using his e-cigarette on flight from Sydney faces an $850 fine
  • Aidan Turner puffs on an e-cigarette as Poldark filming continues in Charlestown

    Children with asthma fare worse when they live with smokers

    Children with asthma are more likely to have breathing problems and be hospitalised when they live with a smoker, a research review suggests.

    The team analysed data from 25 studies that included a combined total of more than 430,000 children. Children with asthma who were also exposed to second-hand smoke were 66 percent more likely to seek emergency care and 85 percent more likely to be hospitalised than their peers who didn’t spend time around smokers, the study found.

    For asthmatic children, breathing in cigarette smoke was also linked to a more than tripled risk of poor lung function and 32 percent higher odds of wheezing symptoms.

    While the risk of smoke exposure exacerbating asthma symptoms is well known, fresh evidence on the extent of the danger posed to children may help convince some parents to abandon their cigarettes, said senior study author Dr. Avni Joshi, an allergist and immunologist at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

    Source: Reuters – 24 September 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1JtctPO

    Stoptober support for parents as smoke-free car law comes in

    New rules come into force on Thursday 1 October banning drivers from smoking in their cars if they are carrying children as passengers. Both the driver and the smoker can be fined £50 if anyone smokes in the vehicle.

    The introduction of the new law coincides with the start of Stoptober so there’s lots of support available through the campaign and locally to help parents stop smoking.

    Over 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible, and opening windows does not remove its harmful effects. Secondhand smoke is particularly harmful to children as they breathe more rapidly and have less developed airways. Every time a child breathes in secondhand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals, which put them at risk of serious conditions including respiratory infections, meningitis and asthma.

    See also:
    – E-cigs law change… Do you know the facts?, Rock FM
    – New anti-smoking laws: How motorists are affected, Confused.com
    – Guidance for enforcement officers and the public on the prohibition on smoking in private vehicles carrying children, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

    Source: The Challenge – 24 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Jte5ZI

    Japan Tobacco said to be in talks for $5bn Reynolds assets

    Japan Tobacco is in talks to buy cigarette assets from Reynolds American Inc. as the company seeks to expand outside of its shrinking home market.

    The Japanese firm may acquire assets worth about $5 billion, including some of the Natural American Spirit tobacco brand that is part of a Reynolds operating company. While discussions are advanced, talks could still fall apart and the size of the deal and the makeup of the assets could still change.

    The former Japanese tobacco monopoly has sped up acquisitions of brands and products abroad in the face of a shrinking population and a stagnating smoking rate at home. Japan Tobacco has said its priority is investing to boost the competitiveness of its tobacco businesses, which led to its withdrawal from drinks and vending machines.

    Source: Bloomberg – 24 September 2015
    Link: http://bloom.bg/1JtcD9R

    Australia: Man who refused to stop using his e-cigarette on flight from Sydney faces an $850 fine

    A man who refused to stop using his e-cigarette on a Jetstar flight from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast could be fined $850 – more than 10 times the cost of a one-way saver ticket.

    Police say cabin crew pleaded with the 37-year-old to stop using the device during the 90-minute flight on Thursday, but he ignored them.

    When the plane landed at Sunshine Coast Airport at about 6.30pm, police boarded the aircraft and detained the man.

    Source: This is Money – 25 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JtcWkS

    Aidan Turner puffs on an e-cigarette as Poldark filming continues in Charlestown

    Filming for the second series of Poldark has continued in Charlestown this week.

    Leading star and heartthrob actor Aidan Turner was out shooting scenes for the popular BBC drama – and was photographed taking a break to puff on an e-cigarette.

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    Source: Cornish Guardian – 24 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JtdgAc