ASH Daily News for 25 September 2018



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UK

  • Men’s health: The risks everyone should know about – from heart disease and diabetes to cancer and depression
  • North West: Blackburn shops penalised for selling cigarettes to children
  • Essex: Stress key to teenage uptake of smoking study suggests
  • British American Tobacco names inside man as new CEO

International

  • US: High-nicotine e-cigarettes flood market despite FDA rule
  • Texas: Age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes increases to 21 in San Antonio

UK

Men’s health: The risks everyone should know about – from heart disease and diabetes to cancer and depression

Men in the UK are 37% more likely than women to die from cancer and 75% more likely to die from heart disease, with around a fifth of men dying before the age of 65.

Smoking is the most common cause of cancer globally and is strongly linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Clare Hyde of Cancer Research UK, said: “Quit smoking before the age of 60 and you can gain up to 10 years of life. Stop before 30, you can bring your risk down to a non-smoker. Those who attend their local stop smoking service are around three times more likely to quit compared to going cold turkey. There’s also emerging evidence that e-cigarettes can help you to quit. Your GP can also prescribe medication to satisfy cravings.”

Source: The Mirror, 24 September 2018

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North West: Blackburn shops penalised for selling cigarettes to children

Four retailers in Blackburn have been shut down and fined for selling illicit tobacco and supplying cigarettes to under-18s.

The investigation was prompted by complaints from the public and included the use of 15 year old volunteers to make test purchases.

Councillor Suleman Khonat, president of the Blackburn with Darwen Newsagents Federation, said: “Hopefully these prosecutions will act as a deterrent. Selling cigarettes to under-18s is totally unacceptable.”

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, 25 September 2018

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Essex: Stress key to teenage uptake of smoking study suggests

A recent study published in the European Research Institute for Social Work journal has found that stress is a key contributor to the uptake of smoking among 14-15 year olds in Essex. This was more pronounced in deprived areas.

The researchers conducted interviews with students from schools in 6 of the most deprived local authority areas and sent questionnaires out to schools in all of the county’s 14 districts. 70.1% of participants in areas of higher deprivation said that stress is the main reason for their smoking, compared to 62.6% of participants in lower deprivation areas. Students in higher deprivation areas also reported being influenced by seeing their parents smoke to ease stress. This question was not asked of students in lower deprivation areas.

Linda Homan, study author said: “Teenagers in both deprived and wealthier areas are saying that stress is the main reason they are smoking. That should serve as a wake-up call to agencies as we know that early smoking can lead to addiction and subsequent health problems in later life.”

Source: Echo News, 24 September 2018

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British American Tobacco names inside man as new CEO

Following the recent departure of British American Tobacco’s CEO Nicandro Durante, the company has appointed Jack Bowles – current chief operating officer – to the position.

Mr Durante stepped down in the wake of weak market performance with the value of BAT shares falling by more than a fifth over the last year, lagging behind major competitors such as Philip Morris and Imperial Tobacco.

Source: Financial Times, 25 September 2018

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International

US: High-nicotine e-cigarettes flood market despite FDA rule

Following the success of the Juul e-cigarette in the US, a number of cheaper devices based on the Juul model have started to appear in convenience stores and vape retailers across the country. This is despite a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule banning the sale of new e-cigarette products without regulatory approval from August 2016.

A number of devices have been launched since the FDA imposed the deadline including British American Tobacco’s high-nicotine Vuse Alto e-cigarette.

The FDA has said that it is investigating the newer brands and “plans to take additional action on this front very soon.”

Source: Reuters, 24 September 2018

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Texas: Age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes increases to 21 in San Antonio

From 1 October the city of San Antonio will raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21.

This applies to tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, heated tobacco delivery systems and snuss, and nicotine products that don’t contain tobacco such as e-cigarettes.

Source: News4SA, 25 September 2018

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