ASH Daily News for 26 April 2018



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  • Should we recommend e-cigarettes to help smokers quit?
  • Moray: Two-thirds of shops fail e-cigarette age tests
  • Scotland: More women diagnosed with lung cancer than men for first time

International

  • US: There’s no smoking in Disney films but what about when it owns Fox?

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Should we recommend e-cigarettes to help smokers quit?

Smokers want to vape, it can help them quit, and it’s less harmful than smoking, say Paul Aveyard and Deborah Arnott.

They argue that smokers are asking their doctors for advice on using electronic cigarettes, and guidance is clear on what doctors in England and Wales should say. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that smokers should be told that many people have found e-cigarettes helpful aids to cessation, and the evidence indicates that e-cigarettes are substantially less harmful to health than smoking, although not risk free.

In response, Kenneth C Johnson raises his concerns about the use of e-cigarettes.

Source: The BMJ, 25 April 2018

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Moray: Two-thirds of shops fail e-cigarette age tests

A Trading Standards operation found almost two-thirds of shops failed to ask buyers for proof of age. Fines were issued to two businesses after they failed to clean up their act despite being provided with advice and additional training.

Moray Council’s Trading Standards Manager Peter Adamson said the high number of businesses selling nicotine vapour products to young buyers without challenging their age was “concerning”.

New laws were introduced last year to better protect those under the age of 18, with sellers required to ask for proof of age for the sale of e-cigarettes, e-liquids and other vaping products to anyone appearing to be under the age of 25.

Source: The Press and Journal, 26 April 2018

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Scotland: More women diagnosed with lung cancer than men for first time

More women are being diagnosed with lung cancer than men in Scotland for the first time, in a reversal of historical trends. The number of men affected by the cancer has now fallen to its lowest level in almost a quarter of a century, but the number of women suffering from the disease has risen.

Charities dealing with the disease say that the figures reflect increased smoking rates by women in the second half of the 20th century allied to marketing campaigns aimed at female smokers.

Joseph Carter, head of devolved nations at the British Lung Foundation, said that men were giving up smoking at a faster rate than women in Scotland. “Recent statistics show that while 10 per cent more women attempt to quit smoking, the success rates are slightly higher for men.”

Source: The Herald, 26 April 2018

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International

US: There’s no smoking in Disney films but what about when it owns Fox?

As the family-friendly Walt Disney Company prepares to integrate the sharper-edged 20th Century Fox movie and television studio, it will have to figure out what to do about cigarettes.

Robert A. Iger, Disney’s Chief Executive, has said Walt Disney Studios would “prohibit smoking in movies across the board,” putting Disney at the forefront of anti-smoking efforts in Hollywood.

However, anti-smoking activists have now asked the Chief Exec to extend the rule to all future youth-related films made by Fox.

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Sector Publishing Intelligence, Trinity Health and Other Investors Caution Smokefree Disney on Purchase of “Tobacco-Contaminated” Fox Movies

Source: Global Finance, 25 April 2018

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