ASH Daily News for 26 January 2016



HEADLINES

  • Tobacco firms must ‘Cough Up’ for harm caused by smoking
  • Study finds teenagers who try electronic cigarettes more likely to try smoking cigarettes
  • Philip Morris International investing in “reduced risk cigarettes”
  • Leeds: Local Medical Committee raises alarm over council’s £8m cut to public health
  • US: Case seeking cancer screenings for smokers heads to trial
  • Ghana: Delay in tobacco law passage affecting implementation

    Tobacco firms must ‘Cough Up’ for harm caused by smoking

    Cancer Research UK has launched a campaign calling on the Government to make tobacco firms “cough up” cash for the damage caused by smoking. Research shows that if tobacco companies are charged around 1p for every cigarette sold in the UK, an extra £500m could be raised. The cost could help fund public health services such as stop smoking services and mass media campaigns which are currently facing severe funding cuts.

    Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK’s director of cancer prevention, said: “Tobacco companies make billions of pounds every year, so we’d like to see them using their profits to keep Stop Smoking Services open and fund advertising campaigns to help people quit.”

    “At a time when health budgets are stretched, this is a simple solution to a lethal problem. We urge the Government to make the industry cough up.”

    See also:
    ‘Make tobacco industry pay 1p for every cigarette sold to help people quit’ says Cancer Research UK, Gloucestershire Echo
    Making the tobacco industry pay for the health damage caused by smoking, ecancer news

    Source: Sky News, 26 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RKxkHT

    Study finds teenagers who try electronic cigarettes more likely to try smoking cigarettes

    A study by researchers from the University of Hawaii found that trying electronic cigarettes increased the likelihood of teenagers trying smoking by nearly three times. Just under a third of the 2300 students surveyed aged 14 had used electronic cigarettes when first asked in 2013. A year later, never-smokers who tried electronic cigarettes were almost three times as likely to report smoking cigarettes compared with those who had never tried electronic cigarettes.

    However, by the end of the study fewer than 4% of the adolescents had tried both smoking & electronic cigarettes and the authors note that no firm conclusions can be drawn from their study about the cause and effect of using electronic cigarettes and smoking.

    Full study: Longitudinal study of e-cigarette use and onset of cigarette smoking among high school students in Hawaii, Tobacco Control

    See also:
    Teenagers who start vaping more likely to smoke cigarettes, Mirror
    Teens using e-cigarettes more likely to take up tobacco smoking, Pulse

    Source: The Telegraph, 26 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1nkP9QZ

    Philip Morris International investing in “reduced risk cigarettes”

    City AM reports that tobacco firm Philip Morris International has spent £1.4bn on research and development with a focus on “reduced risk products”, such as the iQOS product. iQOS heats tobacco rather than burning it and produces aerosol instead of smoke.

    Source: City AM, 25 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Qy23H0

    Leeds: Local Medical Committee raises alarm over council’s £8m cut to public health

    Leeds Local Medical Committee has said that GP practices will ‘struggle to cope’ with Government cuts to local authority public health budgets.

    Dr Richard Vautrey, a GP in Leeds and Deputy Chair of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee said practices who are already pressure would be further stretched when Leeds City Council is forced to cut £7.8m off its public health budget over the course of the next two years.

    The Council recently announced cuts of 3.9m in 2016/17 and £1.1m in 2017/18, as public health funding is already due to reduce by £2.8m by the end of the current financial year – amounting to a reduction of almost £8m in total.

    Source: Pulse, 25 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PzCvKL

    US: Case seeking cancer screenings for smokers heads to trial

    A group of smokers from Massachusetts is seeking to force Philip Morris USA to pay for a monitoring program to detect early signs of lung cancer. Ten years after it was originally filed, the lawsuit will go to trial in a federal court in Boston this week.

    The group is not seeking money but wants the cigarette maker to pay for sophisticated chest scans for long term smokers of Marlboro cigarettes. The lawsuit alleges that Philip Morris manufactured a defective cigarette knowing it could have made a safer product with fewer carcinogens. Phillip Morris denies the claim.

    Source: NBC 10, 25 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1nvvM8w

    Ghana: Delay in tobacco law passage affecting implementation

    The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a civil society organisation has called on Ghanaians and the media to help push for the passage of the country’s Legislative Instrument (LI) on the Tobacco Control Measures. The Tobacco Control Measures is Part Six of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851), which was passed by Parliament. VALD raises concern that the four year delay in realising the LI is hampering the effective implementation of the prohibition of tobacco smoking in public places.

    Source: Peace FM, 22 January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/20qis34