ASH Daily news for 26 June 2015



HEADLINES

  • According to new report electronic cigarettes are not encouraging smoking
  • Doctors are divided over electronic cigarettes
  • Barnsley: Man jailed over failure to pay tobacco duty
  • Scotland: MSP argues for car smoking ban
  • Washington: CDC warns states that more should be spent on anti-tobacco efforts

    According to new report electronic cigarettes are not encouraging smoking

    The controversial ban in Wales on smoking electronic cigarettes indoors has sparked a debate on their effects on people’s health.

    Despite many suggesting that the use of electronic cigarettes may encourage smoking, particularly amongst the younger generation, a new report has provided evidence to suggest otherwise.

    A spokesperson from Cloudstix stated: ‘There are 2.6 million adults using electronic cigarettes and 1.1 million don’t smoke alongside them, alongside this vape is now occupying 10% of the 10 million smokers that the UK holds, the evidence from this clearly suggest that the devices’ work.’

    Source: SWNS, 25th June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1SPxXhh

    Doctors are divided over electronic cigarettes

    The use of electronic cigarettes has created a divide amongst those in the medical field.

    Some believe that electronic cigarettes are harmful and are giving tobacco companies the means to appear benign while actually “killing people softly”, whilst other believe that the use of these devices provides a good alternative to smoking and will reduce the harm caused by cigarettes.

    Many have argued that electronic cigarettes help to glamorise and renormalise smoking, however, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), has argued that this is not the case.

    Arnott asks: “Do you want the tobacco industry to carry on making cigarettes which are highly addictive and kill when used as intended, or do you want them to move to a product which is much nearer licensed nicotine replacement therapy and is unlikely to kill anyone?”

    Source: Medical News Today, 25th June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IALWjE

    Barnsley: Man jailed over failure to pay tobacco duty

    A man from Barnsley has been sentenced to 18 months in jail after a haul of illicit tobacco was discovered after a break-in at his home.

    When police arrived at his home to investigate the break-in they uncovered 77,000 cigarettes and 111kg of tobacco – with an excise duty value of £36,000.

    Source: The Star, 25th June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RCbPEv

    Scotland: MSP argues for car smoking ban

    MSP Jim Hume has called for a ban on smoking in cars whilst children are present.

    He presented the health committee with evidence in which he gathered from respondents to his consultation on the issue.

    Hume argued for the protection of children’s health from the effects of second hand smoke, enforcing the Bill, and the necessity for legislation in bringing more understanding of the detrimental effects of second hand smoke.

    Source: Dng24, 25th June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GN22IS

    Washington: CDC warns states that more should be spent on anti-tobacco efforts

    South Carolina, Texas and Kentucky have been cautioned by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention for failing to spend a sufficient amount of money on tobacco prevention efforts.

    According to the federal health agency’s latest report on State Tobacco Control Program spending, the three were among 13 states that spent less than 10 per cent of the CDC-recommended level of funding for tobacco prevention.

    The report also highlighted that many states do not have requirements on how tobacco-related revenue must be spent, with much of the income used for “general purposes”.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 26th June 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1e7yuf9