ASH Daily News for 26 September 2016



  • Environmental health officers call for smoking ban in playgrounds
  • Sheffield: Man believed to be first person prosecuted for smoking in a car with children
  • Editorial: Need for clinical and regulatory response on e-cigarettes
  • Fund firms resist tobacco divestment
  • Japan: JTI to roll out e-cigarette next year
  • US: Nebraska town considers banning smoking in apartments
  • US: Tobacco kills more HIV-positive D.C. residents than AIDS
  • Croatia: BAT to invest €30m in tobacco factory
  • Who’s WHO? Six candidates named for next World Health Organisation chief

Environmental health officers call for smoking ban in playgrounds

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health wants local councils to designate any place where children play or learn as a smoking exclusion zone, although adherence would be voluntary, not statutory. Banning it in those locations would also protect children from secondhand smoke, it says.

A new YouGov poll commissioned by the CIEH shows that 89% of 4,300 adults surveyed back a ban on smoking in children’s play areas, while 57% want it to end in public parks.

Deborah Arnott, CEO of ASH, said: “While the ban on smoking in indoor public places resulted in significant health benefits, thousands of children are still exposed to smoke in the home and elsewhere. Growing up in a smoke-free environment is one of the best ways of ensuring that they are not attracted to smoking and lured into a lifelong addiction and ill-health.”

Source: The Guardian – 26 September 2016
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Sheffield: Man believed to be first person prosecuted for smoking in a car with children

A Sheffield man is believed to have become the first person to be fined for smoking in a car which was carrying a child.

Jake Downing was stopped by police in the north-eastern town of Morpeth while he was smoking a cigarette with a child sitting beside him.

He pleaded guilty to smoking in a vehicle in which a child is present, and also pleaded guilty to three other charges of having a defective handbrake, a defective front tyre and travelling with a passenger in the back of his van, which was likely to cause danger.

He was fined a total of £160, given six points on his licence and ordered to pay £40 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

See also:
Driver caught smoking in car with a child becomes first in country to be taken to court for prosecution and fine, Daily Mail
Court fines Sheffield man caught smoking in car with child, Sheffield Telegraph

Source: The Telegraph – 23 September 2016
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Editorial: Need for clinical and regulatory response on e-cigarettes

With increasing use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) globally, the debate surrounding the potential harms or benefits may shift to ensuring that the devices are manufactured, marketed, and sold according to standards that reduce harm and promote health. Burns from overheating or explosions of ENDS are an emerging and under-researched concern.

In this editorial, the BMJ highlights the need for a clinical, public health, and regulatory response to this emerging concern.

Source: BMJ – 23 September 2016
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Fund firms resist tobacco divestment

Eighteen months after the launch of a global campaign to persuade money managers to black-list tobacco stocks, just one major European investor has answered the rallying cry.

Others are largely sticking with an industry that remains lucrative despite tightening restrictions on smoking and a series of lawsuits in the US, saying they are duty-bound to seek the best returns for their clients.

Source: Yahoo! Finance – 23 September 2016
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Japan: JTI to roll out e-cigarette next year

Japan Tobacco (JTI) is aiming to start rolling out its Ploom Tech tobacco-based e-cigarette in cities across Japan next year, a senior executive has announced, as it aims to catch up with larger rival Philip Morris.

JTI has invested heavily in expanding its manufacturing capacity of tobacco capsules used with the Ploom Tech, after it hit supply constraints in March following a test launch in the southern city of Fukuoka.

The company will launch Ploom Tech in select major cities in early 2017.

Source: Intellasia – 26 September 2016
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US: Nebraska town considers banning smoking in apartments

A new proposal has been made in Bellevue, Nebraska to ban apartment renters from smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes inside. This would be one of the few such restrictions outside of California and is similar to federal rules for public housing across the U.S.However the main aim it to prevent fires rather than to be a public health measure.

Source: Fox News – 26 September 2016
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US: Tobacco kills more HIV-positive D.C. residents than AIDS

Every year, tobacco-related diseases take more than 30,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lives in the US. In Washington, D.C., smoking is responsible for approximately 800 deaths every year, with a disproportionate number of those deaths coming from the LGBT community. Nearly 25% of LGBT adults in the United States smoke, compared to only about 17 percent of straight adults.

Among those living with HIV/AIDS, tobacco use is even more prevalent. It is estimated that as many as 70% of people with HIV use tobacco and are two- to three-times more likely to smoke cigarettes than people without HIV.

Because HIV hinders the body’s ability to fight off infection or disease, smokers with HIV are more prone to both HIV-related infections (such as Thrush, white mouth sores, and pneumonia) and fatal tobacco-related illnesses (such as COPD, heart disease and stroke, and cancer). In fact, the life expectancy of a 35-year-old smoker with HIV is cut by nearly eight years because of smoking.

Smoking also negatively impacts anti-retroviral therapy (ART) for HIV patients. According to a study published in AIDS, smoking doubles the risk of death for someone with HIV on ART.

Source: Washington Blade – 23 September 2016
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Croatia: BAT to invest €30m in tobacco factory

Since its arrival in Croatia and the acquisition of the TDR tobacco factory, British American Tobacco (BAT) has continued with investments, this year it has invested €20m and plans to invest an additional €30m in the Kanfanar tobacco factory in the coming period, BAT Adria CEO Ram Addanki said.

Source: About Croatia – 22 September 2016
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Who’s WHO? Six candidates named for next World Health Organisation chief

Six candidates from Africa, Asia and Europe – including one Briton – have been nominated for the position of director general of the World Health Organisation, at a time when experts have emphasised the need for the agency to prove it can be “transparent and accountable” to the public.

Ministers and academics from France, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Italy, Hungary and UK will vie to succeed Margaret Chan as director general in July 2017.

Source: The Guardian – 23 September 2016
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