ASH Daily News for 28 April 2015



HEADLINES

  • Mortality risks of cigar smoking similar to that of cigarette smoking
  • Local authorities pose tobacco restriction threat warns ACS
  • Newsagent replaces tobacco display with electronic cigarette display
  • Reynolds-Lorillard Merger likely to go ahead
  • Wales: Raids seize illegal cigarettes and tobacco worth £14,000
  • Ireland: State wants to have standard packs legal challenge referred to EU court
  • US: New research into teenagers’ use of electronic cigarettes

    Mortality risks of cigar smoking similar to that of cigarette smoking

    A systematic review of studies published in BMC Public Health about cigar smoking and smoking-related mortality has highlighted the long-term public health implications of cigar use.

    Lead researcher, Cindy Chang from the FDA, said: “The results reinforce the fact that cigar smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking. Cigar smoking is linked to fatal oral, esophageal, pancreatic, laryngeal, and lung cancers, as well as heart disease and aortic aneurysm.”

    Full Study: Systematic review of cigar smoking and all cause and smoking related mortality

    Source: Medical News Today, 27 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1A9Pd6b

    Local authorities pose tobacco restriction threat warns ACS

    Speaking at the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) annual conference this week, ACS Chief Executive James Lowman warned that local authorities, having already been given the power to restrict the number of stores selling alcohol, could soon turn their attention to further restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, including a licensing scheme. Mr Lowman also urged retailers to “get involved with your MPs, councils and local police to ensure you aren’t left out of the decision-making process”.

    Source: The Grocer, 27 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EhF37n

    Newsagent replaces tobacco display with electronic cigarette display

    Following the introduction of the display ban in small shops, a newsagent in Whitley Bay has swapped his tobacco gantry for an electronic cigarette display in a move he hopes will make the most of the premium space. Shop owner Kieran McDonnell hopes the switch will help him compete with specialist vaping shops.

    Source: The Grocer, 24 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JxgkAD

    Reynolds-Lorillard Merger likely to go ahead

    According to a New York Post report, the Federal Trade Commission is expected to approve Reynolds American’s $27 billion purchase of Lorillard by a vote of four to one. As Reynolds and Lorillard have also agreed to sell five brands for $7 billion to Imperial Tobacco, regulatory approval will clear the way for an industry re-shaping three-way transaction.

    Source: CSPnet.com, 27 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1bz1F9H

    Wales: Raids seize illegal cigarettes and tobacco worth £14,000

    Over 46,000 cigarettes and 48kg of hand rolling tobacco have been seized during raids in Rhyl as part of the Wales-wide Operation Fetch, which includes the use of sniffer dogs. Officers from North Wales Police and Denbighshire Council’s Trading Standards carried out the seizure.

    Source: Daily Post, 27 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HSBGI3

    Ireland: State wants to have standard packs legal challenge referred to EU court

    The Irish State wants to have a legal challenge brought against its plan to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Commercial Court has heard. Judge Mr Justice Brian McGovern has agreed to adjourn the matter for two weeks, to allow the state to bring an application to have the case referred to the European Courts.

    Source: Independent.ie, 27 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EyLSDb

    US: New research into teenagers’ use of electronic cigarettes

    Research was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego yesterday indicating that electronic cigarettes may be gaining in popularity amongst teenagers.

    Data was collected nationally from 142 practices for the randomised control trial with young people aged 14 and over who were asked to fill in a short questionnaire. Results showed that tobacco cigarettes were the most common product used by teenagers surveyed (22%), followed by hookah (13%) and electronic cigarettes (10%). Use of electronic cigarettes among those who also smoked traditional cigarettes was 56% in 2014.

    Abstract: Trends in Youth Use of E-Cigarettes and Alternative Tobacco Products

    Source: Big News Network, 27 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1b8Y3dZ