ASH Daily News for 28 July 2016



  • Study reveals new chemicals emitted from e-cigarettes

    Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California have found that emissions from e-cigarettes increase as the devices get hotter with use.

    Researchers drew on one of two different e-cigarettes taking puffs lasting 5 seconds every 30 seconds. The researchers observed that emissions of chemicals in e-cigarette vapour such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein increased with usage.

    “In some cases we saw aldehyde levels increase 60 per cent between cycles 1 and 9,” said co-author and Berkeley Lab researcher Mohamad Sleiman.

    Assuming 20 puffs on an e-cigarette is equivalent to smoking a conventional cigarette, said Dr Gundel, the total emissions of acrolein for an e-cigarette are about 90 to 100 micrograms. Conventional cigarettes emit 400 to 650 micrograms of acrolein per cigarette.

    The researchers also found two chemicals never previously recorded in e-cigarette vapour – propylene oxide and glycidol – both of which are thought to be carcinogens.

    The full research can be accessed here.

    Source: The Independent 28 July 2016

  • E-cigarettes should not be available on prescription, say GPs

    A majority of GPs do not believe that e-cigarettes should be prescribed for patients trying to stop smoking, a GPonline survey has found.

    Almost 70% of GPs rejected the idea that NHS e-cigarette prescriptions should be made be available for patients wanting to quit smoking. A small proportion (17%) of GPs backed the idea of prescribing e-cigarettes, while 14% of the 448 doctors who responded said they weren’t sure.

    However, 37% of GPs said that they were likely or very likely to recommend e-cigarettes to patients who are trying to give up smoking, compared with just 28% who said they were either unlikely or very unlikely to recommend them. The remaining 35% said they were ‘neutral’ on whether to recommend e-cigarettes

    A spokeswoman for NICE said its public health guidance on reducing harm from smoking recommends licensed nicotine-containing products, and e-cigarettes licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency would come under this category.

    Source: GPonline 27 July 2016

  • New study says office workers must exercise for an hour a day to counter death risk

    Office workers must exercise for one hour a day to combat the deadly risk of modern working lifestyles, a major Lancet study has found.

    Research on more than one million adults found that sitting for at least eight hours a day could increase the risk of premature death by up to 60%. Cancer and heart disease were the two most likely causes of death linked to inactivity.

    Scientists said sedentary lifestyles were now posing as great a threat to public health as smoking, and were causing more deaths than obesity.

    The full study published in The Lancet can be accessed here.

    Source: The Telegraph 28 July 2016

  • BAT share price falls 11%

    BAT’s share price dropped 11% at the end of trading yesterday (27 July) after its second quarter earnings fell by more than half. Shares of the international tobacco company have been steadily declining since a peak in February 2015.

    BAT said the drop in revenue and earnings was due to inflationary costs and volume reduction. The company also took a one-off restructuring expense following the winding down of its factory operations.

    Source: The Malaysian Reserve 28 July 2016

  • Australia: How a tobacco giant is trying to bypass plain packaging rules

    Imperial Tobacco has deployed a new trick to circumvent plain packaging legislation. Packs of 20 Peter Stuyvesant cigarettes are being sold with a lift out soft pack inside the olive boxes mandated by the Government in 2011.

    The move means people are able to throw away the cardboard box carrying warnings of cancer, gangrene, blindness and heart disease and instead use a shiny silver pack to carry their cigarettes.

    The Federal Department of Health said it would investigate the issue after it was raised with Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley by Australian Regional Media.

    Source: Blackwater Herald 28 July 2016

  • USA: Study finds E-cigarette liquid containers are often mislabelled

    Containers that hold liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes are being frequently mislabelled a new study has found.

    The researchers studied 93 e-liquid containers and found that nicotine levels in 51% of the containers were different from what was on the label. 34% had less nicotine, while 17% had more than the label said. The actual amount of nicotine in the mislabelled containers ranged from 66% less to 172% more, the study showed.

    More concerning for some, is that the researchers found that up to two thirds of the containers were not child tamper proof. The researchers argue this is further evidence in support of federal legislation on packaging and labelling of e-liquid.

    The full research can be accessed here.

    Source: Medical X Press 28 July 2016

  • China: Shanghai proposes stricter anti-smoking laws

    Shanghai is proposing stricter smokefree laws at hotels, restaurants, airports and other public venues.

    Under a draft revision to the city’s tobacco control laws that took effect in March 2010, all indoor areas of hotels, restaurants, airports, railway stations and ports are to become smokefree. The existing legislation allows designated areas for smokers in these places.

    The amendment would further ban smoking in outdoor audience seating and performance venues, outdoor areas of protected cultural heritage sites and crowded waiting areas for public transportation.

    The revision represents progress in tobacco control, but more efforts are needed for the legislature to pass it, said Fu Hua, a professor in public health at Fudan University.

    Source: China Daily 28 July 2016

  • Parliamentary Question

    PQ1: Heated tobacco products

    Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall
    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will take steps to ensure that all heated tobacco-based products are subject to the same excise rates.

    Jane Ellison The Financial Secretary to the Treasury
    As announced at Budget 2016, the government will consult on the duty treatment of heated tobacco products later this year.
    Heated tobacco products are a recent innovation in the tobacco market and are not directly captured by current legislation, though the tobacco they contain is subject to excise duty under current legislation.

    Source: Hansard (Citation: HC Deb, 26 July 2016, cW)