ASH Daily News for 28 October 2016



  • Researchers suggest the trial and error process of choosing e-cigarettes could deter switching
  • USA: Smoking status and e-cigarette use among US adults
  • Swindon Central Bus Station goes smokefree
  • New Zealand: New fund lets KiwiSavers avoid arms, tobacco and nuclear investments
  • USA: Altria to close two tobacco factories

Researchers suggest the trial and error process of choosing e-cigarettes could deter switching

New research from Durham University suggests that the lengthy and expensive process of trial and error involved in finding an effective and reliable e-cigarette is likely to deter deprived smokers from switching to vaping.

The study involved community-based research in the north of England over a three year period from 2012-2015. Participants primarily sourced both tobacco and e-cigarettes mainly through informal outlets and personal networks. Participants struggled with the time, effort and expense of finding the right e-cigarettes and the frequency of product failure, such as through leakage.

Female smokers with family responsibilities were most likely to lack the time, energy and finances to make the switch while older smokers were put off by a ‘masculine vape culture’. Younger men were seen to primarily engage with the ‘gadget’ aspect of vaping making e-cigarettes an acceptable male accessory.

The full research published in Social Science and Medicine can be accessed here.

Source: Science Direct, October 2016
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USA: Smoking status and e-cigarette use among US adults

New data from the National Health Interview Survey 2015 has revealed interesting trends in the use of e-cigarettes across age groups.

The study shows that in 2015 3.5% of US adults were current e-cigarette users. Of this group 58.8% were also current smokers with a further 29.8% being former smokers, while 11.4% of e-cigarette users were never smokers.

There were marked differences in the proportion of never smokers using e-cigarettes by age. Among current e-cigarette users in the over 45 age group 98.7% were current or former smokers with just 1.3% being never smokers. In contrast among e-cigarette users in the 18-24 age group 40% were never smokers.

Source: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 28th October 2016
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Swindon Central Bus Station goes smokefree

Smoking is to be banned at Swindon Central Bus Station from Monday. Smoking will be prohibited on the premises except in a designated smoking area.

Shelley Usher, operations manager at Stagecoach, said: “We are pleased about this forthcoming change because it means cleaner air for bus passengers and our staff alike. Public feedback shows that people are supportive and it will hopefully help to deliver a happier, healthier experience for all our customers.”

Source: This is Wiltshire, 27th October 2016
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New Zealand: New fund lets KiwiSavers avoid arms, tobacco and nuclear investments

Following criticism earlier this year Vanguard, a global investment firm and one of the most common KiwiSaver providers has now set out a new international shares fund for the Australian and New Zealand markets, which specifically excludes investment in tobacco and nuclear weapons.

The new fund excludes 23 companies including Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco.

Source: Share Chat 28th October 2016
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USA: Altria to close two tobacco factories

Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, has announced that it will close manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania and Illinois by early 2018.

The announcement came as Altria reported a 29% drop in profit for its most recent quarter.

Source: Daily Herald Business Ledger, 27th October 2016

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