ASH Daily news for 28 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • Rare ‘healthy’ smokers’ lungs explained
  • Ukip MEP claims smoking ban destroyed more communities than pit closures
  • Scotland: School pupils ‘exposed to e-cigarettes’
  • VIDEO: Bolton bus driver loads an e-cigarette while driving down a busy road
  • UN officially recognizes that tobacco makes the world poorer
  • New Zealand: Smoking rates fall and sales drop almost 4%
  • Poldark star’s e-cig habit brings filming to a halt as crew ‘get annoyed with constant vaping’

    Rare ‘healthy’ smokers’ lungs explained

    The mystery of why some people appear to have healthy lungs despite a lifetime of smoking has been explained by UK scientists. The analysis of more than 50,000 people showed favourable mutations in people’s DNA enhanced lung function and masked the deadly impact of smoking.

    The Medical Research Council scientists say the findings could lead to new drugs to improve lung function.But not smoking will always be the best option, they say. Many, but not all, smokers will develop lung disease. But so too will some who have never touched a cigarette in their lives.

    The researchers analysed the huge amount amount of health and genetic data from volunteers to the UK’s Biobank project.

    See also:
    – Novel insights into the genetics of smoking behaviour, lung function, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a genetic association study in UK Biobank, The Lancet
    – How some smokers stay healthy: genetic factors revealed, The Guardian
    – Lifetime Smokers With Healthy Lungs Could Have Mutant DNA, Yahoo! News

    Source: BBC News – 28 September 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1KF6Amv

    Ukip MEP claims smoking ban destroyed more communities than pit closures

    A Ukip MEP has been criticised for saying the smokefree law destroyed more communities than pit closures under Margaret Thatcher.

    Tim Aker stood by his remarks at the Ukip party conference in Doncaster – despite them being attacked as ‘outrageous’ by Labour and ASH.

    Speaking at a fringe event about ‘standing up for the working class’, the East of England MEP attacked Labour’s ban by claiming it had stopped people going to pubs.

    Labour MP Kevin Barron, one of the vice-chairs of the APPG on Smoking and Health, called the comments outrageous while Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at ASH, said they were ‘complete nonsense’.

    She said: “Far from ‘destroying communities’ ending smoking in workplaces is saving lives and improving health. It’s a popular law that our research shows the public, including UKIP voters, want to keep.”

    Source: Daily Mirror – 25 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KF7saH

    Scotland: School pupils ‘exposed to e-cigarettes’

    More than half of secondary school pupils questioned in a study said they had been exposed to e-cigarette marketing.

    The Scottish government-commissioned survey found 60% of pupils questioned had seen e-cigarettes for sale in shops, shopping centres or stalls.

    About a quarter (26%) had seen outdoor poster adverts. And 23% of the 2,016 11 to 18-year-olds questioned had seen or heard adverts on TV or radio in the past week. Although 16% had used an e-cigarette, most had only tried them “once or twice”, the survey found.

    See also:
    – Children and e-cigarettes, Scottish Government
    – Scots pupils ‘exposed to e-cigarette marketing’, The Scotsman

    Source: BBC News – 27 September 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1KF7Jus

    VIDEO: Bolton bus driver loads an e-cigarette while driving down a busy road

    A video showing the moment a bus driver loads an e-cigarette while driving the vehicle along a busy road has been published online.

    First Manchester have launched an investigation after the driver was captured on camera by a concerned passenger.

    In the footage the bus driver can be seen handling the device with his hands off the wheel. He repeatedly looks down at what he is doing before checking the road.

    Source: Manchester Evening News – 26 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1iVILOm

    UN officially recognizes that tobacco makes the world poorer

    The United Nations General Assembly has formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a plan to eradicate global poverty. The goals formally recognize, on a global scale, the negative impact of tobacco consumption on health, wealth, and development and commit member governments to combat the ongoing tobacco epidemic, especially through the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

    Source: News Medical – 26 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1iVJ8sv

    New Zealand: Smoking rates fall and sales drop almost 4%

    Ministry of Health figures show the average adult consumption has dropped 6.3 percent a year since 2010. Tobacco and cigarette sales dropped almost 4 percent between 2013 to 2014.

    The Government has added 10 percent tax annually on cigarettes since 2010. Chair of End Smoking NZ and Associate professor at Massey University, Marewa Glover, said the tax measure was behind the decline.

    See also:
    – Tax dents smoking rates, Yahoo! [includes video]

    Source: MSN News – 27 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1iVJgIi

    Poldark star’s e-cig habit brings filming to a halt as crew ‘get annoyed with constant vaping’

    Aidan Turner’s obsession with his ‘vaping’ device has apparently disrupted filming for the second series of the BBC period drama Poldark after it wound up in shots supposed to portray 1790s England.

    The leading man’s failure to part with the device is said to have irked his castmates – and a crew member has now been tasked with ensuring it is not in his hand or poking out of his pocket when cameras roll.

    Even fans who have flocked to Cornwall for a glimpse of the heartthrob have not failed to notice his fixation with vaping, a habit often adopted by those trying to give up smoking.

    Source: Daily Mail – 25 September 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1iVJu21