ASH Daily News for 29 June 2016


  • No fines issued for smoking in cars with children

    According to Freedom of Information responses from 42 English and Welsh police forces, no fines have been issued since the law banning smoking in cars with children present came into force, though 3 forces have issued warnings.

    Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive, ASH said: “This is a social law. We are never going to see the police putting a large amount of effort into it. But by having the legislation and penalties we send a strong message to people that this is no longer acceptable.”

    The Department of Health said: “In changing the law we always said the measure of success would be in changes in attitude and behaviour, not number of enforcement actions. As with other smoke-free legislation, we expect high levels of compliance with this change that will continue to grow.”

    Source: BBC News, 29 June 2016

  • New study: Electronic cigarette vapour may harm oral cavity

    A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles has found that electronic cigarette use may cause harm to the oral cavity.

    The research team, led by Dr Shen Hu took cell cultures from the outermost layer of the oral cavity and exposed the cells to two different brands of e-cigarette vapour for 24 hours. They found that electronic cigarette vapour may weaken the oral cavity’s natural defense mechanism by decreasing the levels of an antioxidant called glutathione. Based on their findings, the researchers believe that similar results could happen in a human study and that e-cigarettes might increase users’ risk for oral disease.

    Editorial note: The article did not electronic cigarettes with smoked tobacco.

    Full study: Characterization of Electronic Cigarette Aerosol and Its Induction of Oxidative Stress Response in Oral Keratinocytes, PLOS One

    Source: Daily Mail, 28 June 2016

  • Brexit: Tobacco companies show stock market resilience

    Despite the negative impact of Brexit on the UK stock market since Friday, shares in tobacco companies have risen. Imperial Brands’ share price is up 4.2 % over the last five days, while British American Tobacco has risen 7.3%.

    Analysts told City AM that cigarette sales are generally resilient and that the lack of a Brexit effect is partly because of tobacco companies ongoing expansion into developing countries.

    Source: City AM, 29 June 2016

  • AA calls for reverse on electronic cigarette ad ban after Brexit

    Tim Lefroy, the Advertising Associations’s chief executive, has suggested the government should commit to a self-regulated advertising industry in a letter to Sajid Javid, the business secretary, and John Whittingdale, the culture secretary.

    The AA said the government should not impose advertising bans related to public health issues, but instead collaborate with industry to achieve better health outcomes. The deregulatory outlook advocated by the AA includes a call to reverse the Tobacco Products Directive ban on cross border e-cigarette advertising.

    Full letter available here:

    Source: Campaign Live, 28 June 2016

  • Wales: Revamped public health bill in legislative programme

    Welsh First minister Carwyn Jones yesterday announced details of the Welsh Government’s legislative programme for the next year.

    Among the proposed bills is a new Public Health Bill which will include measures around smoking outside hospitals in Wales. The bill came before the Welsh Assembly earlier this year but was ultimately dropped as a result of controversy over a proposed ban on the use of e-cigarettes in places such as playgrounds and places serving food.

    Source: Daily Post, 28 June 2016

  • Lancashire: Tobacco smugglers must pay back £240K or face jail

    A man from Lancashire has been ordered to pay back £240,000, of which £90,000 must be paid within three months, or face an additional 18 months in jail after being caught smuggling illegal cigarettes and tobacco into the UK. Peter Robinson, 70, and his son, Adam, were jailed in June 2015 after HM Revenue and Customs investigators linked them to 109 illegal postal imports of cigarettes and tobacco.

    Source: ITV News, 28 June 2016