ASH Daily news for 29 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • Standardised tobacco packaging laws tested at critical WTO hearing
  • Young adult smokers more likely to describe themselves as hard-drinking
  • Study connects electronic cigarettes to problematic drinking
  • US: Slowing of mortality rates for leading causes of early death
  • France: 120 doctors have expressed their support for electronic cigarettes
  • Parliamentary Questions

    Standardised tobacco packaging laws tested at critical WTO hearing

    Nations including Honduras, Indonesia, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are attempting to prove that Australia’s standardised packaging laws infringe WTO agreements at a final hearing in front of the WTO dispute settlement panel.

    Whilst only governments can initiate proceedings at the WTO, Philip Morris is understood to be supporting the Dominican Republic and British American Tobacco is contributing to Honduras’s costs.

    Source: Convenience Store, 28 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/20cgXWV

    Young adult smokers more likely to describe themselves as hard-drinking

    A poll carried out by YouGov has found that young adult smokers are more likely to say that they drink more.

    Young smokers are also more likely to describe themselves as ‘indvidualistic’, have alternative tastes in music and be late more often than their non-smoking peers.

    Source: The Independent, 28 October 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1GLQlFD

    Study connects electronic cigarettes to problematic drinking

    New research published in the journal Addictive Behaviors has linked the use of electronic cigarettes to problematic drinking. The study also found that more women than men use the products.

    Source
    Addictive Behaviors: Combined expectancies of alcohol and e-cigarette use relate to higher alcohol use.

    Source: Medical Xpress, 28 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HdnHIo

    US: Slowing of mortality rates for leading causes of early death

    A study carried out by the American Cancer Society has revealed that fewer people are dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, injury and diabetes.

    Experts say improvements in tobacco control efforts and smoking cessation rates, as well as advances in early detection of conditions and treatment, and a decline in car crashes have contributed to falling death rates.

    However, the death rate for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has increased over the 44-year period.

    Source: Daily Mail, 28 October 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1Naqb0N

    France: 120 doctors have expressed their support for electronic cigarettes

    120 doctors in France have expressed their support for the conclusions of Public Health England’s recent review of electronic cigarettes, showing that vaping is significantly less harmful than tobacco.

    Source: L’express, 28 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1il6nuO

    Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Action on Smoking and Health

    Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2015 to Question 10530, what the job titles are of those officials undertaking the assessment of the grant funding for Action on Smoking and Health; and what transparency measures have been built into the assessment process.

    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    The assessment of the grant application for funding from Action on Smoking and Health is undertaken by members of the Tobacco Control policy team.

    The assessment process is the same for all grants awarded under Section 64 powers. The assessment process uses standard business case criteria and consists of a Strategic Case, Economic Case, Financial Case, Commercial Case and Project Governance.

    The assessment is reviewed by the Department’s Voluntary Sector Grants Hub to ensure that the grant proposal is affordable within Departmental budgets; relevant Efficiency Review Group Controls have been considered; the grant has been assessed as delivering value for money and the grant is considered to be appropriate for the Grant funding route rather than procurement.

    A grant application is currently under assessment and a decision on funding has not yet been made.

    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 28 October 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1M30YEs