ASH Daily news for 31 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Scientists issue call for urgent controls on electronic cigarette sales to children
  • Ireland: Japan Tobacco International challenges standardised package laws
  • Scotland: NHS Lothian rules out wardens to police smoking ban
  • New Zealand: Teenage smoking rate drops below 3% for the first time
  • India: All forms of chewable tobacco banned in Delhi
  • India: Parliamentary Committee questions cigarette and cancer link

    Scientists issue call for urgent controls on electronic cigarette sales to children

    A survey of teenagers in North West England published in the journal, BMC Public Health found that one in five of respondents had accessed electronic cigarettes.

    However, the study which did not reveal who went on to become long term users of electronic cigarettes or whether students used the devices to help them give up tobacco smoking, has received some criticism.

    Marcus Munafo, professor of biological psychiatry at Bristol University said: “To describe electronic cigarette use as ‘a new drug use option’ and part of ‘at-risk teenagers’ substance using repertoires’ is unnecessarily alarmist, given the evidence that regular use among never smokers is negligible, the lack of evidence that electronic cigarette use acts as a gateway to tobacco use, and the likely low level of harm associated with electronic cigarette use.”

    Labels on electronic cigarettes already state that they are not for sale to under-18s and a new law prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to under-18s is due to take effect from October this year.


    See also

    BBC News: E-cigarettes: Many teenagers trying them, survey concludes
    Daily Mail: One in five teens have tried e-cigarettes, a British study finds
    Daily Mirror: Teenagers in danger of risking their health with e-cigarettes as 20% admit to trying them
    Sun: Non-smoking teens hooked on vapers
    Telegraph: Four in 10 teenage e-cigarette users would not have smoked, warn health experts
    The Times: E-cigarettes ‘are alcopops of smoking’

    Source: The Guardian, 31 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FcuNxB

    Ireland: Japan Tobacco International challenges standardised package laws

    Japan Tobacco International has formally launched a legal challenge over plans to introduce standardised packaging in the Republic of Ireland.

    The papers which were lodged in the High Court on 30 March, name the State, the Attorney General and Health Minister Leo Varadkar as defendants.

    The company will argue Ireland is operating outside of the parameters of EU law.

    Source: Independent Ireland, 31 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NxZgbe

    Scotland: NHS Lothian rules out wardens to police smoking ban

    NHS Lothian has said it will not be following the example of other health boards such as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde by employing wardens to enforce a ban on smoking in hospital grounds, which will come into force tomorrow, April 1st.

    Source: Edinburgh News, 30 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NCpTxF

    New Zealand: Teenage smoking rate drops below 3% for the first time

    A survey released by ASH New Zealand has found that smoking among New Zealand 14- and 15-year-olds has dipped below 3% for the first time.

    The results also showed that Maori girls were three times more likely to smoke every day than either girls or boys of other ethnicities. More than 90% of the Maori girl smokers were from low and medium socio-economic areas.

    Source: New Zealand Herald, 28 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1yvbudZ

    India: All forms of chewable tobacco banned in Delhi

    The sale, purchase, storage and manufacturing of all forms of chewable tobacco has been banned in Delhi. The ban came into effect on March 30th 2015.

    Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that over 10,000 people die of oral cancer caused by tobacco every year, and that the move was in the interest of public health.

    Source: The Economic Times, 30 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BGKrwo

    India: Parliamentary Committee questions cigarette and cancer link

    Tobacco companies in India had been told that, from April 1 2015, graphic health warnings would have to cover 85%of the surface of cigarette packaging.

    However, a parliamentary committee has delayed the initiative and instead called for more discussion. The head of that panel, Dilip Kumar Gandhi, said that India has little independent evidence to link cigarettes and cancer.

    Source: NDTV, 30 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C0smcC