ASH Daily News for 5 June 2019



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UK 

  • Heart disease rates halved thanks to fall in smoking rates
  • JTI brings nicotine pouches to UK
  • Liverpool: Smokefree Sidelines to be introduced at children’s football matches

International 

  • India: Government research recommends “complete prohibition” on e-cigarettes
  • USA: Children in Michigan banned from using e-cigarettes
  • Zimbabwe: tobacco sales and production down compared to last year

UK

Heart disease rates halved thanks to fall in smoking rates

New research, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, shows that in the last decade the number of deaths from heart disease have dramatically decreased. The decrease has been attributed to the reduction in smoking prevalence and patients being offered statins to help lower their cholesterol. Researchers at Imperial College found that the number of people dying decreased form 80 per 100,000 to 46 per 100,000 between 2005 and 2015.

Dr Alexandra Nowbar, Imperial’s National Heart and Lung Institute said: “In the UK, the reduction in death rates from heart disease is consistent with lower smoking rates and a rise in statin prescription rates. This may be testament to the strong disease prevention campaigns over the last few decades”.

Source: The Telegraph, 5 June 2019

See study: Mortality From Ischemic Heart Disease

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JTI brings nicotine pouches to UK

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has announced the UK launch of Nordic Spirit, a tobacco free oral nicotine product. The product is designed to sit under the user’s lip to deliver nicotine for up to 60 mins. Available in the flavours Mint and Bergamot Wildberry, the product is part of JTI’s attempts to diversify its tobacco free product range.

Source: The Grocer, 4 June 2019

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Liverpool: Smokefree Sidelines to be introduced at children’s football matches

Adults attending Liverpool Youth League matches and training sessions are being asked not to smoke or vape while watching from the sidelines. Over 465 teams play in the Youth League with 40,000 adults coming to cheer them on every season.

Councillor Paul Brant from Liverpool City Council said “We know that children copy what they see and that a child who grows up around smokers is three times more likely to grow up to be a smoker. Smokefree Sidelines is all about setting a great example for our children and making sure they have a healthy future”.

Source: ITV News, 5 June 2019

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International

India: Government research recommends “complete prohibition” on e-cigarettes

The Indian Council of Medical Research, part of the government’s Department of Health, has recommended a complete prohibition on e-cigarettes in a new white paper.

The council has argued that there are documented adverse effects of e-cigarette use, such as DNA damage, carcinogenesis and respiratory disorders.

It has called for a “complete prohibition on e-cigarettes in India in the greater interest of protecting public health”. India’s criticism of e-cigarettes is not new. Last year, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare encouraged states to ban the manufacture, sale, and advertisement of electronic nicotine delivery systems, including e-cigarettes, in order to protect public health.

The approach differs markedly with that of Public Health England, which last year claimed that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking, as part of a campaign to encourage smokers to quit.

Source: The BMJ, 3 June 2019

See also: Indian Council of Medical Research – White Paper on Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) released at ICMR Hqrs

ASH – Electronic Cigarettes Briefing

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USA: Children in Michigan banned from using e-cigarettes

People under the age of 18 in Michigan will no longer be allowed to use e-cigarettes after Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed new bills into law which put e-cigarettes in a separate legal category. The state Department of Health and Human Services opposed the bills, prompting Whitmer to call for a study into how Michigan should regulate e-cigarettes and similar products in the future.

Source: Michigan Radio, 4 June 2019

See also: U.S.News – Whitmer Oks E-Cigarette Ban for Minors, Cites “Reservations”

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Zimbabwe: tobacco sales and production down compared to last year

Tobacco output from Zimbabwe is expected to decline by as much as 15% this year due to poor weather conditions. In a trading update on Tuesday, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board said sales had decline by nearly 15% and proceeds by 45% compared to the same period last year.

Source: Xinhua Net, 5 June 2019

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