ASH Daily news for 7 June 2016



  • USA: New study finds pictorial warnings on tobacco packaging increase quit attempts

    Researchers at the University of North Carolina have found further evidence supporting the effectiveness of having pictorial warnings on tobacco packaging.

    Participants in the study were divided into two groups, one smoked cigarettes from packs which carried pictorial health warnings, the other smoked cigarettes from packs carrying only textual warnings. The participants completed a survey at the beginning of the study and at 4 weekly follow-up meetings.

    Results showed that the smokers who received pictorial warnings were more likely to try quitting during the trial, compared with those who received text-only warnings. Overall, 40% of the pictorial warnings group made a quit attempt, compared with 34% in the text-only group. Additionally, 5.7% of the pictorial warnings group had quit smoking for at least a week by the end of the trial, compared with 3.8 % of smokers in the text-only group.

    See also:
    Medical X Press: Pictures warning of smoking dangers on cigarette packs increase quit attempts: study
    Science Daily: Pictures warning of smoking dangers on cigarette packs increased quit attempts

    Source: Medical News Today 6 June 2016

  • California: New bill proposes restricting where tobacco can be sold

    California has moved closer to passing a measure that would ban tobacco sales at a range of non-age-verified retail locations.

    Instead of a proposed outright ban on tobacco sales at convenience stores, the new bill, SB 1400, would redefine which operators are eligible for the required retail license to sell tobacco products. Under the new law, only businesses that generate more than 60% of gross revenue from tobacco and tobacco-related sales would be eligible, effectively limiting licenses to tobacco shops.

    SB1400, has been passed by the Senate and now moves to the Assembly. If it passes the new law would come into effect in January 2019.

    Source: CSPdailynews 6 June 2016

  • Tanzania: Tackling child labour in Tabora

    Last month the International Labour Organisation launched a new project called: Achieving Reduction of Child Labour in Support of Education (ARISE), designed to reduce child labour in the tobacco growing region of Tabora.

    Charlotte Geomans, Associate Expert in child labour and youth employment, said that ARISE aims to reduce child labour by improving the local education system and providing alternative economic systems for families so they can avoid sending their children out to work.

    Source: The Citizen 7 June 2016

  • Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1 Local Stop Smoking Services

    Jeff Smith Opposition Whip
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of reductions in the public health grant for local authorities on local smoking cessation services in (a) Manchester, Withington constituency, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) the UK.

    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    Local authorities will, over the next five years, receive £16 billion through the public health grant. Local authorities have responsibility for protecting public health and meeting the needs of their local population, including tobacco control.

    Public Health England supports local authorities by developing and distributing information and advice for the commissioning of effective regional approaches to tobacco control which maximise value for money at a local level.

    Source: Hansard (Citation: HC Deb, 6 June 2016, cW)