ASH Daily News for 09 August 2016



  • Scunthorpe: 50 mums-to-be quit smoking thanks to support group

    Fifty pregnant women have kicked the habit so far this year thanks to a stop smoking support group in Scunthorpe.

    Called the Me Time Club, the group is run by Solutions4Health and helps support women who want to quit smoking while pregnant. The group is a 12-week course which includes practical sessions such as cooking, craft making and yoga. Nicotine patches are given to those who may need them and breathalyser tests are performed to help monitor their progress.

    North Lincolnshire Council leader and chair of North Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing board, Baroness Liz Redfern, said: “The women who stop smoking during their pregnancy will massively reduce the risks to their babies from miscarriage, still birth, infant mortality, low birth weight and health complications.”

    Source: Scunthorpe Telegraph 8 August 2016

  • County Durham: Adults reminded play areas are smokefree

    Adults are being asked to remember that County Durham’s children’s play areas are smokefree.

    Councillor Lucy Hovvels, Durham County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult and Health Services, has asked members of the public to follow the voluntary code and not light up near youngsters.

    The Smokefree County Durham Tobacco Alliance asked the council to introduce the measure in an effort to reduce children’s exposure to smoking and make it less socially acceptable, so that children are less likely to take up the habit themselves. In March 2015 the authority introduced a voluntary code making play areas in parks smokefree.

    Source: The Northern Echo 8 August 2016

  • USA: New rulings on electronic cigarettes in effect from Monday

    New rules on electronic cigarettes, cigars and hookah (shisha) came into effect on Monday (8 August).

    Under the new laws sale of these products will be banned to anyone under the age of 18 while retailers will be prohibited from handing out free samples or placing them in vending machines.

    E-cigarette manufacturers will also be prohibited from promoting the devices as a healthy alternative to smoking unless they provide strong scientific evidence that supports the claim. Manufacturers of e-cigarettes will be further required to submit new and existing products to the FDA for review and evaluation, unless the product was sold prior to 15 February 2007.

    Source: Bonham Journal 8 August 2016

  • USA: E-cigarette makers rush new products to market ahead of new law

    Makers of “vaping” devices launched a flood of new products in the United States ahead of new federal regulations, according to company officials and industry experts.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow e-cigarette devices introduced before the regulations came into force to be sold for up to three years while companies apply and await regulatory review.

    Not of all the new products may be available immediately to consumers. Many companies beat the regulatory deadline with only limited shipments and product prototypes. Cigar makers also rushed new products to the market to beat the regulations.

    Source: Reuters 9 August 2016

  • India: Government promises to crackdown on illicit tobacco trade

    In a bid to respond to the growing illegal trade in tobacco products and curb illegal transactions, Minister of State for Commerce, Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday that ways were being explored to strengthen border controls and provide alternatives to domestic tobacco farmers.

    The total number of cases of smuggling of cigarettes detected by the Customs Department during 2014-15 was 1312 compared to 2731 during 2016-17.

    According to a paper prepared by World Health Organisation, titled ‘Illicit Tobacco Trade In India: Forms, Trends and Potential Actions’, the smuggled cigarettes are suspected to be from Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, China and the United Arab Emirates and common transit points are Delhi, Singapore and Dubai.

    Source: The New Indian Express 9 August 2016