ASH Daily News 4 April 2018



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UK

  • A rise from the ashes?
  • ‘Smoke-free Scotland’ goal stalls as one in five fail to quit

International

  • USA: Super strong vape ‘aimed at US pupils’
  • USA: Study shows smokers consume an average of 200 more calories a day than nonsmokers
  • USA: E-cigarettes could hinder smoking cessation in some groups, research shows

UK

A rise from the ashes?

Almost a year on from the implementation of plain packaging, fears over a dramatic slump in retailers’ tobacco sales have yet to be realised.

It’s been 10 months since the European Tobacco Products Directive 2 was enforced on 20 May 2017 and since branded packs, 10s and flavoured tobacco were last stocked on the gantries of UK convenience stores. The vast majority of retailers seem to agree that the initial problems associated with finding the correct tobacco brands on gantries have now tapered off as staff and customers alike have grown used to the new packs and planograms.

Source: Convenience Store, 3 April 2018

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‘Smokefree Scotland’ goal stalls as one in five fail to quit

The number of Scots trying to quit cigarettes has fallen to a record low, sparking concerns over the flagship ambition to create a “tobacco-free” generation by 2034. About one in five Scots, equivalent to 850,000 adults, are still lighting up and numbers have stabilised in recent years following a decade of steady decline.

Sheila Duffy, chief executive of health charity ASH Scotland, said smoking was the “largest preventable cause of death” in Scotland. “More than 10,000 people die due to tobacco use every year and with smoking rates flatlining over the past few years, it’s vital that we encourage and support people to quit,” she said. “We call on the public health minister to maintain and inflation-proof the Scottish Government’s tobacco budget as part of the next tobacco strategy.”

Source: Scotsman, 4 April 2018

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International
USA: Super strong vape ‘aimed at US pupils’

Juul, a San Francisco-based e-cigarette company, has released a vaporiser with a high concentration of nicotine. School officials say pupils are attracted by the flavours Juul uses, such as crème brûlée and fruit medley, and are confiscating the devices.

Juul denies that it promotes its products to teenagers. “We do not target under-age users,” a spokeswoman said. “Our product is solely an alternative for existing adult smokers.”

Source: The Times, 3 April 2018

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USA: Study shows smokers consume an average of 200 more calories a day than nonsmokers

A team from Yale and Fairfield University in Connecticut compared the calorie intakes of daily smokers, non-daily smokers and non-smokers. They found daily smokers ate on average 200 calories more than non-smokers.

Co-author Dr Jacqueline Vernarelli, from Fairfield University, said: ‘Smokers had diets that were high in energy density, meaning they consumed smaller amounts of food containing a greater number of calories. Non-smokers consumed more food which contained fewer calories.’

The results are based on people recalling what they had eaten over the course of the day, with the calorie content divided by the amount of food on their plates.

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BMC Public Health: More to gain: dietary energy density is related to smoking status in US adults

Source: Daily Mail, 4 April 2018

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USA: Study shows further research needed to determine efficacy of e-cigarettes as cessation aid

Researchers have concluded more research is needed to determine whether regular use of e-cigarettes aids or hinders smoking cessation after a prospective study showed that patients who used an e-cigarette after discharge from hospital were less likely to be abstinent after six months than smokers who did not use e-cigarettes.

The researchers carried out a secondary data analysis of a large randomised controlled trial that enrolled 1,357 hospitalised cigarette smokers who planned to quit smoking and compared a post-discharge smoking cessation intervention versus standard care.

The authors suggested that smokers with easy access to cessation aids may have initiated e-cigarette use when conventional aids failed. If so, e-cigarette users in the study might represent a subgroup who have more difficulty quitting.

The authors said that it might still be possible that e-cigarettes can promote tobacco cessation if used regularly and as a complete replacement for cigarettes, but further research is needed.

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Annals of Internal Medicine: Association of E-Cigarette Use With Smoking Cessation Among Smokers Who Plan to Quit After a Hospitalization: A Prospective Study

Source: Pharmaceutical Journal, 1 April 2018

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