ASH Daily News 20 June 2017



  • Regulating the smoke ban 10 years on
  • A breath of fresh air: how the smoking ban has changed the pub trade
  • California: Research suggests occasional smokers who vape smoke more cigarettes
  • USA: Nearly two-thirds of U.S. teens support raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 years old

 

Regulating the smoke ban 10 years on

As we approach 1 July, the tenth anniversary of smokefree legislation in England, ASH is looking at various aspects of the legislation and its impact. In this article, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, looks at how the legislation is enforced.

“To recognise this landmark legislation 10 years on, we’ve been speaking to our members and the wider profession — the very people that enforced the ban when it became law — asking them to reflect on what it was like to get businesses ready, while enquiring what challenges, if any at all, remain today.”

Source: ASH, 20 June 2017
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A breath of fresh air: how the smoking ban has changed the pub trade

The smoking ban became a fact in England on 1 July 2007 bringing changes for the pub trade. But how has the trade changed in the past 10 years since it came into force?

Smoking inside pubs seems strange now, but it is only 10 years since it was commonplace. Smoke-filled bars were the norm, with customers lighting up as they enjoyed a pint. Then the smoking ban came in and, with it, a revolution in pub trade and operations.

Source: Morning Advertiser, 19 June 2017
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California: Research suggests occasional smokers who vape smoke more cigarettes

The report in Preventive Medicine found that young adults who occasionally smoked conventional cigarettes smoked more of them if they also used e-cigarettes.

Lead author Neal Doran and his team studied a small sample of 319 Californians, ages 18 to 24. At the start, participants did not smoke daily but had smoked at least one cigarette in the prior six months. During the study, they reported their frequency of cigarette and e-cigarette use five times at three-month intervals. Those who vaped more also reported smoking 18% more cigarettes, the study found.

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Source: Reuters, 19 June 2017
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USA: Nearly two-thirds of U.S. teens support raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 years old

Kids aged 11 to 18 were asked if they supported the Tobacco 21 initiative—a program through the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation that strives to raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases.

“Current studies have focused on the attitudes of adults, and little is known about how youth nationwide perceive the Tobacco 21 initiative as well as the correlations between these attitudes and smoking behaviors,” said study author Hongying Dai.

The study included more than 17,000 teens and preteens from 185 U.S. schools. The researchers found that younger adolescents were more likely to support the initiative. Girls were more likely to support raising the minimum age than boys.

Source: Medical Xpress, 19 June 2017
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