ASH Daily News for 02 December 2016



  • Scotland: Smokers wanted for electronic cigarettes clinical trial
  • Scotland: Science Centre backs smoking ban in cars with kids
  • BAT’s newest e-cigarette has been launched in the UK
  • Nottingham: ‘Allow staff to use e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking’ says health specialist
  • Austria: Court restricts smoker’s balcony cigar habit to certain times
  • US: MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players
  • Tobacco industry gets into retail storefronts
  • US: Anti-smoking researchers target hipsters

Scotland: Smokers wanted for electronic cigarettes clinical trial

Smokers who would like to quit are wanted for a randomised controlled clinical trial in Glasgow.

Doctors and scientists funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) are looking for 100 healthy volunteers to take part in The Vapour Pilot Study.

The study aims to investigate the short-term effects of electronic cigarettes in comparison to nicotine replacement patches on the blood vessels and lungs.

Participants in the study will have an equal chance of being randomly assigned to receive either electronic cigarettes or nicotine replacement patches for 12 weeks.

In addition they will all receive NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Smokefree weekly community smoking cessation support sessions in their local area.

Source: Daily Record – 01 December 2016
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Scotland: Science Centre backs smoking ban in cars with kids

The Glasgow Science Centre has backed new legislation which bans smoking in cars carrying children.

City company Turner Hire Drive is also supporting the Scottish Government’s awareness campaign ahead of the introduction of the new rules on Monday.

The campaign, which will appear on TV and radio, highlights both the harms and the penalty in a bid to encourage drivers and passengers to comply.

Research shows 86% of people in Scotland have expressed support for the move which will make it illegal to smoke in any vehicle carrying children under the age of 18. Drivers who flout the ban will be hit with a penalty of £100.

Source: Evening Times – 02 December 2016
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BAT’s newest e-cigarette has been launched in the UK

A new electronic cigarette has launched in the UK by tobacco giant British American Tobacco (BAT).

Vype Pebble, BAT’s release, follows a launch by rival Philip Morris as the companies step up their stakes in the alternative cigarette market.

Vype’s researchers targeted consumers looking for something different from traditional cigarette-shaped or bulky vapour devices.

Source: City AM – 01 December 2016
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Nottingham: ‘Allow staff to use e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking’ says health specialist

Employers should consider allowing staff to use e-cigarettes as an alternative to traditional tobacco-based products, a public health official has said.

John Wilcox, insight specialist at Nottingham City Council, said there is a difference between the two and it is “important that organisations take time to consider those differences and how they relate to the health of their employees”.

Mr Wilcox, speaking at a meeting of the Nottingham City Health and Wellbeing Board on Wednesday, said that member organisations should also look at their smoking/smokefree policies.

He said: “Policies can go further and can consider things like allowing staff time off work to help them stop smoking, considering e-smoking and where that can happen around the work place.

Source: Nottingham Post – 30 November 2016
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Austria: Court restricts smoker’s balcony cigar habit to certain times

Austria’s highest court has ruled against a Vienna resident, listing restrictions on how and when he can smoke on his own property following complaints from a neighbour.

The court has come up with a set of rules as to when the man can and can’t smoke at home, depending on whether it’s winter or summer. It said smoking is not allowed on the balcony or with the windows open between 10pm and 6am and that during the summer a smoking ban should also be upheld during the usual “eating and resting times” – between 8am and 10am, midday and 3pm, and 6pm and 8pm.

The judgement could have far-reaching effects for smokers, and non-smokers sick of smelling their neighbour’s cigarette smoke.

Source: The Local – 01 December 2016
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US: MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players

The Major League Baseball and the players union have reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement covering the next five years.

The new CBA reportedly includes a ban on chewing tobacco, a favourite of baseball players. It is likely that current players will be grandfathered in under the rule, which will therefor impact only new players.

Source: CBS Sports – 01 December 2016
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Tobacco industry gets into retail storefronts

Big tobacco firms are getting into the retail business more directly than in past years. British American Tobacco (BAT) has opened a store in Milan to sell Vype, its e-cig product, while Philip Morris International has stores in England, Italy, Japan and Switzerland to promote its heat-not-burn product iQOS, the Wall Street Journal reports.

For BAT, the strategy of having an actual store extends beyond selling electronic cigarettes. The firm wants to use the location as another way to promote new products, such as Pebble, a Vype-branded vaping device that debuted yesterday.

This increased emphasis on connecting with customers on the ground comes as sales of cigarettes continue to fall.

Source: NACS Online – 02 December 2016
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US: Anti-smoking researchers target hipsters

In San Francisco, as part of a new initiative aiming to reduce the incidence and mortality rate of residents with common cancers, researchers have begun creating Facebook smoking cessation groups under the banner of a “brand” created specifically for the hipster community.

The groups are an extension of research funded by the National Cancer Institute on how to boost the impact of public anti-smoking campaigns in the face of the overpowering marketing know-how of big tobacco companies.

Source: KQED Science – 30 November 2016
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