ASH Daily News for 28 May 2019



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UK 

  • New smoking restrictions for Love Island contestants
  • Tobacco smugglers jailed

International 

  • Saudi Arabia: New tobacco license for cafes and restaurants
  • USA: Cell research finds possible link between E-liquid flavours and cardiovascular disease
  • Thailand: Smoking rates continue to rise

UK

New smoking restrictions for Love Island contestants

An ITV spokesman has confirmed that contestants on the reality TV show Love Island will not be allowed to smoke inside the villa this year, continuing last year’s ban after complaints about the rates of smoking in the 2017 series. In a change to last year, contestants are also prevented from using the designated smoking shelter together. This is to help prevent previous non smokers from taking up smoking whilst on the show, in order to facilitate social interactions and gain screen time. Contestants who choose to smoke will be required to sit in the smoking shelter alone and they will not be filmed.

Source: Daily Star, 27 May 2019

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Tobacco smugglers jailed

Three tobacco smugglers who left the UK while on bail for evading duty on 2.1 million cigarettes have been jailed for two years. The men were tracked to Poland and brought back to the UK last November and December after HMRC applied for European Arrest Warrants.

Source: Evening Standard, 28 May 2019

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International

Saudi Arabia: New tobacco license for cafes and restaurants

Cafes and restaurants in Saudi Arabia will have to pay up to US$26,000 a year for a license to sell tobacco products on their premises, after the Cabinet approved tougher licensing regulations. Café and restaurant owners have supported the move, although acknowledge that costs will be passed onto consumers.

Associate professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University Dr. Sean Foley, said the new law was part of the Kingdom’s attempts to address a serious health crisis while also meeting a goal of the Vision 2030 reform plan to move away from non-oil revenues.

Source: Arab News, 28 May 2019

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USA: Cell research finds possible link between E-liquid flavours and cardiovascular disease

New research, published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, has found that the flavourings used in e-liquids can lead to cell changes which may increase the risk of heart disease. The study examined the effects of flavouring on endothelial cells, which line the interior walls of blood vessels, which had either been grown in lab from stem cells or taken from blood collected from vapours shortly after vaping.

It was found that after exposure to e-liquids these cells were less able to form new blood vessels and take part in wound healing. The authors concluded that acute exposure to flavoured e-liquids exacerbates endothelial cell dysfunction, which often precedes cardiovascular disease.

Source: The Mirror, 27 May 2019

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Thailand: Smoking rates continue to rise

The number of new smokers continues to rise in Thailand where more than 70,000 people die from smoking related illnesses each year. This is despite the country’s efforts to discourage smoking over the last 30 years including increasing tax and putting picture warnings on packaging. World Health Organisation’s representative to Thailand Daniel Kertesz said that he was “saddened” by the statistics.

Source: Bangkok Post, 27 May 2019

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