ASH Daily News 5 December 2017
- Efforts to beat cancer hamstrung by cuts to local stop smoking services
- Tobacco companies Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Brands scupper rescue of Palmer & Harvey
- Married women with children felt most benefit from smoking ban
- DVD advert banned due to smoking
- US: Study links teen smoking & teen vaping
Efforts to beat cancer hamstrung by cuts to local stop smoking services
Efforts to prevent unnecessary cancer deaths are being hamstrung by “staggering cuts” to public health which have seen councils slash spending on stop smoking services by one sixth in a year, according to analysis by the Labour Party.
Budgets for smoking cessation services and wider tobacco controls fell by £20m this year, from £120.6m in 2016/17 to £99.8m. This means spending to cut smoking has fallen by a third since councils first took over responsibility for public health four years ago, following the implementation of the coalition government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Source: The Independent, 5 December 2017
Tobacco companies Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Brands scupper rescue of Palmer & Harvey
Two of the world’s biggest tobacco companies have killed off hopes of a rescue deal for the collapsed wholesaler Palmer & Harvey.
Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Brands were the biggest customers of the 92-year-old business, which collapsed last week, leading to the loss of 2,500 jobs.
To guarantee an uninterrupted supply of cigarettes to Tesco and Sainsbury’s, the two companies have already moved their business to DHL, the German-owned logistics giant. City sources said this weekend there was “close to zero” prospect of any rescue for Palmer & Harvey without their trade.
Source: The Times, 3 December 2017
Married women with children felt most benefit from smoking ban
Married women with children have benefited the most from the UK public smoking ban according to Lancaster University researchers. The study led by Dr Eugenio Zucchelli looked at people’s own assessments of their psychological well-being both before and after the introduction of the bans in Scotland and England.
Married women with children reported the largest increase in well-being following the smoking bans but there was no comparable increase for married men with children.
Scottish Journal of Political Economy: The impact of public smoking bans on well-being externalities: evidence from a policy experiment
Source: Scienmag, 5 December 2017
DVD advert banned due to smoking
A TV advert to promote North-East comedian Bobby Thompson has been banned because he is seen smoking in the footage.
An advert to promote a DVD using old footage of shows has now fallen foul of advertising rules, which ban smoking. Thompson’s cigarette has been digitally removed from the footage, but Clearcast, a company which works with advertisers to ensure they meet standards set by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), says the presence of smoke also breaches their code.
Source: The Northern Echo, 4 December 2017
US: Study links teen smoking & teen vaping
New research has found a link between vaping and smoking in teenagers. When teens used an e-cigarette during one month, they were up to seven times more likely to smoke tobacco in the future, researchers at at Yale School of Medicine’s department of psychiatry found. Study author Krysten Bold noted, “We cannot determine cause and effect from these kinds of reports. There can be many reasons kids decide to smoke.”
The study included more than 800 high schoolers from three public schools in Connecticut. The students completed surveys at three different times: 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Kenneth Warner, a professor emeritus of public health at the University of Michigan, said, “This study shows an increased probability of trying a cigarette if they’ve tried a vape, but I don’t believe they establish a causal relationship.”
Pediatrics: Trajectories of E-Cigarette and Conventional Cigarette Use Among Youth
Source: Medical Xpress, 4 December 2017
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