ASH Daily News for 13 December 2019



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  • Detection dogs help to sniff out £27,500 worth of illegal tobacco in Scarborough

International

  • Senate confirms Dr Stephen Hahn as FDA commissioner

Link of the week

  • Conservative Party manifesto 2019: 13 key policies explained

UK

Detection dogs help to sniff out £27,500 worth of illegal tobacco in Scarborough

North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards have uncovered more than £27,500 worth of illegal tobacco in Scarborough, with support from specialist detection dogs. The dogs were able to identify illicit products hidden in cardboard boxes, kitchen shelving units and concealed drawers. Overall 29,000 cigarettes and 29.25kg of tobacco were discovered.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire said: “People who deal in illegal tobacco are more likely to encourage others, especially children and young adults, to smoke. All tobacco is harmful but the illegal tobacco market and in particular the availability of cheap cigarettes makes it harder for smokers to quit and remain smoke-free.”

Source: ITV, 12 December 2019

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International

Senate confirms Dr Stephen Hahn as FDA commissioner

The US Senate on Thursday (12 December) confirmed Dr Stephen Hahn to be the next commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Senate vote was 72 to 18. Hahn, 59, is a well-known radiation oncology expert and is the current chief medical executive of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where has been a professor of radiation oncology since January 2015.

Hahn faced pressure from senators to finalize a ban on sales of flavoured vaping products. It has been three months since President Donald Trump said the FDA would put out “some very strong recommendations” regarding the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes, and that policy is still yet to be seen.

Hahn agreed with senators that “this is an important, urgent crisis in this country,” but he stopped short of making promises, saying, “I’m not privy to those decision-making processes, but I very much agree and support that aggressive action needs to be taken to protect our children.” He said he has not discussed these views with the president regarding vaping flavours.

Hahn follows former FDA Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb, who stepped down on April 5.

Source: CNN, 13 December 2019

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Link of the week

Conservative Party manifesto 2019: 13 key policies explained

This BBC article provides a useful summary of the key policies in the Conservative Party manifesto.

Source: BBC News, 24 November 2019

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