ASH Daily news for 14 April 2016



  • Electronic cigarette marketing may encourage uptake among teenagers
  • USA: Does tobacco violate human rights?
  • Singapore bans smoking in reservoirs and parks
  • Canada: Vaping industry challenges Quebec’s anti-tobacco law
  • Parliamentary Questions

    Electronic cigarette marketing may encourage uptake among teenagers

    A study by Stirling University has found an association between seeing electronic cigarette displays in small shops and experimenting with vaping.

    Analysing data from more than 3,000 Scottish students between 11 and 18-years-old, the team found those who recalled seeing vaping displays were twice as likely to have tried vaping or planned to try it in the next six months.

    Some suggest this is evidence to encourage banning point of sale displays of electronic cigarettes. However, most teenagers in the study had only tried vaping once or twice.

    Professor Sally Haw, chair in Public and Population Health at Stirling University, said: “What we have to do is balance promoting electronic cigarettes as a potential way to reduce the harms of smoking, at the same time as protecting children from being initiated into e-cigarette use.”

    See also:
    The Evening Times: Study ‘finds association’ between E-Cigarette displays and teenage take-up
    The Mail Online: Should e-cigarette displays be banned at tills? Teenagers are ‘more likely to try the devices if they’re readily available’
    The Mirror: Seeing ‘tempting’ e-cigarette displays in shops encourages kids to start vaping, study finds

    Source: The Herald Scotland 14 April 2016

    USA: Does tobacco violate human rights?

    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) recently heard testimony from experts on why tobacco should be considered a human rights issue.

    Expert witnesses from three groups, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH US), the InterAmerican Heart Foundation (FIC Argentina) and the O’Neill Institute at Georgetown University Law Center, argued that the failure of governments to curtail tobacco industry practices such as marketing to children and interfering in public health policy amounted to a violation of obligations under several human rights treaties.

    The solution, according to the panelists, is the full implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which has been joined by nearly every country in the Americas. The United States is one of the few that has not ratified the treaty.

    “Governments have an obligation to provide citizens with the highest attainable standard of health,” said Laurent Huber, executive director of Action on Smoking and Health. “Implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is entirely attainable, it is extremely cost effective, and we know it works.”

    The IACHR does not have the authority to oblige governments to enact tobacco control regulations, but can be instrumental in creating the political will necessary to advance human rights.

    Source: Healthcare Executive Insight 14 April 2016

    Singapore bans smoking in reservoirs and parks

    Singapore will ban smoking in reservoirs and parks from June 1, the Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor, told Parliament on Tuesday.

    Starting from June, new premises will include 17 reservoirs, parks in public housing estates and under the purview of Jurong Town Corporation’s industrial estates and their related facilities, as well as neighbourhood parks under National Parks within private housing estates.

    However, the owners of these premises will have the option to set up designated smoking points and will be responsible for their maintenance, said the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.

    Source: Asia and Pacific News 12 April 2016

    Canada: Vaping industry challenges Quebec’s anti-tobacco law

    The Canadian Vaping Association has filed a legal challenge against a Quebec law that limits the use of electronic cigarettes.

    Bill 44 prohibits the testing of electronic cigarettes in specialty shops, bans in-store display and promotion and forbids online sales of any vape product. The legislation took effect last November, although certain provisions come into force later this year.

    The association argues the legislation may push sales underground, making enforcing rules like banning sales to minors next to impossible.

    The law also bans flavoured tobacco, lighting up on restaurant patios and smoking inside vehicles carrying minors.

    See also:
    Canadian Grocer: Vaping industry challenges e-cigarette law in Quebec
    The Star: Canada’s vaping industry challenges Quebec law restricting e-cigarette use
    CA News: Canadian vaping industry challenging constitutionality of Quebec law

    Source: Montreal CTV News 13 April 2016

    Parliamentary Questions

    Robert Syms MP
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with police forces on the level of enforcement of legislation on smoking in vehicles with children present; and if he will make a statement.

    Jane Ellison MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health
    Discussions are ongoing between Departmental officials and the relevant authorities about enforcement action. Guidance on the enforcement process has been sent to police forces and, as with other smokefree legislation, we expect high levels of compliance with this change.

    Source: Hansard Citation: HC Deb, 13 April 2016, cW