ASH Daily News for 20 January 2020


  • CDC recommends avoiding e-cigarettes that contain THC
  • New York Democrats want to ban sale of single-use cigarette filters known as ‘butts’
  • Australia: Cigarette prices will rise by 12.5% before the end of this year


CDC recommends avoiding e-cigarettes that contain THC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people do not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in cannabis, “particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online dealers”. This is a step down from a previous statement in September, cautioning against the use of any e-cigarette products and saying people “should consider” avoiding vaping altogether.

The CDC found that “82% of hospitalised patients with data on substance use reported using THC-containing products; 33% reported exclusive use of THC-containing products”. It also said vitamin E acetate, an oil chemical used to dilute THC, “is strongly linked” to the lung disease associated with vaping, called EVALI.

The federal agency on Friday said emergency visits related to vaping have continued to fall after surging in August last year and peaking in September. The agency attributed the decline to increased public awareness, removal of vitamin E acetate from certain products and law enforcement actions related to certain products.

Source: Financial Times, 17 January 2019

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products

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New York Democrats want to ban sale of single-use cigarette filters known as ‘butts’

Democratic lawmakers want to ban the sale of single-use cigarette filters, commonly known as ‘butts’, in New York’s latest effort to rein in the tobacco industry.

A 2017 National Cancer Institute study said the Food and Drug Administration should consider regulating and even banning the use of filters. A 2014 report from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Surgeon General said: “Evidence suggests that ventilated filters may have contributed to higher risks of lung cancer by enabling smokers to inhale more vigorously, thereby drawing carcinogens contained in cigarette smoke more deeply into lung tissue.”

Bill sponsor state Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) said: “Cigarette butts are everywhere — littering our streets, our parks, and our waterways, and spreading plastic pollution and toxic chemicals into our environment and our food supply. The evidence is clear that in spite of all the Big Tobacco propaganda, filters do not make cigarettes any safer, and they may in fact make cigarettes even more deadly.”

If the legislation is passed, the ban would take effect on 1 January, 2022.

Source: New York Post, 17 January 2020

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Australia: Cigarette prices will rise by 12.5% before the end of this year

The price of Australian cigarettes is set to rise this year by 12.5%, taking the cost of an average packet to almost $50. From September, Australians will be paying one of the highest prices in the world for a packet of cigarettes, with a 25 pack of Marlboro Golds costing $48.50 (£25.67). The cheapest pack will be about $29 (£15.35). The tax on hand-rolled tobacco will increase by a similar amount.

The price rise will be the eighth consecutive yearly increase, and is part of the government’s attempt to reduce tobacco use. A pack-a-day smoker will now likely spend over $10,000 a year on smoking.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), price rises are ‘the single most effective way to encourage tobacco users to quit and prevent children from starting to smoke’. Adult smoking rates in Australia have fallen from 23.8% in 1995 to 13.8% in 2017-18.

Source: Daily Mail, 20 January 2020

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