ASH Daily News for 24 April 2019


  • BBC Radio interview: E-cigarettes


  • US pharmacy chain increases minimum age for tobacco sales to 21
  • Study: Some e-cigarette fluids and cartridges contaminated with traces of bacteria


  • ASH #ActOnTobacco Campaign



BBC Radio interview: E-cigarettes

In an interview on the BBC Radio 4 ‘World at One’ programme, Deborah Arnott, Chief executive of ASH and Professor Martin Mckee, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine debate the relative safety of e-cigarettes.

The interview runs from 38:00 – 44:00.

Source: BBC Radio 4, World at One, 23 April 2019

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US pharmacy chain increases minimum age for tobacco sales to 21

Walgreens, the US pharmacy and retail chain, will ban customers under 21 from purchasing cigarettes and e-cigarettes, as it responds to pressure from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent youth tobacco use. In February, the FDA accused Walgreens of being the “top violator among pharmacies that sell tobacco products”, with 22% of stores inspected having illegally sold tobacco products to minors.

Rite Aid, a Walgreens competitor, also said on Tuesday that it would increase the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, “consistent with the company’s commitment to promoting responsible access to tobacco products”. Momentum has been building behind local and federal efforts to curb tobacco sales, with 12 US states raising the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to 21.

Richard Ashworth, Walgreens’ president of operations, said other efforts to reduce tobacco use among teens and young adults, such as requiring age verification for all purchases and training pharmacists in smoking cessation advice, had seen “positive results”. Banning tobacco sales to under-21s would be “even more impactful”, he added.

Source: Financial Times, 24 April 2019

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Study: Some e-cigarette fluids and cartridges contaminated with traces of bacteria

A recent study in the US has found that some e-cigarette cartridges and vape liquids were contaminated with traces bacteria and fungi that have been linked to lung infections and asthma.

Of the 75 US vaping products examined by the researchers, a quarter showed traces of bacteria and four out of five had fungal contamination. The study included sealed and refillable products.

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said the results were “interesting” but preliminary, adding that the UK has ”different, tighter e-cigarette regulations” than the American market. “We do need to keep adding to our knowledge on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes, however we know that vaping is 20 times less harmful than smoking,” she added.

The study is due to be published in Environmental Health Perspectives later today.

Source: The Independent, 24 April 2019

Endotoxin and (1®3)-b-D-glucan Contamination in Electronic Cigarette Products Sold in the U.S.,” Mi-Sun Lee, Joseph Allen, David Christiani, Environmental Health Perspectives, online April 24, 2019, doi: 10.1289/EHP3469

See also:
The Sun: Vape alert E-cigarettes contaminated with dangerous bacterial and fungal toxins, experts warn
The Express: Vape warning: Researchers discover worrying e-cigarette side effect – ‘Serious concerns’
The Mirror: Toxins linked with lung disease found in E-cigarettes

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ASH #ActOnTobacco Campaign

Today is the first day of a week long campaign by ASH and our partners, highlighting how Big Tobacco’s big profits continue to be built on a lethal trade and shady dealings. BAT continually fail to live up to their own commitment of “high standards of corporate behaviour” and act with “honesty, integrity and transparency”. – read more about it in today’s blog post.

The campaign is running to coincide with the British American Tobacco (BAT) and Philip Morris International (PMI) AGMs taking place on 25th April and 1st May.

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