ASH Daily News for 27 February 2019


  • Regular e-cigarette use remains low among young people
  • More support needed for children’s first 1000 days
  • Barnsley Council to extend no smoking zones


  • Japan: Comprehensive smoking ban proposed at 2020 Olympic venues
  • New Zealand: Man finds beetle larvae in cigarette packet



Regular e-cigarette use remains low among young people

A new report from Public Health England (PHE) shows that regular use of e-cigarettes by young people remains low. Only around 15% of young people aged between 11-18 years old have ever tried e-cigarettes, this is up from 8% in 2014. However, regular vaping by never smokers remains extremely low at just 0.2%.

Professor John Newton, PHE health improvement director, said Britain was not seeing the kind of trends seen in the United States, where up to one in five young people regularly vape.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, said “although more young people are experimenting, regular youth vaping among never smokers remains rare. Only one in 500 of those aged 11-18 who’ve never smoked report using e-cigarettes once a week or more. However, we need to remain vigilant, the ASH annual survey of youth use in 2019 is about to start and this year we will be asking about Juul, which went on sale in the UK last summer.”

Source: The Telegraph, 27 February 2019

See also:

Public Health England – Regular use of e-cigarettes among young people remains low
ASH – Use of e-cigarettes among young people in Great Britain

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More support needed for first 1000 days

The latest report from The Health and Social Care Committee said the first 1,000 days were critical to a child’s health but currently, not enough was being done. It warns that cuts to children’s centres, health visiting services and support to parents left many families vulnerable.

The cross-party group wants the government to pay for extra contact with health visitors beyond the age of two-and-a-half and highlighted the approach taken elsewhere in the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all fund more support than currently offered in England.

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, of the Local Government Association, said councils have been undermined by cuts to their budgets. He said, “councils have pulled out all the stops to try to prioritise early years and intervention services but can only do so much.”

Source: BBC News, 26 February 2019

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Barnsley Council to extend no smoking zones

Barnsley’s no smoking zones are to be extended to town centres and near secondary schools following their successful implementation in other areas of the borough. The no smoking zones are voluntary and already exist in playgrounds, primary school grounds and around the town hall.

The scheme focuses on removing smoking from the sight of children on the grounds that it is better not to begin smoking in the first instance, rather than to give up later in life.

Source: Barnsley Chronicle, 27 February 2019

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Japan: Comprehensive smoking ban proposed at 2020 Olympic venues

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced that it intends to impose a total smoking ban at all venues used in the Games. This includes the entirety of both indoor and outdoor areas of each site. This will be the first time such an approach has been taken at the summer Olympic Games.

The Committee’s move to ban smoking at all Olympic sites is inline with the wishes of the International Olympic Committee, which promotes smokefree games. It states there are no plans to set up smoking zones or areas as there were at Rio 2016 and London 2012.

Source: Japan News, 23 February 2019

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New Zealand: Man finds beetle larvae in cigarette packet

A man in New Zealand was horrified to find a beetle larva in a new packet of cigarettes he had just bought. The larva was buried amongst the cigarettes, inside several layers of factory sealed packaging, where it had eaten its way through several filters.

It is thought that a female beetle may have laid eggs on a tobacco leaf which then ended up in the product, after not being processed correctly. British American Tobacco have stated they are investigating the issue, while the customer insists he hasn’t been deterred from smoking.

Source: New Zealand Herald, 26 February 2019

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