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Daily Digest - Monday, 16 October 2017
Harry`s Blog 34: WHO’s health is it anyway?

The heat and dust continues to swirl around the Foundation for a Smoke Free World https://www.smoke-freeworld.org/leadership.
Whether the negativity continues will very much depend on what it actually does, although suspicion will always dog its tracks no doubt. The WHO have weighed in with a statement urging all governments and public health bodies to steer clear and refuse any collaboration: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/28/who-tells-governments-to-reject-philip-morris-funded-smoking-foundation.html [...]

Foundation for a smoke-free world

The current and future health effects of smoking are well described. More than 7 million deaths per year are attributable to smoking, and projections suggest 1 billion deaths this century. Over a decade ago, in my role to facilitate the establishment of WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), I warned about the potential for complacency in the years following the FCTC's adoption. [...]

2017-10-16
thelancet.com

George Orwell and the ethics of dealing in or dealing with cigarettes

Since the 1980s, cigarettes have been recognized as “lethal when used as intended and kill more people than heroin, cocaine, alcohol, AIDS, [...] Orwell called war “murder” but tobacco cigarettes could be seen as a kind of involuntary manslaughter, raising questions about what responsibility applies to the continued business of making, selling, and trying to deal with or control cigarettes as a legal product.

2017-10-16
hekint.org

E-cigarettes are 'phenomenal' tool for GPs to help smokers quit

All evidence points to e-cigarettes being an effective tool in helping smokers to quit, experts told the RCGP annual conference in Liverpool – but only if they are coupled with specialist support and complete cessation of tobacco use. In a session on cancer care in general practice, GPs said smoking cessation was one of the most cost-effective ways GPs could help prevent cancer.

2017-10-16
gponline.com

Ministry of Health position statement – E-cigarettes

The Ministry of Health believes e-cigarettes have the potential to make a contribution to the Smokefree 2025 goal and could disrupt the significant inequities that are present. The potential of e-cigarettes to help improve public health depends on the extent to which they can act as a route out of smoking for New Zealand’s 550,000 daily smokers, without providing a route into smoking for children and non-smokers.

2017-10-16
health.govt.nz

Heat-not-burn tobacco: The emerging smoking trend that has experts worried

Japan is currently the only country where heat-not-burn tobacco products are sold widely, so researchers compared Google search from that country to e-cigarette Google searches in the U.S. According to the study, heat-not-burn queries in Japan spiked by 1,426 per cent the first year it was on the market in 2015. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of queries grew by 2,956 per cent.

2017-10-16
globalnews.ca

Sales of vape starter kits soar by 37 per cent as NHS Stoptober campaign embraces E-cigarettes

Early signs indicate that Public Health England’s new harm reduction approach to decreasing smoking rates across the UK has not only been widely accepted, but capitalised upon. For the first time, vaping has featured prominently within the NHS Stoptober campaign, with the official website included in the Stoptober TV advertisement.

2017-10-16
londonlovesbusiness.com

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