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Issue 2013-04, April 2013


Russia: Smoking ban to save up to 200,000 lives a year

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the ban on smoking in public places will help lower Russians' nicotine dependence and save up to 200,000 lives a year.

Source: RAPSI, 24 April 2013

Belgium: Federal agencies issue warning about risks of e-cigarettes

The Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products and the Ministry of Health have issued a press statement on the risks of e-cigarettes, which are marketed without any safety checks or regulatory framework.

Source: Le Soir, 9 April 2013

AFMPS/FAGG press release

EU: Dalligate - the OLAF report

Silvio Zammit tried his luck with ESTOC and then Swedish Match used Barroso’s former head of the legal service to set the EU wheels in motion.

Source: Malta Today, 28 April 2013

Ireland: New study shows that lives have been saved by Irish workplace smoking ban

A recent scientific study shows that a total of 3,726 smoking related deaths have been prevented in Ireland, since the introduction of the workplace smoking ban (March 2004).

Source: TobaccoFree Research Institute, 29 April 2013

Kosovo enacts comprehensive tobacco-free legislation

On 26 April, the President of Kosovo signed a comprehensive tobacco control law that includes the strongest protections in the world to date against tobacco industry interference in policy-making.

Source: FCA, 26 April 2013

Study: Swedish research finds smoking can double women's risk of arthritis

Smoking just a few cigarettes a day can more than double a woman's risk of rheumatoid arthritis, Swedish research has shown. Compared with never-smokers, women who puffed between one and seven cigarettes a day had a 2.31-fold higher chance of developing the disease.

Source: The Telegraph, 22 April 2013

Scotland: Anti-smoking groups call for e-cigarette regulation

Anti-smoking groups in Scotland have spoken of an urgent need to regulate the use of e-cigarettes to avoid creating a new wave of addiction. The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) is due to publish guidance next month which could effectively ban their use across the UK.

Source: The Herald, 24 April 2013

Bulgaria: Cigarette sales fell by 3-4% following smoking ban

The introduction of the smoking ban in enclosed public places in Bulgaria resulted in a 3-4% decrease in sales of cigarettes, but the long-term impact of the measure cannot be estimated yet.

Source: Novinite, 14 April 2013

Britain: Survey shows public do not trust tobacco industry

65% of the public distrust the tobacco industry to present believable and independent arguments about how to reduce smoking rates, according to new Cancer Research UK figures published on 12 April 2013.

Source: CRUK press release, 12 April 2013

Britain: The marketing of e-cigarettes - a UK snapshot

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is currently considering how to regulate ecigarettes. Given that marketing of these e-cigarettes is of particular concern, Marisa de Andrade and Gerard Hastings were commissioned by Cancer Research UK to conduct a rapid review of current practices and emerging trends.

Source: BMJ Group blogs, 6 April 2013

ECToH 2014: Abstract submission

The 6th European Conference on Tobacco or Health takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 26 to 29 March 2014. Participants are invited to submit their abstracts by 15 October 2013. Full details are available below.

Source: ECToH2014

EU: Whistleblower MEP claims EU cover-up over Dalligate

MEP claims that those at the top of the European Commission and European Parliament might be attempting to 'keep the dirt inside' over the scandal relating to the tobacco industry.

Source: Public Service Europe, 15 April 2013

The Tobacco Endgame

Tobacco Control, May 2013, Vol. 22 suppl. 1: special supplement devoted to the tobacco endgame.

Source: Tobacco Control

EP Library Briefing on e-cigarettes

EP Library Briefing on e-cigarettes

Source: European Parliament

Greece: Smoking is behind 1/10 of hospital admissions

According to the results of medical research made public on 18 April 2013 at the Hypatia Institute, Athens, smoking is responsible for 8.9% of ailments leading to all admissions at Greek state hospitals.

Source: Ekathimerini, 18 April 2013

ASH Scotland: Towards a generation free from tobacco conference

The conference takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 20 to 21 June 2013. Full details on the programme, abstracts and registration are available below.

Source: ASH Scotland

Ireland: Dentists want key role in tobacco strategy

The HSE is being urged to give dentists a key role in the development of its tobacco control strategy. According to the Irish Dental Association (IDA), while many people are aware of the dangers of smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer, they are not as familiar with the damage tobacco can cause to oral health.

Source: Irish Health, 19 April 2013