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ONE LAST PUSH CELEBS WHO VAPE President Donald Trump has backed the Food and Drug Administration’s plans to restrict e-cigarette sales across the US. In what will be one of his final actions on the so-called teen vaping epidemic, out- going FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb motioned for the sales of flavoured nicotine pods to be limited to websites, vape shops and other retailers that impose age restrictions. The proposed measures were announced in March and if passed, would crack down on fruit flavours specifically, which the FDA has long campaigned are appealing to underage users. The policy on other popular flavours such as tobacco and menthol is not understood to be affected. Adele and Drake recently hung out at a vape lounge in Los Angeles. According to entertainment site TMZ, the British songstress and ‘One Dance’ hitmaker reportedly headed to Chill N Vape Lounge in San Fernando Valley after a day of catching up, where Drake apparently bought a JUUL device and pods in mango and peach flavours. QUIT RIGHT Queen Mary University of London launched a new tobacco cessation campaign called ‘Quit Right’ on No Smoking Day in March. The initiative sees the university handing out free starter kits to smokers at Stepney Green, the first clinic in London’s East End taking the step to join the campaign. The decision to make the clinic in Stayner’s Road ‘vape friendly’ comes after research by the university found e-cigarettes were twice as effective at helping smokers to quit as other nicotine replacement treatments such as patches or gum. SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH To mark No Smoking Day, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Wales commissioned Welsh artist Nathan Wyburn to create a portrait of environmental campaigner Sir David Attenborough made entirely from cigarette butts collected on Welsh shores. The tobacco control campaign group worked with Keep Wales Tidy to raise awareness of the damage littered cigarette butts do to the environment, in a bid to deter children and young people from taking up smoking. Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world and across the UK alone it is estimated that 122 tonnes of smoking related litter are dropped every day. In 2018 cigarette butts were found on 80.3 percent of streets in Wales, making it the most common form of litter in the country. DRIVING YOU OHM Taxi drivers in one area of Derbyshire have been told they mustn’t ‘smoke’ e-cigarettes or ‘smell bad’. Cab drivers in the borough of Amber Valley are already subject to a range of rules and regulations, which include background checks and keeping vehicles in a good state of repair. In an update to the rules, drivers must, “maintain a good standard of personal hygiene” and “shall not smoke e-cigarettes in the vehicle at any time,” according to local reports. GP S CAN DO MORE, WITH MORE INFORMATION General practitioners in the UK are in a unique position to advise smokers how to quit, but they simply aren’t equipped to do it, according to one stop-smoking expert. Speaking on No Smoking Day, March 13, Dr Pooja Patwardhan, GP and Medical Director of the Centre for Health Research and Education in Hampshire said: “As a practicing GP myself, I am very well aware of the lack of knowledge among GPs about long term nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) use, combination therapy and use of new products like e-cigarettes as stop-smoking aids.” Preliminary insights from the Centre for Health Research and Education suggest a serious disconnect between what is official policy and the advice smokers actually get from their clinicians. Dr Patwardhan added: “Enabling and empowering GPs is crucial to complementing existing tobacco control measures in realising the goal of a smoke-free UK. A GP’s ‘very brief advice’ intervention could be crucial to tipping a smoker’s motivation towards a quit attempt and the difference between a success and failure!” VM22 | 11