Vapouround magazine ISSUE 21 - Page 11

SpaIN THE WRONG DIRECTION Daily cigarette smoking in Spain has gone up to 34 percent: two points higher than before the public smoking ban came into force in 2005. That’s according to Spain’s latest biannual drug consumption survey. The Spanish government is accused of being “self-complacent and passive” after “alarming” new figures revealed that smoking rates have climbed above pre- smoking ban levels. National Committee for Tobacco Prevention president D r Regina Dalmau said she was “indignant” at the findings and has called for enforcement of existing policies plus the introduction of new measures to tackle the problem. The cardiologist said: “We will have to analyse in detail what sections of the population have seen an increase in smoking, but in any of them, the data is alarming.” NO DEAL? Firstly, if no agreement is reached in Westminster on how hard or soft the UK will exit the EU, the picture warnings on tobacco products will change in the UK. The Australian government will provide their warnings free of cost to the UK in such a case. Secondly, where there is a no deal the UK will need to develop its own domestic notification systems for companies that wish to sell tobacco products and e-cigarettes on the UK market. A transfer of powers would also be required. Currently, the EU Commission holds a range of powers under the TPD which allow it to respond to threats, changes in safety compliance and quality standards plus technological advances. The instrument transfers these powers from the Commission to the Secretary of State. GOOD BUY? British American Tobacco has bought Germany’s leading chain of vape shops, Highendsmoke, according to market intelligence leaders Ecigintelligence. With more than 80 shops across the country, the acquisition was approved by the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) before the festive period. NUMBER OF IRISH SMOKERS TOO HIGH Twenty years ago one third of Irish adults smoked. That number now lies at one-fifth. But experts warn the number of smokers in Ireland is still too high. The Royal College of Surgeons’ Dr Paul ­Kavanagh, who advises the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) Quit programme. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland radio programme, Dr Kavanagh said the number of people smoking from the age of 25 to 34 is a staggering one- in-three. He said while the smoking rate has fallen in the last 20 years, tobacco still has a grip on the population and also acknowledged vaping may have a role to play in loosening that grip. “We currently know that about three percent in the population are using e cigarettes and I think it’s very important that we are open and honest with what we know and do not know when it comes to e-cigarettes. Vaping does deliver nicotine but what’s different to smoking is that people don’t burn tobacco, so the risk profile associated with vaping is different and that has been in a number of large reports.” SHAPE THE FUTURE Researchers at the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) want your help in identifying the top 10 unanswered questions on e-cigarette use. The online survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open to vapers, dual users, smokers and never-smokers. Dr Abby Hunter of Nottingham University’s Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, said these studies are essential, “Because e-cigarettes are a fairly recent product, very little is known about the long-term health effects of using them. To guide our future research into this we need to identify the most important questions associated with vaping and would like the opinions of the general public as well as clinicians.” The survey will be open until March 7. Respondents will then be asked to complete a follow-up survey to rank the top 10 priority questions. To participate, go to electronic-cigarettes-priority-setting- partnership-survey. VM21 | 11