Daily news - 9th June 2021

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Delivering a Smokefree 2030: The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health recommendations for the Tobacco Control Plan 2021 (PDF)

This report sets out the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health’s recommendations for the Tobacco Control Plan to deliver a Smokefree 2030. Government action to end smoking is both needed and wanted, with three quarters of the public supporting both the ambition and Government action to deliver it | APPG on Smoking and Health, UK

Raise age for sale of cigarettes to 21 and stop ‘tobacco epidemic’, say UK MPs

Making it illegal for more young people to buy cigarettes would help meet the government’s target of ending smoking by 2030, MPs say | Guardian, UK

Economies of ale: pubs in the time of COVID-19

Pubs were among those businesses forced to close during restrictions introduced to halt the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In their own words, landlords shared their experiences of the effect of lockdown on their businesses | ONS, UK

Covid: Pubs and restaurants ask for deposits to avoid 'no-shows'

Becky King was excited to be welcoming back customers through her pub's doors as restrictions eased | BBC, UK

Ban on smoking OUTSIDE pubs – and 7 other ways the crackdown on cigarettes might work

It's no secret that smoking is bad for your health - it's one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK | The Sun, UK

Licensing laws: Plans progress to extend pub and nightclub opening times

Plans to extend opening times for pubs and nightclubs in Northern Ireland have taken another step towards becoming law | BBC, UK

Ex-police inspector jailed for role in drugs gang

A former police inspector and his accomplice have been jailed for their role in a £2m drug smuggling operation | BBC, UK

£2.4m suspected cocaine seized and two arrested in Leeds drugs raids

Police said 30kg of the suspected drug was found at addresses in Tingley and Rodley in Leeds | BBC, UK


International news

Vype maker BAT attracts 1.4m new vape users in three months

London-headquartered tobacco company aims for 50 million users of non-cigarette products by 2025 | Guardian, UK

Hundreds arrested in global crime sting after underworld app is hacked

European and Australian police join forces with FBI to seize weapons, drugs and $148m in cash | Guardian, UK

US Vice President Kamala Harris tells Guatemalans to stay away – even as they flee drug wars America pays for

Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans want to flee the drug killing fields to the Unites States – a country, which having helped cause their plight, wants nothing to do with them | i news, UK

'Joints For Jabs': Washington Approves Free Weed For People Who Get A Covid Vaccine

The US State is allowing cannabis retailers to offer a free joint to people getting their Covid jab | Huffington Post, UK

Damning internal review criticises Woolworths’ push to open Dan Murphy’s in Darwin

Board says supermarket giant failed to properly engage with Indigenous groups on liquor store planned near three dry Aboriginal communities | Guardian, UK

Save the date: European Drug Report 2021 to be released on 9 June

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected drug use and supply? What drugs are causing the most concern today? What are the latest trends in drug production and trafficking? Find out more when the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) launches its European Drug Report 2021: Trends and Developments in a live online media event on 9 June at 10am | EMCDDA, Portugal

BAT hikes sales growth outlook amid shift to e-cigarettes

British American Tobacco raised its annual revenue growth forecast on Tuesday as the cigarette maker’s focus on e-cigarettes and tobacco-heating devices pays off, sending its shares up 2% | Financial Post, USA

Youth vaping rates decline, but 1 in 5 U.S. teens still uses E-cigs

Although the number of teens who use e-cigarettes has dropped significantly, new research suggests that vaping rates are still too high | Medical Xpress, USA

E-scooter injuries most likely at weekends and after alcohol-fueled risk-taking

Much stricter regulation and technical modifications to design required to lessen injury risk | EurekAlert, USA

Sleep characteristics associated with cannabis use and binge drinking in teens, young adults

A recent study of teens and young adults found that several factors related to sleep timing and sleep duration are associated with an increased risk of cannabis use and binge drinking of alcohol during the following year | News Medical, USA

U.S. FDA Provides New Guidance to Further Enhance the Security of Prescription Drugs in the U.S. Supply Chain

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finalizing two guidance documents and making available two draft guidance documents to help ensure that prescription drugs are identified and traced properly as they move through the supply chain | ARC Web, USA

San Diego County Plans To Make Drug Overdose Reversal Medication Accessible To All Residents

In San Diego County, increased overdose deaths linked to the COVID19 pandemic have triggered a behavioral health crisis. The county has seen around 457 fentanyl-linked drug overdose deaths last year during the COVID19 pandemic | Chemical Market Reports, USA

Detox Was the Right Choice for Me—Even If I Don’t Plan on Abstinence

Not everyone goes to detox to become abstinent. People go for all kinds of reasons—reasons that may change from one day, or one minute, to the next. That includes people who believe in harm reduction | Filter Magazine, USA

Why New 12-Step Members May Avoid Carrying Naloxone

For new members of 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, naloxone can still seem like a symbol of drug use, according to new research | Filter Magazine, USA

Do Psychedelics Just Provide Comforting Delusions?

And if so, does it matter? In a new book, philosopher Chris Letheby confronts the nature and implications of the mystical experiences people often have while taking psychedelics | VICE, USA

Toronto should ask Ottawa to decriminalize drug possession in the city, says public health report

Toronto should seek permission from the federal government to decriminalize drug possession in the city, the city’s medical officer of health says | Toronto Star, Canada

U of A research highlights benefits of supervised consumption sites

Sites help clients access more treatment, medical care and support services | CBC News, Canada

Cancer a compelling reason to cut alcohol, and drink counting helps

new study comparing different ways of encouraging people to reduce their alcohol intake has found telling people alcohol causes cancer makes them want to drink less, and encouraging them to count their drinks helps them do it | George Institute, Australia

What alcohol is really doing to Michelle

Do you have a beer or wine most nights? Maybe two? The big C is more of a risk than you might think | abc.net.au, Australia

Will pharmacies need a tobacco licence to sell e-cigarettes?

Much work remains to be done ahead of the 1 October start of Prescription-only e-cigarette sales, with tobacco licenses for pharmacies not ruled out | AJP, Australia

New app scans for dangerous drug use

UK creative technology agency Rehab and French advertising agency Herezie today announced a prototype of the Pill-iD. Risk level and expected side effects | Eminetra, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Why adland needs more drugs

A few summers ago you could have found me at an altar, dressed head to toe in white, taking part in an ancient ceremony. Yet quite unlike the ego-enhancing extravaganza of a wedding, this particular ritual involved me vomiting my guts out as my ego slowly dissolved to nothing. I was taking part in my first ayahuasca ceremony | Campaign, UK

Chess and . . . Drugs? Addiction and Recovery in The Queen’s Gambit

In the midst of the Covid-19 global pandemic, in October 2020 Netflix released The Queen’s Gambit, a limited series adapted from the 1983 novel written by Walter Tevis examining the improbable rise of Beth Harmon, a fictional chess prodigy in the 1960s, as she strove to become a world champion in what, at the time, was exclusively a man’s game | Points blog, USA

#WineMom: Humour and empowerment or binge drinking and mental health challenges?

If you Google the term “wine mom,” you’ll find an array of comedic returns, including countless memes of celebrities like Julia Louis-Dreyfus maniacally waving a bottle of wine or Amy Schumer drinking from an oversized glass, or numbered lists pointing to “signs you might be a wine mom.” | Conversation, Canada