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Ban on peer-assisted injection lifted for safe consumption sites in Canada

Canada’s health agency, Health Canada, has lifted the ban on peer-assisted injection at all safe consumption sites (SCS) across the country. Peer assistance has been banned ever since the first SCS was opened in Canada in 2003. Health Canada has now changed the policy to encourage people who use drugs to continue to access SCS during the COVID-19 lock-down, allowing people to prepare and perform injections for their peers. Twenty sites across Canada have now implemented the policy.

Source: https://filtermag.org/peer-injection-assistance/

New York bans flavoured vaping products

On 18 May 2020, New York became the fourth US state to ban all flavoured vaping products except for tobacco flavours. The legislation also bans pharmacies from selling tobacco and vaping products, with a $100 fine for pharmacies found to be in breach of the regulations. The ban is intended to deter young people from vaping after the state health department reported an almost three-fold rise in the number of high school students using vaping products between 2014 and 2018.

Source: https://www.syracuse.com/state/2020/05/ny-begins-ban-on-flavored-e-cigarettes-ends-sale-of-all-tobacco-products-in-pharmacies.html

Increased alcohol consumption in Finland during the COVID-19 pandemic

Alcohol sales in Finland increased by a quarter during April 2020 compared with the same quarter last year according to statistics from Finland’s alcohol retail monopoly. This rise comes alongside a 110% increase in online sales of alcohol, and suggests that closing bars, restaurants, cafés and nightclubs has not reduced overall levels of drinking in Finland.

Source: https://www.euractiv.com/section/all/short_news/alcohol-consumption-in-finland-skyrockets-amid-pandemic-2/

Methadone delivery in Scotland

Individuals receiving opiate substitution treatment in Edinburgh will now be able to receive home deliveries of methadone during COVID-19 lock-down. The charity Change Grow Live (CGL) will provide this service, daily if required, to individuals who need to self-isolate. Volunteers will pick up medication from a designated pharmacy and deliver methadone, clean needles and naloxone to patients’ homes.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/17/charity-brings-drug-treatments-to-addicts-doors-in-lockdown

Increased attempts to quit smoking in India

More than 70% of smokers in India have attempted to quit smoking during COVID-19 lock-down according to a survey conducted by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, an organisation funded by the tobacco company Philip Morris International. Two thirds of smokers said they wanted to quit smoking to reduce the health-related risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/health/72-tobacco-users-in-india-attempted-to-quit-during-lockdown-survey

​EU bans menthol tobacco products

Sales of menthol tobacco products are now banned in the European Union (EU) as new anti-smoking laws came into effect on 20 May 2020. The ban was introduced under the revision of the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive and covers the production and sale of menthol cigarettes and tobacco-related products, including filters, paper, capsules and dual menthol cigarettes. The ban was introduced to deter young people from smoking and to counter beliefs that menthol cigarettes are less harmful than regular tobacco products.

Source: https://www.acs.org.uk/advice/menthol-ban

UK children exposed to second-hand smoke during COVID-19 lockdown

A report from YouGov using data from their ‘COVID tracker’ suggests that lock-down has led to more frequent exposure to second-hand smoke among children. Since lock-down, people who live with children are twice as likely to report exposure to second-hand smoke than people who do not live with children. Around one in ten smokers with children report that they have smoked indoors more frequently since lock-down measures were put in place.

Further data from YouGov’s ‘COVID Tracker’ estimate that more than 2 million people in the UK have increased their smoking frequency during the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 5 million have not changed their daily consumption, and 1.9 million people have cut down.

Sources: https://smokefreeaction.org.uk/lockdown-increases-secondhand-smoke-exposure-for-children/

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/20/millions-uk-smoking-more-amid-coronavirus-crisis-study-suggests

Papua New Guinea restricts alcohol sales during COVID-19 lockdown

Papua New Guinea has banned shops from selling alcohol at weekends. The restriction was implemented in response to increased reports of domestic abuse and disorderly behaviour since the government relaxed lock-down measures.

Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/416338/png-bans-alcohol-sales-due-to-violence-during-lockdown

Addiction treatment registrations rise in Punjab during COVID-19 pandemic

Over 86,000 new people have registered to receive addiction treatment in the Indian state of Punjab since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 500,000 people were treated across Punjab’s 198 Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) clinics and de-addiction centres in the year up to 6th May 2020.

Source: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/covid-19-blessings-over-5-lakh-drug-addicts-treated-in-punjab-83453

​Teenage vaping rates three times higher in Yorkshire than in London

Figures released by the NHS suggest that rates of teenage vaping vary by region and are higher in the north than in the south of England. Around 6% of 15-year-olds in the northwest of England said they vaped weekly, compared with 10% of teenagers in Yorkshire and 3% of teenagers in London.

Source: https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2020-05-04/underage-vaping-spikes-in-north-of-england