ASH Daily News 2 January 2018
- Nottingham: Sale of illegal cigarettes directly linked to ‘organised crime’
- North East charity urges people to quit smoking this New Year after shocking figures show over 100 people a day are admitted to Hospital
- Cigarette fire caused £10k of damage to Bishop Auckland Football Club’s ground
- Cambridgeshire: Over 10% of mums-to-be smoke during pregnancy
- 18 reasons why you should start the new year smoke free
- The evidence keeps piling up: e-cigarettes are definitely safer than smoking
- USA: Study shows e-cigarettes help smokers quit
- Tunisia launches ‘Yakfi’ quit smoking campaign
- China: Study shows cigarette smoking during pregnancy linked to ADHD risk in offspring
Nottingham: Sale of illegal cigarettes directly linked to ‘organised crime’
Trading Standards officials have said the sale of illegal and counterfeit cigarettes around the city is directly linked to organise crime. This comes after 15 shops were caught selling the products in the last year.
Latest figures show that 200,194 illegal cigarettes and 27,747kg of illicit hand rolling tobacco have been seized in five years since the launch of a targeted operation. Jane Bailey, Trading Standards manager at Nottingham City Council, said: “It’s a very well-organised network of distribution and sales. It’s very well embedded in organised crime.”
Source: Nottingham Post, 29 December 2017
North East charity urges people to quit smoking this New Year after shocking figures show over 100 people a day are admitted to Hospital
New figures released in time for New Year reveal the shocking toll smoking causes on health and the NHS, with 104 patients admitted every day and over 38,000 a year to North East hospitals as a result of smoking-related illnesses.
Public health charity Fresh and North East chest physician Dr Robert Allcock are now urging the North East’s 390,000 smokers to give quitting another try this New Year.
Ailsa Rutter, Director of Fresh, said: “People are often shocked when they find out the poisons that go into the bloodstream when you light a cigarette. The good news is that no matter how long you’ve smoked, quitting at any age reduces your chances of developing cancer, heart and lung disease and other serious smoking related illnesses. No matter how many times you have tried to quit, it is always worth trying again and make this time the one you quit for good.”
Source: Metro Radio, 2 January 2017
Cigarette fire caused £10k of damage to Bishop Auckland Football Club’s ground
A football club which had thousands of pounds of damage caused to its ground after a discarded cigarette caused a fire has used the incident to improve safety measures at the stadium.
The emergency procedures at Bishop Auckland Football Club went like clockwork when a fire broke out in the ladies toilets during a match at Heritage Park. And following a review of the incident, club officials took the opportunity to work with fire safety officers tighten up its emergency plan.
Source: The Northern Echo, 1 January 2018
Cambridgeshire: Over 10% of mums-to-be smoke during pregnancy
More than 1 in 10 women in Cambridgeshire smoked during pregnancy, according to NHS figures.
Dr Liz Robin, director of public health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Since April, 230 referrals were made to the stop smoking service and, of these, 50 people began the nationally recognised standard treatment programme including one-to-one support, regular carbon monoxide testing and nicotine replacement therapy medication on prescription, and 70% have successfully become non-smokers while pregnant.
“Stopping smoking in pregnancy is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. Our public health team is working together with our commissioned stop smoking service CAMQUIT, local maternity leads and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to reduce smoking during pregnancy.
“This includes carbon monoxide screening as part of the maternity booking appointments, advice about the dangers of smoking and referral to stop smoking services who then provide free support.”
Source: Cambridge Independent, 30 December 2017
18 reasons why you should start the new year smoke free
There really is no time like the present to quit smoking. For those contemplating whether to quit or who simply need that extra dose of motivation to stay on track, here are 18 great reasons to stop smoking in 2018.
Source: Bristol Post, 1 January 2018
The evidence keeps piling up: e-cigarettes are definitely safer than smoking
Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy at the University of Stirling and Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, writes an op-ed discussing that although not harmless, the evidence is clear that vaping is much safer than smoking:
“In the past year, more than any other, the evidence that using an e-cigarette is far safer than smoking has continued to accumulate.
E-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking because they don’t contain tobacco. Inhaling burnt tobacco – but also chewing it – is hugely damaging to human health. Remove the tobacco and the combustion and it is hardly surprising that risk is reduced. That doesn’t mean e-cigarettes are harmless. But it does mean that we can be relatively confident that switching from smoking to vaping will have health benefits.”
Source: The Guardian, 29 December 2017
USA: Study shows e-cigarettes help smokers quit
A recent study led by a Hollings Cancer Center researcher found that smokers who are willing to use e-cigarettes tend to smoke less and have increased quit attempts. In the pilot study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, e-cigarettes were evaluated in terms of usage, product preference, changes in smoking behaviors and nicotine exposure.
Of the two e-cigarette models used in the study, the more powerful device, with a higher dose of nicotine, showed stronger outcomes. People using e-cigarettes throughout the study smoked an average of 37 percent fewer cigarettes, showing a positive effect when making the switch and potentially serving as a tool to help smokers quit.
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention: A Naturalistic, Randomized Pilot Trial of E-Cigarettes: Uptake, Exposure, and Behavioral Effects
Source: Medical Xpress, 29 December 2017
Tunisia launches ‘Yakfi’ quit smoking campaign
The Ministry of Public Health in Tunisia has re-launched a programme which it hopes will encourage its citizens to stop smoking.
First launched in 2016, the “Yakfi” campaign comes as part of the cooperation between the Ministry of Public Health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
As part of “Yakfi”, the Arabic words for “enough”, a free phone number has been issued to help support those wishing to quit smoking.
Source: Middle East Monitor, 22 December 2017
China: Study shows cigarette smoking during pregnancy linked to ADHD risk in offspring
Children born to women who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy, especially when mothers are heavy smokers, are at an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new review of medical studies shows.
As reported in Pediatrics, Dr. Dezhi Mu and colleagues at West China Second University Hospital analyzed 20 studies published between 1998 and 2017 that looked at the potential role of smoking during pregnancy and the risk of ADHD in offspring. Altogether, the studies involved nearly 3 million people in Europe, Brazil, Japan, Australia and the U.S.
Pediatrics: Maternal Smoking and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Offspring: A Meta-analysis
Source: Reuters, 22 December 2017
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