ASH Daily News 10 October 2017



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UK

  • New ashtray ballot boxes use cigarette butts to vote
  • Northern Ireland: Drop in clinic taking place in Derry to help people quit smoking
  • Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham backs Stoptober campaign

International

  • Ireland: Raising legal age to 21 ‘would deter teenage smokers’
  • USA: Study shows thirdhand smoke damages mice brain and liver

 

UK

New ashtray ballot boxes use cigarette butts to vote

Ballot bins where you vote with a cigarette butt on topical issues could soon be installed in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area.

The scourge of cigarette butts littering pavements across the borough has been a constant battle for the local council. Various measures including large fines have been introduced and it is hope these new ‘ballot bins’ will be a fun way to remove some of the litter. Results have shown the ballot bin can reduce cigarette butt litter by 46%.

Source: Lurgan Mail, 9 October 2017
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Northern Ireland: Drop in clinic taking place in Derry to help people quit smoking

A number of new drop in clinics are available across the Western Trust area to help people stop smoking.

The drop in clinics provide a free and flexible service available to those who wish to stop smoking. Specialist Nurses at the clinics provide help, support and advice along with Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Source: Derry Now, 9 October 2017
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Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham backs Stoptober campaign

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, supports the ‘Stoptober’ smoking cessation campaign, which hopes to spur smokers across the United Kingdom to quit smoking for good.

19.9% of adults in Manchester smoke. Mayor Burnham seemed optimistic when discussing the overall decline in smoking across Greater Manchester, saying: “The latest success rate shows that advances in support and a stronger anti-smoking culture are leading to more people successfully stopping smoking.”

Source: Mancunion, 9 October 2017
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International

Ireland: Raising legal age to 21 ‘would deter teenage smokers’

Increasing the legal smoking age from 16 to 18 had a “significant positive impact” on reducing smoking among young teenagers in Ireland, according to a study conducted by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

The report suggests that increasing the minimum legal age further could “potentially” reduce the prevalence of smoking among older teenagers.

The research looked at smoking among 14- and 15-year-olds before and after 2001, when Ireland’s minimum legal age for buying cigarettes was increased from 16 to 18.

See More:
ESRI: Do youth access control policies stop young people smoking? Evidence from Ireland

Source: The Times, 8 October 2017
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USA: Study shows thirdhand smoke damages mice brain and liver

Thirdhand smoke is shown to have an impact on the health of mice, according to a new study from University of California Riverside. Resaerchers looked at the impact of exposure to toxins that linger on carpeting, furniture, bedding, clothing, skin, and hair.

For six months, they exposed mice to the carcinogens. Within one month of exposure to third-hand smoke (THS), the researchers began detecting harmful effects on the mice that continued to increase for the duration of the study.

See More:
Clinical Science: Biomarkers of disease can be detected in mice as early as 4 weeks after initiation of exposure to third-hand smoke levels equivalent to those found in homes of smokers

Source: Press From, 9 October 2017
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