ASH Daily News 11 December 2017



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UK

  • Surgeon says that smoking a month before or after a breast augmentation could cause complications
  • An effective way to quit smoking with support from your pharmacist
  • Scotland: Crackdown on adults buying kids cigarettes in Dumbarton and the Vale

International

  • USA: Kent bans smoking and vaping at all city parks
  • USA: Study shows trust in E-cigarette safety varies by source of messaging
  • USA: Study shows less than half of the world’s biggest airports have a smokefree policy
  • Middle East: Cigarettes seen as symbol of liberty from IS
  • Bangladesh: Children bear the brunt of secondhand smoke

UK

Surgeon says that smoking a month before or after a breast augmentation could cause complications

According to plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn, smoking just one month before or after a breast augmentation can make your nipples turn black and fall off.

This happens because the carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke constricts the blood vessels. If blood vessels are constricted and a surgery is underway where the blood supply is significantly altered (breast augmentation, face lifts, and tummy tucks, for example), this poses a massive risk. If the blood flow to a particular body part is massively reduced or cut off, that body part dies, turning purple, then black, then falling off. Smokers’ bodies aren’t healthy enough to respond to this and fix it.

Source: Metro, 9 December 2017
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An effective way to quit smoking with support from your pharmacist

Figures from Public Health England show that since the July 2007 ban on smoking in public places the number of deaths from smoking-related heart disease has fallen by 20.8%. Although the number of smokers in the UK has fallen, smoking is still the UK’s biggest cause of ill health.

NHS stop smoking support clinics, GPs and community pharmacists have also helped to achieve this impressive result. Pharmacists in the high street are readily available, keen to help you quit and have a range of nicotine replacement options at hand. This article details some of the ways they can help.

Source: Net Doctor, 8 December 2017
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Scotland: Crackdown on adults buying kids cigarettes in Dumbarton and the Vale

A campaign has been launched aimed at stamping out adults buying cigarettes for children in Dumbarton and the Vale. It aims to protect children from developing addiction, ill health and financial problems which are often started by adults giving them tobacco.

West Dunbartonshire Trading Standards is throwing its weight behind the national campaign, developed by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland, with Scottish Government funding and strong support from Trading Standards representatives.

Source: Dumbarton Reporter, 8 December 2017
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International

USA: Kent bans smoking and vaping at all city parks

Kent, in Washington State, has become the 5th city in King County to enact a smoking ban in all parks. The five cities include Bothell, Burien, Shoreline and Woodinville.

If the product emits smoke, or vapor, or contains tobacco, it is prohibited under the new ordinance.

Source: Newsy UK, 8 December 2017
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USA: Study shows trust in E-cigarette safety varies by source of messaging

Public health messaging about the safety of e-cigarettes needs to account for the worldviews of the target audience, with different groups displaying varying levels of trust depending on the source of the message, according to a recent study by the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

Researchers assessed cultural worldviews along two dimensions: hierarchy-egalitarianism (attitudes toward authority and power) and individualism-communitarianism (focus on self-reliance or responsibility to a larger group) of more than 5,000 people who reported an awareness of electronic nicotine devices, which include e-cigarettes.

While people tended to trust health sources, but not tobacco or vapor company sources, the researchers found those with individualistic and hierarchical worldviews “were less trusting of health experts, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and were more trusting of tobacco and vapor manufacturers.”

Source: Medical Xpress, 8 December 2017
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USA: Study shows less than half of the world’s biggest airports have a smokefree policy

The study by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has looked into the smoking policy at the 50 biggest airports. It found that 54% permitted smoking in designated areas, a set up which the centre has said is still detrimental to both employee and passenger health.

Source: International Airport Review, 8 December 2017
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Middle East: Cigarettes seen as symbol of liberty from IS

Cigarettes and smoking have become linked to the demise of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed territorial holdings. Raqqa, in Syria, is freed from IS and residents now can smoke without fear of fines, flogging, or worse.

It raises critical questions for smokers and policymakers across the Arab world. How did cigarettes become the symbol of liberty, and how much damage is tobacco doing to the region?

Source: The New Arab, 8 December 2017
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Bangladesh: Children bear the brunt of secondhand smoke

Researchers say there is an urgent need for action after 95% of children from 12 primary schools in Dhaka tested positive for recent secondhand smoke exposure.

The study, which involved collaboration with the University of Dhaka, is the first to report on biochemically validated secondhand smoke exposure among children in a low and middle-income country.

Source: Medical Xpress, 8 December 2017
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