ASH Daily News 11 May 2017



  • ASH Wales comments on calls for smokefree social housing in Wales
  • The Royal Society for Public Health is calling for a smoking ban for outdoor public areas
  • Quit-smoking drug safe for lung disease patients
  • Warwickshire: Smokers fined for littering Nuneaton town centre streets
  • Warwickshire: Leamington shop owner prosecuted for selling counterfeit cigarettes to children
  • Germany: Women in East Germany will be more likely to die from smoking than those in West Germany

 

ASH Wales comments on calls for smokefree social housing in Wales

The health charity ASH Wales has supported calls for smokefree social housing in Wales. Suzanne Cass, Chief Executive of ASH Wales, says “Support here is key. We know 68% of smokers want to quit and smoking is the biggest driver of health inequalities in Wales.We need a nationwide plan of action to encourage social landlords to develop strategies to promote healthier living specifically around smoking. We also need to ensure we have adequate stop smoking services to support those who want to quit.”

The President of the Faculty of Public Health, Professor John Middleton, is calling for new social housing tenants to sign an agreement not to light up inside their home. Under the new plans only new tenants would be asked to sign up to a voluntary ban aimed at protecting children. However, some social housing providers have expressed concerns.

Ian Munro, chief executive of New Charter Group, said: “I’m fully in tune with the sentiments; smoking is a huge health hazard. But to actually expect social landlords to police what people do in their own homes to that degree is a step too far. It’s not a deliverable ask.”

Ruth Cooke, chief executive of Birmingham-based landlord Midland Heart, said “I understand all the public health arguments for trying to stop people smoking, I’m just not convinced this is the best way to achieve it. You end up balancing two different problems of health. If people don’t move into social housing because they feel they aren’t able to give up smoking then is that potentially more of a health risk?”

Editorial note: ASH has released a statement on the issue: “The majority of people who live in social housing do not smoke and many of those who do act responsibly and take their smoke outside. We’d like to see social landlords do more to create healthy environments that promote quitting smoking and encourage people not to expose others to secondhand smoke. Looking at new housing and setting some aside for smokefree tenancies seems like a sensible suggestion and it would be great to see landlords adopt this as part of wider approach.”

See also: Sector bosses warn against social housing smoking ban

Source: ITV, 10th May 2017
Read Article

 

The Royal Society for Public Health is calling for a smoking ban for outdoor public areas

Exclusion zones should stop smokers lighting up in parks, pub and restaurant gardens, at public events and shopping areas, according to health experts.

Doing so could encourage one in three smokers to switch to e-cigarettes, experts at the Royal Society for Public Health predicted. They are calling on the next Government to put the ban and other health measures at the forefront of their manifesto ahead of General Election.

Source: The Sun, 10th May 2017
Read Article

 
Quit-smoking drug safe for lung disease patients

Medication that helps smokers to quit is safe for use by people with chronic lung conditions, research suggests. Experts say smokers with smoking-related diseases should be prescribed the drug – Varenicline- to stop their illness from progressing.

Doctors have previously been reticent to give the drug to these patients because of reported links to heart disease and depression. Researchers say they found no evidence of such a link and that concerns are unwarranted.

Source: Medical Xpress, 10th May 2017
Read Article

 
Warwickshire: Smokers fined for littering Nuneaton town centre streets

Almost 200 fines have been handed out to smokers, for littering the streets of Nuneaton and Bedworth town centres. Latest figures have revealed that in the first three month of this year 196 people have been caught out by litter wardens.

Due to the high levels of smokers caught, the council wants to urge residents to be aware of the effects that litter has on the environment, on top of the impact on the streets of the borough and the thousands of pounds it costs the local authority to clean it up.

Source: Nuneaton News, 10th May 2017
Read Article

 
Warwickshire: Leamington shop owner prosecuted for selling counterfeit cigarettes to children

The owner of International Mini Market in High Street has been successfully prosecuted after an investigation by Warwickshire County Council trading standards officers.

Janet Faulkner, head of Warwickshire trading standards service said: “Not only was our child volunteer sold cigarettes, which is bad enough, they were also sold counterfeits at pocket money prices. We know that most adult smokers begin smoking as children and when cigarettes are sold cheaply, whether they are fake or genuine, this makes it easier for children to obtain them and take up the habit.

“Warwickshire trading standards will continue to carry out these important enforcement exercises to protect the health of Warwickshire’s children and young people.”

Source: The Courier, 10th May 2017
Read Article

 
Germany: Women in East Germany will be more likely to die from smoking than those in West Germany

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock found that East German women are running the risk of an unforeseen increase in deaths through smoking. According to the calculations, rates for deaths from lung cancer, which is a very strong indicator for the effect of smoking, will rise continuously for East German women aged 50 and older.

Due to a dramatic increase in the number of young East German women smoking after reunification, their death rates are forecasted to exceed those in the West within the next few decades. The deadly trend is hidden beneath a currently favorable trend in life expectancy.

Source: Medical Xpress, 10th May 2017
Read Article