ASH Daily News 12 May 2017



  • Cutting smoking rates could save the NHS £67 million a year
  • Leaked Labour manifesto includes a commitment to publish new Tobacco Control Plan
  • British Medical Association warns NHS public health cuts could impact long-term medical conditions
  • Wales: The Help Me Quit campaign from NHS Wales is helping smokers access support services

 

Cutting smoking rates could prevent 100,000 new cases of smoking related disease

Researchers at the UK Health Forum, commissioned by Cancer Research UK, examined the health and economic impact of the UK becoming ‘tobacco-free’ – where less than 5% of the population smoke.

The study predicts that achieving this target would avoid nearly 100,000 new cases of smoking-related disease including 35,900 cancers over 20 years.

The research has been published ahead of the General Election and both organisations are calling for a new government should prioritise publication of a new Tobacco Control Plan.

See also:
BMJ: Modelling the implications of reducing smoking prevalence: the public health and economic benefits of achieving a ‘tobacco-free’ UK
Express: Quit smoking to save the NHS
Times Series: Call for bold targets to save ‘thousands of lives’ and NHS money lost to tobacco

Source: Medical Xpress, 11th May 2017
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Leaked Labour manifesto includes a commitment to publish new Tobacco Control Plan

The plan states: “Labour will implement a Tobacco Control Plan, focussing on issues of mental health and children smokers, along with groups in society, such as BAME and LGBT communities, with high prevalence of the use of tobacco products.”

Source: The Spectator, 11th May 2017
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British Medical Association warns NHS public health cuts could impact long-term medical conditions

The British Medical Association (BMA) claims the NHS is at “breaking point” because of unhealthy lifestyles, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes and cuts to health budgets.

A survey of medical professionals suggested that 62% of doctors have experienced financial cuts in the last year.

BMA chairman Dr Mark Porter said: “When it comes to public health, the UK is going backwards. Prevention is better than cure and cuts to public health have a damaging impact on individuals’ health and wellbeing, and end up costing the NHS more in the long term.”

Source: Diabetes, 11th May 2017
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Wales: The Help Me Quit campaign from NHS Wales is helping smokers access support services

NHS Wales has launched Help Me Quit to increase awareness of the range of expert stop smoking help that is available and show that it’s OK to get that extra boost to become smokefree.

Results from the Welsh Health Survey 2015 show that 68% of the roughly 492,000 smokers in Wales would like to stop smoking – that’s 335,000 people.

For thousands of people across Wales, smoking has become a habit too hard to quit without help and support, and the NHS is committed to offering the very best support for each and every smoker wanting to quit.

Source: Wales Online, 11th May 2017
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