ASH Daily News 13 April 2018



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  • Opinion: It makes sense to get healthy and lose weight before an operation

International

  • USA: Tobacco use data supports efforts to reduce cancer burden
  • USA: Opening statements begin Bethel tobacco trial
  • Solomon Islands: Government considers licensing second tobacco manufacturer
  • Australia: Doctors have ethical obligation to consider e-cigarette use for patients

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  • New video dispels passive vaping myths

 

UK

Opinion: It makes sense to get healthy and lose weight before an operation

Writing in the Mirror, Miriam Stoppard discusses why she is in favour of the public health initiative that asks people who are obese or smoke to lose weight and quit ­smoking before they can have surgery.

Both doctors and the NHS need to ensure patients are in optimal health before having an operation in order to cut the risks of surgery. To my mind it’s preventive medicine at its best.

Patients in better health will benefit most from surgery. Plus complications will be fewer, hospital stays shorter, recovery faster. It will save money for our cash-strapped NHS too. In fact it will free up funds for urgent cases.

Unlike critics of this scheme I don’t think it denies patients their right to treatment, it just means treatment doesn’t fall in the expected timeframe.

Source: Mirror, 13 April 2018

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USA: Tobacco use data supports efforts to reduce cancer burden

The burden of tobacco-based cancers could be lessened by using tobacco use data collected from cancer registries, a study published in Cancer has shown.

Tobacco use is highly associated with cancer-related mortality, leading to worse outcomes among smokers with cancer. Data from cancer registries on tobacco use at diagnosis may assist in clarifying usage patterns and understanding how tobacco affects prognosis.

See also: Cancer: Capture of tobacco use among population-based registries: Findings from 10 National Program of Cancer Registries states

Source: Oncology Nurse Advisor, 12 April 2018

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USA: Opening statements begin Bethel tobacco trial

On Wednesday, Dolores Hunter vs. Phillip Morris USA went to trial for the third time in seven years. The trial could have wide-reaching implications for the tobacco company.

Dolores Hunter has been suing Phillip Morris for damages for years, following the death of her husband from lung cancer. Her attorney, Don Bauermeister, claimed the tobacco company deliberately misled smokers.

Source: Alaska Public Media, 12 April 2018

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Solomon Islands: Government considers licensing second tobacco manufacturer

A new tobacco manufacturing license could soon be approved by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, on behalf of the Government. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Dr Tenneth Dalipanda, said the new tobacco manufacturing applicant is Oceanic Oasis.

Source: SIBC, 13 April 2018

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Australia: Doctors have ethical obligation to consider e-cigarette use for patients

Growing evidence of the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a quitting aid means doctors should consider recommending them as a less harmful alternative for patients who have repeatedly failed to stop smoking tobacco with approved treatments, a new study by the Royal Australian College of Physicians concludes.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat and vapourise a liquid to deliver nicotine to reduce the urge to smoke. Their use replicates the habits and rituals of smoking without the harmful tar, carbon monoxide and other toxic chemicals from burning tobacco.

See also: Internal Medicine Journal of the Royal Australian College of Physicians: Electronic cigarettes in physician practice

Source: UNSW Sydney, 06 April 2018

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New video dispels passive vaping myths

A new animation produced by The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) in partnership with the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) debunks many of the myths associated with passive vaping.

‘Passive Vaping: A Guide for Parrots’ is a video which explores the incendiary headlines surrounding the supposed risks of being exposed to small quantities of nicotine, propyline glycol and e-liquid flavourings.

Source: NCSCT films, 12 April 2018

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