ASH Daily News 13 September 2017



UK

  • GPs ‘don’t bother persuading cancer patients to give up smoking’
  • Dorset: ‘Bin Your Butt’ campaign to be launched in Ferndown
  • Nottingham: Sniffer dogs help uncover thousands of illegal tobacco products in three-day blitz

International

  • Philip Morris pledges $1bn to stub out smoking around the world
  • New Zealand: Mother speaks out on implications of smoking during pregnancy

 

UK
GPs ‘don’t bother persuading cancer patients to give up smoking’

Despite quitters enjoying double the life expectancy, GPs are less likely to persuade cancer patients to give up smoking.

A study by Oxford University found family doctors were almost two times as likely to offer cessation advice to people diagnosed with coronary heart disease as they were to lung cancer patients. However, both of these are smoking-related conditions.

A related investigation found that lung cancer patients who quit upon diagnoses live for an average of nearly two years, compared to just over one if they carried on smoking. Fewer than 10% of lung cancer patients survive for five years.

See also:
The British Journal of Cancer: Smoking cessation and survival in lung, upper aero-digestive tract and bladder cancer: cohort study

Source: Telegraph, 13 September 2017

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Dorset: ‘Bin Your Butt’ campaign to be launched in Ferndown

A group of local organisations, charities and community groups who work together to reduce the social, economic and environmental impacts of litter – called Litter Free Dorset – is launching its ‘Bin Your Butt’ campaign in Ferndown this month.

The campaign is asking people to use appropriate street bins, wall-mounted cigarette bins or a portable ‘stubby bin’.

Source: Somerset Live, 12 September 2017
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Nottingham: Sniffer dogs help uncover thousands of illegal tobacco products in three-day blitz

Specially-trained sniffer dogs Yoyo, Scampi, and Binnie have managed to sniff out around 3,000 packets of stashed illegal tobacco products in a three-day operation across Nottingham.

The council said cardboard boxes and nylon bags were found containing large quantities of illegal cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco on which duty had not been paid.

Source: Nottingham Post, 12 September 2017
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International
Philip Morris pledges $1bn to stub out smoking around the world

Last week Philip Morris registered the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World as a US charitable organisation, with the stated aim of making grants on “how to best achieve a smoke-free world and advance the field of tobacco harm reduction”.

However, recent investigations have called attention to continued efforts to sell tobacco in developing countries, as well as lobbying to silence tobacco industry opponents and fight restrictions imposed by governments.

Professor Linda Bauld of Sterling University, and Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, said: “I’m very cautious. Amongst the transnational companies, PMI has been the most positive about harm reduction but it’s not going to happen quickly and it’s focused in the developed world. I’d prefer research completely independent from industry.”

Source: Financial Times, 13 September 2017
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New Zealand: Mother speaks out on implications of smoking during pregnancy

A woman who smoked while pregnant has spoken out after seeing the harm her habit caused her daughter. Just hours after her birth, her baby was hooked to a ventilator for her respiratory system after she struggled to breathe, and the placenta was ‘covered in small black spots’.

Despite trying to cut back on cigarettes, Dayna Allen says: “It does go to show you that even a little bit still has an impact.”

Every time a pregnant woman smokes a cigarette, it cuts down oxygen to her unborn baby and exposes the baby to a cocktail of chemicals, including chemicals that cause cancer.

Source: Daily Mail, 13 September 2017
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