ASH Daily News 14 June 2017

  • Scotland: Drop in the number of smokers in Dundee
  • Brighton: Smokefree outdoor areas in Brighton and Hove restaurants and pubs proposed
  • America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t


Scotland: Drop in the number of smokers in Dundee

In Dundee, in all age groups apart from the over-65s, the number of smokers dropped between 2012 and 2015, according to statistics released by the Scottish Public Health Observatory.

In Dundee, among adults aged 35-64, the number of smokers dropped from 33.35% to 21.99% between 2012 and 2015. Overall, among adults in the city, 26.32% were smokers in 2015 — down from 32.45% in 2012.

Although there’s been a drop in the percentage of Dundonians classed as smokers, statistics show more people in the city smoke compared with the national average. NHS Tayside’s consultant in public health pharmacy, Andrew Radley, said there were a number of reasons why smoking numbers would be higher in Dundee. He said: ‘Smoking is strongly linked to socio-economic deprivation. In Tayside, the greatest numbers of smokers live in Dundee, which has some of the most socio-economically deprived areas in Scotland. We work intensively with the people of Dundee to support them in giving up smoking and to improve their health.’

Source: Evening Telegraph, 14 June 2017
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Brighton: Smokefree outdoor areas in restaurants and pubs proposed

Cafes, restaurants and pubs with outside eating areas will be asked to consider introducing voluntary smokefree areas outside.

The move follows a consultation run by the council in 2015 asking people for their views about smoking in public spaces outside.

A report due to be heard at Brighton and Hove’s health and wellbeing board tomorrow says work has started on a smokefree outdoor dining scheme in the city which businesses will be asked to sign up to. Unlike the national ban on smoking in public places indoors, there is no legislation to impose a ban on outdoor areas so any move by businesses would be voluntary.

Source: The Argus, 12 June 2017
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America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t

After decades of lawsuits, public campaigns and painful struggles, Americans have finally done what once seemed impossible: Most of the country has quit smoking, saving millions of lives and leading to massive reductions in cancer.

That is, unless those Americans are poor, uneducated or live in a rural area. Hidden among the steady declines in recent years is the stark reality that cigarettes are becoming a habit of the poor. The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15% of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger.

Among the nation’s less-educated people — those with a high-school-equivalency diploma — the smoking rate remains more than 40%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: Washington Post, 13 June 2017
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