ASH Daily News 14 September 2017



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  • E-cigarette science – is scaremongering hampering research opportunities?
  • Low-level radiation ‘less harmful than obesity and smoking’
  • Norfolk: Football clubs want smoke-free sidelines
  • Rochdale: Cricket club launches smokefree policy

International

  • China: Smoking remains a problem

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E-cigarette science – is scaremongering hampering research opportunities?

The disagreement about the opportunity presented by e-cigarettes is playing out in the media, meaning an unclear picture of e-cigarettes is being circulated, with some vapers feeling persecuted and people who have not yet tried to quit mistakenly believing that there’s no point in switching.

There is a risk that the current debate could be making it harder to do the very research needed to elucidate longer-term effects of e-cigarettes. The misinformation and scaremongering around vaping has reached the point where they’re opting out of the research entirely.

See More:
ASH: ASH Briefing on electronic cigarettes

Source: The Guardian, 13 September 2017

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Low-level radiation ‘less harmful than obesity and smoking’

Researchers investigated the relative risks of being exposed to low levels of radiation used in medicine, industry and the armed forces.

Professor Richard Wakeford, a member of the team from the University of Manchester’s Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, said: “We found the overall risk to human health from low-level exposure to radiation, such as getting a CT scan at the hospital, is very small, particularly when compared with the risks posed by modern life such as obesity, smoking and air pollution.”

See also:
Proceedings of the Royal Society: A restatement of the natural science evidence base concerning the health effects of low-level ionizing radiation

Source: Birmingham Mail, 13 September 2017

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Norfolk: Football clubs want smoke-free sidelines

A new initiative called #SmokefreeSidelines is being launched in Norfolk as the new youth football season kicks off.

The Norfolk Football Association and health groups are working with local football clubs with the aim of stopping spectators smoking at the sidelines of youth games and near playing areas.” This aims to de-normalise smoking and stops kids from taking up the habit.

Source: North Norfolk News, 14 September 2017

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Rochdale: Cricket club launches smokefree policy

Rochdale Sports Club has signed up to Rochdale Borough Council’s Smoke Free Sports scheme and will now enforce a no smoking policy at its junior training sessions and matches to set a good example for their players and promote healthy living.

The club on Bridgefold Road, Rochdale, launched its smoke free policy at its junior cricket presentation evening on Friday 8 September with stop smoking advisers on hand to help anyone wanting to quit.

Tony Harling, coach and club secretary, said: “I am really pleased that we have been able to implement the no smoking scheme at our club. It really does fit hand in glove with our existing safeguarding and protecting children policies.”

Source: North Norfolk News, 14 September 2017

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International
China: Smoking remains a problem

China is home to close to 300 million smokers, more than any other country; about half of men are regular smokers. However, there is a lack of national legislation to ban smoking in workplaces. The World Health Organization estimates that a complete nationwide ban on smoking in the country’s workplaces would reduce prevalence of smoking among Chinese men by 13 million, averting 6 million premature deaths.

Public health observers say that even though a national ban has been delayed — apparently because of the influence of the Chinese tobacco industry, which is a major source of government revenue — there has been a shift in attitudes, with greater opposition to smoking. This has been driven by successive public health campaigns highlighting the risks of secondhand smoke, and by individual cities launching legislation aimed at reducing smoking indoors.

Source: Financial Times, 13 September 2017

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