ASH Daily News 16 March 2018



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  • Rochdale pledge to tackle smoking
  • Report finds higher rates of smoking in pregnancy in the south-west
  • Is vaping when pregnant harmful to your baby? Know the facts
  • Hackney Council agrees to £4 million deal to combine stop smoking services
  • Blackburn with Darwen Council officers in record illegal tobacco seizure

International

  • USA: FDA begins anti-smoking push to cut nicotine in cigarettes

Link of the Week

  • Smoking inequalities in England, 2016

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Rochdale pledge to tackle smoking

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group has become the latest organisation to sign the NHS Smokefree Pledge. Rochdale Council has also shown its support. The Pledge fits in with Greater Manchester’s radical ambition to become the first tobacco-free city in the UK.

Source: Rochdale Online, 15 March 2018

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Report finds higher rates of smoking in pregnancy in the south-west

More than one in ten mums-to-be in the south-west are risking premature birth, cot death, breathing and heart complications in their babies by continuing to smoke during pregnancy, a report has revealed.

NHS statistics released to coincide with National No Smoking Day show that more than 5,000 women – equating to 11.3 percent of mums in the south-west, slightly above the national average of 10.7 percent. While these figures have been steadily declining in recent years, there is some way to go to reach the target of six percent set out in the Tobacco Control Plan for England.

Source: Bournemouth Echo, 15 March 2018

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Is vaping when pregnant harmful to your baby? Know the facts

The Daily Record tries to untangle myth from reality when it comes to vaping during pregnancy. The article reminds readers that e-cigarettes do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the main toxins found in cigarette smoke.

The article concludes that if possible, you should avoid smoking and vaping completely during pregnancy, but if an e-cigarette helps you to stop smoking it is much safer than continuing to smoke.

Source: Daily Record, 14 March 2018

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Hackney Council agrees £4 million deal to combine stop smoking services

Hackney Council is set to sign a £4 million deal to combine all its stop smoking services under one roof, a move the borough’s health chief says will help residents quit the habit. Around 19.6 percent of Hackney residents are smokers – around 43,000 people, based on the 2016 Annual Population Survey.

The contract will run over five years and the service will target high-risk groups and high prevalence communities, while also providing a service to those who need it.

Source: Hackney Citizen, 15 March 2018

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Blackburn with Darwen Council officers in record illegal tobacco seizure

Blackburn with Darwen Council trading standards officers, supported by police, have confiscated more than £100,000 worth of contraband in a series of co-ordinated raids. They seized 215,000 illegal cigarettes, 25 kilograms of rolling tobacco and a quantity of shisha and chewing tobacco.

Specially trained sniffer dogs helped the trading standards officers find the illicit tobacco.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, 16 March 2018

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International
USA: FDA begins anti-smoking push to cut nicotine in cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the first step in a sweeping anti-smoking plan to drastically cut nicotine levels in an attempt to make them less addictive. It has now published its formal notice to begin regulating nicotine. They gained permission to regulate ingredients in cigarettes and other tobacco products in 2009, but their efforts have been hampered for years by Big Tobacco.

They estimate their plan could push smoking rates to as low as one percent.

Source: Business Insider, 15 March 2018

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Link of the Week
Smoking inequalities in England, 2016

The Office for National Statistics has just published new data on Smoking Inequalities in England. The dataset contains tables on the proportion of current smokers by sex and deciles of area deprivation, distribution of current smokers across national deciles of area deprivation by sex, and the likelihood of smoking across several domains of smoking inequality.

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