ASH Daily News 17 July 2017



  • Scotland: Target date to be set for smokefree prisons
  • Scotland: Greenock campus grounds to go smokefree
  • East of England: Winning poster for smokefree park initiative unveiled
  • Ten years of smokefree legislation in Somerset
  • USA: A promising decline in teen smoking

 

Scotland: Target date to be set for smokefree prisons

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is set to reveal the target date for Scotland’s prisons becoming smokefree.

The date will be announced at the launch of a major report into prison workers’ exposure to secondhand smoke. The large scale Tobacco in Prison Study (TIPS) was led by the University of Glasgow, with input from the University of Aberdeen. It is expected to show high levels of secondhand smoke in parts of some prisons.

A survey by the Scottish Prison Service in 2015 found that 72% of those in custody smoked – more than three times the rate of the general population.

Source: BBC, 17 July 2017

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Scotland: Greenock campus grounds to go smokefree

Smoking is to be banned in the grounds of West College Scotland campuses in Greenock from next month.

The entire college – which also has sites in Paisley and Clydebank – is going smokefree from 1 August. The Greenock campuses are at Finnart Street and the Waterfront.

The decision to introduce a complete ban was made unanimously by a working group set up by the college’s health and safety committee and backed by management. The group included staff and students, smokers and non-smokers.

Source: Inverclyde Now, 15 July 2017

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East of England: Winning poster for smokefree park initiative unveiled

A pupil has won a poster design competition to promote parks being smokefree zones. The contest was open to children across Hertsmere to encourage a voluntary smoking ban on all Hertsmere Borough Council parks. Stickers will also be going up encouraging visitors not to smoke when in and around play areas.

The initiative to stop people smoking in places where children may be affected is run by Hertsmere Health and Wellbeing Partnership and NHS Hertfordshire. Children have a greater risk of asthma, meningitis, respiratory conditions like bronchitis, coughs and colds, and cot death.

Source: Times Series, 14 July 2017

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Ten years of smokefree legislation in Somerset

This month marks ten years since England decided to put a ban on smoking in indoor public places. Figures suggest that there are around 230,000 fewer smokers in the South West since the ban came into place.

ASH director of policy, Hazel Cheeseman, said: “Smoking prevalence is at an all-time low in the South West at 13.9 per cent but smoking remains the leading cause of preventable premature death, responsible for half the difference in life expectancy between the rich and the poor. Much more needs to be done to reduce health inequalities so that no-one is left behind. The Smokefree England survey shows there is strong support for more action to tackle the harm caused by tobacco.”

Source: Chard and Ilminster News, 14 July 2017

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USA: A promising decline in teen smoking

Amid the nationwide furore over the Senate draft health-care bill, a public-health victory has gone mostly unnoticed. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the estimated number of middle and high school students who are tobacco users dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016.

The downturn is a success for advocates and officials who have worked to curb teen tobacco use — but it should not be heralded as the end of the road.

Teenage smoking has long been one of the most serious public-health issues. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and 9 in 10 American smokers had their first taste of tobacco before the age of 18.

Source: Washington Post, 16 July 2017

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