ASH Daily News 17 May 2017



  • New director of Public Health in Portsmouth wants to ‘design healthier city’
  • London: Cigarette causes fire in Vauxhall tower block
  • Wales: Welsh Assembly votes through health and wellbeing bill
  • Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to fund $5m public health projects in 40 cities worldwide
  • USA: New study finds inequities in coverage of smokefree space policies

 

New director of Public Health in Portsmouth wants to ‘design healthier city’

Dr Jason Horsley has unveiled his plans to make the city healthier.

He says tackling smoking, fitness and what the public are eating are his main focus. “Smoking is still the biggest cause of people dying young. Continuing to work with smokers is important and we are also working with other organisations. We are trying to encourage the hospitals in the city to go smokefree but we are also looking at the reasons people may start smoking in the first place.”

Source: The News, 16th May 2017
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London: Cigarette causes fire in Vauxhall tower block

More than 80 people had to flee and seven had to be led to safety when a fire started near the top floor of a tower block.

The fire is believed to have been accidentally caused after smoking materials came into contact with a mattress and bedding.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “If you are a smoker you should never smoke in bed. It is also vital that you take extra care and ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it. If you don’t, you risk causing a fire which could not only destroy your home, but also cost you your life.”

Source: London News Online, 15th May 2017
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Wales: Welsh Assembly votes through health and wellbeing bill

Welsh Assembly members have unanimously voted to introduce new measures designed to “improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales”, including extending smokefree areas.

Labour AM and minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans said this was a “landmark day for public health in Wales”.

The Bill aims to protect young people’s health by banning smoking in school grounds, public playgrounds, and the outdoor areas of registered childcare settings, as well as in hospital grounds.

A register of businesses selling tobacco and nicotine products, including rolling papers, will be created and the new law makes it an offence for anyone to hand over nicotine or tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18.

Source: Ikley Gazette, 16th May 2017
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Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to fund $5m public health projects in 40 cities worldwide

Bloomberg’s offer, taken up by about 40 cities so far and officially launched on Tuesday, is $5 million in assistance from Bloomberg Philanthropies as well as technical support for cities that choose to focus on one of 10 healthy lifestyle issues, including curbing sugary drink consumption, air pollution, promoting exercise and and bans on smoking.

The cities to take up the offer range from Melbourne in Australia to Cali and Medellin in Colombia, Accra in Ghana, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Khatmandu in Nepal and Kampala in Uganda.

Source: The Guardian, 16th May 2017
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USA: New study finds inequities in coverage of smokefree space policies

In a new study published in BMC, significant differences in smokefree policy coverage were found based on ethnicity, region, income, and education. Coverage was lower for jurisdictions with higher proportions of poor households, households with no high school diploma, and the Southeast region. Increased ethnic heterogeneity was found to be a significant predictor of coverage in indoor “public spaces generally.” Children had a low level of protection in playgrounds and schools, and these spaces were found to be covered at lower rates than indoor spaces.

Disparities in smokefree space policies have potential to exacerbate existing health inequities. A national increase in smokefree policies to protect children in playgrounds and schools is a crucial intervention to reduce such inequities.

Source: BMC Public Health, 16th May 2017
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