ASH Daily News 19 June 2017



  • Number of people smoking in North-East hits record low
  • New campaign to help children ‘poisoned’ by secondhand smoke launched in County Durham
  • Study shows children exposed to passive smoking have risk of arthritis
  • Worldwide more than 10% of young teens are smokers
  • Nigeria: Federal Government launches campaign to ban smoking in public places
  • Jordan begins anti-smoking campaign

 

Number of people smoking in North-East hits record low

Smoking rates among adults in the North East fell from 18.7% in 2015 to 17.2% last year, NHS Digital said. There was also a slight fall in smoking rates during pregnancy, from 16.7% to 16%.

In 2005, 29% of adults in the North-East were smokers and the rates have been gradually falling over the last decade, but are still higher than the national average.

The largest decline was among young people with smoking rates having fallen among 18-24 year olds by 6.5% since 2010.

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, the North-East’s regional tobacco control office, said many thousands of lives were likely to be saved from the reductions. “The region has come a long way in the last decade with more families than ever making smoking history.”

Source: The Northern Echo, 18 June 2017
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New campaign to help children ‘poisoned’ by secondhand smoke launched in County Durham

More than 10,000 children in County Durham are still being exposed to toxic secondhand smoke in the home, new figures have revealed.

Fresh, the North-East’s regional tobacco control office has revealed at least one in ten of the county’s children – of which there were 100,200 in 2013 – face having to inhale the toxic fumes on a daily basis.They have launched the “Secondhand Smoke is Poison” campaign, which is being supported by the British Lung Foundation.

The campaign warns that smoking in the home exposes everyone, not just smokers, to harmful levels of toxic chemicals such as carbon monoxide, benzene and cyanide, which creep from room to room and can linger for up to five hours.

Source: The Northern Echo, 19 June 2017
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Study shows children exposed to passive smoking have risk of arthritis

Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at a significant risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) later in life, a new study presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Spain warns.

“Our study highlights the importance of avoiding any tobacco environment in children, especially in those with a family history of RA,” said Professor Raphaele Seror from University Hospitals of South Paris in France.

Source: Business Standard, 17 June 2017
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Worldwide more than 10% of young teens are smokers

Roughly 11% of youth aged 13 to 15 around the world use tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars, a global survey of students suggests.

Tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable death and serious illness, killing an estimated 6 million people each year, and most smokers take up the habit in their teens.

For the current study, researchers examined data from surveys of teens in 61 countries conducted from 2012 to 2015. Half of nations had a smoking rate of at least 15% for boys and at least 8% for girls, they found.

“Smoking has been shown to harm nearly every organ of the body, and science shows that most adult smokers first start smoking during adolescence,” said lead study author Rene Arrazola of the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Current Tobacco Smoking and Desire to Quit Smoking Among Students Aged 13–15 Years — Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 61 Countries, 2012–2015

Source: Reuters, 16 June 2017
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Nigeria: Federal Government launches campaign to ban smoking in public places

The Federal Government has launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places including motor parks, shopping malls and health care centres, adding that the offenders were liable to a fine of at least N50,000 (about £124) and/or six months’ imprisonment.

A Government statement says: “The World Health Organisation estimates that worldwide, second-hand tobacco smoke is currently responsible for the deaths of about 600,000 people yearly, 80% of which occur in low-income and middle-income countries like Nigeria.

The Federal Ministry of Health is committed to the fight to ensure a tobacco-free Nigeria, and will in the weeks and months ahead actively collaborate with law enforcement agencies to ensure enforcement of the Act, and with the National Assembly to ensure that necessary supporting regulation is passed.”

Source: Nigerian Watch, 17 June 2017
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Jordan begins anti-smoking campaign

Statistics from the Directorate of Awareness and Health Education at the Ministry of Health show smoking has been linked to thousands of deaths in Jordan every year. The statistics have been released to coincide with the launch of a nationwide anti-smoking campaign.

The campaign banning smoking in public places mainly targets young Jordanians with a special focus on school and university students, almost 50% of whom are smokers, in a country where 29% of the adult population smokes. It is promoted with support from the World Health Organisation and civil society organisations.

Source: Middle East Online, 18 June 2017
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