ASH Daily News 19 September 2017



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UK

  • One million Brits blighted by avoidable sight loss
  • Residents evacuated after fire in Purley flat ’caused by disposed cigarette’
  • Wales: New plan to stub out smoking

International

  • United States: HIV sufferers who smoke are more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV itself
  • EU: Tobacco price rises may help reduce infant mortality

UK
One million Brits blighted by avoidable sight loss

Eye health experts warn that a million people in the UK are living with avoidable sight loss severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives. This number is forecast to rise by a third by 2030.

Research published in the British Medical Journal reveals as many as one in five cases of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the UK’s leading cause of blindness, are caused by tobacco consumption. Making smoking directly responsible for around 120,000 cases of AMD in Britain today.

Source: The Voice, 19 September 2017

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Residents evacuated after fire in Purley flat ’caused by disposed cigarette’

Fire crews battled a flat blaze believed to have been caused by a cigarette in Purley Sunday evening. Twelve people had t be evacuated from the semi-detached three floor building. This is a reminder for people to be careful disposing of cigarettes.

Source: Croydon Advertiser, 18 September 2017

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Wales: New plan to stub out smoking

A new plan to reduce the number of smokers in Wales to 16% by 2020 has been launched by the Welsh Government.

The new three-year Tobacco Control Delivery Plan will build on the progress already made following the first 10 years of the smoking ban in Wales.
Actions in the new plan include;
Introducing a statutory ban on smoking in hospital grounds, school grounds, public playgrounds and outdoor care settings for children by summer 2019;
Helping more smokers to quit by encouraging the use of integrated smoking cessation services;
Strengthening referral pathways to smoking cessation services, particularly for groups with high smoking prevalence.

Source: The Wave, 19 September 2017

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International
United States: HIV sufferers who smoke are more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV itself

People with HIV who smoke cigarettes are 10 times more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV, a study has found. More than 40% of people living with HIV in the United States smoke, compared with 15% of the general adult population.

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital who conducted the study say that lung cancer prevention through smoking cessation should be a priority in the care of people living with HIV.

See Also:
Reuters: Smokers with HIV face higher risk from lung cancer than from AIDS

Source: Mail Online, 18 September 2017

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EU: Tobacco price rises may help reduce infant mortality

Researchers from Imperial College London have found an association between infant mortality rates and the differences in costs between higher and lower priced cigarettes. The authors say that eliminating budget cigarettes from the market may help to reduce infant deaths globally.

According to the results, increases in the average price of cigarettes were associated with reductions in infant mortality. A one Euro increase per pack in the average cigarette price was associated with 0.23 fewer deaths per 1,000 live births in the same year, and an additional 0.16 fewer deaths per 1,000 live births in the following year.

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JAMA Pediatrics: Association of Cigarette Price Differentials With Infant Mortality in 23 European Union Countries

Source: Imperial College London News, 15 September 2017

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