ASH Daily News 21 November 2017



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UK

  • How can pharmacies reach smokers?
  • Changing polluting behaviors requires tobacco control tactics
  • Oldham: Firefighters remind residents of importance of smoke alarms after fire

International

  • USA: Vaping is less harmful than conventional smoking
  • Myanmar: Study finds all mouth cancer patients chew betel quid

 

UK

How can pharmacies reach smokers?

Several factors, including increased taxation, education, legislation and local smoking cessation services, have contributed to the marked fall in smoking since the 1970s. More recently, e-cigarettes have supported tobacco’s declining popularity.

With 7.6 million people estimated to still smoke in the UK, spending cuts by local councils are hitting stop smoking services hard. So how can pharmacies reach these smokers?

Source: Pharmacy Magazine, 20 November 2017
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Changing polluting behaviors requires tobacco control tactics

The Lancet, the leading British medical journal, published yet another major study showing that climate change is a growing health hazard.

The study revealed that hundreds of millions of people around the world are already suffering due to climate change. So what would happen if we treated climate change as a health problem rather than an environmental one? We can learn useful lessons from some successful public health campaigns to reduce smoking rates.

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The Lancet: The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health

Source: Medical Xpress, 20 November 2017
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Oldham: Firefighters remind residents of importance of smoke alarms after fire

Firefighters are reminding residents of the importance of smoke alarms after a fire in Oldham. Firefighters quickly extinguished the small fire, which had been caused by a large amount of ash in an ashtray.

Watch manager Phil Courtnell said: “This incident demonstrates the importance of having a smoke alarm. We would also advise those who smoke to ensure they correctly dispose of cigarettes and ash from ashtrays, making sure they are completely extinguished before throwing them away and using water to dampen the ashtray.”

Source: The Oldham Times, 20 November 2017
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International

USA: Vaping is less harmful than conventional smoking

With the increasing popularity of vaping across the world, a new study from Respiratory Research shows that regardless of flavor, vaping does less damage to the lungs than conventional smoking.

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Respiratory Research: Electronic cigarette vapor alters the lateral structure but not tensiometric properties of calf lung surfactant

Source: BMC, 20 November 2017
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Myanmar: Study finds all mouth cancer patients chew betel quid

A study in Myanmar has found that all mouth cancer patients use smokeless tobacco, researchers report at the ESMO Asia 2017 Congress. Betel quid chewing often starts in adolescence and is associated with smoking and drinking alcohol, which are also risk factors for oral cancer.

This observational study investigated the lifestyle behaviours of head and neck cancer patients that may have contributed to their disease. The cross-sectional study was conducted in the medical oncology unit of Toungoo General Hospital in 2016. All head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) patients who came to the hospital were included in the study.

Source: Medical Xpress, 20 November 2017
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