ASH Daily News 22 June 2017



  • Life insurance company Aviva is selling its tobacco investments
  • New toolkit to help measure public health impact
  • Smoking in decline among young people in the UK and US
  • USA: San Francisco to ban sales of flavoured vaping liquid

 

Life insurance company Aviva is selling its tobacco investments

Aviva, Britain’s biggest life insurer, is selling about 1 billion pounds worth of bonds and shares it holds in tobacco companies, joining a global campaign to divest from the industry.

Aviva joins French rival AXA and reinsurer SCOR, both of which have pledged to divest over the last year, with AXA calling tobacco, “the biggest threat to public health in the world today”.

Source: Reuters, 21 June 2017
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New toolkit to help measure public health impact

Public Health England (PHE) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) have today published “Everyday Interactions”, a report which aims to support community pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to record and measure their public health impact.

Based on the public health priorities identified by Public Health England’s All Our Health framework including obesity, alcohol and smoking, the toolkit provides the means for pharmacists to record and collate their work so it makes an impact.

The toolkit can be accessed here.

Source: Independent Pharmacist, 21 June 2017
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Smoking in decline among young people in the UK and US

Smoking is declining in the UK and US among young people – the first generation to come of age surrounded by laws that discourage smoking.

Figures from the UK Office for National Statistics reveal that the proportion of smokers in the country fell to 15.5% in 2016. Although 19.3% of 18 to 24-year-olds smoke, this group has shown the biggest decline, by 6.5 percentage points.

“Young people are growing up in a different world to the older generation,” says Hazel Cheeseman of UK charity Action on Smoking and Health. “The notion that smoking is the norm is much less true than before.”

Source: New Scientist, 21 June 2017
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USA: San Francisco to ban sales of flavoured vaping liquid

San Francisco city supervisors unanimously approved a measure Tuesday 20th June that bans the sale of flavoured nicotine-liquid used in electronic cigarettes—with city supervisors concerned about flavours enticing kids into addiction.

Sales of vaping liquids that taste like tobacco will still be allowed.

Source: Medical Xpress, 21 June 2017
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