ASH Daily News 23 August 2017



UK

  • East Sussex : Tradings Standards sniffer dogs target illegal tobacco sellers

International

  • UAE: Cigarettes to double in price, UAE tax authority says
  • New Zealand: Quitline is good value for money, says new study
  • USA: New campaign to increase awareness of lung cancer screening

 

UK
East Sussex : Tradings Standards sniffer dogs target illegal tobacco sellers

Trading Standards officers are using sniffer dogs to help them tackle sellers of illegal tobacco in East Sussex. According to the organisation, illegal tobacco is known for making it easier for children to start smoking, because it is sold at cheap prices.

Anita Counsell, head of health improvement has stated “Smoking remains one of the biggest causes of premature death in East Sussex. The availability of illegal tobacco undermines all our efforts to address the health harms of smoking, because cheap tobacco sold at pocket money prices makes it harder for people to give up smoking, and easier for children to start smoking.”

All three are rescue dogs, and have helped trading standards find thousands of pounds worth of illegal tobacco.

Source: More Radio, 22 August 2017
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International
UAE: Cigarettes to double in price, UAE tax authority says

The cost of a pack of cigarettes will double on October 1st in the United Arab Emirates – including those arriving in the country at duty free, the tax authority has confirmed.

Younis Haji Al Khouri, undersecretary at the Ministry of Finance stated the excise will be increased on tobacco by 100 per cent in order to discourage the consumption of harmful products by residents as well as to protect the environment.

Source: Khaleeji Times, 22 August 2017
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New Zealand: Quitline is good value for money, says new study

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found New Zealand’s Quitline service is a highly cost-effective way to improve health and even saves the health system money. The research used New Zealand data and computer modelling to study Quitline promotion in the mass media and the running of the Quitline service.

A year of running Quitline produced 4200 extra years of healthy life in the population and saved the health system $84 million over the remaining lifetimes of the New Zealand population according to Professor Nick Wilson from the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago.

See Also:
Tobacco Control: A national quitline service and its promotion in the mass media: modelling the health gain, health equity and cost–utility

Source: Medical Xpress, 21 August 2017
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USA: New campaign to increase awareness of ground-breaking lung cancer screening

American Lung Association launched the first national public service advertising campaign to educate Americans about lung cancer screening for those at high risk.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the benefits of early detection through lung cancer screening and drive high-risk individuals to take a lung cancer screening eligibility quiz. The site also provides information about lung cancer screening (insurance coverage, how to find a screening centre, etc.) and includes case studies of people sharing their personal stories about how they were “saved by the scan.”

Source: Ethical Marketing News, 22 August 2017
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