ASH Daily News 24 April 2017



  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society endorses guidance on smoking and mental disorder
  • Norfolk: Smokefree Norfolk program to be delivered by award-winning East Coast Community Healthcare
  • USA: Tobacco companies donate over $1 million to Trump inaugural
  • Calgary, Canada: Canadian city’s heart attack rates fall following smoking ban
  • Parliamentary Question: Maximum pack size legislation

 
Royal Pharmaceutical Society endorses guidance on smoking and mental disorder

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has endorsed a pharmacy guide on smoking and mental health disorders from the Royal College of Psychiatrists which outlines how pharmacists can help reduce or stop smoking in this group as well as suggesting appropriate changes to medication doses.

Chief Pharmacist at the Maudsley Hospital Professor David Taylor, one of the authors of the guide, said: “Encouraging smoking cessation or reducing smoking behaviour in people with mental health disorders should be a priority for every pharmacist. The guide outlines how pharmacists can help and the main pharmacotherapy approaches to helping patients change their smoking habits.”

People with mental disorders have a 10-20 year lower life expectancy with smoking recognised as the single largest preventable cause. Smoking among people with mental health disorders has changed little over the past two decades, in contrast with the rest of the general population.

Source: Royal Pharmaecutical Society, 17th April 2017
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Norfolk: Smokefree Norfolk program to be delivered by award-winning East Coast Community Healthcare

Norfolk County Council has commissioned the social enterprise East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) to deliver Smokefree Norfolk. People wanting to quit will be able to obtain free advice and support through ECCH’s team of specialist advisers as well as in GP surgeries and pharmacies, and via a new mobile phone app and website available soon.

It is estimated that one in five adults in Norfolk smoke. Smoking among the most deprived 20pc of the population is roughly 50pc higher than in the rest of the population. Louise Smith, director of public health at Norfolk County Council, said: “This is a hugely positive move for us. We are delighted that ECCH will now be running the Smokefree Norfolk scheme across the whole county.”

Source: Great Yarmouth Mercury, 21st April 2017
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USA: Tobacco companies donate over $1 million to Trump inaugural

Corporate America, which largely shunned Donald Trump during last year’s presidential campaign, embraced him after he won the presidency, providing much of the record $106.7 million raised for Trump’s inaugural festivities in January.

At least 17 companies contributed $1 million or more to Trump’s inaugural committee, according to a new report filed with the Federal Election Commission and reviewed by Bloomberg BNA. Among these were R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., which gave $1 million, and Phillip Morris, which $500,000.

Source: Bloomberg BNA, 20th April 2017
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Calgary, Canada: Canadian city’s heart attack rates fall following smoking ban

The rate of cardiac arrests in Calgary fell suddenly and steeply following the introduction of public smoking bans a decade ago, states provincial health care data. Emergency department visits due to heart attacks in Calgary went from 154.8 per 100,000 people in 2006 to 79 in 2007 – a 49% decline in the span of a year. That number then fell further to 44.4 by 2015, for a total decrease of 71% from nine years before.

On Jan. 1, 2007, a prohibition on smoking in public places went into effect in the city, replicated by a similar province-wide measure the following year. The ministry said it’s not clear what can be credited with those plunging numbers, that exercise and diet patterns might play a hand, as can a shrinking number of smokers.

But anti-smoking activist Les Hagen said there’s little doubt the crackdown to reduce deadly second-hand smoke has played a role bigger than any other lifestyle changes. “That’s what we see after smoking bans,” said Hagen, with the group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH [Canada]). “Tell me what big social change has happened in diet and exercise — there have been no meaningful improvements.” According to the Canadian Cancer Society, smoking rates in Alberta fell from 23% in 2003 to 18% in 2015.

Source: Calgary Sun, 23rd April 2017
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Parliamentary Questions

PQ1: Maximum Pack Size
Virendra Sharma, Labour, Ealing Southall
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce maximum pack size legislation for the sale of tobacco products.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of introducing maximum pack size legislation on the bulk-buying of cigarettes.

Nicola Blackwood, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
The Government has no current plans to introduce maximum pack sizes for tobacco products. We remain committed to completing a review of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 by 2020, as required by those regulations.

(HC Deb, 21 April 2017, cW)

Source: They Work For You, 21st April 2017
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