ASH Daily News 24 May 2017



  • North East: Councils run tobacco ‘de-normalisation’ campaign
  • North West: Lancashire Hospitals go smokefree
  • USA: Study examines effects of ‘vascular pruning’ in smokers
  • USA: Wisconsin taxes on small cigars may increase

 

North East: Councils run tobacco ‘de-normalisation’ campaign

Eleven local authorities in the North East have funded a new bid to encourage smokers to stop smoking. The campaign will encompass both smoking and alcohol usage.

Fresh and Balance, regional offices which work to reduce rates of smoking and drinking respectively, will drive the new project, now underway and scheduled to run until 2020.

The project will seek to provide a counter-narrative to the promotion of alcohol and tobacco, and advise people on how to stop smoking and drink less.

Source: PR Week, 24th May 2017
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North West: Lancashire Hospitals go smokefree

The grounds of The Royal Preston and Chorley Hospitals will be completely smokefree by the end of the month.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the sites, has made the decision to launch the policy to coincide with World No Tobacco Day on May 31.

Gail Naylor, the Trust’s nursing and midwifery director, said, “Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of ill health and premature death in the UK, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect patients, visitors and staff from the harm caused by smoking, and exposure to secondary smoke.”

Source: Lancashire Post, 23rd May 2017
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USA: Study examines effects of ‘vascular pruning’ in smokers

In a new study, CT-measured vascular pruning – the diminution of distal pulmonary blood vessels (vessels on the outer edges of the lungs) – was associated with increased risk of death in smokers without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study was presented at the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

“Our finding suggests that vascular pruning may be an important marker for susceptibility to injury from tobacco smoke and may provide prognostic information in smokers with mild or no lung function impairment,” said lead author Carolyn E. Come, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Source: Medical Xpress, 23rd May 2017
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USA: Wisconsin taxes on small cigars may increase

Taxes on a type of cigar that looks like a cigarette may be going up in Wisconsin.

Republican Rep. Dale Kooyenga has long pushed for little cigars, which have filters and are smaller than cigarillos, to be taxed the same as cigarettes, and he thinks there’s enough support for the idea this year.

More than 20 health organisations, including the American Cancer Society, the Wisconsin Medical Society and several Wisconsin hospitals, support the proposal.

Source: Yahoo News, 23rd May 2017
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