ASH Daily News 24 November 2017



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UK

  • Yorkshire: East Riding considering smoking ban in children’s play areas
  • Sussex: Man jailed after admitting selling illicit tobacco in Worthing

International

  • EU encourages states to upgrade their spending on prevention
  • USA: Tobacco companies will run anti-smoking adverts from Sunday

Link of the Week

  • E-cigarette Summit

 

UK

Yorkshire: East Riding considering smoking ban in children’s play areas

A motion has been put forward by the Deputy Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Chairman of the East Riding Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Jonathan Owen to ban smoking in children’s play areas.

In support of the motion Cllr Owen said: “Knowing the damage smoking does, I feel it only right that we should do all we can to prevent children being put at risk and to allow them to play in an environment where smoking isn’t seen to be part of their everyday experience.”

Source: Yorkshire Coast Radio, 23 November 2017
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Sussex: Man jailed after admitting selling illicit tobacco in Worthing

After a series of repeat offences, Siavash Rostamy has received a four month jail sentence, suspended for two years, 100 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £1,200 costs for selling illicit tobacco.

Trading Standards Team Manager Richard Sargeant said: “In the most recent case, the cigarettes and tobacco pouches had foreign labels and did not carry the correct warnings.

“Trading Standards is utilising intelligence from local businesses and members of the public to stem the supply of cheap and illicit tobacco in our fight to reduce smoking harm and protect the public health of communities within West Sussex.”

Source: Spirit FM, 24 November 2017
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International

EU encourages states to upgrade their spending on prevention

A new EU report has shown that member states spend around 25 times more of their health budgets on treating diseases compared to preventing them.

Presenting recommendations from the State of Health in the EU report the EU Commission said that citizens would benefit if this imbalance in health spending was addressed. Vytenis Andriukaitis, the commissioner for health and food safety, told a news conference EU members were on average spending 3% of their budgets on health prevention and 80% on treating non-communicable diseases and disorders.

Among the recommendations, the Commission suggested improving the primary care system to limit hospital admissions and take action to tackle alcohol abuse and stop people smoking.

The Commission noted that prevention would provide an enormous return on health expenditure in saved treatments costs, better health outcomes and higher productivity.

See also:
EU Commission: State of Health in the EU
The Irish Times: Spending on healthcare is among highest in the EU

Source: Reuters, 23 November 2017
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USA: Tobacco companies will run anti-smoking adverts from Sunday

Tobacco companies will advertise a series of “corrective statements” starting Sunday, following a decade old federal court decision ruling that the companies had deceived the public about the health effects of smoking.

Under the agreement with the Department of Justice each statement, displayed in black and white, will include a preamble that the federal government mandated tobacco companies to make these statements about the health consequences of smoking.

Source: Medical Xpress, 23 November 2017
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Link of the Week

E-cigarette Summit

On Friday 17th November, the UK E-cigarette Summit was held in London. The Summit brings together researchers, policy makers, public health practitioners, industry representatives and vapers to discuss the latest evidence and trends in e-cigarette research, regulation and use.

The presentations and video recordings from the Summit are available online via the link below.

Source: Smooth Events
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