ASH Daily News 24 October 2017



UK

  • Public health evidence driving policy change
  • Merseyside: Prisoners encouraged to vape instead of smoke as part of Stoptober
  • North Yorkshire: New fund helps to make public spaces smoke free

International

  • USA: Higher nicotine in e-cigarettes tied to higher risk of teen smoking
  • USA: Test tells how much smoking has aged sperm
  • USA: California surfer makes board using 10,000 cigarette butts

UK
Public health evidence driving policy change

GP Chris Griffiths writes an op-ed on air pollution:

A report released last week by international experts shows pollution to have caused more deaths in the UK than in many other countries in western Europe. I welcome the London mayor’s new toxicity charge, which comes into force today and aims to drive down air pollution caused by diesel cars in the capital.

This kind of policy decision only happens when the evidence of harm to public health is overwhelming – as, for example, with banning smoking in public places. We know this approach works: the smoking ban has delivered major improvements in public health, reducing rates of pre-term birth by about 4%, childhood hospital admissions for asthma by 10% and pneumonia by almost 20%.

See More:
The Lancet: The Lancet Commission on pollution and health
Mayor of London: Mayor: £10 ‘Toxicity Charge’ for most polluting cars starts October 23

Source: The Guardian, 23 October 2017
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Merseyside: Prisoners encouraged to vape instead of smoke as part of Stoptober

Jails across Merseyside are encouraging prisoners to take part in Stoptober this month, giving out advice to help them quit. E-cigarettes and rechargeable vaping devices have been made available in prison shops across the country.

The Prison Service has stepped up its efforts this year with the roll out of smokefree policies across the Prison Estate.

Source: Liverpool Echo, 23 October 2017
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North Yorkshire: New fund helps to make public spaces smokefree

North Yorkshire County Council’s new Smokefree Places Fund has been created by its public health team and is part of NYCC’s commitment to promote a smokefree lifestyle and help to realise the ambition of a smoke free generation by 2025.

North Yorkshire County Council also funds a free Stop Smoking Service, Smokefreelife North Yorkshire, offering free flexible support to quit.

Source: Newsy UK, 24 October 2017
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International
USA: Higher nicotine in e-cigarettes tied to higher risk of teen smoking

Adolescents who started out using e-liquid with high nicotine levels were more than twice as likely to regularly smoke traditional cigarettes by the end of the study as vapers who used nicotine-free liquid, researchers report in JAMA Pediatrics.

Researchers examined data on 181 students from high schools in the Los Angeles area who were surveyed once during tenth grade and again in eleventh grade.

Editorial Note: There is no evidence that use of e-cigarettes is leading to an increase in teen smoking. Smoking rates among UK teens continue to fall. See Public Health England’s recent research on e-cigarettes.

Source: Reuters, 23 October 2017
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USA: Test tells how much smoking has aged sperm

A sperm age calculator can tell men how “old” their sperm is, revealing changes caused by smoking.

Older dads seem to pass on health risks via epigenetic tags on the DNA in their sperm. These tags alter how active genes are, and can themselves be altered by ageing, diet and smoking.

Tim Jenkins at the University of Utah and his colleagues have created a “calculator” that assesses the state of the DNA at these 147 sites. Their analysis can predict a man’s age with 95 per cent accuracy, and identify whether his sperm have aged prematurely.

Source: New Scientist, 18 October 2017
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USA: California surfer makes board using 10,000 cigarette butts

A California surfer has won a recycled surfboard contest with an entry covered with 10,000 cigarette butts.

“This is the most polluted item picked up on the beach,” creator Taylor Lane told the Orange County Register. “And no one thinks twice that you can do anything with it.”

One of the sponsors of the contest, Vissla founder Paul Naude, said the contest was designed to encourage creative thinking about sustainability. “This new culture is asking questions today. What are we doing to the environment?” Naude said.

Source: Mail Online, 24 October 2017
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