ASH Daily News 25 September 2017



UK

  • Government acknowledges that vaping helps people quit smoking in Stoptober campaign
  • Up in smoke
  • Liverpool: Public health officials step up drive to persuade people to quit smoking
  • Scotland: Winning the fight against smoking
  • Scotland: Large number of patients caught smoking in hospitals

International

  • USA: Inmate wins order to ban smoking in Missouri prisons

UK
Government acknowledges that vaping helps people quit smoking in Stoptober campaign

George Butterworth, Cancer Research UK’s tobacco policy manager, discusses e-cigarettes in a comment piece for The Sun.

Stoptober marks the first time a government public health campaign has backed e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool.

Earlier this year, a Cancer Research UK-funded study showed that long-term e-cigarette users had lower levels of key harmful toxins in their bodies than people who smoked cigarettes. It is best to quit entirely, but the most important thing is to stop smoking tobacco.

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Cancer Research UK: Smoking quit rates highest in 10 years

Source: The Sun, 22 September 2017

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Up in smoke

An article in the Sun newspaper on Saturday alleged that CRUK were warned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that they would be breaking EU rules if they ran a public health campaign encouraging smokers who can’t quit to switch to e-cigarettes.

CRUK has denied these allegations, as has the ASA, and the article was subsequently updated with a quote from the ASA: “Our rules prohibits ads for unlicensed, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, in line with European law which took effect in 2016. Ads for products and brands are prohibited and have not been seen or heard on TV or radio since last year.”

They went on to say that the Department for Health believe “the prohibition would not cover public health campaigns about the relative risks of e-cigarettes verses tobacco products” adding, “Clearly, those ads must not promote a specific e-cigarette product or brand.”

Source: The Sun, 22 September 2017

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Liverpool: Public health officials step up drive to persuade people to quit smoking

Public health officials in Liverpool are stepping up their campaign against smoking which they estimate kills almost 1,000 people in the city every years.

Men are being targeted through ‘Kick the Ciggies’ through a football-focused initiative which features Liverpool FC legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.

Women are being urged to ‘Chuck the Ciggies’ in a campaign which features local actress and presenter Gemma Brodrick and a series of films with local women who all quit smoking, and who share their tips and advice and give encouragement.

Source: YB News, 22 September 2017

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Scotland: Winning the fight against smoking

Professor Harry McQuillan, chief executive of Community Pharmacy Scotland, discusses the success of the Scottish Government’s strategy, “Creating a tobacco-free generation: A Tobacco Control Strategy for Scotland.”

The Tobacco Control Plan was evaluated in a report published at the end of August by NHS Health Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.

The study concludes that Scotland is seeing a significant fall in tobacco prevalence and tens of thousands of children are now protected from the effects of second-hand smoke at home.

Source: Edinburgh News, 25 September 2017

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Scotland: Large number of patients caught smoking in hospitals

Patients have been caught smoking in Scottish hospitals more than 1,700 times in the last three years. Some health boards warn individuals they may be issued with a £50 fixed penalty under the Public Health (The Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises) Scotland Regulations 2006, while others refer the more aggressive cases to the police. But in most cases, staff request the patients stub out.

Source: Express, 24 September 2017

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International
USA: Inmate wins order to ban smoking in Missouri prisons

Missouri prisons have been ordered to eliminate smoking after an asthmatic inmate serving a life sentence for two murders won a court judgement. Missouri already bans smoking inside prison buildings, but it has been allowed in designated areas outside.

The prisons have been ordered to go smoke-free by April 1.

Source: Yahoo! News, 24 September 2017

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