ASH Daily News 26 June 2017



  • UK heart disease deaths fall by over 20% since indoor smoking ban
  • New Health Minister is under fire for voting against major smoking reforms
  • York: Council urged to reverse smoking services cut
  • Teen vaping rates fall in the United States
  • USA: Tobacco company study suggests e-cigarette vapour has less effect on wound healing than tobacco smoke

 

UK heart disease deaths fall by over 20% since indoor smoking ban

Deaths from heart disease and strokes caused by smoking have fallen dramatically since legislation to prevent smoking in pubs, restaurants and other enclosed public places in England was introduced 10 years ago. New figures have shown that the number of smokers aged 35 and over dying from heart attacks and other cardiac conditions has dropped by over 20% since 2007 while fatalities from a stroke are almost 14% down.

“The decline in deaths since 2007 from smoking-related heart attacks and strokes shows the effectiveness of a comprehensive approach by government to tackle smoking,” said Deborah Arnott, chief executive of the charity Action on Smoking and Health.

“But there are still over 30,000 premature deaths a year from smoking-related heart attacks and stroke, and the government strategy for tackling this public health epidemic expired at the end of 2015. We need an ambitious new government strategy to be put in place immediately if deaths from smoking are to decline as fast in the next decade as they have in the last.”

Source: The Guardian, 25 June 2017
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New Health Minister is under fire for voting against major smoking reforms

New Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price has been accused of not backing “basic public health measures” since was she was elected in 2010.

Her voting record shows she voted against a ban on smoking in private motors where there are kids present. She also voted against a new law that requires private vehicles be smokefree where a person under 18 is present. Doyle-Price, who has been an MP since 2010, also voted to exempt pubs and private members’ clubs from the smokefree legislation where no food is served.

Deborah Arnott Chief Executive of Action on Smoking and Health last night said: “Before the election the Government had committed to publishing a new Tobacco Control Plan ‘shortly’. The best way for Jeremy Hunt to prove his continuing commitment to public health and tackling tobacco is to publish the Plan without further delay.”

Source: The Sun, 24 June 2017
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York: Council urged to reverse smoking services cut

Councillors are being urged to put money back into services to help people quit smoking in York.

City of York Council figures show the number of people who used the service and were still smokefree four weeks later fell from 366 to 2015/16 to just 33 in 2016/17 – a drop of more than 90%.

Last week councillors on a health committee discussed the figures, and urged council colleagues to restart the services either from public health budgets or by finding the money elsewhere. Cllr Stuart Barnes warned that without doing that, the council would only be storing up problems for the future. “It might be a short-term saving, but it’s a fool’s economy.”

Source: York Press, 26 June 2017
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Teen vaping rates fall in the United States

The number of school children in the United States who use e-cigarettes fell from 3 million in 2015 to just under 2.2 million last year, according to a joint analysis of the National Youth Tobacco Surveys published between 2011 and 2016.

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration — the agency which regulates medicines safety and which, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, carried out the analysis — welcomed the figures.

Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal, 23 June 2017
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USA: Tobacco company study suggests e-cigarette vapour has less effect on wound healing than tobacco smoke

A laboratory study from British American Tobacco (BAT) suggests that cigarette smoke completely prevented wound healing at concentrations over 20% in a wound healing assay, whereas e-cigarette vapour had no effect, even at 100% concentration and double the amount of nicotine relative to smoke.

“Our results suggest that chemicals in cigarette smoke that inhibit wound healing are either absent from e-cigarette vapour or present in concentrations too low for us to detect an effect,” says Dr James Murphy, Head of Reduced Risk Substantiation at BAT.

The results are to be published in Toxicology Letters.

Source: Scienmag, 26 June 2017
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