ASH Daily News 26 September 2017
- London: Maisonette fire in St. John’s Wood caused by cigarette
- Lancashire: Student smokers urged to team up with the Quit Squad
- Nottinghamshire: 1.26 million illegal cigarettes seized in three years
- Bradford: Shisha lounge and nightclub Phantom Lounge ordered to shut down
- Scotland: Study shows link between smoking while pregnant and childhood obesity
London: Maisonette fire in St. John’s Wood caused by cigarette
A family was able to escape a fire at their home despite not having a working smoke alarm. The cause of the fire is believed to have been caused by discarded smoking materials on bedding.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “A battery-less smoke alarm is no use to anyone. Homes need multiple and linked smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered. As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor – in the hallways and the rooms you use the most, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen. They should be linked together and tested regularly. If you’re a smoker it’s absolutely vital you ensure your cigarette is completely out when you’ve finished smoking it.”
Source: Get West London, 25 September 2017
Lancashire: Student smokers urged to team up with the Quit Squad
Students who smoke are being urged to improve their health and their bank balance by getting specialist help from Lancashire’s Quit Squad to help them kick the habit.
The Quit Squad, funded by Lancashire County Council and delivered by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, is advising students that not only could they save money by quitting smoking they would also improve their overall health and reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancer and stroke.
Source: Champion News, 26 September 2017
Nottinghamshire: 1.26 million illegal cigarettes seized in three years
Over 1.26 million illegal cigarettes have been seized from Nottinghamshire traders since the County Council set up a Trading Standards task force to combat the problem three years ago.
The team is made up of trading standards officers, financial investigators and a Nottinghamshire police officer and has carried out raids of shops, homes, vehicles and storage facilities belonging to traders and individuals selling illegal tobacco across the county. The illegal products seized also include 7,736 tobacco pouches and amounts to an estimated retail value of £714,208.
Source: West Bridgford Wire, 25 September 2017
Bradford: Shisha lounge and nightclub Phantom Lounge ordered to shut down
Bradford Council has ordered a shisha lounge to close, citing a breach of planning rules.
Officers say its owners never obtained planning permission for the change of use of the building to a night club and shisha lounge.
Source: Telegraph & Argus, 25 September 2017
Scotland: Study shows link between smoking while pregnant and childhood obesity
A study from the University of Aberdeen compared five-year-olds whose mothers had started smoking in between pregnancies and the babies who were born to the smoking mothers.
The body mass index (BMI) of the youngsters were compared, and the research found that those who had been exposed to smoke in the womb were more obese than their older sibling.
More than 700 siblings’ weight and height were compared at five and a half years-old and this data was compared with the Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank (AMDB) that holds data on all births at the maternity hospital since the mid 1950’s.
Paediatric and Paediatric Epidemiology: Differences in body mass index between siblings who are discordant for exposure to antenatal maternal smoking
Source: Express, 26 September 2017
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