ASH Daily News 28 July 2017



  • Pregnant women could be offered up to £300 in shopping vouchers if they quit smoking
  • Nottingham shop owner jailed for over two years for selling counterfeit cigarettes
  • Scotland: School is the place to learn lessons on tobacco-free policies and practical solutions
  • Scotland: E-cigarette use may encourage experimentation with tobacco, study finds
  • Australia: Makeup giant Napoleon Perdis under fire for ‘glamourising’ smoking with advertisement

 

Pregnant women could be offered up to £300 in shopping vouchers if they quit smoking

In a bid to reduce smoking across Greater Manchester by one third by 2021 and ‘break an intergenerational cycle of smoking in the poorest communities’, council and health leaders will implement a number of brand new initiatives from September this year.

All pregnant women in Greater Manchester will be tested for carbon monoxide as routine screenings. Among those women who smoke, and those who are finding it hardest to quit and vulnerable to relapse will be given the opportunity to join an incentive scheme.

Mums who stay smoke free for at least 12 weeks after birth will receive up to £300 in Love2Shop vouchers, which can be spent on baby products or pampering.

Source: Manchester Evening News, 28 July 2017
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Nottingham shop owner jailed for over two years for selling counterfeit cigarettes

A shop owner involved in a complex conspiracy to supply and sell illicit cigarettes from shops in Sutton-in-Ashfield and Nottingham city has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison at Nottingham Crown Court.

The County Council has a taskforce to combat the supply and sale of counterfeit and untaxed cigarettes in the county and its work has so far led to 77 prosecutions amounting to 14 and half years of jail sentences, 2,365 hours of unpaid work and £7,990 in fines.

Source: Westbridgford Wire, 26 July 2017
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Scotland: School is the place to learn lessons on tobacco-free policies and practical solutions

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive ASH Scotland, has written an opinion piece about achieving a smokefree generation.

In the decade or so since Scotland’s indoor public spaces became smoke-free, it’s clear that smoking has become sidelined in much of Scotland’s mainstream culture. Major health benefits have followed, along with changes in attitudes and behaviour towards smoking and tobacco. We now have a new generation growing up with smoke-free environments as both an expectation and a right. While significant progress has been made, much remains to be done if all of Scotland’s next generation is to grow up making healthy and informed choices on smoking.

Source: The Scotsman, 27 July 2017
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Scotland: E-cigarette use may encourage experimentation with tobacco, study finds

Young people who have tried an e-cigarette may be more likely to go on to smoke cigarettes compared with those who have not, a study led by University of Stirling researchers has suggested.

The research found a link between e-cigarette use in “never smokers” – those who have never tried smoking – and their subsequent first experimentation with cigarettes in the following year.

The research focused on pupils at four Scottish secondary schools. Young people aged between 11 and 18 years old were surveyed in February/March 2015 and then again 12 months later. The initial 2015 survey found that among the 2,125 never smokers, 8.6% (183) said that they had tried an e-cigarette and 1,942 had not. The 2016 survey found that 40.4% (74) of those who had tried an e-cigarette in the initial 2015 survey, went on to smoke a cigarette in the following 12 months – compared to only 12.8% (249) of young people who had not tried an e-cigarette.

The research has concluded that young never smokers are more likely to experiment with cigarettes if they have tried an e-cigarette. Causality cannot be inferred, but continued close monitoring of e-cigarette use in young people is warranted.

See More:
Tobacco Control: Relationship between trying an electronic cigarette and subsequent cigarette experimentation in Scottish adolescents: a cohort study

Source: Medical Xpress, 27 July 2017
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Australia: Makeup giant Napoleon Perdis under fire for ‘glamourising’ smoking with advertisement

Napoleon Perdis has come under fire for displaying an advertisement outside a store window in a Sydney suburb showing a woman lighting another woman’s cigarette.

Cancer Institute NSW CEO Professor David Currow criticised the drawing as ‘incredibly irresponsible’ for attempting to ‘glamourise’ smoking to young women.

Source: Daily Mail, 28 July 2017
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