ASH Daily News 28 September 2017



UK

  • Devon: Just OneSmallStep to Stoptober success
  • Bristol: Inquest determines house fire resulting in death was started by a cigarette
  • Wales: Kebab shop owner caught advertising cigarettes on takeaway menus

International

  • Australians want more spent on drug, alcohol, and tobacco education and treatment
  • USA: Interactive web tool shows potential impact of tobacco policies

 

UK
Devon: Just OneSmallStep to Stoptober success

Residents in Devon are being offered support to quit smoking through the OneSmallStep healthy lifestyle service, commissioned by Devon County Council. It is supporting the national stop smoking campaign, Stoptober, to encourage and inspire people to put smoking behind them this October.

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OneSmallStep

Source: Devon News Centre, 27 September 2017

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Bristol: Inquest determines house fire resulting in death was started by a cigarette

At an inquest into a fire that resulted in Mr Bernard Walker’s death, Russell Bennett, of Avon Fire and Rescue Service, said the remains of a cigarette packet and butt were found near his bed after the fire was extinguished.

The medical cause of death was given as carbon monoxide toxicity and acute myocardial ischemia caused by smoke inhalation and coronary artery atheroma.

Source: Bristol Post, 26 September 2017

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Wales: Kebab shop owner caught advertising cigarettes on takeaway menus

The shop owner had paid for 20,000 leaflets showing promoting tobacco sales, as well as putting the prices on the windows and walls of his shop.

After a tip off from the public, he was visited by the council who found there was licensing breaches going on, continuing several months down the line.

Source: Daily Post, 27 September 2017

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International
Australians want more spent on drug, alcohol, and tobacco education and treatment

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that Australians prefer harmful drug use to be tackled using education and treatment instead of law enforcement.

People were asked how they would split a hypothetical $100 between education, treatment and law enforcement to reduce the harm of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs. Depending on the drug type, they thought that a greater proportion of funds should be allocated to education or treatment in 2016 – making up at least 64% and up to 77% of total dollars.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: National Drug Strategy Household Survey

Source: The Guardian, 27 September 2017

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USA: Interactive web tool shows potential impact of tobacco policies

The Tobacco Control Policy (TCP) tool, a simulation model and web-based tool, shows that raising the minimum age to 21 nationwide would save 306,000 lives. The tool was built by University of Michigan researchers and the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) lung consortium.

The TCP tool is designed to be an interactive interface geared toward decision-makers and public health professionals.

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Tobacco Control Policy tool

Source: Medical Xpress, 27 September 2017

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