ASH Daily News 29 May 2018



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UK

  • Opinion: How do we stop people smoking at the front doors of our hospitals?
  • Sunderland: City leaders debate plans to tackle smoking problem
  • South Tyneside: Health board supports use of e-cigarettes to tackle smoking
  • South West: Fire service warning after spate of heath fires around Bournemouth and Poole

International

  • France: One million French smokers quit in a year amid tobacco control measures
  • Spain: Growing number of smokefree beaches
  • China: Cost-effective for insurance to cover stop smoking drugs
  • US: San Francisco to decide whether to ban flavoured tobacco

 

UK

Opinion: How do we stop people smoking at the front doors of our hospitals?

Over a million smokers are treated in UK hospitals each year and a small proportion of these feel compelled to smoke when they are admitted to or visit hospitals. Indeed, the image of smokers congregating at the front doors of our hospitals in wheelchairs with dripstands and catheter bags is all too familiar.

This BMJ blog takes a look at what can be done to put a stop to this practice.

Source: BMJ Opinion, 25 May 2018
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Sunderland: City leaders debate plans to tackle smoking problem

Although Sunderland’s smoking rate has dropped from 24.6% in 2010 to 18% in 2016 – it’s still higher than the 15.5% England average. So, in a bid to meet the 5% government target by 2025, the city council’s health and wellbeing board agreed to plans to tackle the “priority” issue.

Key proposals have included working with trading standards to tackle the counterfeit tobacco, providing extra support to vulnerable and low income residents, licensing restrictions, and promoting e-cigarettes as a quitting aid.

Source: The Scarborough News, 28 May 2018
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South Tyneside: Health board supports use of e-cigarettes to tackle smoking

South Tyneside health bosses have supported plans to help smokers kick the habit by promoting the use of e-cigarettes. The plans were heard at the area’s health and wellbeing board, led by South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm. Public health practitioner Wendy Surtees outlined plans and targets to reduce smoking in the borough from 18.5% to 5% by 2025.

In practice, the council aims to have discussions with vaping stores about how they can support people who both smoke and vape to switch completely or engage in a quit attempt.

Source: The Shields Gazette, 25 May 2018
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South West: Fire service warning after spate of heath fires around Bournemouth and Poole

Firefighters are urging people to be careful in the countryside after tackling multiple heath fires this month. Among other suggestions, people have been advised to put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly before leaving a vehicle, and not to throw cigarette butts out of vehicles. The warning follows seven heathland fires in the Bournemouth and Poole area since the start of May.

Source: Bournemouth Echo, 28th may 2018
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International

France: One million French smokers quit in a year amid tobacco control measures

France has seen a sharp fall in the number of people smoking daily, with one million fewer people lighting up in 2017 compared to 2016. The recent study found 26.9% of 18-75 yearolds smoked daily in 2017, compared with 29.4% in 2016.

The study suggests the decline is likely due to France’s comprehensive strategy to tackle smoking. In recent years these measures have included plain, standardised packaging, reimbursements for people using tobacco substitutes, higher cigarette pricing and campaigns like the national tobacco-free month.

France’s Health Minister, Agnès Buzyn, in particular welcomed the decline in smoking among those on low incomes, saying that “tobacco is a trajectory of inequality, it weighs particularly on the most disadvantaged and it gets worse”.

Source: BBC, 28 May 2018
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Spain: Growing number of smokefree beaches

Villananitos beach in the Murcia region is the latest to be added to the growing network of smokefree beaches, as part of the regional program ‘Beaches without smoke.’ This program began in hospitals and is now being extended to beaches and sports centres across the whole of Spain.

Police will not be able to impose sanctions on people who smoke on these beaches, as it is not prohibited by law, but posters will be prominently displayed showing the effects of tobacco.

According to the Ministry of Health who are sponsoring the project, public spaces must move towards healthier conditions, to improve the environmental quality of beaches and the health of the population in the area.

Source: The Leader, 27 May 2018
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China: Cost-effective for insurance to cover stop smoking drugs

Shenzhen’s new tobacco control plan has outlined ambitious aims, including building a “tobacco-free city” by 2020, and maintaining the smoking rate in elderly populations at below 20%. In order to achieve this, the plan has suggested basic medical insurance should cover smoking cessation medications.

Source: China Daily, 29 May 2018
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US: San Francisco to decide whether to ban flavoured tobacco

Voters in San Francisco are deciding if the sale of flavoured tobacco products should be banned. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has contributed nearly $12 million to the “No on Proposition E” campaign, which, according to Matthew Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, means the industry fears the ban could become a national trend.

Supporters of the ban, which would prohibit menthol cigarettes, certain chewing tobaccos and vaping liquids with flavours like cotton candy, mango and cool cucumber, say it would help stop another generation getting hooked on nicotine.

Source: This Is Money, 28 May 2018
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