ASH Daily News 30 June 2017

  • Barnsley: Hopes for cut in smoking with new town centre ‘no smoking zones’
  • Warwickshire: Smoking-related deaths fall following smokefree legislation
  • Parliamentary Questions


Barnsley: Hopes for cut in smoking with new town centre ‘no smoking zones’

From the 30th June Barnsley will be one of the first towns in the UK to have a public ‘non-smoking zone’ in its town centre. People are being encouraged not to smoke in the Barnsley Pals Centenary Square around the Town Hall – to help stop young people in the town taking up smoking.

Smoking rates in Barnsley are higher than the national and regional average.

Julia Burrows, the Director of Public Health, is hopeful members of the public in the city will get behind the move: “The smokefree zones will be managed through a voluntary code and although there is no threat of enforcement, we hope that people will show consideration for children by not smoking.”

Source: Hallam FM, 30 June 2017
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Warwickshire: Smoking-related deaths fall following smokefree legislation

Deaths from heart disease and strokes in Warwickshire have fallen dramatically since smokefree legislation was introduced ten years ago.

New figures have shown the number of smokers aged 35 and over dying from heart attacks and other cardiac conditions has dropped by over a fifth since 2007, while fatalities caused by a stroke are almost 14% down.

Source: Leamington Observer, 29 June 2017
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Parliamentary Questions

PQ: Smoking and Inequalities
Bob Blackman MP, Conservative, Harrow East
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to reduce inequalities in health outcomes caused by higher rates of smoking among lower socioeconomic groups.

Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health
As smoking rates in England continue to decline, tobacco use is increasingly concentrated in our poorest and most disadvantaged communities.

Local stop smoking services provided by local authorities are effective in reducing health inequalities where they are targeted to meet identified needs. Public Health England (PHE) supports local areas with a range of evidence, data and tools to facilitate targeted and effective interventions recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and have a programme of work focused on reducing smoking in pregnancy and in mental health settings.

In 2017/18, PHE will run the Stoptober and January smoking health harms mass media campaigns, targeted to reach people in lower socioeconomic groups.
A national Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) scheme incentivises National Health Service trusts in England to identify inpatients that smoke and provide them with treatment and a referral for support with quitting.

Source: Hansard HC Deb, 29 June 2017, cW.