ASH Daily News 30 November 2017



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UK

  • Men twice as likely to develop oral cancer
  • Great Western Hospital asks for thoughts on smoking
  • More than a quarter of a million illegal cigarettes seized in Kirklees raids

International

  • USA: FDA moves to speed up nicotine replacement product development
  • USA: Study shows lower lung cancer rates in communities with strong smokefree laws

UK
Men twice as likely to develop oral cancer

Men are more than twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK. The latest data shows around 5,300 men are diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the UK compared to around 2,500 women. The data also reveals oral cancer is more often diagnosed in men at a younger age compared with other cancers.

Around nine out of 10 oral cancer cases in the UK are linked to preventable causes like smoking, alcohol and contracting human papillomavirus (HPV). The difference between cases in men and women may be due to men indulging more heavily in some of these activities. For example, there are higher smoking rates in men and an estimated 70% of male oral and pharyngeal cancers in the UK are linked to tobacco smoking.

Source: Medical Xpress, 29 November 2017
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Great Western Hospital asks for thoughts on smoking

Patients, their families and the wider public have been asked for their feelings about smoking at the Great Western Hospital.

The survey, which asks people about the placement of smoking areas at GWH, will help managers boost awareness of the hospital’s smoke-free status. Despite the presence of cigarette butts near the entrance of GWH, smoking is only permitted in two smoking shelters.

The online poll is available at: gwh.formstack.com/forms/survey_smoking_at_the_great_western_hospital

Source: This is Wiltshire, 29 November 2017
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More than a quarter of a million illegal cigarettes seized in Kirklees raids

Police have seized more than a quarter of a million illicit cigarettes and tobacco in Kirklees in a haul estimated to be worth up to £160,000. The cigarettes were found in Dewsbury, Batley and the Harehills area of Leeds. Officers also found 57kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco.

The operation was part of the Keep It Out campaign which is funded by the five Public Health authorities in West Yorkshire. The programme which is in its third year utilises marketing campaigns and multi-agency enforcement to tackle the problems of the illicit trade.

Source: The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 29 November 2017
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International
USA: FDA moves to speed up nicotine replacement product development

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is considering measures to speed up development of products that help people quit smoking, including easing requirements for approval of over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies.

The new measures could enable e-cigarette companies to get the devices approved as medical products, which could offer consumers greater reassurance that they perform as advertised and also open the possibility of being covered under health insurance.

Source: Reuters, 29 November 2017
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USA: Study shows lower lung cancer rates in communities with strong smokefree laws

A recent study by University of Kentucky researchers shows that fewer new cases of lung cancer were found in communities with strong smokefree workplace laws.

Strong smokefree laws are known to improve public health by lowering heart attacks, stroke, asthma and emphysema.

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Cancer: Lung cancer incidence and the strength of municipal smoke-free ordinances

Source: Medical Xpress, 29 November 2017
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