ASH Daily News 31 August 2017



UK

  • Scottish tobacco control strategy shows ‘positive impact’
  • House fires 255 times more likely to be caused by cigarettes than vaping
  • People living in deprived areas twice as likely to die from avoidable deaths, statistics show
  • Survey shows selling tobacco not a priority for Britain’s ideal pub

International

  • Canada: Study finds advice from surgeons encourages long-term smoking cessation

 

UK
Scottish tobacco control strategy shows ‘positive impact’

The Scottish Government’s efforts to reduce smoking in Scotland are working, according to a new report. The review, conducted by the University of Edinburgh and NHS Health Scotland, said the tobacco control strategy had shown a “positive impact” over the past five years.

Dr Garth Reid, principal public health adviser at NHS Health Scotland, said: “The evidence shows the positive impact of tobacco policy, ranging from the display ban which put tobacco out of sight in small shops and supermarkets to the introduction on smokefree NHS grounds.

“Yet, levels of smoking are still highest in Scotland’s most deprived areas, with 35% of people living in the most deprived areas smoking compared to 10% in the most affluent areas.”

Source: BBC News, 31 August 2017
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House fires 255 times more likely to be caused by cigarettes than vaping

Following confirmation from British Transport Police that an e-cigarette caused a small explosion at Euston Station last night, the London Fire Brigade reaffirmed that house fires are 255 times more likely to be caused by smoking tobacco than vaping.

Group Manager for Community Safety Mark Hazelton said: “There have been cases where e-cigarette have exploded but the numbers are small in comparison with the significant amount of fire and fire deaths we see each year caused by smoking. In the last three years there has been 66 fire deaths caused by smoking and none relating to e-cigarettes. Quitting smoking is not only good for your health but also makes a devastating fire in your home less likely.”

Source: London Fire Brigade, 30 August 2017
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People living in deprived areas twice as likely to die from avoidable deaths, statistics show

People living in the most deprived parts of England and Wales are twice more likely to die from avoidable deaths than those in the most well off, new statistics have revealed. There were 18,794 deaths from causes that are considered avoidable in socially deprived areas.

Statistics show that people living in the most deprived areas are seven times more likely to die from certain avoidable deaths, such as respiratory diseases.

A higher rates of smoking is the most likely contributory factor to these differences.

Source: Independent, 30 August 2017
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Survey shows selling tobacco not a priority for Britain’s ideal pub

In a 1946, George Orwell detailed what he wanted from his ideal public house, the fictitious “Moon Under Water”. New YouGov Omnibus research shows that many aspects of Orwell’s ideal pub have stood the test of time.

The results show that at least half of Brits agree on five key characteristics their ideal public house would have, four of which featured in Orwell’s essay.

The single most important feature of Britons’ ideal pub is that it would serve meals (67%). Having a beer garden – the thing Orwell said was the most important – is the second most common feature (63%). Selling tobacco or cigarettes is one of the least essential feature of Briton’s ideal pub (6%).

Source: YouGov, 8 August 2017
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International
Canada: Study finds advice from surgeons encourages long-term smoking cessation

A study has found that patients required by the surgeons to stop smoking two weeks before surgery often remain non-smokers on a long-term basis.

When asked five years following their surgery, 25% of survey respondents reported that they remained non-smokers, and 40% said they no longer smoked on a daily basis.

70% agreed that discussing their increased surgical risks with the surgeon influenced their ability to quit or reduce smoking.

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Source: Medical News, 30 August 2017
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