ASH Daily News 31 May 2018
- Number of shisha cafes across UK rises by 510%
- The true cost of smoking to North East NHS revealed
- Scotland: Effect of smoking on heart health revealed on World No Tobacco Day
- Day of action to stamp out illegal tobacco sales in Wales
- World Health Organisation: Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death and disease
- China: Organisers want 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics smoke-free
Number of shisha cafes across UK rises by 510%
The number of Shisha cafes is said to have risen by 510% to a total of 793 across the UK, according to recent Freedom of Information (FOI’s) requests. In 2007 there were believed to be only 130 shisha cafes in the country. London, Manchester and Birmingham in particular have seen a huge increase in the number of in Shisha cafes. The figures were announced by advocacy group ‘It’s Still Tobacco’.
The organisation says the exact number is unknown because Shisha cafes do not need to register with local authorities to trade. Over half of Shisha cafes are found in London with the City of Westminster reporting 125. The boroughs of Ealing (10 in 2007 to 50 in 2018) and Redbridge (Zero in 2007 to 20 in 2018) have seen the most significant increases.
Source: Asian Image, 31 May 2018
The true cost of smoking to North East NHS revealed
The cost of smoking to the North East has been revealed on World No Tobacco Day. New data shows tobacco smoking costs the region over £613 million a year. The figures reveal the additional pressure smoking is putting on hospitals and GP surgeries.
Ailsa Rutter, the director of Fresh, says there’s still a lot to do: “For every one person who dies from smoking we have another twenty out there living with smoking related illnesses.”
The numbers from Action on Smoking Health shows that smoking causes additional pressure on the region’s hospitals and GP surgeries, with a £127.5 million bill to the NHS from over 1.2 million GP consultations, over 256,000 hospital admissions and outpatient visits, and 693,133 GP prescriptions every year.
Source: SunFM 103.4, 31 May 2018
Scotland: Effect of smoking on heart health revealed on World No Tobacco Day
More than 2,000 people are dying every year in Scotland from smoking-related heart disease, according to Action on Smoking and Health Scotland.
Figures released by ASH Scotland reveal that around 1,263 men and 774 women died of cardiovascular problems caused by smoking in 2016. The deaths that year – the most recent for which data is available – represented more than 13% of all circulatory disease-related deaths in Scotland.
The charity said the figures actually understate the extent of smoking-related illness, since they only cover deaths, not smoking-related health problems such as high blood pressure.
Source: STV, 31 May 2018
Day of action to stamp out illegal tobacco sales in Wales
As part of World No Tobacco Day, sniffer dogs and Trading Standards officers will be out in Port Talbot, Wales, talking to the public about the sale of illegal tobacco in their communities. This follows an ITV Wales investigation that found illegal tobacco made up 15% of all sales in Wales and that it was being sold for as little as £3.
ASH Wales say illegal tobacco makes it easier for children to start smoking.
No matter where tobacco comes from, it is extremely harmful but illegal tobacco poses an added risk as it can be more easily sold to children and brings crime into communities.
Source: ITV, 31 May 2018
World Health Organisation: Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death and disease
Fewer people are smoking worldwide, especially women, but only one country in eight is on track to meet the target of reducing tobacco use significantly by 2025, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
Three million people die prematurely each year due to tobacco use that causes cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and stroke, the world’s leading killers, it said, marking World No Tobacco Day. They include 890,000 deaths through second-hand smoke exposure.
The WHO clinched a landmark treaty in 2005, now ratified by 180 countries, that calls for a ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship, and for taxes to discourage use.
“The worldwide prevalence of tobacco smoking has decreased from 27 percent in 2000 to 20 percent in 2016, so progress has been made,” Douglas Bettcher, director of the WHO’s prevention of noncommunicable diseases department, told a news briefing.
Launching the WHO’s global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco smoking, he said that industrialised countries are making faster progress than developing countries.
Source: Reuters, 30 May 2018
China: Organisers want 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics smoke-free
With the smoke-free legacy of the 2008 Beijing Olympics still in mind, the capital wants to cooperate with nearby provinces to host a smoke-free Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympic Games in 2022.
The Patriotic Health Campaign Committee and the health and family planning commissions of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei launched a tobacco-control project for the upcoming Games at a recent event.
“Through multilevel tobacco-control education, standardized smoke-free environment construction, strict supervision, law enforcement and convenient smoking cessation services, Beijing and Hebei will create a smoke-free Olympics and environment,” said Duan Jiali, director of the tobacco-control department of the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Source: Chinadaily European, 31 May 2018