ASH Daily News 31 October 2017



UK

  • Charity calls on gambling firms to fund addiction treatment
  • Prisoner takes fight against smoking in jails to Supreme Court
  • North East: More than half of teenage smokers buying from illegal dealers
  • Scotland: Study finds secondhand smoke linked to pet deaths and illnesses
  • Scotland: More success for quit attempts in Dundee

International

  • USA: Study finds financial incentives and personalised support aid smoking cessation

 

UK

Charity calls on gambling firms to fund addiction treatment

GambleAware, a problem-gambling charity, has said that gambling companies are not honouring a commitment to fund addiction treatment. The charity is therefore calling for a statutory levy on the industry.

The intervention comes as the Government’s review into the regulation of gambling machines and advertising is about to be published.

Previously, following a deal struck with the last Labour Government when it deregulated gambling, firms agreed to give voluntarily 0.1% of their revenues to charity, which would have provided £13.8m last year. GambleAware has said it received only £8m.

Source: The Guardian, 30 October 2017
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Prisoner takes fight against smoking in jails to Supreme Court

An inmate at a Lancashire prison is taking his battle to ban smoking in prisons to the Supreme Court.

Originally, prisoner Paul Black had won a High Court case in 2015, which found that the 2006 ban on smoking in public and workplaces should apply to prisons. However the Government subsequently challenged the decision successfully in the Court of Appeal.

Following the ruling of the Court of Appeal, a spokesman for the Prison Service said that the revised ruling meant that prisons could go smokefree in a “safe and secure way”. The case will now be heard before a panel of five Supreme Court justices.

Source: Leigh Observer, 31 October 2017
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North East: More than half of teenage smokers buying from illegal dealers

A survey run by regional tobacco control office Fresh has found that 55% of underage smokers buy illegal tobacco. Furthermore, 73% said that they had been offered illegal tobacco.

The news comes as Fresh launches its new Keep It Out campaign, which aims to reduce the prevalence of illegal tobacco by raising awareness and encouraging people who smoke not to buy it.

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “While fewer people than ever are now smoking, illegal cigarettes are often responsible for getting children initiated on smoking as they can buy it at pocket money prices from people who don’t care who they sell to.”

Source: Hartlepool Mail, 31 October 2017
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Scotland: Study finds secondhand smoke linked to pet deaths and illnesses

A recent study by researchers at the University of Glasgow has found that pets are equally, if not more, at risk of being exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.

The study found that animals inhale more smoke and may ingest nicotine when licking their fur. As a result, dogs may develop lung or sinus cancer, with smaller animals facing skin disease and breathing problems.

Following the study, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Royal College of Nursing have combined to promote a new campaign that aims to raise awareness among owners about the potential for harm.

See also
University of Glasgow: Evaluating the impact of environmental tobacco smoke on biological age markers: a canine model

Source: BBC, 30 October 2017
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Scotland: More success for quit attempts in Dundee

In Dundee, almost a fifth of quit attempts were successful over past year, marking the highest rate of success in seven years.

The new rate of success stands at 19.3%, comparing favourably to the previous year’s mark of 17.6%.

Andrew Radley, NHS Tayside consultant in public health pharmacy, said, “The rate of young people taking up smoking is at an all-time low. People are walking away from the idea of smoking. There have never been more options to help people to quit smoking. Making the decision to quit smoking is always a personal journey but the more options there are the more likely you are to find a way to quit that suits you.”

Source: Evening Telegraph, 31 October 2017
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International

USA: Study finds financial incentives and personalised support aid smoking cessation

A study by researchers at Boston Medical Center has found that offering support and financial incentives greatly increases the success rate of quit attempts.

Reseachers offered participants an unidentified financial incentive if they managed to be smokefree 12 months after the onset of the study. 12% of participants managed to quit, compared with 2% of a control group.

The intervention was found to be particularly helpful for non-white, older, and female participants.

See also
JAMA Internal Medicine: Effect of Patient Navigation and Financial Incentives on Smoking Cessation Among Primary Care Patients at an Urban Safety-Net Hospital

Source: Medical Xpress, 30 October 2017
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