ASH Daily News 4 January 2018



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UK

  • Scotland: ‘Quit Your Way’ campaign launches across Scottish pharmacies
  • West Midlands: Warning issued to e-cigarette users after house fire on New Year’s Day
  • Hertfordshire: NHS provider of mental health services bans smoking outside its units

International

  • USA: Study suggests that online tobacco adverts are tied to teen smoking
  • India: New Delhi police issuing fines for smoking and selling tobacco in public places

 

UK

Scotland: ‘Quit Your Way’ campaign launches across Scottish pharmacies

A poster highlighting free NHS stop smoking services will be on show in every community pharmacy in Scotland from next week.

‘Quit Your Way – with our support’ was created after research by Health Scotland found smoking cessation services should have one national identity to improve uptake.

NHS Inform’s Smokeline has already rebranded as Quit Your Way Scotland and all health boards will have adopted the identity by No Smoking Day on 15 March.

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said: “With stop smoking services now accepted as being twice as effective as do-it-yourself, there’s no better time to highlight the free support the NHS can offer. Stopping smoking is one of the most important steps a person can take to improve their health – so I’d urge anyone who has been thinking about giving up to take that first step and quit their way.”

Chief Executive of ASH Scotland Sheila Duffy said: “There is no one way that works for everyone but your GP, pharmacist or the Quit Your Way Scotland website can offer free advice tailored for you that might really help.

Don’t be discouraged if you’ve tried to quit before, it can take a number of attempts to stop smoking successfully. If you’re not ready to quit right now, there are still positive things that you can do – like deciding to take smoking right outside, and make your home smoke-free.”

Source: Scottish Government, 4 January 2018
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West Midlands: Warning issued to e-cigarette users after house fire on New Year’s Day

A warning has been issued to e-cigarette users after a New Year’s Day house fire in the West Midlands that was caused by an electrical fault in an incompatible e-cigarette charger.

Fire officials believe that many similar incidents have been caused by people not using compatible charges sold with their devices. As a result, too much current passes through batteries, causing them overheat and explode.

Guy Williams of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said an increasing number of e-cigarettes are exploding because they are being charged with non-standard chargers.

He advised: “Never leave a charging device unattended and unplug it immediately after use. Only use the original charger supplied and don’t mix components from different e-cigarettes.”

Source: The Border Counties Advertiser, 3 January 2018
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Hertfordshire: NHS provider of mental health services bans smoking outside its units

The 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, provider of mental health and learning disabilities services for Herefordshire, has decided to go completely smokefree to improve the lives of service users.

The trust’s director of quality, Marie Crofts, said: “The evidence is that smoking is the primary reason for the 10 to 20 year shortened life expectancy for people with a mental health disorder. We cannot stand by and allow the people we care for to carry on a habit that causes cancer, heart disease and other physical illnesses without providing appropriate encouragement, guidance and support.

We and our partners in Herefordshire can provide a range of support to help with giving up smoking and the New Year is a particularly good time to quit.”

Source: The Kidderminster Shuttle, 3 January 2018
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International

USA: Study suggests that online tobacco adverts are tied to teen smoking

A study led by a researcher at Dartmouth College has found that teenagers who engage with online tobacco adverts are more likely to start smoking and less likely to try and quit.

12,000 adolescents were surveyed about their online and social media habits as well as their tobacco use. The study surveyed these adolescents twice, before and after a year.

Among nonsmokers, it was found that the few participants who engaged with tobacco adverts at the start of the study were 26 percent more likely to have tried either smoking tobacco or using e-cigarettes.

Among study participants who had already tried tobacco, those who also engaged with online adverts were 58 percent more likely to become frequent users of cigarettes and other products by the end of the study and 29 percent less likely to try and quit.

The lead researcher, Samir Soneji, added that in comparison to US regulations that prevent TV advertisements of tobacco, “there are far fewer restrictions that would prevent tobacco marketers from marketing to children and teenagers online”, urging parents to keep young people informed about the dangers of tobacco usage.

Source: Reuters, 3 January 2018

See also:
Pediatrics: Online tobacco marketing and subsequent use

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India: New Delhi police issuing fines for smoking and selling tobacco in public places

Police in New Delhi have trialled a system that will fine people for smoking in public spaces or selling tobacco close to educational facilities.

The trial, which took place on two separate days either side of the New Year, has so far seen over 2,000 notices issued under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003.

Most notices were issued under Section 4 of the Act, which prohibits smoking in all public places, while others were issued under other sections that restricted certain points of sale.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police stated that they were conducting the drive to raise public awareness of the dangers of tobacco and planned to continue the drive.

Source: Millennium Post, 3 January 2018
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