ASH Daily News 5 October 2017



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UK

  • Greater Manchester leads the way to help people kick the habit this Stoptober
  • Scotland: NHS Tayside premises go smokefree
  • Northern Ireland: Drop in smokers using cessation services

International

  • USA: These U.S. States Still Smoke More Than Any Others
  • India: Eastern states cloud good news on smoking

UK

Greater Manchester leads the way to help people kick the habit this Stoptober

Steve Brine, the Minister for Public Health, has authored an article in the Huffington Post about the importance of locally tailored approaches to smoking cessation, congratulating the work being led by Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester.

The Minister explained that the new Tobacco Control Plan places a key emphasis on targeted, local plans. In this, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is leading the way with their Tobacco Free Greater Manchester Strategy.

Source: Huffington Post, 4 October 2017
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Scotland: NHS Tayside premises go smokefree

NHS Tayside premises have gone completely smokefree. Smokefree status previously covered some NHS Tayside grounds, and has now been extended to cover mental health facilities as well. The move comes as part of a nation-wide drive towards creating a smokefree generation in Scotland by 2034.

Public Health consultant, Andrew Radley, said: “We recognise that stopping smoking can be very difficult, and want to do all we can to help our patients manage this.”

“Therefore, all patients who smoke will be offered nicotine replacement therapy and/or other support. On discharge from hospital, patients will be given information about support services to help them remain smoke-free.”

Source: Evening Telegraph, 5 October 2017
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Northern Ireland: Drop in smokers using cessation services

New figures released by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland have shown that the number of people using cessation services has dropped further.

In the 12 months to April, almost 19,000 people set a quit date through these services, over 2,500 fewer than the previous year.

Despite this, the success rate of quit attempts was strong, with both men and women showing success rates of around 60% when using cessation services.

See also Northern Ireland Department of Health: Statistics on smoking cessation services In Northern Ireland: Four week follow up figures for 2016/17 and 52 week follow up figures for 2015/16.

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 5 October 2017
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International

USA: These U.S. states still smoke more than any others

Though the average smoking rate in the USA has declined over several decades, 12 neighbouring states in the Deep South and Midwest are falling behind in efforts to reduce the rate of smoking.

The region, dubbed “Tobacco Nation” in a report by the Truth Initiative, includes Alabama, Mississippi, and Ohio, and makes up 20% of the US population. In the 12 states, an average of 22% of people smoke, 7 percentage points above the US average.

Source: Bloomberg, 4 October 2017
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India: Eastern states cloud good news on smoking

A study has suggested that while the overall number of smokers is predicted to decline over the next decade in India, in certain states the number will rise.

According to the International Institute of Population Sciences’s study, the number of smokers overall will fall from around 344 million in 2015 to approximately 202 million by 2025. However, burgeoning populations mean that states such as Bengal and Bahir may see an increase in tobacco use over the same time scale.

Public health figures attribute the overall fall in smoking to tobacco control measures passed by the Government, as well as media campaigns in cinema and on TV.

Source: Telegraph India, 4 October 2017
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