ASH Daily News 6 December 2017



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Smoker quits after 38 years, credits local vapestore
Children’s Commissioner backs ASH Scotland charter

International

New Zealand: Prior exposure to smoking may affect infants’ respiratory health
USA: New COPD treatment receives approval from FDA

UK

Smoker quits after 38 years, credits local vapestore

Lorna Randall of Dorking recently quit smoking after 38 years, thanks to the support of her local vape store. She is now on a mission to change people’s perception of electronic cigarettes and those who sell them.

Ms Randall said: “It has received some bad reviews, mostly when it first opened but they have been fantastic for me and others. The fact is they I have smoked for 38 years and stopped in March after I went into the store and I have really given it a go for the first time.

“They have all been really helpful and supportive, without that I don’t think I would have successfully stopped smoking. All along the way they have been like a little place for community support, showing me how to clean the kit, refilling it, helping to change my dose and have just made stopping smoking not be that difficult when it can be so tough.”

Source: Get Surrey, 6 December 2017

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Children’s Commissioner backs ASH Scotland charter

Scotland’s children’s commissioner has backed calls for councils to discourage smoking in areas where children learn, socialise and play.

Bruce Adamson has agreed to champion ASH Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation, which sets out six principles intended to see the next generation grow up without the health problems and financial costs caused by smoking.

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “Bruce is a committed and effective advocate of children’s rights. I am delighted to welcome him as our first Charter Champion.”

Source: Herald Scotland, 6 December 2017

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International

New Zealand: Prior exposure to smoking may affect infants’ respiratory health

A study of children aged 15 months has found that those with higher levels of hair nicotine have potential elevated risks of wheeze and asthma.

The level of hair nicotine increased with numbers of smokers and daily cigarettes smoked at home. It was also strongly associated with smoking in pregnancy, according to the lead author of the study, Dr Philip Pattemore of the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Source: Medical Xpress, 6 December 2018

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USA: New COPD treatment receives approval from FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lonhala Magnair is the first nebulized long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) approved by the FDA.

The primary risk factor for COPD is smoking and around 15.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD.

Source: Bio Portfolio, 5 December 2017

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