ASH Daily News 7 November 2017



UK

  • Frontline healthcare staff urged to intervene to prevent around 55,650 smokers ending up in hospital
  • Smokers turn to vaping as Stoptober prompts a 29% rise in e-cigarettes
  • Smokers’ group Forest suggests public show little support for further tax hike
  • Wolverhampton: More smokers are kicking the habit
  • Oldham: Liberal Democrat Leader Howard Sykes urges council to make play areas in the borough smoke free
  • Grangetown: Primary school children tackling secondhand smoke

 

UK

Frontline healthcare staff urged to intervene to prevent around 55,650 smokers ending up in hospital

Public Health England is urging all NHS frontline staff to take advantage of free online training to help them deliver effective stop smoking advice.

The latest figures show the burden to the NHS in England from smoking is £2.6billion. There is an urgent need across all parts of the NHS to support people to quit, to improve the health of local populations and to help secure the sustainability of the NHS.

Source: The Pheonix Newspaper, 7 November 2017
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Smokers turn to vaping as Stoptober prompts a 29% rise in e-cigarettes

The latest sales figures show that Public Health England’s new harm reduction approach to decreasing smoking rates during Stoptober has been widely accepted. Vape Club, an online retailer of vaping products, saw e-cigarette starter kit sales increase by 29% following the launch of the 2017 campaign.

Source: London Loves Business, 6 November 2017
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Smokers’ group Forest suggests public show little support for further tax hike

A survey, conducted by Populus for the smokers’ group Forest, found that 76% of adults think the current level of tax on tobacco is either about right (44%) or too high (32%). Only 24% think it’s too low.

A majority – 68% – also said that buying illicit tobacco was “understandable”. Only 22% found it “not understandable”.

Source: Asian Trader, 6 November 2017
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Wolverhampton: More smokers are kicking the habit

The percentage of smokers in Wolverhampton dropped from from 22.9% in 2012 to 16.5% in 2016 which is more than anywhere else in the West Midlands, according to Public Health England.

Councillor Paul Sweet, Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “While it is pleasing to see that the proportion of adults who smoke has fallen markedly in Wolverhampton over the last five years – and particularly in the last year – it is still too high. Tobacco use remains the single largest cause of health inequalities and premature death in Wolverhampton, and for every death caused by smoking, another 20 people suffer from smoking-related diseases.”

Source: Express and Star, 7 November 2017
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Oldham: Liberal Democrat Leader Howard Sykes urges council to make play areas in the borough smoke free

Councillor Howard Sykes, Leader of the Opposition on Oldham Council, has written to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Jean Stretton, after it was proposed that Parliament Square in the town centre be made smoke-free.

“Smoking is a public health emergency; it is a contributory factor in many of the deaths that occur in our Borough from cancer, heart disease and strokes, and it causes chronic ill-health amongst many of our residents,” said Councillor Sykes.

Source: The Oldham Times, 7 November 2017
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Grangetown: Primary school children tackling secondhand smoke

Children from Grangetown Primary School have come together to raise awareness of the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Hitting shops and businesses in Grangetown, the Year 6 pupils have made handmade signs for shops to display, requesting people not to smoke directly outside the premises. The aim is to stop children being exposed to smoke when entering the shops.

Source: NE Connected, 6 November 2017
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