ASH Daily News 8 September 2017



UK

  • Eight priorities identified for tobacco control research
  • Alcohol industry accused of employing tobacco industry tactics on cancer risk
  • London: Exhibition explores the persuasion of design

Link of the Week

  • CLeaR local tobacco control guidance updated

 

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Eight priorities identified for tobacco control research

A new set of research priorities to support tobacco control will help ensure future research provides the greatest benefit to public health and value for money, according to the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group.

The top 24 unanswered questions are grouped into eight priority research themes: addressing inequalities in tobacco use; delivery of smoking cessation treatments; electronic cigarettes; quit attempt triggers; preventing tobacco use in young people; tobacco use in people with mental health problems and/or substance abuse issues; interventions targeting whole populations rather than individuals; quitting during pregnancy.

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Addiction: Setting research priorities in tobacco control: a stakeholder engagement project

Source: Medical Xpress, 7 September 2017
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Alcohol industry accused of employing tobacco industry tactics on cancer risk

New research suggests alcohol companies are using similar tactics to the tobacco industry to mislead consumers about cancer risks.

A team from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine analysed information relating to cancer on the websites and documents of 27 alcohol industry organisations. They found the vast majority misrepresented the risk levels, often by using distracting health messages that downplay cancer links.

Institute of Alcohol Studies chief executive Katherine Brown said: “This report shows that, like the tobacco industry before them, alcohol companies are misleading consumers about the evidence linking their products to cancer.”

Source: Independent, 7 September 2017
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London: Exhibition explores the persuasion of design

An exhibition at publishing house GraphicDesign& looks at the effect of graphic design on our lives. In particular, it examines the theme of persuasion, and displays the changes in cigarette packet designs over the recent decades.

The exhibition begins with Raymond Loewy’s Lucky Strike packets. This design, which marked a switch from green to white packets, with the logo placed on the front and back of the pack, helped to increase sales in the US by 38%.

Source: Wired, 7 September 2017
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Link of the Week
CLeaR local tobacco control guidance updated

Updated guidance for implementing tobacco control at a local level has been published online.

CLeaR is an evidence based improvement model which helps you to develop local action to reduce smoking prevalence and the use of tobacco. The model is designed for use by local authorities, tobacco alliances and health and wellbeing boards.

Source: Gov.uk, 7 September 2017
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