ASH Daily News 9 August 2017



UK

  • Train users caught putting their feet on seats or vaping could face prosecution
  • Dorset: New ChatHealth SMS initiative for children and young people

International

  • USA: FDA to target e-cigarettes in health campaign for youth
  • USA: Smoking is on the rise among pregnant women with depression
  • USA: Fertility, sex drive, and fitness: How smoking affects your health in more ways than one

 

UK

Train users caught putting their feet on seats or vaping could face prosecution

Train company London Midland has launched a new campaign to stamp out anti-social behaviour and it could see passengers facing prosecution for breaking new railway by-laws. Commuters caught putting their feet on seats or vaping could end up in court.

The new regulations were introduced this week (from 7 August) in response to complaints from train passengers.

Source: Birmingham Mail, 8 August 2017
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Dorset: New ChatHealth SMS initiative for children and young people

Children and young people aged 11-19 across the county can now seek confidential advice and support on a range of health and wellbeing issues affecting them at the touch of a button.

The new text messaging service is called ChatHealth, and has been launched by Dorset HealthCare to give young people in school Year 7 and above the opportunity to send questions via SMS directly from their mobile phone to the ChatHealth School Nursing Team.

Dawn Campbell, the Children’s Services Manager at Dorset HealthCare, said: “For the first time children and young people across the county can access confidential advice, information and guidance from specially trained nurses who have their health and wellbeing at the heart of everything they do.”

Source: Somerset Live, 8 August 2017
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International

USA: FDA to target e-cigarettes in health campaign for youth

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will now include electronic cigarettes in a public health education campaign to discourage American youth from using tobacco and nicotine products.

This autumn, “The Real Cost” campaign will be expanded to include messages about e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems. A full-scale campaign will be launched in 2018.

Source: Medical Xpress, 8 August 2017
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USA: Smoking is on the rise among pregnant women with depression

Smoking is increasing among pregnant women with depression in the United States, according to new research at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York. Smoking rates for pregnant women with depression climbed 2.5 percent from 2002 to 2014, in contrast to a decrease among other groups.

“The strength of the relationship between depression and prenatal smoking has increased over time, suggesting that depression is an increasingly important—but rarely treated—barrier to quitting smoking,” said Renee Goodwin, PhD, of the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, who led the research. “Smoking during pregnancy is disproportionately common among women with lower levels of education, lower income, and who are unmarried, relative to those with higher education and income. Notably, these are also groups who often have less access to prenatal care.”

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Source: Medical Xpress, 8 August 2017
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USA: Fertility, sex drive, and fitness: How smoking affects your health in more ways than one

Whilst sexuality is generally not a topic of everyday conversation, it is a thought-provoking one, particularly when it comes to how it both improves and benefits your health. However, did you know there is a direct link between cigarette smoking and sexual performance?

The chemicals from smoking are highly damaging to the body’s blood circulation, resulting in constricted blood vessels and reduced oxygen levels throughout the body. So, it’s no surprise that for many cigarette smokers, the nasty habitual effects can be damaging for you and your sex life.

Source: Girl Talk HQ, 7 August 2017
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