ASH Daily News 9 January 2018



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UK

  • As it happened: Cabinet reshuffle
  • Blackpool: One in four women are smoking while pregnant
  • Bedford: 70,000 cigarettes seized as part of clampdown on illicit tobacco and alcohol

International

  • Sweden: Smokers are nearly 50% more likely to need spinal surgery to relieve back pain
  • India: Top court sets aside order cancelling larger tobacco health warnings

UK

As it happened: Cabinet reshuffle

Here are the key highlights of the cabinet reshuffle:

Theresa May has completed a reshuffle of her cabinet, bringing a number of new faces into her top team, although the biggest jobs have all remained the same.

Jeremy Hunt remains as health secretary but gets added responsibility for social care while Greg Clark stays at business despite speculation during the day that both might move.

There is a major shake-up at Conservative Party headquarters, with Brandon Lewis becoming party chairman and nine new vice-chairmen and women, including Andrew Jones who has moved from Exchequer Secretary to the party’s Vice-Chair.

The reshuffle will continue on Tuesday with changes to the middle and junior ministerial ranks.

Here’s a full list of the cabinet after Monday’s appointments

Source: BBC, 9 January 2018

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Blackpool: One in four women are smoking while pregnant

NHS figures show more than a quarter of pregnant women in Blackpool were smoking at the time of giving birth between July and September last year.

Smoking during pregnancy can cause a raft of serious pregnancy-related health problems, including complications during labour, an increased risk of miscarriage and bleeding during pregnancy, premature birth, low birth-weight and sudden unexpected death in infancy.

Source: The Sun, 8 January 2018

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Bedford: 70,000 cigarettes seized as part of clampdown on illicit tobacco and alcohol

A haul of 70,000 cigarettes was seized as part of a search for illicit tobacco and counterfeit alcohol in Bedford.

Liam Mitchell, Bedfordshire Police’s Community Safety Sergeant, said: “This is an excellent example of partnership and multi-agency working. Our priority is keeping the public safe, part of which is ensuring that customers know what they are buying. “The production and sale of counterfeit or illicit tobacco is often linked to organised crime and we work closely with the council to take a robust stance with any licensed premise that breaks the law. We are pleased to have assisted in taking such vast quantities of potentially dangerous products off our streets.”

Source: Bedford Today, 8 January 2018

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International

Sweden: Smokers are nearly 50% more likely to need spinal surgery to relieve back pain

Smoking increases the risk of lower back pain that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery, a Swedish study suggests.

Researchers focused on a common cause of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

The condition often develops as people age, but nicotine’s constriction of blood flow and promotion of inflammation are believed to contribute to the process, the study authors write.

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The Spine: The association between tobacco smoking and surgical intervention for lumbar spinal stenosis: cohort study of 331,941 workers

Source: Daily Mail, 8 January 2018

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India: Top court sets aside order cancelling larger tobacco health warnings

India’s Supreme Court on Monday put on hold a lower court’s order that stopped federal rules mandating larger health warnings on tobacco packages.

The Supreme Court, which heard petitions brought forward by tobacco-control activists, stayed the Karnataka court’s order on Monday, citing the need to protect the health of citizens.
“Health of a citizen has primacy and he or she should be aware of that which can affect or deteriorate the condition of health,” the Supreme Court said in its 13-page order.

Source: Reuters, 8 January 2018

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