ASH Daily news for 02 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • Electronic Cigarettes: What does 95% less harmful actually mean?
  • Scotland: Smoking ban in hospital grounds causes controversy
  • Shropshire: Campaign to highlight ban on smoking in cars with children
  • Ireland: Levy on €150 million annual tobacco profit should be used to help smokers quit
  • Brazil: Former smoker who lost his voice box to throat cancer warns of the dangers of smoking
  • Singapore: Electronic cigarettes banned
  • Irregular heartbeat in adulthood linked to second-hand smoking in pregnancy

    Electronic Cigarettes: What does 95% less harmful actually mean?

    BBC radio 4’s, More or Less programme which examines the statistics behind news stories, reviews the evidence in Public Health England’s recent report on electronic cigarettes.

    Source: BBC Radio 4, 31st August 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1LKzi5D

    Scotland: Smoking ban in hospital grounds causes controversy

    Plans to enforce a smoking ban on all hospital grounds in Scotland has been criticised by some Scottish politicians, saying that such a ban would be an infringement of patients’ “human rights”.

    Nationalist MSP Richard Lyle believes that people should be able to smoke outside a hospital but not directly outside a hospital entrance. He suggested shelters could be set up in hospital grounds so people can “exercise their human right to do as they wish and have a cigarette.”

    Professor Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy, University of Stirling said the hospital grounds aspect of the bill was “complex.”

    But she said: “Having smoking in the very place where people go to get well, even if it’s slightly outside the building, is not compatible with the NHS.”

    Source: The Scotsman, 2nd September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Kr6PVn

    Shropshire: Campaign to highlight ban on smoking in cars with children

    Health officials in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin have joined forces to highlight new laws which will make it illegal to smoke in cars with children from 1 October 2015.

    Telford & Wrekin Council and The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust have launched a campaign to raise awareness with an event at the Shropshire Women and Children’s Centre at the Princess Royal Hospital.

    The campaign is aimed at both parents and is backed by the strapline “Thanks For Not Smoking, Mum/Dad!”

    As well as raising awareness of the legislation and the date from which it will be enforced, it also intends to support smokers who carry children in cars by highlighting smoking cessation service providers.

    Source: Shropshire Live, 1st September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1XeMear

    Ireland: Levy on €150 million annual tobacco profit should be used to help smokers quit

    A pre-Budget submission by the Irish Heart Foundation and Irish Cancer Society has urged that a new levy be introduced on tobacco companies profiting up to 60% on cigarette sales in Ireland to pay the cost of helping smokers to quit.

    The charities also called for the introduction of annual tax increases on tobacco products set at 5% above the rate of inflation, which this year would result in a 50 cent price hike on a pack of cigarettes.

    Source: Media HQ, 1ST September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NMZsYJ

    Brazil: Former smoker who lost his voice box to throat cancer warns of the dangers of smoking

    A former smoker who had his vocal chords removed after being diagnosed with larynx cancer has posed as a cashier at a newsstand to warn others about the dangers of smoking in a powerful public service announcement.

    The video created by the Brazilian agency OpusMúltipla for the Paraña Health Department aims to show viewers what can happen ‘when smoking does not kill’.

    In the video, Joao Candido, explains to his ‘customers’ how smoking influenced and changed his life forever.

    Source: Daily Mail, 2nd September 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1JxA8Qa

    Singapore: Electronic cigarettes banned

    Despite Public Health England’s recently issued report on electronic cigarettes, which suggests that they are significantly less harmful than regular cigarettes and have the potential to help smokers quit, Singapore’s Ministry of Health is sticking by its view that electronic cigarettes are dangerous.

    A spokesman from the Ministry of Health said that the ban on e-cigarettes in Singapore, which will take effect from Dec 15, “takes a high precautionary level of protection for the public’s health”.

    Source: Asia One, 31st August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JLwtln

    Irregular heartbeat in adulthood linked to second-hand smoking in pregnancy

    New research suggests that people seem more likely to have atrial fibrillation as adults if they were exposed to second-hand smoke while in the womb or during childhood.

    Atrial fibrillation is a common type of irregular heart rate in which the heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly, according to the US National Institutes of Health.

    Source: Medical Xpress, 1st September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PKY0DG