ASH Daily news for 03 July 2015



  • Letter: Government warned over public health cuts
  • Scotland: Park visitors urged to stub out the cigarettes
  • North East: Smokers urged to quit and supported to use e-cigs
  • Experts call for ‘all hands on deck’ to tackle global burden of non-communicable disease
  • US: Democrats attack Chamber over tobacco lobbying
  • Kenya: Court suspends new tobacco regulations over violation of Constitution
  • New Zealand: Tax hike chokes BAT profit
  • Fiji commended for tobacco control efforts

    Letter: Government warned over public health cuts

    Sir, We believe the proposed £200 million of cuts to public health budgets would be harmful both to the health of the population in England and to long-term efforts to reduce cost pressures.

    Public health services target some of the most significant challenges of our time, such as smoking, alcohol misuse, obesity and inactivity. For the NHS and social care to cope with challenges posed by growing demand and limited resources, there needs to be an increased emphasis on preventing ill-health.

    NHS England’s “Five Year Forward View”, which has been fully adopted by the government, recognised this. It made prevention its cornerstone, establishing a consensus around which real progress could be made.

    As the Department of Health launches this consultation, we urge the government to take note of the weight of evidence and appreciate that cuts to public health services would be deeply counter-productive to the health of our nation.

    Prof Karen Middleton CBE Chief executive, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
    Shirley Cramer Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health
    Prof John R Ashton CBE President, Faculty of Public Health
    Prof Cathy Warwick Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives
    Tom Wright Chief Executive, Age UK
    Kay Boycott Chief Executive, Asthma UK
    Delyth Morgan Chief Executive, Breast Cancer Now
    Simon Gillespie Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation
    Dr Penny Woods Chief Executive, British Lung Foundation
    Barbara Young Chief Executive, Diabetes UK
    Lynda Thomas Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support
    Arlene Wilkie Chief Executive, The Neurological Alliance
    Mark Winstanley Chief Executive, Rethink Mental Illness
    Jon Barrick Chief Executive, The Stroke Association
    Prof Russell Viner Officer for Health Promotion, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
    Dr Liam O’Toole, Chief Executive, Arthritis Research UK
    Deborah Arnott Chief Executive, Action on Smoking & Health
    Jackie Ballard Chief Executive, Alcohol Concern
    Ben Reynolds Acting Coordinator, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming
    Paul Farmer Chief Executive, Mind

    Source: The Times – 03 July 2015

    Scotland: Park visitors urged to stub out the cigarettes

    Please don’t puff where we play – that is the message to smokers at the playpark behind Baljaffray shopping precinct.

    Although the plea from East Dunbartonshire Council is not legally enforceable, it is hoped that common sense will stop parents from lighting up while their children are playing in the park.

    The smoke-free park initiative is the first of its kind in the district and was launched with the help of children from Baljaffray Primary School and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC).

    Source: Milngavie and Bearsden Herald – 02 July 2015

    North East: Smokers urged to quit and supported to use e-cigs

    Hartlepool’s smokers are being encouraged to quit for the summer and give themselves more money in their pockets.

    Campaigners at stop smoking services are also there to support people using electronic cigarettes as part of their quit attempt.

    Campaign group Fresh has joined forces with the Stockton and Hartlepool NHS Stop Smoking Service to urge the area’s 47,000 smokers to quit.

    See also:
    – Stop smoking services go ecig friendly – quit and save, Fresh press release

    Source: Hartlepool Mail – 03 July 2015

    Experts call for ‘all hands on deck’ to tackle global burden of non-communicable disease

    A group of the world’s top doctors and scientists working in cardiology and preventive medicine have issued a call to action to tackle the global problem of deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart problems, diabetes and cancer, through healthy lifestyle initiatives.

    They say that identifying the enormous burden caused by NCDs is not enough and it is time for “all hands on deck” to pursue strategies both within and outside traditional healthcare systems that will succeed in promoting healthier lifestyles in order to prevent or delay health conditions that cause the deaths of over 36 million people worldwide each year at a cost of at least US $6.3 trillion – a cost that is projected to rise to $13 trillion by 2030.

    In a policy statement from the American Heart Association (AHA), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) and the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), which was published simultaneously in Mayo Clinic Proceedings and the European Heart Journal, the authors propose that organisations at every level of society, from the family unit, to companies, to industry, to government and non-governmental organisations worldwide should collaborate to create, implement and sustain healthy lifestyle initiatives that will reverse the current upward trajectory of NCDs.

    Source: Medical News Today – 02 July 2015

    US: Democrats attack Chamber over tobacco lobbying

    Senate Democrats are turning up the pressure on the Chamber of Commerce over reports that the business organization is lobbying for Big Tobacco.

    The Chamber’s efforts to strike down anti-smoking health laws around the world are “craven and unconscionable,” said the lawmakers, led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Democrat-Connecticut).

    “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s decision to use its international clout to fight regulations of tobacco products around the world is craven and unconscionable,” the senators wrote. “Commerce member companies should be concerned that their good name is sullied in efforts to strike down public health protections worldwide.”

    See also:
    Big Tobacco’s sleazy Irish American enforcer Thomas J. Donohue, Irish Central
    Chamber Of Commerce Defends Its Defense Of Tobacco, Media Post

    Source: The Hill – 02 July 2015

    Kenya: Court suspends new tobacco regulations over violation of Constitution

    The High Court has suspended implementation of new tobacco regulations, citing violation of the Constitution by the State.

    High Court judge Mumbi Ngugi said Article 10 of the Constitution, which requires public participation in the matter, was not adhered to in coming up with the regulations.

    The suspension follows BAT’s petition against the implementation of the regulations.

    The regulations, which were supposed to have been effected last month, would have compelled cigarette makers to display graphic images on packages as warnings to smokers.

    They also ban advertising, promoting and sponsorship of tobacco and its products as well as smoking in open spaces to protect members of the public from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.

    Source: Business Daily – 02 July 2015

    New Zealand: Tax hike chokes BAT profit

    British American Tobacco Holdings (New Zealand), the nation’s largest cigarette company, has reported a 3.9 per cent decline in annual profit as it absorbed the government’s latest hike in excise tax.

    The local arm of British American Tobacco reported net profit of $126.5 million in calendar 2014, down from $131.6m a year earlier, according to financial statements lodged with the Companies Office.

    Revenue increased 1.5 per cent to $1.23 billion, slower than the 4.3 per cent increase in excise tax to $945m. Total cost of sales, which includes excise tax, rose 3.3 per cent to $995.1m.

    Source: NZ City – 03 July 2015

    Fiji commended for tobacco control efforts

    Fiji has been recognised and commended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its efforts to combat the consumption of tobacco products.

    The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MOHMS) has been awarded the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ Award for raising awareness and advocacy in the control of illicit trade of tobacco products.

    Every year, WHO recognises individuals or organisations in each of the six WHO regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control through the WHO Director-General Special Recognition Awards and the World No Tobacco Day Awards.

    Source: The Jet – 03 July 2015