ASH Daily News for 03 October 2016



  • Millions of smokers expected to give up for Stoptober
  • First anniversary of ban on smoking in cars with children
  • Scotland: Smoking in cars ban to begin in December
  • Guernsey: Health and education sites going smoke-free
  • “Let’s make Rotherham smoke free by 2025” says tobacco alliance
  • US: Smoking bans persuade light users to give up the habit: New study provides best evidence to date of value of bans

Millions of smokers expected to give up for Stoptober

Millions of smokers across the country are expected to be attempting to give up smoking during October.

The effort is part of the annual Stoptober campaign, which is now in its fifth year and has so far helped nearly a million people stop smoking for good. The campaign began on Saturday and is based on the evidence that by the time you have quit for 28 days you are five times more likely to stop for good.

See also:
My dad died from lung cancer because of smoking – and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, Plymouth Herald
Couple who smoked for more than 45 years are encouraging people to quit for Stoptober, The News
Just give up, says woman who lost leg through smoking, The Argus
Bransholme mum Julie Leighton stops smoking after 44 years, Hull Daily Mail
Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton: I can’t run for more than five minutes, Sunday World
Stoptober: 5 things you could spend your cigarette money on instead, Get Surrey
Here’s how to sign up to Stoptober today and take a fag break … permanently, Scunthorpe Telegraph

Source: Southport Visiter – 01 October 2016
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First anniversary of ban on smoking in cars with children

The Police Federation of England and Wales claims that they are still waiting to be given the power to issue fines to people smoking in cars with children a year after the law was launched implemented.

However, the Department of Health said police can pass information to local authorities who can issue the penalty notice and collect the fines, while health campaign groups said the legislation has worked well and compliance has been high.

Results of a survey by ASH show that 86% of children in 2016 have reported no exposure to smoking in cars compared with 83% last year.

The law prohibiting smoking in cars with under-18s is supported by 87% of adults in England – and it is also backed by three quarters (76%) of smokers.

ASH chief executive Deborah Arnott said: ” Compliance with the legislation on smoking in cars with children is dependent on the level of public support, not enforcement action.
“And people are complying with this popular law which protects children from the harm caused by second-hand smoke.”

Source: Gazette Herald – 01 October 2016
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Scotland: Smoking in cars ban to begin in December

From the 5 December, adults who light up in vehicles where there are children aged 18 years and under will be liable for a fixed penalty fine of £100.

The Scottish Government said a public awareness campaign will be held ahead of the ban coming into effect.

Source: Herald Scotland – 02 October 2016
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Guernsey: Health and education sites going smoke-free

Smoking at health and education facilities on Guernsey has been banned from Saturday.

Until then smoking on such sites was allowed in designated areas or shelters, which are being removed.

The ban includes all sites owned or managed by the two departments, including car parks.

The move is part of the Guernsey and Alderney Tobacco Control Strategy which aims to reduce the impact of smoking.

Source: BBC News – 01 October 2016
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“Let’s make Rotherham smoke free by 2025” says tobacco alliance

A group which aims to end smoking in Rotherham has relaunched to help its members tackle the health problem.

Rotherham Tobacco Alliance – whose members include Rotherham Borough Council, NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Yorkshire Smoke Free, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Voluntary Action Rotherham – says it will revisit its priorities with the aim to achieve the national vision of creating a “Smokefree generation by 2025”.

As part of the relaunch, the Alliance is working on the three themes of Prevent, Reduce and Quit to enable its members to align their tobacco control strategies.

Source: Rotherham Advertiser- 30 September 2016
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US: Smoking bans persuade light users to give up the habit: New study provides best evidence to date of value of bans

A new national study shows for the first time how smoking bans in cities, states and counties led young people living in those areas to give up, or never take up, the use of cigarettes.

In particular, the study found that young males who were light smokers before a smoking ban was instituted in their area were more likely to give up cigarettes after a ban went into effect. Smokers who lived in areas where there was never a ban were less likely to drop their cigarette habit.

Smoking bans did not seem to affect tobacco use among women, although their use was already below that of men.

Source: Medical News Today – 30 September 2016
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