ASH Daily news for 03 September 2015
3 September 2015
- Council staff face work-hours smoking ban
- Liverpool smokers urged to kick the habit this Stoptober
- China: Men in China face increasing tobacco-related cancer risk
- US: Pharmacy company CVS says stopping tobacco sales made a big difference
- US: Legal action against electronic cigarette makers proposed in US
Council staff face work-hours smoking ban
Nottinghamshire county council has proposed banning staff from smoking during working hours, including on breaks but not during lunch breaks provided the employee takes off their uniform and is far from council property. The ban would extend to include electronic cigarettes.
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH, said: “Employees who want to carry on smoking can still do so, just not during work hours on Nottingham council premises. This will improve productivity, help employees who are trying to quit smoking and provide a cleaner and more pleasant working environment for all staff.
“However, we don’t think it’s appropriate to include electronic cigarettes, as vaping does not cause the damage that smoking does, and the most common reason given by people who use these devices is to help them quit smoking.”
– Daily Mail: Council bans all staff from taking cigarette breaks during working hours
– Express: Council bans workers from taking cigarette break
– ITV: Council to ban staff smoking breaks
– Nottingham Post: Blanket ban on smoking during work hours for all employees at Nottinghamshire County CouncilSource: The Guardian, 03 September 2015
Liverpool smokers urged to kick the habit this Stoptober
Health officials are encouraging smokers to quit smoking as part of Stoptober, a month long anti-smoking campaign this October.
The Stoptober campaigner is encouraging individuals to sign up with friends and family. Research suggests people are 67% more likely to quit if their partner also stops smoking and 36% more likely to quit if a friend kicks the habit at the same time.
– Hartlepool Mail: Hartlepool smokers urged to team up to quit the habit
– Sunderland Echo: Sunderland smokers urged to team up to quit the habitSource: Liverpool Echo, 03 September 2015
China: Men in China face increasing tobacco-related cancer risk
A study published in Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society, as part of a Special Issue on Lung Cancer in China, suggests that smoking now causes nearly a quarter of all cancers in adult males.
In the study, 68% of men were found to be smokers, compared to 3% of women.Source: Medical Xpress, 02 September 2015
US: Pharmacy company CVS says stopping tobacco sales made a big difference
A new study published by CVS suggests that the decision to stop tobacco sales a year ago caused people to buy 1% fewer packs of cigarettes in 13 states.Source: USA Today, 03 September 2015
US: Legal action against electronic cigarette makers proposed in US
The Center for Environmental Health [a Californian Non-Profit public benefit corporation] is preparing to take legal action in California against the manufacturers of some brands of electronic cigarettesSource: The Guardian, 02 September 2015