ASH Daily news for 04 December 2015



HEADLINES

  • Giving up smoking can close the health gap between rich and poor, says Reading health boss
  • New app developed to help smokers quit
  • Gloucestershire Care Services Wins No Smoking Day Award
  • Worcestershire: E-cigarette charging warning issued by trading standards team
  • Newborns in intensive care may be exposed to ‘thirdhand’ smoke residue
  • Kenya: Senate Minority Leader refutes BAT bribery story, demands immediate apology
  • FOI release: meetings with Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)

    Giving up smoking can close the health gap between rich and poor, says Reading health boss

    Reading’s public health boss Dr Andrew Burnett described how helping people to stop smoking can bridge the health inequalities between rich and poor.

    He was speaking at Reading Borough Council’s policy committee on Monday, November 30, in which councillors had to approve a £600,000 cut in the £9.6 million public health budget in the current financial year.

    Lead member for health Councillor Graeme Hoskin said it would be difficult to make the cuts because they were being made at short notice and the council had “no room for manoeuvre”.

    Source: Get Reading – 03 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1lehB6y

    New app developed to help smokers quit

    A “stop smoking” game for smartphones has been developed that incorporates elements of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

    The app, designed by a group of medical students at Imperial College London, delivers personalised behavioural support to those wanting to quit tobacco.

    It is based around concepts of CBT, the popular “talking treatment” that helps people change the way they think and behave.

    To motivate users, the app has game-like features for reaching personal targets and tracking progress, with videos delivered by an animated personal doctor.

    Source: BT.com/PA – 03 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1lehUhS

    Gloucestershire Care Services Wins No Smoking Day Award

    Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has won the award for Best Photo in the No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year competition.

    The photo selected shows dozens of former smokers gathered outside the Gloucestershire Quit Shop to share their pride in quitting smoking. Around 35 quitters from the Gloucestershire’s Stop Smoking Service were at the shop in Southgate Street to promote the 2015 No Smoking Day message, including Town Crier Alan Myatt.

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    Source: Edge Magazine – December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1lei8FC

    Worcestershire: E-cigarette charging warning issued by trading standards team

    Faulty batteries in e-cigarettes could cause fires this Christmas, according to trading standards teams.

    Consumers are being warned by Worcestershire Regulatory Services to be alert when purchasing products, as recent testing has identified devices with batteries that do not have a charging cut off.

    This means that the batteries will continue to charge after reaching full capacity, which could lead to overheating and produce an ignition source.

    Worcestershire Regulatory Services is urging members of the public to only by from reputable sources, ensure the e-cigarette carries a CE mark and to never leave devices charging unattended for long periods.

    Source: Worcester News – 02 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1leiP1B

    Newborns in intensive care may be exposed to ‘thirdhand’ smoke residue

    Despite hospitals operating a smoke free policy, newborns in intensive care may still be exposed to thirdhand smoke residue from their smoker parents, suggests a small study published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

    The researchers measured surface nicotine on the fingers of five mothers who smoked in order to find out if thirdhand smoke residue would be detectable in a neonatal unit of a smoke free hospital.

    The analysis showed that nicotine was detectable on the surfaces of the incubators, cots, and other furniture tested.

    The quantities found on the incubator and cot surfaces were lower than those on the unit furniture, which were at levels comparable with residue detected in the homes of smokers, where indoor smoking is banned.

    This is an observational study, so no firm conclusions about cause and effect can be drawn. And the researchers point out that some of the nicotine by-products found in the babies’ urine might have been accumulated while in the womb, as it is not clear how long it takes for these chemicals to clear a newborn’s system. The study is also small.

    Source: Rochdale Online – 04 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1lejrVd

    Kenya: Senate Minority Leader refutes BAT bribery story, demands immediate apology

    Kenyan Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetangula, flanked by over ten legislators, including National Assembly Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo and Deputy Minority Whip Chris Wamalwa has called the bribery claims by the BBC erroneous reporting.

    He said serious allegations had been made against himself to the effect that BAT funded his trip to the London Olympics in 2012 and warned that he was not going to take the matter lying down.

    Further he censured the media report on claims that, while in United Kingdom, he was hosted at Global House, BAT’s UK headquarters.

    See also:
    – Julie Adell-Owino fights to clear her name after corruption claims at BAT, Business Daily Africa
    Nigeria: BAT bribery expose is wakeup call to govt on tobacco industry – ERA/FoEN, City Voice

    Source: Standard Media – 04 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1lelxUM

    FOI release: meetings with Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)

    Responding to a Freedom of Information Request, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has released documents relating to its correspondence and meetings with ASH between 2010 to 2015.

    Source: GOV.UK – 03 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1lemkFq