ASH Daily news for 04 February 2016



HEADLINES

  • Smokefree policies reduce harm from passive smoking, study finds
  • Public health grant cuts ‘will have major impact on NHS programmes’
  • Wales: Prisoners in Wales will be allowed to smoke in their cells after ban is rejected
  • Ex-smokers are happier than smokers, according to a new survey
  • “We have a duty of care to our patients to promote healthy behaviour”
  • Lincolnshire: 1 in 5 pregnant women smoke- and they’ll be given vouchers to quit
  • Parliamentary Question:

    Smokefree policies reduce harm from passive smoking, study finds

    Major research suggests that the introduction of the smokefree public places law has resulted in a significant fall in the number of people suffering from heart attacks as the result of passive smoking.

    The Cochrane collaboration, examined 77 studies from 21 countries with smoking bans and found a general reduction in hospital admissions for heart disease.

    Among the evidence cited was a study showing that heart attack admissions in Liverpool fell by 42% in the first five years of the ban on smoking in enclosed public places and the workplace in England.

    Another study found a 19% reduction in admissions for acute coronary syndrome among ex-smokers and a 21% reduction for non-smokers (as well as a 14% reduction for smokers) in the first year after Scottish legislation came into effect. Scotland’s ban was introduced in 2006, a year before the rest of the UK.

    Prof Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This review strengthens previous evidence that banning smoking in public places leads to fewer deaths from heart disease and that this effect is greatest in the non-smoking population. So, in public health terms, this has been a successful piece of legislation. Smoking is bad for smokers and for those around them.”

    See also:
    Smoking ban sees 40 per cent cut in heart attacks in UK since 2007 law was introduced
     – The Telegraph

    Heart attack rates have fallen by 42 per cent since the smoking ban in 2007 – The Sun (£)

    Source: The Guardian, 4th February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1nHGYhP

    Public health grant cuts ‘will have major impact on NHS programmes’

    Reductions to councils’ public health grants are “cuts to the NHS in all but name”, council leaders have said.

    The Local Government Association warned there would be a “major impact” on many programmes for smokers, overweight people and drug users among others.

    The comments follow a survey conducted by Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) on cuts to English Local Authority public health grants.

    Almost four fifths (78%) of directors of public health who responded to the poll said that the cuts would “have a detrimental impact on health”.

    Many also said they would be reducing or abolishing services such as weight management or smoking cessation programmes.

    Source: Mail Online, 3rd February 2016
    Link: http://dailym.ai/20IfHKB

    Wales: Prisoners in Wales will be allowed to smoke in their cells after ban is rejected

    Prisoners in Wales will be allowed to smoke in cells after the Welsh government rejected the ban on smoking in prisons.

    A complete ban on smoking in prisons began being phased in across England and Wales last month despite opposition from inmates and prison staff.

    But Assembly ministers in the Welsh government have rejected the ban, voting to exempt Welsh prisons after a report described smoking as “an integral part of prison life”.

    Assembly Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The government has a duty to protect those who live and work in prisons from second hand smoke, but it also has a duty to ensure it is managed safely.”

    Source: South Wales Evening Post, 3rd February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/20syTzr

    Ex-smokers are happier than smokers, according to a new survey

    More than 60% of ex-smokers in the South West say they are happier since quitting and a third say giving up smoking has led to a dramatic change in lifestyle, according to new research commissioned by Smokefree South West.

    A research survey carried out by the anti-smoking group reveals the majority of smokers, around 91%, were less anxious after quitting despite 35% of smokers saying quitting smoking would make them more anxious.

    Source: North Devon Journal, 4th February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/20sz2CP

    “We have a duty of care to our patients to promote healthy behaviour”

    “As therapeutic radiographers, we have a duty of care to our patients to promote healthy behaviour, which obviously includes smoking cessation” said Daniel Hutton, Change Manager/Therapeutic Radiographer, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, in a presentation at the College of Radiographers Annual Radiotherapy Conference.

    Hutton concluded that: “We know that a diagnosis of cancer and starting treatment doesn’t stop our patients from smoking.

    Hospital signage in isolation has very little impact, and telling our patients it’s bad for them and financial arguments have very little effect as well.

    So we need to adopt a different approach; an evidence-based approach.”

    The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) is in the draft scope stage with a view to publishing new guidelines around smoking cessation next year.

    Source: Society of Radiographers, 3rd February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PWb9yJ

    Lincolnshire: 1 in 5 pregnant women smoke- and they’ll be given vouchers to quit

    Pregnant women who smoke will be given vouchers as an incentive to quit after figures revealed nearly 20 per cent of new mums in North Lincolnshire are still smoking at the time of delivery.

    A new service – The MeTime Healthy Pregnancy Club – is being launched this week in a bid to encourage pregnant smokers to give up.

    It is hoped it will raise awareness of the dangers of smoking which include an increased chance of miscarriage, stillbirth and cot death.

    The club is the first programme of its kind to run in the area following successful groups in the Wirral and Slough.

    Source: Scunthorpe Telegraph, 4th February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/20sATYt

    Parliamentary Question:

    Mr Jim Allister, Trade Unionist Voice

    To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, given a smoking ban in psychiatric hospitals is due to come into effect in March 2016, to detail how it will be effectively managed by staff given inpatients need to be accompanied to a designated smoking zone outside the precincts of the hospital.

    Simon Hamilton, Health Minister, Social Services and Public Safety – Northern Ireland

    Trusts will not be facilitating any patient to smoke. This will include staff not escorting patients off Trust property in order to smoke and there will be no designated ‘smoking zones’.

    Effective implementation of the smokefree campuses policy for the Trusts will require staff training and the development of clear protocols for action to ensure that all in-patients are treated in a compassionate and supportive manner. Patients will be offered assistance, including nicotine replacement therapy or behavioural support by trained smoking cessation advisors, to comply with the new smokefree policy.

    Source: Northern Ireland Assembly, 2nd February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PTWOwc