ASH Daily news for 05 February 2016



HEADLINES

  • Northern Ireland: Hospital smokefree policy launched on No Smoking Day
  • Birmingham: Shisha bars contain ‘higher levels of pollution than Beijing’, claims new study
  • Northern Ireland: Actor Liam Neeson backs Ballymena jobs rally
  • US: American Lung Association releases State of Tobacco Control report
  • France: Sarkozy criticises introduction of plain packaging
  • US: Leonardo DiCaprio faces vape-free Oscars
  • Parliamentary business

    Northern Ireland: Hospital smokefree policy launched on No Smoking Day

    The entire grounds of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast are about to become a smoke-free zone.

    The new policy will come into effect from 09 March – No Smoking Day – at all Belfast Trust-owned buildings.

    Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes will not be allowed anywhere on any part of the Belfast Trust sites. The ban applies to all patients, visitors, staff and external contractors. Heavy smokers admitted as patients will be supplied with patches.

    One warden has been employed to patrol the 40-acre site enforcing the ban and other staff are being coached on how to approach those who light up.

    Source: Belfast Media Group – 04 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QKaTQl

    Birmingham: Shisha bars contain ‘higher levels of pollution than Beijing’, claims new study

    A study into air quality levels at shisha bars across Birmingham has recorded dangerously high levels of pollution in venues across the city.

    Researchers at The University of Birmingham found pollution levels in local bars exceeded those recorded in Beijing.

    The report, commissioned by Birmingham City Council, is said to be the first of its kind in the UK and examined the air quality levels in 12 shisha bars across the city.

    [note: Shisha bars are not exempt from the smokefree premises law]

    Source: ITV – 05 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QKb0v8

    Northern Ireland: Actor Liam Neeson backs Ballymena jobs rally

    Liam Neeson has backed a campaign to help his home town of Ballymena, County Antrim, recover from major job losses. Almost 2,000 people will lose their jobs when Michelin and JTI Gallaher close.

    The Hollywood actor, who was made a freeman of the town in 2013, is urging people to attend a rally there on Saturday organised by the Unite union. The actor is taking part in a special advertisement to promote the town.

    [includes video]

    See also:
    – Video: Liam Neeson urges people to attend Ballymena jobs rally as James Nesbitt gives backing, Belfast Telegraph

    Source: BBC News – 05 February 2016
    Link: http://bbc.in/1QKb662

    US: American Lung Association releases State of Tobacco Control report

    The American Lung Association released a report stating the state of Oklahoma failed to enact tobacco control policies that will save lives.

    This is the 14th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report posted by the ALA. The release also found several other states and the federal government earned poor grades.

    Source: ABC Tulsa – 03 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QKbd1f

    France: Sarkozy criticises introduction of plain packaging

    Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France, has voiced his opposition to the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes due to take place in May this year.

    Mr Sarkozy said: “If we accept the neutral cigarette packet, in six months you will be offered a neutral bottle of wine, and this will be the end of our names; it will be the end of our land; it will be the end of our know-how. Tomorrow, ‘fundamentalists’ will demand a neutral bottle for wines. Then neutral cheese.”

    Mr Sarkozy’s comments were described as ‘inappropriate, unacceptable and irresponsible’ by the president of the French Office of Tobacco Control, Bertrand Dautzenberg, who pointed out that the tobacco industry in France is virtually non-existent.

    Source: The Connexion – 04 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QKbCB4

    US: Leonardo DiCaprio faces vape-free Oscars

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will reportedly ban the use of e-cigarettes at the Oscar ceremony, after the American Lung Association criticised the star for vaping in public

    Source: The Guardian – 04 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QKbNMx

    Parliamentary business

    Written question: Electronic Cigarettes – 25230

    Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which vaping or e-cigarette products the NHS can prescribe to help smokers quit; and what the process was for selecting those products.

    Jane Ellison: Only e-cigarettes that have been granted a marketing authorisation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) can be prescribed by the National Health Service.

    By law, before a medicine can be placed on the market, it must be given a marketing authorisation (product licence) by a medicines regulator. The United Kingdom regulator is the MHRA. A specially trained panel of medicines assessors reviews all the available evidence arising out of the pre-clinical research and clinical trials. Manufacturers may also be asked to supply additional information. The MHRA also inspects the factory where the medicine is to be made, to make sure that supplies will be of a uniformly and consistently high standard.

    To date one e-cigarette, e-Voke (10and 15mg electronic inhalers) has been granted a marketing authorisation by the MHRA. It is, however, not yet commercially available on the UK market to prescribe.
    It is a commercial decision whether to apply to a medicines regulator for a marketing authorisation.

    Source: Parliament – 04 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QKbUI6