ASH Daily news for 06 April 2016



HEADLINES

  • South Yorkshire: Fire service helps mums-to-be reduce risk of blazes in homes
  • East England: Smoking is biggest cause of accidental fatal fires warns Herts brigade
  • How can smoking be a lifestyle choice when most want to stop?
  • Blog: Six ways to reduce your risk of bowel cancer
  • Australia: Smoking to remain in outdoor drinking areas but not where food is served
  • US: Examination of smoking rates among African-American smokers

    South Yorkshire: Fire service helps mums-to-be reduce risk of blazes in homes

    South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is funding a scheme where a thermometer, with fire safety advice printed on it, is to be handed to new mums following a successful trial in Barnsley.

    The thermometers display messages about topics including home fire safety and smoke free homes. Details on a Stop Smoking Maternity service are also featured.

    Source: The Star, 05 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UHLV8L

    East England: Smoking is biggest cause of accidental fatal fires warns Herts brigade

    Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning smokers of the dangers of smoking indoors.

    Smoking is the single biggest killer in accidental fatal fires in the home and the campaign reminds smokers to ‘Put it Out, Right Out’ whenever they smoke.

    It advises smokers to: never smoke in bed or when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, to fit a smoke alarm and test it regularly, to never leave lit cigarettes unattended and to use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily.

    Source: Herts & Essex Observer, 05 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1McUOV8

    How can smoking be a lifestyle choice when most want to stop?

    Sheila Duffy, chief executive of ASH Scotland, writes that smoking in most cases in not a lifestyle choice because social and economic situations play a huge part in whether an individual smokes or not.

    Source: The Scotsman, 06 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1qtGnls

    Blog: Six ways to reduce your risk of bowel cancer

    A Cancer Research UK blog considers six ways a person can reduce their risk of bowel cancer.

    Amongst other things, this includes being smokefree. Smoking doesn’t just cause lung cancer, it causes at least 13 other types of cancer (including bowel cancer) as well as heart disease and various lung diseases. Chemicals in cigarette smoke enter the bloodstream and can affect the entire body – and it’s these that have been shown to damage our DNA and lead to cancer.

    Source: CRUK Blog, 06 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1YezHlQ

    Australia: Smoking to remain in outdoor drinking areas but not where food is served

    The State of Victoria has rejected calls to ban smoking in beer gardens and outdoor drinking areas. However, laws to ban smoking in outdoor dining spaces are expected to come into force in August next year.

    Cancer Council Victoria chief executive Todd Harper said: “We certainly welcome the commitment to smoke-free dining”

    “But we’ll continue to press for all hospitality areas to be smoke free because we think that’s the best way to protect patrons and staff.”

    Source: The Age – Victoria, 05 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1V61tD0

    US: Examination of smoking rates among African-American smokers

    A study presented in a supplement to the April addition of the the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, shows that the percentage of African-American high school seniors who smoke has changed very little over the past two decades. The percentages in 2014 and 1992 are statistically the same at around 9%.

    Source
    Nicotine and Tobacco Research: Critical Examination of Factors Related to the Smoking Trajectory among African American Youth and Young Adults

    Source: Medical Xpress, 05 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WbEDt9