ASH Daily News for 06 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Plymouth: Director of Public Health vows to make combating teenage smoking ‘a top priority’
  • Bracknell: Biggest drop in pregnant smokers within whole of South East
  • Bradford: Crackdown on cigarette butt litterers
  • Scotland: A fall in demand for quit smoking support ‘linked’ to electronic cigarettes
  • China: Free meals on offer in smoke-free Beijing eatery game

    Plymouth: Director of Public Health vows to make combating teenage smoking ‘a top priority’

    Plymouth’s Director of Public Health, Kelechi Nnoaham, has made limiting teenage smoking “a top priority”, after a survey found that one in eight 15-year-old girls in Plymouth currently smoke.

    The report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre revealed that just over 13 percent of 15-year-old girls and 5.6 percent of 15-year-old boys are current smokers in Plymouth.
    Statistics from the report also revealed that around 13 percent of 15-year-olds in Plymouth do not consider smoking to be dangerous, and more than a quarter of youngsters have admitted to smoking at least once before – a statistic well above the national average.

    Professor Kelechi Nnoaham admitted that the Council and city-based health organisations face a tough task in limiting teenage smokers.

    He said: “Plymouth City Council, as the strategic lead for public health in Plymouth, recognises that reducing smoking rates in the city is one of our top priorities, and we know that we need to start as early as possible.”

    Source: The Herald, 5 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1gLXHhb

    Bracknell: Biggest drop in pregnant smokers within whole of South East

    The number of pregnant smokers in Bracknell has had the sharpest drop in the South East, new figures show.

    Bracknell Forest saw a 2.5 per cent drop in the number of women smoking while pregnant in just one year, the biggest reduction out of all boroughs in the South East, something the council health team puts down to a general trend towards quitting and successful stop-smoking schemes.

    Only 6.7 per cent of pregnant women in the borough are still smoking, down from 9.2 per cent in 2013/14.

    Dr Lisa McNally, leader of the council’s public health team, said the drop in pregnant smokers was welcome news but more work was needed to reassure women they wouldn’t be judged if they asked for help.

    Source: Bracknell News, 5 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KSzEcQ

    Bradford: Crackdown on cigarette butt litterers

    Bradford Council has started a crackdown over cigarette tab ends littering the district.

    Cigarette butts are the most commonly found items of litter and the crackdown marks the start of a campaign to convince people across the district that cigarette butts are litter and so should be put in the bin.

    Wardens and police community support officers now have the authority to hand out fines to cigarette butt litterers on the spot, with offenders facing a £75 fixed penalty notice, or a maximum fine of £2,500 in court under the existing laws.

    Source: Telegraph and Argus, 6 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1gcHH6Y

    Scotland: A fall in demand for quit smoking support ‘linked’ to electronic cigarettes

    A sharp decline in the number of smokers using an NHS support programme to help them quit has been linked to the rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes.

    The Smoking Matters service in Dumfries and Galloway helped 102 people in deprived areas quit smoking in the past year – 251 below target.

    Public Health Consultant Dr Andrew Carnon said the trend was being mirrored across Scotland. Dr Carnon also said that many people saw the use of electronic cigarettes as a stepping stone to stop smoking and that although there was still a lack of evidence about their effectiveness, the NHS might have to review and adapt its smoking cessation service in the future.

    Source: BBC, 5 August 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1KSAiHq

    China: Free meals on offer in smoke-free Beijing eatery game

    An online game called “Smoke-free meals” has been launched in Beijing this week to encourage the public’s input in the city’s tobacco control regulations.

    Members of the public can follow “Smoke-free Beijing” on WeChat (a messaging and calling app) and invite three friends to join the game, so the four can have a dinner together.

    All groups of four will take part in a weekly lottery for five weeks, and winners will be given free meals for four or vouchers for 50 or 100 yuan, at smoke-free restaurants in Beijing.

    The event, called “Thank You for Not Smoking”, was jointly launched by the Beijing Tobacco Control Association, the World Health Organization and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

    Source: China Daily, 5 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1InohWD