ASH Daily news for 07 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • How did a jail in Guernsey ban smoking with no unrest?
  • Stoptober: Comedians urge people to kick the habit
  • Prospects burn bright for self-igniting cigarettes
  • Welsh NHS delivery plans for major conditions extended to 2020
  • Wales: Patients could be forced to lose weight or stop smoking before they are eligible for routine operations

    How did a jail in Guernsey ban smoking with no unrest?

    Dave Matthews, prison governor of Les Nicolles prison, in Guernsey, who has been helping prisoners live without tobacco for 2 years, welcomed news of a complete ban on smoking in prisons in England and Wales.

    He said the move is “well overdue” and dismissed the idea that trouble would follow. Since Les Nicolles banned tobacco on New Year’s Day 2013 there has been no unrest at the 130-capacity jail. He suggests that where it occurs, it is a result of deeper grievances stating: “Part of the reason might be that prisoners spend a long time in their cells, there might be very poor staff-prisoner relationships; there might be lots of reason why…I maintain that as long as the nicotine addiction is served, there isn’t a problem. You don’t need cigarettes.”

    Source: The Guardian, 07 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MYFI1R

    Stoptober: Comedians urge people to kick the habit

    Comedians including Shappi Khorsandi, Al Murray and Rhod Gilbert are urging people to quit smoking as part of Stoptober.

    Around 250,000 Britons are taking part in the campaign run by PHE. Research shows that joining in could make you five times more likely to quit for good.

    Source: Daily Star, 06 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JRGh8R

    Prospects burn bright for self-igniting cigarettes

    A fireworks manufacturer, has developed self-igniting cigarettes which it says are safer and more effective than previous similar inventions.

    The technology involves the smoker breaking off a capsule fitted to the inhalation end of the cigarette. Pressing it into the other end triggers the release of chemicals that ignite the cigarette and the capsule can then be thrown away.

    Source: Financial Times, 06 October 2015
    Link: http://on.ft.com/1VEiTT8

    Welsh NHS delivery plans for major conditions extended to 2020

    The Welsh Government’s Strategy, Together for Health, which in 2011 set a five-year vision for the Welsh NHS will be extended for a further four years, to ensure services continue to improve.

    The plan which provides a focus for activity in relation to major conditions, has already seen heart disease survival rates improve and fewer people dying prematurely from coronary heart disease thanks to improved detection and the ban on smoking in public places.

    Source: Wired Gov, 06 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1L5MCiQ

    Wales: Patients could be forced to lose weight or stop smoking before they are eligible for routine operations

    As part of the Welsh Government’s new National Orthopaedic Implementation Plan, which aims to improve orthopaedic services and reduce waiting times, all patients who smoke or have a body mass index of 35 or more, will be urged to undergo smoking cessation support and weight reduction management before surgery.

    Source: Wales Online, 07 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OkUxim