ASH Daily news for 08 December 2015
December 8, 2015
- North London council plans reveal 60% public health cuts by 2018
- Smoking ban on Brighton beaches looks set to be dropped
- Every nurse can help to stub out smoking
- Wales: Health experts urge AMs to drop electronic cigarette ban plan
- Russia: Senator submits bill to raise smoking age to 21
- US: Town bans tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people under 21
North London council plans reveal 60% public health cuts by 2018
Harrow Council has laid out proposals to cut public health services by up to 60% over the next three years.
In 2017-18 a 93% reduction to its £0.3m smoking cessation services has been put forward.
The plans follow government “attacks” on its public health grant, according to Harrow Council. A council spokesman said: “From 2014 to 2018, Harrow Council has had £83m of cuts imposed – this is over 50% of our controllable budget – with potentially further cuts to come when we receive more detail from government about the comprehensive spending review.”Source: Nursing Times, 07 December 2015
Smoking ban on Brighton beaches looks set to be dropped
Following the publication of a report on the consultation of proposals to ban smoking in parks, gardens and beaches in Brighton and Hove, the plan, which looks set to be dropped, will be discussed at the Health and Wellbeing Board.
The report said that whilst most people who responded to the consultation were opposed to the ban, the majority of all residents who responded agreed that it was antisocial to smoke where people are eating and drinking. About three in four people agreed that smoking should be banned in play parks, children’s centres and at school entrances.Source: Brighton and Hove News, 07 December 2015
Every nurse can help to stub out smoking
In a blog for Independent Nurse, Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH, argues that whilst enormous progress to reduce smoking rates has been made, more can be done, suggesting that reducing smoking in pregnancy is a good example of an area where further progress is vital.
She goes to state that “every healthcare professional who comes into contact with a smoker can make a difference by encouraging them to quit.”Source: Independent Nurse, 08 December 2015
Wales: Health experts urge AMs to drop electronic cigarette ban plan
A dozen public health and smoking cessation experts, including Professor Jerry Stimson, Professor Paul Aveyard, Dr Jamie Brown and Professor Ann McNeill, have written to Welsh Assembly Ministers to urge them to drop plans to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in enclosed and substantially enclosed public places in Wales, which is part of the proposed Public Health (Wales) Bill.
They wrote: “There is no evidence to justify the legislation regarding electronic cigarettes and if passed it will discourage rather than encourage smokers to switch from smoking to e-cigarettes, with a negative impact on public health in Wales.”Source: South Wales Argus, 07 December 2015
Russia: Senator submits bill to raise smoking age to 21
The Russian Senate is considering a bill to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18 as part of an ongoing drive to improve public health.
Russia has already moved to tighten its regulation of the tobacco industry, increasing taxes and introducing restrictions on advertising and smoking in public places in an effort to promote a healthier lifestyle.Source: Mail Online, 07 December 2015
US: Town bans tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people under 21
Cleveland city council (Ohio) has passed legislation banning the sale of tobacco, smoking products and electronic cigarettes to those under the age of 21, in the hope that increasing the minimum sales age from 18 would disrupt the supply to adolescents and teens.Source: Cleveland.com, 07 December 2015