ASH Daily news for 08 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • More evidence links smoking cessation to lowered diabetes risk
  • See someone smoking with kids in the car? Leave it to us say Devon police
  • Scottish Parliament to debate smoking in cars with children present
  • Scotland: Government minister urges parents to stop smoking at home
  • US: FDA’s new campaign uses hip-hop to help reduce smoking amongst multicultural youth

    More evidence links smoking cessation to lowered diabetes risk

    A review of evidence suggests that while smoking is linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes, this risk appears to drop over the long term once cigarette use stops.

    Researchers analysed data on almost 5.9 million people in 88 previous studies examining the connection between smoking, secondhand smoke exposure and diabetes. They estimated that roughly 28 million type 2 diabetes cases worldwide – or about 11.7 percent of cases in men and 2.4 percent in women – could be attributed to active smoking.

    The more cigarettes smokers consumed, the more their odds of getting diabetes increased.

    If they quit, ex-smokers initially faced an even higher risk of diabetes, but as more years passed without cigarette use their odds of getting the disease gradually diminished, the analysis found.

    Source: Reuters, 7th October 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1VGqAIy

    See someone smoking with kids in the car? Leave it to us say Devon police

    Police in Devon do not want members of the public to contact them if they see anyone smoking in cars with a young person present.

    Inspector Richard Pryce, the roads policing lead for the force, said: “If police officers witness a person smoking in a vehicle with a person under the age of 18 present, then the driver of that car could be fined £50.”

    “Whilst the penalty for the offence is fixed, officers will use professional judgment and discretion to advise and educate where it is justifiable to do so. We are not encouraging the public to report such instances to the police.”

    Source: The Gazette, 7th October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GxBlpy

    Scottish Parliament to debate smoking in cars with children present

    Members of the Scottish Parliament will be debating today on legislation that would ban smoking in cars with children present.

    It could mean fines of up to £100 for those caught smoking in cars with a passenger under the age of 18.

    See also:
    Car smoking ban vote – The Sun (£)
    MSPs to debate ban on smoking in cars with child passengers – The Courier
    Car smoking ban bill gets an airing at Holyrood as MSPs lead debate – Daily Record

    Source: BBC, 8th October 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1JUpiTt

    Scotland: Government minister urges parents to stop smoking at home

    A new campaign aimed at protecting children from secondhand smoke has been launched in Glasgow.

    The Scottish Public Health Minister is urging parents to never smoke at home or in a car whilst children are present, after figures revealed that 1 in 10 children in Scotland are still exposed to secondhand smoke.

    Launching the ‘Take it Right Outside’ campaign, the minister spoke to parents and children at a nursery about the harmful effects second-hand smoke has on children.

    Source: Evening Times, 8th October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WOOkwq

    US: FDA’s new campaign uses hip-hop to help reduce smoking amongst multicultural youth

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign to prevent and reduce tobacco use among multicultural youth who identify with hip-hop – a group that is often hard to reach and frequently exposed to pro-tobacco images and messages.

    While multicultural teenagers identify with more than one group, the FDA is focusing on those in the hip-hop peer crowd because research estimates that they are more likely to use tobacco than other youth.

    The FDA said that it will spend $128 million on the “Fresh Empire” campaign, which incorporates advertisements, local events and outreach to try and curb smoking among young people aged 12 – 17.

    Source: Medical News Today, 7th October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JUtu5u