ASH Daily news for 09 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • Charity Times Awards 2015 – winners announced
  • Scotland: MSPs agree general principles of bill banning smoking in cars with children
  • Wales: survey raises questions over whether e-cigarettes lead to smoking
  • Guernsey smoke-free prison leads way ahead of UK ban
  • Gibraltar: Memorandum of Understanding to combat illicit tobacco trade
  • Car dealers to fit anti-smoking air fresheners
  • Cheshire: Halton moves towards outdoor smoking ban for family events
  • Sheffield: Graduate launches Tinder profile to help quit smoking
  • China: Smoking set to kill one in three young men, study finds
  • Radio debate: E-cigarettes

    Charity Times Awards 2015 – winners announced

    Hundreds of leading figures from the UK charity sphere gathered at the Park Plaza Westminster to recognise excellence in the sector. Host Lucy Porter presented awards across 29 categories.

    Now in their 16th year, the awards attracted hundreds of high quality entries which were then evaluated by an expert independent judging panel.

    Cancer Research UK and ASH were jointly named Campaigning Team of the Year for their work on the standardised packaging campaign.

    Source: Charity Times – 08 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Zk7vAs

    Scotland: MSPs agree general principles of bill banning smoking in cars with children

    A Bill to ban smoking in cars when children are present has passed its first hurdle in the Scottish Parliament.

    MSPs unanimously voted to agree the general principles of the Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill brought forward by Liberal Democrat Jim Hume.

    Source: The Scotsman – 08 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Zk5hRF

    Wales: survey raises questions over whether e-cigarettes lead to smoking

    Newly published research has cast doubt on claims that e-cigarettes attract non-smokers.

    The Welsh Health Survey asked regular users of vaping devices if they had previously been tobacco users – and almost every single respondent said yes.

    The statistics have led the Liberal Democrats to claim they undermine health minister Mark Drakeford’s argument that e-cigarettes act as a gateway to smoking.

    But the Welsh Government has dismissed those comments.

    Of the 3,565 people aged 16 and older who told the Welsh Health Survey they have used e-cigarettes, only 1% said they had never smoked before.

    A further 9% considered themselves “non-smokers” in the survey, which is published by the Welsh Government.

    Of those who currently use e-cigarettes, not one person said they had never smoked before.

    Source: Wales Online – 08 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Zk5BQm

    Guernsey smoke-free prison leads way ahead of UK ban

    A prison on the Channel Islands says its smoke-free regime has been a success, ahead of UK jails starting similar smoking bans. Guernsey’s Les Nicolles prison introduced a total smoking ban in 2013.

    Prison governor Dave Matthews said fears of unrest ahead of the ban had proved to be unfounded.
    A smoking ban will be introduced in prisons in England and Wales from January 2016 and organisers have visited Guernsey for advice.

    Prisoners at Les Nicolles were offered nicotine patches and e-cigarettes when the ban came into force.

    Some prisoners still attempted to smuggle in tobacco, but Mr Matthews said incidents were “few and far between” and prisoners caught with tobacco lose all privileges.

    He said prisoners regained senses of smell and taste and the prison “saved a fortune on redecoration” without nicotine-stained walls.

    Source: BBC News – 08 October 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1Zk61WW

    Gibraltar: Memorandum of Understanding to combat illicit tobacco trade

    The Government of Gibraltar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between HM Customs Gibraltar (HMC) and Philip Morris International (PMI), the world’s leading international tobacco company.

    The MOU establishes a framework of cooperation to combat illicit trade in tobacco whilst minimising obstacles to legitimate trade. Its provisions include the sharing of best practices, further training of customs officers on counterfeit cigarette recognition, and the exchange of information gathered through market monitoring.

    Source: Andaluz.tv – 08 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Zk6s3x

    Car dealers to fit anti-smoking air fresheners

    A car dealer network is to start handing out air fresheners marked with information about the new ban on smoking while children are in the car.

    TrustFord has partnered with Public Health England to encourage smokers to quit, timing the move to link in with the wider ‘Stoptober’ movement.

    The TrustFord network will include one of the new air fresheners with every new and used Ford sold across its sites.

    Source: BT.com/PA – 08 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Zk6f0e

    Cheshire: Halton moves towards outdoor smoking ban for family events

    Demand for smokefree events and spaces with children present is high in Halton, according to a new survey, albeit with a tiny sample.

    In a survey, sixty-nine people in Halton questioned were supportive of smokefree outdoor events for children and families, with only five-per-cent opposed.

    The street survey was carried out by an independent street engagement team commissioned by social enterprise Tobacco Free Futures, which works with Halton Council to tackle tobacco harms. 100 people in Halton were asked their opinions on smoking outside.

    Source: Cheshire Today – 08 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Zk6CYH

    Sheffield: Graduate launches Tinder profile to help quit smoking

    A recent Sheffield graduate, Joe Daniels, has launched a profile on the dating app Tinder to encourage students to quit smoking.

    The four pictures on the profile show the ageing effects of smoking. The main image of the profile is that of a “fairly attractive man” but each time a new picture is viewed the effects of smoking, such as aged skin, greying hair, bags under the eyes and yellowing of the teeth are added to the image. The profile linked to the NHS smokefree page.

    Source: The National Student – 09 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Zk4Yq5

    China: Smoking set to kill one in three young men, study finds

    One in three of all the young men in China will eventually be killed by tobacco unless a substantial proportion of them succeed in quitting smoking, researchers said.

    The study, published in The Lancet medical journal, found that two-thirds of young men in China start to smoke, mostly before age 20, and that unless they quit for good, around half of those who start will eventually die from their habit.

    The scientists conducted two large, nationally representative studies 15 years apart, tracking the health consequences of smoking in China. The first was in the 1990s and involved a quarter of a million men. The second study is ongoing, and involved half a million men and women.

    The results showed annual number of tobacco deaths in China, mostly among men, had reached a million by 2010. If current trends continue it will be 2 million by 2030.

    Among Chinese women, however, smoking rates have plummeted and the risk of premature death from tobacco is low and falling, the study found.

    Source: Reuters – 08 October 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1Zk7IDO

    Radio debate: E-cigarettes

    Adam Brimelow, the BBC’s health correspondent, Sarah Jakes of the New Nicotine Alliance, Deborah Arnott of ASH and Ram Moorthy of the BMA discuss electronic cigarettes, their safety and regulation. Starts 2 hours 40 min in.

    Source: BBC Radio 5 live Daily – 08 October 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1Zkb09X