ASH Daily news for 1 June 2016



  • Minister for public heath given World Health Organization Director-General Award

    Public health minister Jane Ellison MP has been awarded the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Award for her efforts in overseeing the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging.

    The award came ahead of the WHO’s World No Tobacco Day, which this year called on countries across the world to introduce plain standardised tobacco packaging.

    Source: Nursing in Practice, 31 May 2016

  • Northamptonshire: Smoking to be banned on hospital site

    From 6th June smoking will be prohibited across all areas of the Kettering General Hospital site. The ban is part of wider plans to improve health and wellbeing.

    Sue Newing, who has been overseeing the Smoke Free project, said: “Part of our five-year strategy is for the hospital to make a larger contribution to improving public health and well-being.

    “Work on this has already begun and has included the introduction of a new NHS Stop Smoking Service on our wards to help patients who want to give up.”

    Source: Northampton Telegraph, 01 June 2016

  • Canada: standardised packaging for tobacco products to become compulsory

    Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott has announced that Canada will make standardised packaging of cigarettes compulsory in a bid to cut the rate of smoking

    The announcement, which follows the lead of Britain and Australia, will require a uniform, standardized colour and font on packages and restrict the use of logos and trademarks.

    A final decision on what packaging rules to apply will be announced after a three-month period of public consultations.

    [Editorial Note: The consultation response form is available here].

    Source: Reuters, 31 May 2016

  • New Zealand: Tax on cigarettes is hitting minority groups hardest

    Dr Marewa Glover, a New Zealand tobacco researcher, who has in the past supported tobacco tax increases, has said that tax increases discriminate against Maori, Pacific people, mental health patients and others.

    Last week’s Budget said the policy of raising taxes by 10 per cent a year would continue until 2020. Dr Glover said in response: “My support was contingent on a reduction in smoking, especially for Maori women, and that hasn’t happened.”

    The 2014-15 NZ Health Survey found the numbers of Maori women smoking daily fell only slightly over the past nine years, from 41.8 per cent in 2006-07 to 40 per cent. The rate for Pacific women actually increased, from 19.7 per cent to 20.6 per cent.

    Source: New Zealand Herald, 30 May 2016

  • Norway: Doctors call to ban sales of tobacco to anyone born after 2000

    Medical chiefs in Norway are calling for a permanent ban on selling tobacco to anyone born after 2000. The proposal is reported to be backed by six out of ten Norwegians.

    However, health minister Bent Hoie said his government had no plans to take up legislation leading to such a ban.

    Source: Mail Online, 01 June 2016

  • South Korea: Rewards for soldiers who quit smoking

    South Korea has launched a new campaign offering soldiers rewards if they stop smoking.

    The defence ministry is hoping it can encourage whole platoons to kick the habit, after a 2015 survey found that just over 40% of soldiers smoke.

    Source: BBC News, 31 May 2016