ASH Daily News for 1 November 2018



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UK

  • Cancer Research UK’s awareness roadshow heads to Preston

International

  • Pressure builds on ILO to cut tobacco ties
  • Health Canada stats show Canadians are smoking more tobacco and cannabis

UK

Cancer Research UK’s awareness roadshow heads to Preston

Cancer Research UK’s indoor Cancer Awareness Roadshow will visit Preston on 13/14 November to raise awareness about the best ways for people to reduce their risk of cancer, including stopping smoking.

Helen Higham, Cancer Research UK senior cancer awareness nurse in the North West, said: “The roadshow is a chance for us to talk to people about steps they can take to help reduce their risk of cancer through changes like stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake or being more active. As well as leaflets, we have lots of props so visitors can handle a tar jar to see the effect smoking 10 cigarettes a day for a year… We can also carry out Smokerlyzer tests to show how much carbon monoxide is in someone’s breath.”

Source: Lancashire Post, 31 October 2018

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International

Pressure builds on ILO to cut tobacco ties

Over 100 groups have urged the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to stop taking money from tobacco companies as the UN body prepared on Wednesday to once again debate the controversial issue.

In a letter addressed to the ILO’s governing body, a number of national and non-governmental health and tobacco control groups warned that the ILO risked “tarnishing its reputation and the effectiveness of its work” if it did not cut its ties with the tobacco industry.

Matt Myers, head of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, one of the organisations behind the letter, said: “Tobacco companies that spread death and disease across the globe should have no place in the ILO, or any responsible organisation.”

Source: Business Day, 31 October 2018

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Health Canada stats show Canadians are smoking more tobacco and cannabis

Results from a survey conducted by Health Canada show that Canadians aged 25 and over smoked more tobacco and cannabis last year than they did two years before.

The prevalence of cigarette smoking among those aged 25 and over was 16% in 2017, an increase from 13% two years earlier. There was an increase in the prevalence of daily smoking to 12% in 2017, from 10% in 2015. In addition, 13% of people aged 25 and over reported having used cannabis in the last year, up from 10% in 2015. 91% of cannabis users smoked it and around half either combined cannabis with tobacco or smoked a tobacco product immediately after consuming cannabis.

“Problematic substance use has a very real impact on the lives of Canadians, their families and communities,” Health Canada said. “Tobacco use is still the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease in Canada.”

Source: Huffington Post, 30 October 2018

See also: Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CTADS): summary of results for 2017

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