ASH Daily News for 10 January 2017



  • Over 65,000 expectant mums still smoking during pregnancy
  • Stop smoking services: ‘Don’t Quit on Us’
  • Ireland: E-cigarettes found to be a ‘cost-effective way to help smokers quit’
  • EU: Nicotine not a target
  • Smoking costs $1 trillion, soon to kill 8 million a year: WHO/NCI study
  • Russia: Radical plan to end smoking
  • Sweden: Anti-smoking billboard advert ‘coughs’ whenever it senses cigarette smoke

Over 65,000 expectant mums still smoking during pregnancy

Recent data has shown that over 65,000 women in England continue to smoke during pregnancy, despite numerous public health warnings.

The data from Women’s Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England, published by NHS Digital, revealed that in 2015/16 an average of 10.6% mums-to-be were still smoking at the time of their baby’s birth.

The lowest number of smoking mums was recorded in London at 4.9%, the equivalent of 5,294 women. Blackpool had the highest smoking prevalence, reaching 26%, or 1 in 4 mums-to-be.

Taking the middle ground are expectant mums living in the Midlands and the East of England, where 11.2% were smoking at the time of delivery.

The good news is that national smoking averages among pregnant mums are decreasing every year, dropping by nearly 1% since 214/15.

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Source: Essex Baby – 09 January 2017
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Stop smoking services: ‘Don’t Quit on Us’

Philip Brownlie, a public affairs manager with Cancer Research UK, writes about the ‘Don’t Quit on Us’ campaign, which aims to show the importance of a sustained level of funding for cessation services.

Source: Local Gov – 09 January 2017
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Ireland: E-cigarettes found to be a ‘cost-effective way to help smokers quit’

E-cigarettes provide a “cost-effective” way of helping people to quit smoking, new analysis has found.

The research, from Dublin’s Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa), is the first official analysis of its kind in Europe.

The report concluded that an increase in people using e-cigarettes would lead to more people successfully quitting smoking.

Source: Huffington Post – 06 January 2017
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EU: Nicotine not a target

The EU Commission has no intention of proposing that the nicotine content of cigarettes should be reduced.

In a preamble to a question submitted to the Commission before the November meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Conference on Tobacco Control, the Italian MEP Alberto Cirio said that among the ‘political options’ on the table at the CoP was a reduction in the nicotine content of tobacco.

In reply, the Commission said the reduction of the nicotine content of tobacco products was ‘currently not foreseen in the EU’.

Source: Tobacco Reporter – 09 January 2017
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Smoking costs $1 trillion, soon to kill 8 million a year: WHO/NCI study

Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a new study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated at about $269 billion in 2013-2014.

Health experts say tobacco use is the single biggest preventable cause of death globally.

“It is responsible for… likely over $1 trillion in health care costs and lost productivity each year,” said the study, peer-reviewed by more than 70 scientific experts.

The economic costs are expected to continue to rise, and although governments have the tools to reduce tobacco use and associated deaths, most have fallen far short of using those tools effectively, said the 688-page report.

Source: Reuters – 09 January 2017
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Russia: Radical plan to end smoking

Anyone born after 2015 would be banned from buying cigarettes under long-term plans to eradicate smoking in Russia published by the country’s health ministry.

The proposal would make Russia the first to introduce such a strategy to phase out tobacco use. Similar policies have been put forward by anti-smoking campaigners in other countries but have yet to receive government backing.

While supporting the move, Nikolai Gerasimenko, a member of the Russian parliament’s health committee, admitted he was uncertain whether such a ban would be enforceable.

Dmitri Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said the proposed ban would require serious discussion. He said that other ministries would need to be consulted before it was approved.

Although President Putin is a non-smoker known for his love of sport, Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, is a chain smoker who once opposed an attempt to introduce a ban on smoking at the UN headquarters in New York.

Source: The Times – 10 January 2017 (£)
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Sweden: Anti-smoking billboard advert ‘coughs’ whenever it senses cigarette smoke

A Swedish pharmacy has set up an arresting anti-smoking campaign in a Stockholm plaza where people regularly congregate to smoke.

The billboard for the campaign features a screen showing the picture of a man who starts coughing whenever smokers pass by, thanks to embedded smoke detectors.

Source: Mail Online – 09 January 2017
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