ASH Daily News for 10 June 2019
- Local government will continue to commission school nurses and health visitors
- There are several ways smokers can try can quit smoking
- JUUL launches new product offering lower strength nicotine
- New Zealand: Government launches website promoting vaping to quit smoking
- USA: Texas governor signs law increasing the age to buy tobacco products to 21
- Oman to introduce 100% tax on tobacco from 15 June
Local government will continue to commission school nurses and health visitors
Following a review by the Department of Health and Social Care of the NHS Long Term Plan, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has said that local councils will carry on commissioning public health services, including school nurses and health visitors which the Long Term Plan had suggested could move into the NHS. Sexual health commissioning should be shared by local government and the NHS the review concluded.
Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said: “This review recognises that local government are best placed to lead on commissioning local public health services and the invaluable skill and expertise they bring to this.”
He added: “The best services are always those commissioned collaboratively with the NHS and this review emphasises the importance of this for every part of England, as does the NHS long-term plan, including making the best use of shared resources.”
In response, an NHSE spokesman said: “This is a potentially workable solution but for it to succeed the quid pro quo will obviously need to be an end to cuts in local authority public health services and a guaranteed continuation of the ring-fence around the public health grant.”
Source: HSJ, 7 June 2019
There are several ways smokers can try can quit smoking
The Guardian shares five ways to quit smoking, including: quit now rather than later, use nicotine replacement therapies, try e-cigarettes, seek support and avoid triggers.
Source: The Guardian, 9 June 2019
JUUL launches new product offering lower strength nicotine
JUUL Labs, the largest US vaping company, recently released new JUULpods including a lower 9mg/ml nicotine strength option. JUUL Labs says the new range of multiple nicotine strength options will allow it to reach a broader range of smokers in the UK who want to switch from combustible cigarettes.
Source: Talking Retail, 7 June 2019
New Zealand: Government launches website promoting vaping to quit smoking
A new website has been developed by the Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Agency with input from an expert advisory group to provide clear information on vaping and encourage smokers to try to switch to e-cigarettes. Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa said the website gives clear and credible information about vaping as a way to stop smoking. Ms Salesa said this is part of a commitment to bring about the first ever government action plan to achieve a smokefree New Zealand by 2025. Among other groups, the campaign is targeted at Māori women due to their high smoking rates.
Boyd Broughton from Action on Smoking and Health NZ said the website, and other vaping promotion, needs to be targeted towards smokers to support them to stop, not as a new replacement for smoking.
Source: RNZ, 9 June 2019
USA: Texas governor signs law increasing the age to buy tobacco products to 21
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed Senate Bill 21 into law, adding Texas to the list of US states raising the age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21. Supporters of the bill say increasing the minimum age by three years should reduce the risk of addiction.
Source: Huffington Post, 9 June 2019
Oman to introduce 100% tax on tobacco from 15 June
Oman will implement a 100% tax on tobacco, alcohol and pork meat from June 15th 2019, in a move to reduce its reliance on oil revenue. The move follows other Gulf governments taking similar measures. The new taxes could generate about 100 million Omani rial (£205 million) annually.
Source: Bloomberg, 8 June 2019