ASH Daily news for 10 March 2015



HEADLINES

  • Standard cigarette packs set to become law
  • Number of smokers getting NHS help set to halve
  • Tobacco goes out of sight as shop keepers admit to little profit from cigarettes
  • Guidelines urge doctors to order patients to lose weight and stop smoking
  • Former tobacco lobby group hired by Diageo anti-alcohol campaign
  • Seven ways to give up cigarettes for good
  • Parliamentary Business

    Standard cigarette packs set to become law

    The Sun reports that standard cigarette packs are set to become law after passing a committee stage.

    The paper states that around 85 Tory MPs are expected to rebel against the new law which will be voted on, in a free vote on Wednesday.

    Source: The Sun, 10 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MpuCSP

    Number of smokers getting NHS help set to halve

    A report carried out by researchers from University College London shows that, if current trends continue, the number of people given help to give up smoking from the NHS will have halved by next year compared to 2011/2012.

    Researchers said the patterns may reflect growing numbers of people using electronic cigarettes as well as a lack of investment in NHS services.

    The report also said smokers should be given more choice about how to give up, and said arguments about the merits of electronic cigarettes were not helping those struggling to find a way to quit smoking.

    Source: The Telegraph, 08 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MprEOg

    Tobacco goes out of sight as shop keepers admit to little profit from cigarettes

    As retailers prepare to cover tobacco displays, a Cancer Research report shows that 94 per cent of retailers acknowledge that they make little profit from cigarettes.

    Researchers from King’s College London, who carried out the study, interviewed 62 retailers. They found that while most felt that tobacco was an important part of their business, almost all said they made little profit from it. In contrast, the tobacco industry makes £30 billion in profits each year.

    Source: Medical News Today, 09 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1984FsQ

    Guidelines urge doctors to order patients to lose weight and stop smoking

    Guidelines issued by the Royal College of Anaesthetists are urging franker conversations before operations, where doctors tell patients to lose weight, stop smoking or drink less before surgery.

    They recommend hospitals use pre-operation clinics to test fitness, set exercise plans and ask patients to consider whether surgery is really the best option.

    Source: The Times, 09 March 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1HlKbIo

    Former tobacco lobby group hired by Diageo anti-alcohol campaign

    The ‘Stop Out of Control Drinking’ initiative, which receives funding from drinks company Diageo, has confirmed it is using the services of UK-based lobby group Goddard Global.

    Goddard Global has previously acted as secretariat for the Common Sense Alliance, which lobbied against European directives aimed at tackling the tobacco industry. The Alliance was funded by British American Tobacco.

    Source: Irish Independent, 10 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1C3MEZv

    Seven ways to give up cigarettes for good

    Ahead of No Smoking Day, the Mirror offers advice to readers about how they can quit smoking.

    The suggestions include picking a date and sticking to it, avoiding triggers, doing exercise and getting support. With the help of NHS Stop Smoking Service, a smoker is up to four times more likely to quit successfully.

    Source: The Mirror, 08 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1wVvyLr

    Parliamentary Business

    Standardised Packaging
    Yesterday the Twelfth Delegated Legislation Committee considered the regulations for standardised packaging.

    [Although there is a small chance it could be dealt with today, it is it likely that the regulations will now go to a deferred vote in the Commons tomorrow morning (effectively a ballot).]

     

    Source: Hansard, 09 March 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F6aDGG