ASH Daily news for 11 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Health Minister Jane Ellison: Three million reasons to quit
  • Lincolnshire: Local stop smoking project wins national award
  • Scotland: St Johnstone players help to highlight the dangers of secondhand smoke
  • Enzyme prohibiting nicotine reaching the brain could be used as new stop smoking drug

    Health Minister Jane Ellison: Three million reasons to quit

    The following message from the Health Minister has been released in advance of the new law prohibiting smoking in cars with children present.

    Every year, three million children are exposed to second hand smoke in a car. And every week, 200 of these children are made so unwell that they have to visit their GP with health complaints that are entirely preventable.

    We know that children are more susceptible to the damaging effects of second hand smoke than adults. Growing youngsters breathe more rapidly, and their lungs, airways and immune systems are still developing.

    At the same time, research has also shown that around a third of children who are exposed to smoke in vehicles don’t feel able to ask the person to stop because they feel frightened or embarrassed.

    A common misconception is that smoking in a car with the window open means toxic fumes will disappear. This is not true. In fact, 80% of smoke is invisible, so even with a window ajar, young people and children are still badly affected.

    We want all children to grow up free from the burden of disease that tobacco brings. This is why we’re making it illegal for anyone to smoke in a car with under 18s from 1st October.

    Source: Huffington Post, 11th August 2015
    Link: http://huff.to/1hvbXuC

    Lincolnshire: Local stop smoking project wins national award

    A local project in Lincolnshire encouraging people to stop smoking has won a national award.

    The Proud to be a Quitter project was organised by City of Lincoln Council’s Neighbourhood Working Team and involved young people from Ermine Primary Academy, city council apprentices and four more people not in employment, education or training.

    As part of No Smoking Day on March 11, 2015 the group took part in a workshop about the benefits of quitting smoking from a young person’s perspective.

    With the help of a graffiti artist, they turned their ideas into a community artwork.

    The British Heart Foundation, which organises the day, was so impressed with the artwork it named their efforts Best Artistic Idea category in the No Smoking Day Organisers of the Year awards.

    Source: Lincolnshire Echo, 11th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IGPkds

    Scotland: St Johnstone players help to highlight the dangers of secondhand smoke

    Players from St Johnstone FC are supporting a campaign to protect children from exposure to secondhand smoke by encouraging smokers to ‘take it right outside’.

    Members of the team took time out of their training schedule to highlight the dangers of secondhand smoke, alongside staff from the NHS Tayside Smoke Free Services team.

    New research shows that the harmful chemicals in secondhand smoke linger and travel for up to five hours after the visible smoke has disappeared. NHS Tayside is supporting the Scottish Government’s ‘take it right outside’ campaign in a bid to reduce the number of children exposed to secondhand smoke in the home or car.

    Source: The Dundee Messenger, 10th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1IVNDbg

    Enzyme prohibiting nicotine reaching the brain could be used as new stop smoking drug

    Scientists are claiming that an enzyme which prohibits nicotine from reaching the brain could potentially be used as a new smoking cessation aid.

    The researchers came across this enzyme in the bacteria of the soil in a tobacco field.

    A study found that the molecule was able to significantly reduce the time nicotine remains in the bloodstream and ‘eat’ the nicotine before it reaches part of the brain which leads to addiction.

    The scientists believe that this enzyme could be used to create a stop smoking drug that is more successful than other treatments.

    Source: Daily Mail, 10th August 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1N687UZ