ASH Daily news for 12 February 2015



HEADLINES

  • Smoking in cars with children to be banned from October
  • New Study: Fatal smoking risks may be higher than thought
  • Comment: Cancer not just a matter of ‘bad luck’
  • Scotland: Council of Dumbarton and the Vale ban smoking – includes e-cigs
  • Pakistan: graphic health warning pictures to cover 85 percent of cigarette package
  • The U.S.: Washington could be first state to raise smoking age to 21

    Smoking in cars with children to be banned from October

    Smoking in cars with children present will be outlawed in England from 1 October, after MPs voted in favour of the measure.
    The vote passed by 342 to 74. Prof Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, said it was a “significant victory for protecting children’s health from second-hand smoke”.
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    Source: Guardian, 12 February, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ck4Jg3

    New Study: Fatal smoking risks may be higher than thought

    New research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that many of the excess deaths among smokers are due to causes not previously linked to smoking, such as kidney failure, infections and possibly breast and prostate cancers.

    Source:

    The New England Journal of Medicine: Smoking and Mortality — Beyond Established Causes

    Source: Reuters, 11 Feburary, 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1vmJYhc

    Comment: Cancer not just a matter of ‘bad luck’

    A comment written by James Jopling, director of Breakthrough BreastCancer Scotland, argues that the idea of “luck” related to the cause of cancer is based on how likely a cell is to pick up cancer causing DNA mutations as it goes through a process of division and becomes two new cells. Whilist this still applies to breast cancer these mutations are also caused by other factors, for instance chemicals in tobacco smoke damaging the DNA of lung cells and causing lung cancer.

    Source: The Scotsman, Thursday 12th February 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1F12ELW

    Scotland: Council of Dumbarton and the Vale ban smoking – includes e-cigs

    Residents in Dumbarton and the Vale face a ban on smoking in the gournds of any council building. The new ban would mean all public buildings and their grounds would be smoke free, including theatres, public halls, libraries, schools, and community centres. The new policy will apply to e-cigarettes as well.

    Source: Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter, 11 February, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/17l1u0d

    Pakistan: graphic health warning pictures to cover 85 percent of cigarette package

    A Pakistani Minister has announced that new pictorial warnings will cover 85 percent of both sides of cigarette packs. It will be implemented from March 2015.

    Source: Business Recorder, 11 February, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1AqjNvR

    The U.S.: Washington could be first state to raise smoking age to 21

    A state house committee held a public hearing on Wednesday on a bill that could make Washington the first state in the nation to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

    Source: Q13Fox News, 11 February, 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1AqptGl