ASH Daily News for 12 January 2017



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  • UK’s Imperial Brands in joint venture with China Tobacco
  • Anti-smoking officers to patrol Mansfield hospital sites
  • Second-hand smoke during childhood may boost miscarriage risk
  • Drop in Preventable Cancer Deaths
  • China: National tobacco control law described as priority
  • India: Delhi Govt asks police to enforce total ban on tobacco
  • Parliamentary Question

UK’s Imperial Brands in joint venture with China Tobacco

Britain’s Imperial Brands has announced a joint venture with state-owned China National Tobacco (CNTC) in an attempt to enter the world’s largest market for cigarettes.

Approximately a third of cigarettes world-wide are smoked in China. The market is dominated by state-owned monopoly CNTC, which struck partnerships with Marlboro maker Philip Morris International in 2005 and British American Tobacco in 2013.

Source: Reuters – 11 January 2017
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Anti-smoking officers to patrol Mansfield hospital sites

Although Newark and Mansfield Community Hospitals are officially smoke-free, smoking and litter from cigarettes has remained a problem, particularly near main entrances. As well as urging people not to light up, patrol officers will give advice about quitting, talk to people about littering and issue fines to repeat offenders.

Councillor Jim Aspinall, Ashfield District Council’s portfolio holder for health and wellbeing said: “It is encouraging to be working in partnership with Sherwood Forest Hospitals to help people to quit smoking. (…) The Council is conscious that health and wellbeing is a major contributing factor to achieving a vibrant place to live and is very supportive of schemes such as this, which contribute to the health and happiness of our residents.”

Source: Mansfield and Ashfield Chad – 11 January 2017
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Second-hand smoke during childhood may boost miscarriage risk

Non-smoking women who were exposed to second-hand smoke as children may have an increased risk of a miscarriage, a Chinese study suggests. The study includes references to similar research projects conducted in the US, which also found that childhood second-hand smoke exposure is linked with pregnancy loss.

See also:
Childhood secondhand smoke exposure and pregnancy loss in never smokers: the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study, BMJ

Source: Reuters – 11 January 2017
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Drop in Preventable Cancer Deaths

Better disease detection and treatment as well as lower smoking rates have helped reduce potentially preventable cancer deaths, a recent study reported.

According to the analysis, an estimated 30% of heart disease, 15% of cancer, 43% of unintentional injuries, 36% of chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD), and 28% of strokes are potentially preventable.

Source: The JAMA Network – 10 January 2017
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China: National tobacco control law described as priority

A new report called “A Civil Society Perspective on Tobacco Control in China 2016” was published on Tuesday by ThinkTank Research Center for Health Development.

The report welcomes the introduction of local smoke free laws, which have led to a decline in the number of smokers in big cities such as Beijing. However, ThinkTank argues that implementing a national law is urgently needed to increase overall awareness of tobacco control.

In China, more than 1 million people die from smoking-related diseases each year, and a lack of intervention would likely see the figure increase to 3 million by 2050, the report said.

Source: China Daily European – 12 January 2017
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India: Delhi Government asks police to enforce total ban on tobacco

New Delhi police have been instructed to strictly enforce a Supreme Court ban on the sale, storage and manufacturing of all forms of chewing tobacco products. The tobacco industry had been trying to by-pass the ban by selling tobacco and pan-masala separately as “twin-packs” which consumers mix and use.

Health experts hope that effective enforcement of the ban would reduce tobacco use among young children.

Source: ET Health World – 11 January 2017
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Parliamentary Question

PQ on a new Tobacco Control Plan for England

Andrew Murrison (Conservative, South West Wiltshire)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to publish the next Tobacco Control Plan for England.

Nicola Blackwood (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health)

The Government is developing a new tobacco control plan, which we will be publishing shortly. The plan will focus on tackling health inequalities and supporting priority groups, including people with mental health problems, where smoking rates remain high.

Source: Hansard – 11 January 2017
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