ASH Daily News for 13 March 2017



  • Gloucestershire NHS trust goes smokefree
  • Cambridge : Kick Ash students hope art exhibition will promote the message to quit
  • Lullaby Trust Safer Sleep Week issues advice to parents and carers
  • Benzene detected in some e-cigarettes
  • ILO urged to cut links with tobacco industry
  • Zambia: Farmers threaten to withdraw from tobacco production to protect the environment

Gloucestershire NHS trust goes smokefree

The NHS trust that provides mental health care across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire is to become smokefree across all of its sites from next month.

2gether NHS Foundation Trust has been working towards improving the physical health of service users and staff by adopting a smoke-free policy within its gardens and car parks for the past six months.

From April 3, all staff, volunteers and service users will be encouraged and supported to abstain while on or in trust premises whilst support will be provided to people who want help to quit.

See also:
Countess of Chester Hospital recruits schoolchildren for anti-smoking campaign, Chester Chronicle
Hart District Council launches smokefree children’s playground scheme, Get Hampshire

Source: Gazette Series – 12 March 2017
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Cambridge : Kick Ash students hope art exhibition will promote the message to quit

An exhibition of art created by Kick Ash students from across the county has gone on show at Cambridge’s Central Library.

It was put together by the students to celebrate No Smoking Day, and to show their pride in being smokefree.

The students, who have taken their inspiration from graffiti artwork, have been working closely with professional artist James Mayle and have come up with their own styles and stop smoking messages.

They also hope it will inspire smokers to consider the dangers of smoking, think twice about lighting up and to ultimately quit.

See also:
Hertfordshire: Farm visit prize for smoking campaign in Potters Bar, Welwyn Hatfield Times

Source: Wisbech Standard – 10 March 2017
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Lullaby Trust Safer Sleep Week issues advice to parents and carers

Parents and carers are being asked to take steps to keep their babies safe from harm every time they go to sleep. The advice is part of ‘Safer Sleep Week’, organised by the Lullaby Trust ( March 13-19 2017) which aims to ensure parents and carers know the importance of safer sleep and know how to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Key advice includes keeping the baby smokefree during pregnancy and after birth.

See also:
Promoting Safe Baby Care, Lullaby Trust

Source: Bridgwater Mercury – 12 March 2017
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Benzene detected in some e-cigarettes

A US study has found that some e-cigarettes may produce high levels of benzene, (a known carcinogen also found in tobacco smoke), particularly if used at high voltage.

Professor James Pankow, of Portland State University, said: “The fact vaping can deliver benzene levels many times higher than those found in the ambient atmosphere – where it is already recognised as a cancer risk – should be of concern to anyone using e-cigarettes. Please, stay away from high power if it’s available on your device.”

Professor Pankow tested three different devices and found the tank-type that allows power to be varied was capable of producing benzene thousands of times higher than in ambient air when e-cig chemicals benzoic acid or benzaldehyde were added.

However, the researchers acknowledge that the levels of benzene are still 50 to 100 times less than in smoke from tobacco cigarettes.

Source: Daily Mail – 11 March 2017
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ILO urged to cut links with tobacco industry

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has called upon the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to end its ties with the tobacco industry.

For many years the ILO has had a close working relationship with the global tobacco industry through its public-private partnership programme, the anti-tobacco group says. The ILO’s policy on collaboration with the tobacco industry has been on the agenda of the 328th session of the governing body this week.

The ILO is a member of the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on Prevention and Control of NCDs, which adopted a draft model policy last year for preventing tobacco industry interference among UN agencies.

Source: The Nation – 10 March 2017
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Zambia: Farmers threaten to withdraw from tobacco production to protect the environment

Chief Chanje has threatened to ban the growing of tobacco in his chiefdom due to concerns about the environment.

In response, JTI Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager Litiya Matakala said that JTI is the only tobacco company to encourage farmers to plant trees and that it was made mandatory in its contracts with the farmers.

Chief Zumwanda of the Chewa people in Lundazi District has also threatened to ban the growing of tobacco because of deforestation during the curing of tobacco.

Source: Lusaka Times – 11 March 2017
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