ASH Daily news for 13 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • Yorkshire: Plans for smokefree generation by 2025
  • Jeremy Hunt aims to cut number of stillbirths and neonatal deaths
  • Scotland: Holyrood committee questions uniform no smoking perimeter in bill
  • US: Smoking ban plan for public housing
  • US: Adult smoking rate falls to new low
  • India: Efforts on for tobacco-free generations says HP Health Minister

    Yorkshire: Plans for smokefree generation by 2025

    It’s hoped children starting school this year in North Yorkshire can be the pioneers of a smokefree generation.

    A new campaign, is targeting the year 2025, when today’s school starters will turn 15.

    The Breathe 2025 campaign is being run by a collaboration of partners across Yorkshire and the Humber, including North Yorkshire County Council and Public Health England (PHE).

    See also:
    – East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire Launch Campaign to Inspire a Smoke Free Generation, Viking FM
    – Let’s stub it out for our kids’ sake, Yorkshire Evening Post

    Source: Stray FM – 12 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MNdJ29

    Jeremy Hunt aims to cut number of stillbirths and neonatal deaths

    A drive to halve the number of stillbirths and deaths among newborn babies and mothers has been launched by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

    NHS trusts with maternity services will have to show how they are performing, and new data on stillbirth and neonatal death will be published at trust level so results can be compared.

    As part of the plan, there is a pledge to cut the number of brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth in a bid to cut compensation costs when things go wrong.

    [NB: Smoking is a recognised risk factor for fetal death and early neonatal mortality.]

    Source: The Guardian – 13 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PrnbPe

    Scotland: Holyrood committee questions uniform no smoking perimeter in bill

    A legally enforceable ban on smoking in parts of hospital grounds has been supported by MSPs on the Health and Sport Committee in its stage one report into the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) Bill.

    In the bill, the government is proposing to set a uniform and legally enforceable no-smoking area around hospital buildings for all hospitals grounds in Scotland.

    They have not set out in the bill what that distance will be.

    The committee has questioned the feasibility of this approach given the diversity of hospital estates. It has recommended the government considers whether each NHS board should be able to propose its own legally enforceable no-smoking perimeter.

    Source: Scottish Legal News – 10 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MNfrk2

    US: Smoking ban plan for public housing

    The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed banning smoking in and around all public housing properties across the US.

    The agency said the ban was necessary to protect residents from second-hand smoke and to save money in healthcare and repair costs.

    Under the ban, smokers would not be able to light-up inside buildings or within 25ft (7.62m) of them.
    After a period of public consultation, the plan could become law in 2017.

    The HUD has conducted a long campaign to make public housing – known as council housing in the UK – smoke-free.

    In 2009, it began pressing the US’s more than 3,100 public housing agencies to make their properties smoke-free.

    See also:
    – HUD proposes smoking ban in public housing, citing dangers of secondhand smoke, Washington Post
    – Smoking ban sought for all public housing across the U.S. over dangers of secondhand smoke, Daily Mail
    – Americans in a million homes could be banned from smoking, The Independent
    – Proposed smoking ban heats up debate at LA housing complex, Daily Mail

    Source: BBC News – 12 November 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1MNeh81

    US: Adult smoking rate falls to new low

    Fewer than 17 percent of adults said they smoked in 2014, down from nearly 21 percent in 2005, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report reveals.

    And the average number of cigarettes smoked daily fell from nearly 17 to fewer than 14 by 2014.

    Source: Medical Xpress – 12 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MNezvQ

    India: Efforts on for tobacco-free generations says HP Health Minister

    Himachal Pradesh Health Minister Mr. Kaul Singh Thakur said that Himachal Pradesh Government is making every efforts to implement the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) launched by the Government of India. He was speaking during a conference organized on tobacco control at Bloomberg in New York on 10th of November.

    He said the State needed to expand efforts in key areas:

    New partnerships would be formed with other stakeholders to ensure that provisions of tobacco control law are upheld. The State has created very successful government – civil society partnerships to support innovative initiatives which protect youth from being exposed to tobacco use. Secondly, the State Government would support implementation of the law both through public education and meticulous enforcement.

    Source: Himvani – 13 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MNeF6t