ASH Daily news for 13 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • UK prison smoking ban ‘needs planning’ to avoid unrest
  • North East is model region for a smokefree nation
  • Sussex: Fatal house fire ’caused by smoking’
  • WHO calls for stricter curbs on tobacco promotion in China
  • China: Nurses could help cut smoking rates according to study

    UK prison smoking ban ‘needs planning’ to avoid unrest

    The Governor of Guernsey’s prison says it’s possible to ban smoking in prisons without causing unrest but it will require planning in order to maintain sufficient control and order.

    Les Nicolles prison became the second in Europe to go smoke-free in 2013.

    Prisons in England and Wales are now planning to follow suit by introducing a ban on cigarettes.

    Source: ITV, 12TH October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VPnOWO

    North East is model region for a smokefree nation

    The North East of England has seen its biggest drop in smoking rates.

    Fewer than 20% of people in the region are currently smoking – compared to 22% in 2013.

    Public Health England has praised the North East, calling it a model for the rest of the country, as smoking rates fell further than any other part of the country.

    Source: Star Radio North East, 12th October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1jSD4RI

    Sussex: Fatal house fire ’caused by smoking’

    A woman has died and two others were injured by a fire in West Sussex. According to the fire service, the fire was caused by a cigarette that was not discarded properly.

    Mark Hayter from the fire service said: “Nationally, smoking is still the biggest cause of death in accidental house fires. We are urging smokers to please stub cigarettes out properly and remember to dispose of hot ashes carefully.”

    Source: BBC, 12TH October 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1GaUcfc

    WHO calls for stricter curbs on tobacco promotion in China

    New research published over the weekend highlights the need for urgent action on tobacco control in China, according to the World Health Organization.

    Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO’s Representative in China said: “According to The Lancet, as many as one in three Chinese boys and young men alive right now will die from a tobacco-related illness if the current smoking rate in China does not change… We can stop these needless deaths. This new research shows that there has never been a more important time to act.”

    Source: China Daily, 12th October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GFvNtj

    China: Nurses could help cut smoking rates according to study

    China has a big smoking problem. Smoking is such an accepted part of the culture in China that even 23 percent of physicians smoke. However, the smoking rate among the largely female population of nurses is very low, mirroring the general female population. Could nurses be the solution to getting Chinese smokers to quit?

    In a two-part study, published online in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, an international team of investigators found that nurses can play a pivotal role in helping smokers to quit. But in order to do so, they need knowledge and skills.

    Source: Medical News Today, 12th October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QndQVR