ASH Daily news for 14 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Northern Ireland: Midwives to help mothers quit smoking
  • South Lakeside: No smoking signs reminder to businesses
  • US: Lawmakers tell personal stories in “Touched by Tobacco” campaign
  • Strong tobacco controlling strategies implemented to reduce harmful effects of smoking in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
  • Parliamentary Questions

    Northern Ireland: Midwives to help mothers quit smoking

    The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has appointed two specialist midwives to help expectant mothers to stop smoking.

    Funded by the Public Health Agency, the two midwives are available to provide support to expectant mums and their families through offering a wide range of smoking cessation advice.

    Smoking in pregnancy continues to be a major health concern as Anne McVey, Assistant Director for Integrated Maternity and Women’s Health for the Southern Trust explains: “Despite the damage it does to their unborn baby, 15% of women in Northern Ireland smoke during pregnancy… and as 37% of mothers in Northern Ireland live with a smoker, we are delighted to offer this specialist support to partners also.”

    Source: Portadown Times, 14th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RvXoXS

    South Lakeside: No smoking signs reminder to businesses

    Businesses in South Lakeland are being reminded that it is a legal requirement to display ‘no smoking’ signs at all entrances to their premises.

    Spot-checks by council officers have revealed a significant number of businesses are still not complying with the legislation that came into force in 2007.

    Managers of smoke-free premises have a legal responsibility to prevent people smoking and part of the law requires no smoking signs to be displayed in a prominent position at every entrance to the premises.

    Failure to comply with the laws is a criminal offence. Failure to display no¬ smoking signs carries a fixed penalty notice of £200 imposed on whoever manages or occupies the smoke-free premises or vehicle, or a maximum fine of £1,000 if prosecuted and convicted by a court.

    Source: Cumbria Crack, 13th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HZopyv

    US: Lawmakers tell personal stories in “Touched by Tobacco” campaign

    State leaders in the United States are sharing personal stories about how their lives have been affected by tobacco addiction in order to help reduce smoking among youth and adults.

    The Maine Public Health Association and Maine Cancer Foundation have launched a new video web series featuring several lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Anne Haskell and Republican Rep. Matt Pouliot. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and former broadcast reporter Felicia Knight also are featured.

    Source: WCSH6, 12TH July 2015
    Link: http://on.wcsh6.com/1ITNwBG

    Strong tobacco controlling strategies implemented to reduce harmful effects of smoking in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

    According to a recent statement by the World Health Organization, Pakistan along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have implemented superior strategies to curb deaths caused by tobacco in comparison with India.

    The report released recently, revealed that in Pakistan and Bangladesh cigarettes became less affordable between 2008 and 2014, while India remained one of the few countries where more people can afford to buy cigarettes.

    Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are among the few countries that have raised taxes on the retail price of cigarettes with Bangladesh being one of the only seven countries that have raised taxes to over 75 per cent, whereas in India the tax rate is just 60 per cent.

     

    Source: Dental News, 14th July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MqOuEo

    Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Action on Smoking and Health

    Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2015 to Question 2761 on smoking and health: finance, whether the award of such a grant is made on a competitive and transparent basis.

    Jane Ellison, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

    Grants made under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968 can be made in a number of ways. The Voluntary Sector Investment Fund grant schemes such as the Strategic Partner Programme; Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund; and Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund involve a competitive process. Some non-competed grants are also made by the Department using Section 64 powers. Any voluntary sector organisations can submit a proposal for such a grant and all applications are assessed against the same criteria.

    The assessment includes a requirement for officials to consider whether there are other suppliers who can provide the requirements before awarding a grant to an organisation making an ad-hoc request. A formal assessment of the application for grant funding from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) for the 2015-16 financial year has not yet been completed. Last year, the assessment of the application for 2014-15 funding concluded that ASH was the only charity in this area with the appropriate national reach and focus, and appropriate standing in the international arena.

    Source: Hansard Citation: HC Deb, 13 July 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HrCu4i