ASH Daily news for 15 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • English life expectancy catches up with other high income countries but poorest lag behind
  • There are serious gaps in dementia research, the Alzheimer’s Society reveals
  • De-mystifying Stop Smoking Services
  • Next month, the law on smoking and electronic cigarettes changes – here’s how
  • Wales: Electronic cigarette ban considered for Pembrokeshire’s public places
  • US: National Park Service bans electronic smoking devices in nation’s parks

    English life expectancy catches up with other high income countries but poorest lag behind

    A report carried out by Public Health England and published in the journal Lancet has found that life expectancy for the wealthiest in England has caught up with most comparable countries in the western world, but the health of people in the poorest regions is lagging behind.

    The study found that 40% of ill health is caused by lifestyles and predominantly by diet. Smoking, alcohol and high blood pressure, which itself is influenced by obesity, were also major factors.

    Source: The Guardian, 15 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ObQLau

    There are serious gaps in dementia research, the Alzheimer’s Society reveals

    A report commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society has found that “serious gaps” in dementia research is slowing down the development of new treatments. It showed that 70% of dementia PhD students leave the research area within four years, while five times more people are doing a PhD in cancer than dementia.

    ASH has also published a factsheet, endorsed by Public Health England, on the growing link between smoking and dementia. Chief executive, Deborah Arnott, said: “Smokers know that smoking causes cancer and heart disease but they need to also know about the increased risk of developing dementia.

    “Stopping smoking is the single most important way smokers can improve their health as well as reducing their risks of developing dementia.”

    The factsheet is available here

    Source: Western Daily Press, 15 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OspAHQ

    De-mystifying Stop Smoking Services

    Cancer Research UK dispels some of the myths surrounding Stop Smoking Services by talking to a woman who successfully quit using her local service.

    As well as hearing her story, the blog notes that using Stop Smoking Services roughly triples the chances of successfully quitting smoking, (in comparison to trying to go it alone) and over half of those who used a Stop Smoking Service last year successfully quit, when followed up four weeks later.

    Source: Cancer Research UK Blog, 15 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1iLqy5U

    Next month, the law on smoking and electronic cigarettes changes – here’s how

    From October 1, the laws on smoking and electronic cigarettes will change in Britain. As well as a ban on smoking in cars when children are present, it will also be illegal for retailers to sell electronic cigarettes or e-liquids to anyone under the age of 18.

    Source: Metro, 14 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UPmPp8

    Wales: Electronic cigarette ban considered for Pembrokeshire’s public places

    Pembrokeshire council’s cabinet is considering a ban on smoking cigarettes and using electronic cigarettes in public places such as parks and playing fields.

    The pilot scheme would apply to about 100 areas owned by the council. Councillor Huw George said the scheme would be aimed at discouraging children from picking up the habit.

    Source: BBC News, 14 September 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1OsqfJe

    US: National Park Service bans electronic smoking devices in nation’s parks

    The National Park Service has announced a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in all America’s national parks. The policy is effective immediately.

    Source: The Washington Times, 14 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ObS6hE