ASH Daily News for 15 September 2016



  • House of Lords: Peers urge action to tackle higher smoking rates among poorest
  • Public Health England Blog: Tobacco standard packs – seizing the moment to support smokers to quit
  • North West: Smokefree Summer Initiative nominated for marketing award
  • France: Headteachers claims letting pupils smoke in school could save lives
  • Canada: Smoking rates among school children fall

House of Lords: Peers urge action to tackle higher smoking rates among poorest

Peers from across the political parties spoke on the motion “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they are taking to reduce the incidence of smoking-related diseases” in a dinner debate in the House of Lords last night.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester opened the debate by highlighting that lower life expectancy among the poorest as a result of higher smoking rates is “an injustice” that cannot be allowed to continue. He urged the Government to introduce a new tobacco control plan stating: “Without sustained action the decline in smoking rates will plateau. Further progress requires further action.”

Responding, Health Minister Lord Prior of Brampton agreed that despite progress made in England to tackle the harm caused by tobacco, there is still more to be done. Though he could not give a date for the publication of the new tobacco control plan, Lord Prior said it would set out “renewed national ambitions to reduce (smoking) prevalence even further” and that tackling inequalities caused by smoking would be central.

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Full text of the debate, Hansard

Source: Guernsey Press, 15 September 2016
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Public Health England Blog: Tobacco standard packs – seizing the moment to support smokers to quit

The latest edition of Health Matters, a blog and online resource published byPublic Health England, focuses on standardised packaging. In the blog, Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director for Health and Wellbeing, emphasises that standard packs can not only help to prevent the next generation of smokers but also encourage existing smokers to quit.

He calls for all local authorities and health professionals to play their part in ensuring that all smokers have access to the support they need and highlights resources available to help seize the moment to help more smokers to quit.

Source: Health Matters, Public Health England, 15 September 2016
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North West: Smokefree Summer Initiative nominated for marketing award

Healthier Futures, a social enterprise in the North West whose mission includes “making smoking history for children” has been nominated for a marketing award. The Smokefree Summer Initiative has been shortlisted for the Best Low-Budget Campaign by the Northern Marketing Awards 2016. Winners will be announced on 19 October.

Source: Prolific North, 14 September 2016
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France: Headteachers claims letting pupils smoke in school could save lives

Headteachers in France are calling for smoking to be permitted on sixth form college grounds to avoid students gathering on pavements outside where they are at risk from terrorist attack. The teachers are highlighting the difficult situation they face given that in the aftermath of the attacks the government has ordered them to avoid students gathering in front of school gates but when anti-tobacco campaigners took Lycée Paul Lapie in Courbevoie to court over smoking on its premises, judges deemed it illegal.

Around half of all sixth form colleges have allowed pupils to smoke on site since the Paris attacks last year, infringing legislation that outlaws smoking anywhere in schools.

Over 32% of 17-year-olds in France smoke more than one cigarette a day.

Source: The Times, 15 September 2016
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Canada: Smoking rates among school children fall

The Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey has found declines in both the numbers of students who had ever tried smoking and current smokers.

The study surveyed 42,094 students in Grades 6 to 12 finding that the percentage of students who smoke tobacco fell to around 3% in 2014-15 from 4% the year before. In 2014-15, 18% of students in Grades 6 to 12 had tried smoking, if only just a puff, down from 24% in 2012-13. 3.4 per cent of students were current cigarette smokers, with 1.6% smoking daily and 1.9% smoking occasionally.

Rob Cunningham, Senior Policy Analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society said: “It is good news that fewer teens are smoking but far too many of them are still being seduced by the tobacco industry’s tactics.”

Source: The Star, 14 September 2016
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