ASH Daily news for 17 December 2015



HEADLINES

  • David Cameron admits he has ‘battled’ to quit smoking with ‘relative’ success
  • Prisoner loses appeal over cancer risk from passive smoking in jail
  • US scientist compares smoking to having ‘3 bullets in the barrel of a gun’
  • London: Dogs Alfie and Indy help take black market cigarettes off Islington streets
  • Parliamentary Business

    David Cameron admits he has ‘battled’ to quit smoking with ‘relative’ success

    David Cameron has spoken of his “relatively successful” battle to give up smoking, and said electronic cigarettes are a ‘legitimate’ aid used by people to help break the habit.

    His comments were made during this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions after he was asked by Mark Pawsey MP if he would help highlight the role electronic cigarettes can play in helping people give up tobacco.

     

    Source: The Telegraph, 16 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NpwOuM

    Prisoner loses appeal over cancer risk from passive smoking in jail

    A prisoner has lost a legal challenge over his claim that he could develop cancer from passive smoking in prison in a ruling that classes cells as private residences.

    The man whose parents both died of cancer after smoking, argued that that he was vulnerable to tobacco smoke. The Scottish government contested the action and the court was told that the prisoner was housed in a relatively modern prison with ventilation systems.

    Source: The Times, 17 December
    Link: http://thetim.es/1O8gYSv

    US scientist compares smoking to having ‘3 bullets in the barrel of a gun’

    Dr Yusuf Hannun, from Stony Brook University in New York, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about a new study published in the journal Nature which suggests that lifestyle plays a much greater role than previously thought in the likelihood of developing cancer, estimating it is somewhere between 70 and 90%.

    He compares smoking to Russian roulette, suggesting that smoking is like having 3 bullets in the chamber of a gun, instead of just one.

    Source
    Nature: Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell divisions

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    BBC News: Cancer is not just ‘bad luck’ but down to environment, study suggest
    The Sun: Nine out of ten cancer cases preventable, experts claim

    Source: BBC Radio 4, 17 December 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1NyQPwF

    London: Dogs Alfie and Indy help take black market cigarettes off Islington streets

    Dogs, Alfie and Indy have helped Islington Council’s trading standards team remove illicit tobacco from shops in the Borough.

    Cllr Paul Convery, Islington’s executive member for community safety, said: “All tobacco is harmful, but the illegal tobacco market – and in particular the availability of cheap cigarettes – make it harder for smokers to quit and remain smoke free.

    “Our trading standards officers are working hard to keep these illegal products off the streets and are cracking down on the businesses and individuals that flout the law.”

    Source: Islington Gazette, 16 December 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1lSg32A

    Parliamentary Business

    PQ1: A new tobacco control plan

    Alex Cunningham Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will publish an updated Tobacco Control Plan for England.

    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    This Government is committed to reducing the prevalence of smoking in England to further improve and protect the health of the nation. In line with this commitment Government plan to publish a new tobacco control strategy for England next year.

    Source: Hansard: HC Deb, 14 December 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1k4dYyD

    PQ2: Electronic cigarettes

    Mark Pawsey (Rugby) (Con)
    By the time the House next meets for questions, many people will have started their new year’s resolutions. For many, one resolution will be to give up smoking. Given that Public Health England recently stated that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco and half the population is unaware of that fact, will the Prime Minister join me in highlighting the role that e-cigarettes can play in helping people give up tobacco for good?

    The Prime Minister
    Certainly, speaking as someone who has been through this battle a number of times, eventually relatively successfully, lots of people find different ways of doing it, and clearly for some people e-cigarettes are successful. We need to be guided by the experts, and we should look at the report from Public Health England, but it is promising that over 1 million people are estimated to have used e-cigarettes to help them quit or have replaced smoking with e-cigarettes completely. We should be making it clear that this a very legitimate path for many people to improve their health and therefore the health of the nation.

    Source: Hansard 16 Dec 2015 : Column 1548
    Link: http://bit.ly/1T3fn4z

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