ASH Daily news for 18 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Opinion: Using tobacco taxes to save lives
  • Derby: Cigarette prizes found in ‘Disney’ game at a Park
  • Chester: Illegal tobacco and alcohol seized during raids
  • Smoking worsens inflammatory bowel disease but patients do not realise this
  • US: A college in Kansas becomes smoke and tobacco free

    Opinion: Using tobacco taxes to save lives

    Sweden has the lowest tobacco attributable mortality rates among men in Europe, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The cause of this is linked to the country’s high use of snus, a smokeless tobacco product, as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. Snus use may have risen in response to it being taxed at a significantly lower rate than cigarettes.

    Columnist Joe Nocera says that the same principles of using price to modify behaviour should be applied to the use of electronic cigarettes as the evidence shows that the use of such products is significantly less harmful than smoking cigarettes.

    Source: The New York Times, 18th August 2015
    Link: http://nyti.ms/1EzngH4

    Derby: Cigarette prizes found in ‘Disney’ game at a Park

    A dad said he was “shocked and appalled” when he saw cigarette packets available as prizes inside a “Disney” claw machine at Derby’s Markeaton Park.

    Mark Rugman was visiting the park with his family on Saturday when he came across the game, called “Disney Cranes”. Prizes inside were Disney character cuddly toys and about a dozen cigarette packets.

    Source: Derby Telegraph, 17th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ezi9H8

    Chester: Illegal tobacco and alcohol seized during raids

    An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of suspected illegal tobacco and alcohol in Chester uncovered more than 4,700 illegal cigarettes and over 72 litres of spirits.

    Officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and support agencies visited seven retail premises and a storage unit. From three of the premises visited they captured huge quantities of illicit cigarettes and alcohol.

    Source: The Chester Chronicle, 18th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Pjg4Vm

    Smoking worsens inflammatory bowel disease but patients do not realise this

    A new study has found that many patients do not realise that smoking increases the risk for certain common inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

    Out of 239 patients with two common types of IBD – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – only half were aware of the smoking risks associated with these conditions.

    “The take-home message for patients with IBD is that smoking can affect their disease,” lead study author Dr. Stephanie Ducharme-Benard of the University of Montreal Hospital Center said.

    Source: Reuters, 17th August 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1E2DnSF

    US: A college in Kansas becomes smoke and tobacco free

    Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) has become completely smoke and tobacco free. Students and staff will be prohibited from smoking or using any forms tobacco products or electronic cigarettes on college property. This policy went into effect on the 1st August 2015.

    Rob Crane, the director of wellness and fitness at KCKC, said “there has been a desire to go tobacco free that dates back seven to nine years”. He claims that other than the known health benefits of not smoking, going smoke free will also decrease the amount of litter and promote good behaviour.

    Source: Wyandotte Daily, 17th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Lil6DG