ASH Daily news for 18 February 2016



HEADLINES

  • Study: Smokers with depression try to quit more often but find it harder
  • World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get ready for plain packaging
  • South Yorkshire: Councils urge pet owners to be aware of passive smoking risk for pets
  • Russia: “Smoking kills more people than Obama” poster appears in Moscow
  • Ethiopia: Authorities to enforce ban on smoking in public places

    Study: Smokers with depression try to quit more often but find it harder

    A survey published in the journal Addiction has found that although smokers with depression try to quit smoking more often than other smokers, they are more likely to return to smoking within a month. The study also showed that the tendency seemed to be stronger among men than women.

    Source
    Addiction: Depression motivates quit attempts but predicts relapse: Differential findings for gender from the International Tobacco Control Study

    Source: Medical Xpress, 18 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PHARne

    World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get ready for plain packaging

    For this year’s World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization is calling on all countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products.

    Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

    Source: World Health Organisation, 16 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/20DEqhb

    South Yorkshire: Councils urge pet owners to be aware of passive smoking risk for pets

    Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster councils have joined forces on Love Your Pet Day which is 20th February to persuade pet owners not to smoke near their pets.

    Rotherham’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr David Roche, said: “Love Your Pet Day is the perfect time to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking near pets. Many of us are already aware of the risks of second-hand smoke when it comes to our family, friends, babies and young children, but are often surprised that family pets can be harmed by this too.

    Source: Town Talk Rotherham, 17 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QKYJE5

    Russia: “Smoking kills more people than Obama” poster appears in Moscow

    A poster has appeared in Moscow which says: “Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills lots and lots of people,” it adds: “Don’t smoke, don’t be like Obama.”

    President Obama said in 2013 that he had not smoked for six years.

    Source: Guardian, 17 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VmMqSi

    Ethiopia: Authorities to enforce ban on smoking in public places

    Local authorities in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, will begin penalizing institutions which allow smoking in public places as of next month.

    The law was enacted to prohibit smoking in restaurants, schools, public transport, and other public places. Authorities have warned that institutions which fail to apply the law will be fined no less than $95.

    Source: Star Africa, 17 February 2016
    Link: http://oran.ge/1QnEnQS