ASH Daily news for 19 February 2016



HEADLINES

  • Young women buck anti-smoking trend – ONS
  • Derbyshire: NHS goes smokefree including for home care
  • Birmingham: Exploding e-cigarette battery leaves dad ‘scarred for life’ after trousers burst into flames
  • Scotland: Arrayjet lands Philip Morris lab deal
  • Derbyshire: Disabled man dies after wheelchair catches fire as he smokes cigarette outside care home
  • Scotland: Smoking at home could be making it 35 times more polluted than a busy high street
  • US: Smoking’s grip adds to misery of the homeless
  • Australia: Senator denies donations influenced his push for illegal tobacco inquiry

    Young women buck anti-smoking trend – ONS

    Younger women are bucking the trend towards giving up smoking, new official figures show.

    While the proportion of men who smoke has fallen to the lowest level on record – well under half that seen in the mid-1970s – among women, the downward trend in smoking has halted.

    Among women under 35 there were even small but noticeable increases in smoking in the last year, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics.

    Overall, the figures show that smoking rates in mainland Britain have decreased dramatically within a generation as health messages and changing lifestyles take effect.

    Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH said: “The slowdown in smoking rates is worrying.
    “The evidence is clear that if we are to continue to drive down smoking we need a comprehensive tobacco control policy that includes mass media campaigns and help for smokers who want to quit.”

    But she drew encouragement from separate figures in the ONS study showing that people who use e-cigarettes do so as a stepping stone to giving up smoking altogether.

    See also:
    – Most e-cigarette use ‘to help smokers quit’, WebMD
    – E-cig revolution? Only 1 in 6 smokers has converted, The Independent
    – Two million Brits use e-cigs – but more than half smoke normal cigarettes alongside them, Evening Standard
    – Number of young women smoking cigarettes rises for the first time since 2008, figures show, Mirror
    – Proportion of young women smoking rises for the first time since 2008, The Guardian
    – Number of young women smoking RISES for the first time in a decade – but fewer men are lighting up than ever, Daily Mail

    Source: The Telegraph – 18 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1XBp1Os

    Derbyshire: NHS goes smokefree including for home care

    Smokers in need of health support will be asked not to light up or vape inside their own homes as part of a new campaign.

    Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is aiming to deliver healthcare services in smoke-free environments starting on ‘No Smoking Day’ (9th March).

    Patients and visitors will not be allowed to smoke or use an e-cigarette anywhere on trust-owned premises, including wards, grounds, doorways and car parks.

    It has also been revealed that those who receive care at home will also be affected, with staff requesting that patients provide a smoke-free room and refrain from smoking for up to one hour prior to an appointment.

    Source: Burton Mail – 19 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tu1JuF

    Birmingham: Exploding e-cigarette battery leaves dad ‘scarred for life’ after trousers burst into flames

    A man has been left scarred for life after an e-cigarette in his trouser pocket exploded “like a firework” – leaving him with horrific burns.

    Dan Walker has been told he may need skin grafts following the terrifying incident during a shopping trip last weekend.

    He was at a retail park in Birmingham when the e-cig’s battery ignited inside his pocket – setting his leg on fire.

    Source: Mirror – 18 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tu1X51

    Scotland: Arrayjet lands Philip Morris lab deal

    Arrayjet, the Scottish-based instrumentation company, has won a £150,000 contract with Philip Morris International.

    The company’s microarray printing technology will support PMI’s programme to develop innovative products which have the potential to reduce disease risk in comparison with smoking cigarettes.

    Source: Herald Scotland – 19 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tu254C

    Derbyshire: Disabled man dies after wheelchair catches fire as he smokes cigarette outside care home

    A disabled man has died after his wheelchair caught fire outside a care home while he was smoking a cigarette.

    The man, 60, a resident at the care home , was found dead at the scene. Fire investigators believe the blaze happened after he went outside for a cigarette.

    Source: Mirror – 18 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tu2bJt

    Scotland: Smoking at home could be making it 35 times more polluted than a busy high street

    Parents are being warned of the damage they can do to their children’s health if they don’t take their smoke outside.

    Smokers’ homes can have air pollution levels up to 35 times those on busy roads, a study has found.

    The air quality is also worse than in pubs before the smoking ban , a team of Aberdeen University researchers revealed.

    Now a campaign has been launched called Take it Right Outside – which highlights how dangerous smoking in the home is, particularly to children.

    Source: Daily Record – 19 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tu2u7b

    US: Smoking’s grip adds to misery of the homeless

    Smoking is common among the homeless, and it’s costing them a large share of what little money they have, a new study finds.

    The research, surveying over 300 homeless adults who smoked, found that on average, they spent $44 on tobacco in the past week. Meanwhile, their average income for the month was around $500, and one-third or more said they had difficulty finding shelter, food, clothing or a place to wash, the research showed.

    Source: Medical Xpress – 18 February 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Tu2BPW

    Australia: Senator denies donations influenced his push for illegal tobacco inquiry

    Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm has denied his acceptance of donations from a tobacco company influenced his decision to push for a senate inquiry into illegal tobacco.

    Senator Leyonhjelm is on the committee that will run the inquiry.

    Source: ABC News – 19 February 2016
    Link: http://ab.co/1Tu2Laa