ASH Daily News for 19 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • New report: Action needed to save hundreds of babies from stillbirth
  • Nurses urged to show councils evidence against public health cuts
  • London Midland bans electronic cigarette use
  • British American to test tobacco/electronic cigarette hybrid
  • Lincolnshire: Shop owners warned not to sell e-cigarettes to people under 18
  • US: Boston mayor aims to raise smoking age to 21
  • Wales: Smoking litter present on 86% of streets

    New report: Action needed to save hundreds of babies from stillbirth

    A new report has concluded that the lives of hundreds of unborn babies could be saved if their mothers were given better care in pregnancy. In the UK annually, more than 1,000 babies without any congenital abnormality die at or near term, before labour begins. A team of experts (MBRRACE-UK) reviewed a sample of 85 of these stillbirths, finding failures in the care of half of them.

    Supporting the report’s recommendation for better maternity care, Prof Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health called for more action to help pregnant women reduce risky behaviours such as smoking.

    She said: “Smoking during pregnancy is a major concern as it causes higher rates of stillbirth, premature birth, low birth weight and sudden infant death in babies. Smoking among pregnant women in poor and disadvantaged groups and teenage mothers-to-be remains considerably more prevalent than in the general population.”

    “Teenagers are almost six times more likely to smoke throughout pregnancy than women who are over 35, and less likely to quit. Obesity is also more prevalent among poor and disadvantaged groups and also carries an increased risk of stillbirth and other poor pregnancy outcomes.”

    Full report: Perinatal Confidential Enquiry 2015

    Source: Reuters, 18 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PBw5d5

    Nurses urged to show councils evidence against public health cuts

    Speaking at a conference yesterday, Public Health England’s head of healthcare Raymond Jankowski advised health visitors and community nurses to approach directors of public health directly or to present evidence to local health and wellbeing boards to ensure frontline concerns are considered as cuts are implemented.

    Earlier this month, the Department of Health announced details of the £200m in-year cut to the public health grant it provides to local councils; a reduction of 6.2% will be applied evenly to each authority.

    Mr Jankowski also stated that his organisations’ work with local Directors of Public Health to protect funding for public health was “having an impact in some places in England more than others”.

    Source: Nursing Times, 18 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1T0qrjb

    London Midland bans electronic cigarette use

    From the start of December, passengers will no longer be allowed to use electronic cigarettes on London Midland trains. The train operating company will also forbid the use of them in stations, depots and offices operated by the company.

    Source: Express & Star, 19 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/214CW2I

    British American to test tobacco/electronic cigarette hybrid

    A senior executive of British American Tobacco has said that the company plans to test a hybrid product that combines tobacco and e-cigarette technology next week in a European market. The product, called iFuse, will use elements of the company’s Kent brand, and be sold in a market where Kent cigarettes are popular.

    Kingsley Wheaton, BAT’s managing director of next generation products, said that like an e-cigarette, the iFuse heats a liquid containing nicotine into an inhalable vapour, but the vapour passes through a bit of tobacco near the tip.

    Source: Malaysian Digest, 19 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OgISyD

    Lincolnshire: Shop owners warned not to sell e-cigarettes to people under 18

    Lincolnshire shop owners selling e-cigarettes and vape liquid have been warned not to sell to people under 18. The warning follows undercover visits by Lincolnshire Trading Standards which found 11 out of 20 retailers sold the products to an underage person. Retailers that are caught selling the products to under 18s can be fined up to £2,500.

    Dan Brown, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The new laws came into force on October 1 this year, making e-cigarettes and its components, including e-liquids and the atomiser which turns the solution into a vapour, illegal to be sold to under 18s.”

    Source: Lincolnshire Echo, November 18 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HanprB

    US: Boston mayor aims to raise smoking age to 21

    A measure proposed on Wednesday by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh would raise the minimum age of smoking from 18 to 21 in the city, following similar steps taken by some 90 US cities and counties including New York.

    The proposed ban would apply to cigars, snuff, all other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.

    Source: Reuters, 18 November 2015
    Link: http://tmsnrt.rs/1PPffG6

    Wales: Smoking litter present on 86% of streets

    A Keep Wales Tidy survey found that smoking-related litter was present on 86% of Welsh roads surveyed. Discarded chewing gum was found at three quarters of sites and dog fouling was present on 10% of streets surveyed.

    Keep Wales Tidy said smoking-related litter is difficult to clean up and can also affect the environment and wildlife by contaminating water supplies with toxic chemicals.

    Source: BBC News, 19 November 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1PPfAJ0