ASH Daily news for 20 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • Treasury pushing for cuts to local authority public health budgets in Spending Review
  • Retailers offered chance to win underage sales training
  • Nurses say treating patients with avoidable health issues is never a waste
  • Durham: Smoking cessation stars honoured at awards ceremony
  • Northern Ireland: Doctors demand urgent action over child health crisis
  • Letter: “We are defending our business, not attacking human rights”, Philip Morris
  • EU: Parliament could bar unregistered lobbyists
  • Canada: Liberal government will pursue ‘activist’ agenda, Federal Health Minister says
  • US: Companies sued over cancer-causing substances
  • Canada: Cancer Society criticizes new menthol “capsule” cigarettes as latest gimmick attractive to kids
  • US: Billionaire gives California cigarette tax campaign million-dollar boost
  • India: Man forces a 5-year old child to smoke beedi

    Treasury pushing for cuts to local authority public health budgets in Spending Review

    According to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, the Treasury is pushing for cuts to English local authority public health budgets in the Spending Review to be announced next week. £200 million pounds have already been removed from that budget this year. Discussions are ongoing with health chiefs.

    Listen to the report by clicking on the link below (starts at 01:06:36).

    Source: BBC Radio 4 – 20 November 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1MYL6mZ

    Retailers offered chance to win underage sales training

    JTI is giving retailers the chance to win 500 extra training packages to help them prevent underage sales.

    The tobacco manufacturer had initially offered 50 packages but high levels of interest among retailers had prompted it to extend the initiative, JTI said.

    The qualification, which is recognised by Trading Standards, the police and local authorities, enables stores and their staff “to become pillars of responsible retailing in their local communities”.

    Source: Convenience Store – 19 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1l96SK7

    Nurses say treating patients with avoidable health issues is never a waste

    Nurses who joined a recent #NurChat twitter discussion voiced their unanimous commitment to the principle that it is never acceptable to view patients with potentially preventable health problems as a waste of time and resources.

    Potentially preventable health complications often come from obesity, smoking, alcohol and substance addiction as well poor diet and a lack of exercise. As the volume of patients experiencing lifestyle-related health issues continues to rise, so too will the cost of treating them. This could be as much as £5billion a year by 2018.

    The Wanless Report from 2002 first highlighted how critical it was to increase investment in preventative activities in order to reduce treatment costs and achieve better levels of public health. Weight management, exercise programmes and stop smoking services are just some of the much-needed local services that work to keep people healthy, yet budget cuts seem to be affecting them as local authorities seek to achieve the £200m saving needed this year.

    Source: CareHome – 18 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1l96XNK

    Durham: Smoking cessation stars honoured at awards ceremony

    Stars of the drive to cut smoking have been recognised at an awards ceremony.

    Eight organisations have been presented Star Performer awards for their work helping people in County Durham to quit.

    The County Durham’s NHS Stop Smoking Service held its awards at the Durham Centre.

    Source: Northern Echo – 19 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1l9724c

    Northern Ireland: Doctors demand urgent action over child health crisis

    In an open letter to the Government published today in the Belfast Telegraph, medical and charity leaders call on political parties to make young people’s mental and physical health a priority ahead of next year’s Assembly election.

    The hard-hitting letter penned by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is endorsed and signed by 14 experts from across medical organisations and charities in Northern Ireland.

    To address the problems they call for, among other things, a ban on smoking in cars when children are present.

    Source: Belfast Telegraph – 19 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1l979wF

    Letter: “We are defending our business, not attacking human rights”, Philip Morris

    In a letter to the editor, Marc Firestone, senior vice-president and general counsel for Philip Morris International, responds to a recent article in Guardian titled: How can Philip Morris sue Uruguay over its tobacco laws?.

    Source: The Guardian – 19 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1l97n6K

    EU: Parliament could bar unregistered lobbyists

    Unregistered lobbyists would be barred from the European Parliament and prevented from having any contact with top-ranking MEPs under a radical transparency overhaul being considered by the assembly’s constitutional affairs committee.

    Ingeborg Grässle, the chair of the powerful budgetary control committee, said she had “mixed feelings” about the proposal, fearing that it would “hinder” her work, particularly her contact with whistleblowers, and could end up “bureaucratizing” her relationship with the electorate.

    But MEP Sven Giegold said his proposal takes these concerns into account, which is why only rapporteurs — the MEPs who shepherd reports through committees — and committee chairs would be affected.

    Source: Politico – 20 November 2015
    Link: http://politi.co/1l97vTO

    Canada: Liberal government will pursue ‘activist’ agenda, Federal Health Minister says

    Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott says the new Liberal government will pursue an “activist” agenda aimed at improving medicare and implementing measures to help Canadians make better choices — from diet to smoking — about their own health.

    The government will introduce new plain-packaging requirements, similar to those in Australia and the United Kingdom, for tobacco products.

    Philpott said there is “strong evidence” the changes will reduce the number of people who smoke.

    Source: Bullfax – 20 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1l97FKV

    US: Companies sued over cancer-causing substances

    A lawsuit by Californian environmental watchdog group CEH targets tobacco and e-cigarette companies whose products the group says emit two toxic chemicals.

    Several brands of electronic cigarettes, e-liquids, and other vaping products emit two cancer-causing chemicals, according to tests commissioned by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH).

    The tests prompted the nonprofit group to file lawsuits against tobacco and other e-cigarette companies for failing to warn consumers about these chemicals, as required by Proposition 65, California’s consumer protection law.

    See also:
    – Tobacco, Vaping Companies Fail to Warn Public of Cancer Dangers: Lawsuit, NBC Bay Area

    Source: Healthline News – 19 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1l97LCe

    Canada: Cancer Society criticizes new menthol “capsule” cigarettes as latest gimmick attractive to kids

    The Canadian Cancer Society has spoken out against a new tobacco industry gimmick that they say is attractive to new young smokers. Cigarettes with squeezable menthol capsules in the filter are now available in many Canadian stores. When the filter is squeezed, the capsule is crushed, releasing a burst of menthol flavour to make the smoking experience less harsh.

    Source: Morning Star – 19 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1l97UFN

    US: Billionaire gives California cigarette tax campaign million-dollar boost

    As promised, billionaire liberal benefactor Tom Steyer has made a large contribution to a campaign seeking to raise California’s tax on tobacco products.

    Better known for his substantial spending on environmental causes, Steyer, a former hedge fund manager, made good on his promise to back the tobacco tax campaign by announcing a $1 million contribution.

    Source: Scaramento Bee – 19 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1l97YWb

    India: Man forces a 5-year old child to smoke beedi

    The Tamilnadu People’s Forum for Tobacco Control (TNPFTC) has been sent a video showing a man forcing a child to smoke beedi (a thin cigarette filled with tobacco flake and wrapped in a leaf tied with a string at one end). Even when the child chokes with the smoke of the tobacco product, the adult insists on taking another puff.

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    Source: Meri News – 20 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MYJDgo