ASH Daily news for 21 August 2015
21 August 2015
- Wigan: Health chief backs call for e-cigs on the NHS
- Pharmacies should not sell e-cigs, RPS says following PHE report
- North East: Hospital pleads with smokers not to light up
- Rugby: Illegal tobacco sniffer dog finds £8k of counterfeit goods hidden in shop ceiling
- Pakistan: Tobacco industry’s tactics prised open by consumer rights group
- India: Health Ministry flooded with 100,000 letters over planned smoking ban
- Australia: Smoking no longer cool for teenagers
Wigan: Health chief backs call for e-cigs on the NHS
Professor Kate Ardern, director of public health at Wigan Council, has spoken out in favour of the us of electronic cigarettes for those hoping to quit smoking and for them to be prescribed on the NHS.
– Should e-cigarettes be prescribed on the NHS to help smokers quit?, The Sentinel
– Health experts warn people not to wait for e-cigarettes to be prescribed, Burton Mail
– E-cigs on the NHS slammed by Lancashire businessman, Lancashire Telegraph
– If you can afford fags, you can afford e-cigarettes. So, do me (and the NHS) a favour: buy your own, Daily Mail
– Anti-smoking zealots are censoring reality, Spiked
– Letters: The NHS should not pay for e-cigarettes, which save smokers money, The TelegraphSource: Wigan Today – 21 August 2015
Pharmacies should not sell e-cigs, RPS says following PHE report
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has stood by its stance that pharmacies should not sell or advertise electronic cigarettes in the wake of a report produced on behalf of Public Health England claiming that the devices could be prescribed on the NHS to help smokers quit.Source: Pharmacy Business – 20 August 2015
North East: Hospital pleads with smokers not to light up
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has started a campaign to discourage visitors from smoking at hospital entrances.
Staff and volunteers at the Women and Children’s department at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough (run by the Trust) started the information campaign.
It comes after they received complaints about smokers lighting up outside hospital entrances – including the maternity department.
[includes online poll]Source: Gazette Live – 20 August 2015
Rugby: Illegal tobacco sniffer dog finds £8k of counterfeit goods hidden in shop ceiling
An illegal tobacco sniffer dog found £8,000 worth of counterfeit goods hidden in a ceiling tile in a Rugby shop.
Scamp the sniffer dog was taking part in a community demonstration with his handler and Warwickshire Trading Standards Officers when the team received a tip off from a member of the public.
The shop owner was arrested and is currently being questioned.
[includes photos]Source: Rugby Advertiser – 20 August 2015
Pakistan: Tobacco industry’s tactics prised open by consumer rights group
The Network for Consumer Protection has launched a report entitled “Smoky Truth” detailing tobacco industry tactics in Pakistan.
The launch comes at a time when the industry is being accused of using ‘non-health’ national and international actors against the health ministry to scuttle plans to introduce strict tobacco regulations.Source: Pakistan Observer – 21 August 2015
India: Health Ministry flooded with 100,000 letters over planned smoking ban
With tobacco linked to up to 900,000 deaths a year in India, the government wants to raise the minimum smoking age to 21 from 18, and ban the sale of single cigarettes, which make up 70 percent of overall sales.
Before taking its proposals to parliament, the government in January asked for public suggestions. The result was unprecedented: 45,000 e-mails and more than 100,000 letters delivered by mail.
Analyzing and collating public responses is crucial for the legislative process to move forward. The sheer volume has left officials stumped, with some fearing that it could take as much as five months to sift through the letters.
Some health officials suspect the letter-writing campaign was orchestrated by the tobacco industry to hold up the process.Source: Medindia – 20 August 2015
Australia: Smoking no longer cool for teenagers
Public health experts say all indicators suggest the allure of smoking has faded for young people in Australia over recent decades.
In 1984, 24% of teenagers told surveys they smoked cigarettes in the previous week. By 2011, this had dropped to just 7%. The federal government has not released more recent data since plain packaging was introduced in 2012.
The trend has coincided with more graphic public health campaigns, higher taxes and the outlawing of store displays. Acting director of Quit Victoria Kylie Lindorff said research also suggested plain packaging was putting young people off.
– Tobacco in AustraliaSource: Sydney Morning Herald – 20 August 2015