ASH Daily news for 21 January 2016



HEADLINES

  • Headlines about e-cigarettes don’t mean they’re ‘not safer than tobacco’
  • Durham: Campaign launched to crackdown on smoking in bus stations
  • NHS Trust counts down to going smoke-free
  • Scotland: Woman fined £75,000 for selling counterfeit tobacco
  • US: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch aggressive new anti-smoking ad campaign

    Headlines about e-cigarettes don’t mean they’re ‘not safer than tobacco’

    Nikki Smith, the senior information manager at Cancer Research UK has written an article challenging some of the recent negative and misleading e-cigarette headlines.

    The article argues that the evidence so far actually points towards a positive role for e-cigarettes in helping combat the biggest preventable cause of cancer.

    Source: Cancer Research UK, 20th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WwSzfz

    Durham: Campaign launched to crackdown on smoking in bus stations

    Council officials and two North-East bus companies are teaming up to crackdown on smoking in bus stations.

    Durham County Council, Arriva and Go North East are launching a campaign to send out a message that smoking will not be tolerated in bus stations in County Durham.

    As part of the initiative, which runs until February, Public Protection Officers and Neighbourhood Wardens will be visiting stations at Durham, Consett, Stanley, Peterlee and Bishop Auckland and issuing fines to anyone caught smoking.

    Source: The Northern Echo, 20th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1UdvEV8

    NHS Trust counts down to going smoke-free

    In line with NICE guidelines, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust is now in its final stages of preparation and planning to become a smoke-free Trust from the 9th March.

    The smoke-free plans will see all Trust sites, including in-patient gardens and courtyards become totally smoke-free, meaning service users, staff and visitors will no longer be able to smoke tobacco on any Trust premises.

    The Trust has put a comprehensive support programme in place to offer service users and staff guidance on stopping smoking and alternatives available, including nicotine replacement therapy.

    Source: Minister FM News, 21st January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PjH9MP

    Scotland: Woman fined £75,000 for selling counterfeit tobacco

    A woman was fined £75,000 after she was caught selling counterfeit tobacco. The police and a trading standard officer caught her with more than 250 packets of cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco.

    Source: The Sun, 21st January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1RUQZoV

    US: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch aggressive new anti-smoking ad campaign

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to launch a new anti-smoking campaign.

    It will feature a series of ads with real people who are dealing with the long-term health problems associated with smoking.

    Called “Tips from former Smokers” it will begin airing on January 25 and continue for 20 weeks.

    The CDC says nearly 480,000 Americans die each year from the effects of tobacco. The Agency’s Director, Thomas Frieden says the more they run these ads, the more people will attempt to quit.

    “Hard-hitting ads like these help people quit, that’s what we saw in New York City. We’ve now taken that nationally,” Frieden said.

    Source: NY1, 20th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/20gp7wF