ASH Daily News for 21 June 2018



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UK

  • Scotland: Radical new plans unveiled to turn Scotland smokefree by 2034
  • Wales: Health body ‘disappointed’ nearly one fifth of Welsh adults still smoke
  • North East: Anonymous tip offs boost illegal cigarette campaign
  • Hull: School gates to go smokefree
  • Leeds: Shopping centre introduces smoke and vape free zone
  • Wirral: Smokefree community champions needed

International

  • US: American Lung Association and Mental Health America partner to support residents in smokefree public housing transition

UK

Scotland: Radical new plans unveiled to turn Scotland smokefree by 2034

A ban on smoking in council homes is among a raft of new measures being considered by ministers as part of their efforts to make Scotland smokefree by 2034.

The new strategy was unveiled on the 20th of June, after recent figures showed smoking cessation in Scotland had fallen to a record low, prompting fears that the 2034 target may not be reached.

A crackdown on smoking in open public places where children are present such as play parks is also included in the new blueprint, whilst smoking outside hospitals will be outlawed. Under the proposals, cigarettes will be banned completely in prisons, as well as in communal stairwells.

See also: Raising Scotland’s Tobacco-free Generation: our tobacco control action plan 2018
The Times, Smokers face minimum price for tobacco
STV, Action plan for ‘tobacco free generation’ unveiled

Source: The Scotsman, 21 June 2018

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Wales: Health body ‘disappointed’ nearly one fifth of Welsh adults still smoke

The smoking rate for adults in Wales has not decreased, according to the latest figures from the National Survey for Wales.

The report, which involved more than 11,000 randomly-selected adults aged 16 and over, found that 19% of adults said that they smoked. Public Health Wales has said it is ‘disappointed’ the rate has not fallen since 2017.

The number of adults that ‘vape’ using e-cigarettes has also stayed the same (7%) when compared to last year.

Source: ITV News, 20 June 2018

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North East: Anonymous tip offs boost illegal cigarette campaign

More than 350 anonymous tip offs from the public have been received by trading standards teams since the launch of a campaign tackling the sale of illegal tobacco. The ‘Keep it Out’ campaign went live in the North East in November. It highlights how children can easily get hooked on illicit cigarettes and how such trade can benefit criminals.

The campaign was launched by the tobacco control group Fresh, which receives funding from 11 of the region’s 12 local councils. Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “We are delighted to see this campaign making people think twice about buying and selling illegal tobacco, and also to see hundreds of pieces of information coming through.”

Owen Cleugh, a consumer protection manager with Durham County Council, said: “Illegal tobacco has a serious impact as it makes it easier for children to smoke and brings crime into our communities. We would encourage members of the public to help us in tackling this crime and report concerns via the Keep It Out hotline.”

Source: The Northern Echo, 20 June 2018

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Hull: School gates to go smokefree

Parents are no longer allowed to smoke at 24 primary schools in Hull, in a bid to create a smokefree generation. The move follows last year’s introduction of a smokefree playground policy, which saw smoking banned at all 91 playgrounds in the city.

Councillor Gwen Lunn, the city council’s portfolio holder for public health, says: “Introducing measures like smokefree school gates and before that smokefree sidelines and playgrounds helps to chip away the places children see smoking, breathe in smoke and have it reinforced as something that is normal for grown-ups to do. We’ve been delighted by the response from schools, most of which have been keen to update their policies and involve children in designing signs to communicate the change to their parents and carers.”

Source: KCFM, 20 June 2018

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Leeds: Shopping centre introduces smoke and vape free zone

White Rose Shopping Centre has introduced a ‘Smoke and Vape Free Zone’ in its outdoor leisure area, The Village, following the opening of its brand new children’s play area and ahead of Clean Air Day (21 June).

In consideration of children and young families, all visitors are now asked to refrain from smoking and vaping within The Village and the surrounding area, marked by green bollards. This move comes in partnership with Leeds City Council and Child Friendly Leeds in support of the city’s Clean Air Leeds ambition, a council-led initiative to improve the quality of Leeds air.

Source: Business Up North, 20 June 2018

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Wirral: Smokefree community champions needed

The Annual Population Survey (2016) estimates the number of adults who reported smoking in Wirral is 15.7%. However, it is estimated that in the most deprived neighbourhoods in Wirral, approximately 32% of the population smoke.

Wallasey Constituency Team is therefore working in partnership with A Better Life (ABL) to provide free training for local people across Wallasey to become Smokefree Community Champions and help their community stop smoking. Champions are to act as ambassadors by raising awareness and promoting the local ABL stop smoking service.

Source: Wirral view, 20 June 2018

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International

US: American Lung Association and Mental Health America partner to support residents in smokefree public housing transition

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has required all public housing agencies to implement a smokefree policy by July 31, 2018. The new smokefree rule will protect around two million residents living in public housing from exposure to secondhand smoke.

The American Lung Association and Mental Health America have announced their ‘Smokefree at Home’ project, which will support public housing residents who are living with behavioural health issues, such as mental illness and substance use disorders, in the transition to a smokefree environment. The project’s goal is to ensure these people are supported in their adjustment to the new smokefree policy, remain in their homes, and have access to cessation programs and services.

Source: PharmiWeb.com, 20 June 2018

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