ASH Daily News for 21 September 2016



  • Pharmacy sector braces itself for Stoptober to help 7m smokers quit
  • Scotland: Rise in e-cigarette use as smoking falls
  • Smoking leaves lasting marks on DNA, study finds
  • Europe: School students smoke and drink less
  • India: Maharashtra govt proposes to ban smoking on pavements
  • India: 68% tobacco firms comply with new warning rule
  • Kazakhstan: Eight year old boy filmed smoking in his school uniform by his friends

Pharmacy sector braces itself for Stoptober to help 7m smokers quit

Healthcare professionals including pharmacists are bracing themselves for Stoptober, the nationwide campaign aimed at helping smokers kick the habit.

The initiative, supported by the National Pharmacy Association, Pharmacy Voice and Well in recent years, starts on October 1 and pharmacists and their teams across the country will be preparing themselves with patient information leaflets, window vinyls and shelf wobblers.

Over 6,000 pharmacies got involved with Stoptober in 2012 and last year that increased to just under 10,000 pharmacies. The hope is that even more pharmacies will participate this year.
Source: Pharmacy Business – 21 September 2016
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Scotland: Rise in e-cigarette use as smoking falls

The number of Scots using e-cigarettes has increased “significantly” while smoking levels have decreased, new research has found. Levels of vaping are up to 7 per cent compared to 5 per cent in 2014, with the devices appealing most to young adults. Between 22 to 26 per cent of those aged 16 to 34 have tried e-cigarettes at some point, compared to four per cent to 10 per cent for those aged 65 and above.

The research showed the number of smokers has continued to fall, with just over a fifth of adults lighting up in 2015 compared to 28 per cent in 2003. In addition, the average number of cigarettes smoked per day has also dropped, going from 15.3 in 2003 to 12.6 in 2015.

See also:
Sharp drop in number of Scots children exposed to second-hand smoke in their homes, The National
SNP accused of FAILING to improve health of Scottish people after damning new report, The Express

Source: The Scotsman – 20 September 2016
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Smoking leaves lasting marks on DNA, study finds

Smoking cigarettes can leave a lasting imprint on human DNA, altering more than 7,000 genes in ways that may contribute to the development of smoking-related diseases, a new study says.
Reviewing results from blood samples taken from nearly 16,000 people in 16 prior studies, the researchers also found that for those who stopped smoking, most genes “recovered” within five years of quitting.

Even so, the team of researchers from the epidemiology branch of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that some genetic changes remained, even 30 years after quitting smoking.

Source: Medical Xpress – 20 September 2016
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Europe: School students smoke and drink less

The results of the four-yearly, Europe-wide survey of school students aged 15 and 16, in which 96,000 school students in 35 countries took part, reveal that teenage smoking and drinking are showing signs of decline.

A majority – 54% – of European teenagers report they have never smoked and fewer than a quarter – 21% – say they are “current smokers”.

Source: The Guardian – 20 September 2016
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India: Maharashtra govt proposes to ban smoking on pavements

In a bid to crack down on those smoking in public places, the state health department is studying the possibility of declaring roads as public property. Smoking in public spaces is prohibited under Section 4 of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003. With the proposed ban on roadside smoking, the government hopes to discourage people from smoking near pavement stalls.

The matter will be brought up in the next state health committee meeting.

Source: MSN – 21 September 2016
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India: 68% tobacco firms comply with new warning rule

A new study on the display of the new pictorial health warnings on packages of tobacco products has indicated that 68% of popular brands sold across Telangana are displaying pictorial health warnings.

However, the study conducted by Andhra Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (APVHA) during June and Julyfound that only 30% of the bidi packets were fully compliant with all the labelling requirements of the law and 34% of the smokeless tobacco packs displayed a pictorial and text health warning label that covered 85% of the principal display area on both sides of the pack.

Source: The Hans India – 21 September 2016
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Kazakhstan: Eight year old boy filmed smoking in his school uniform by his friends

The video of a boy – reportedly aged just eight years old – filmed smoking has gone viral.

The incident is believed to have happened at a school in Kazakhstan and the video is thought to have been filmed by the schoolchildren themselves who then posted it online.

It shows a young unnamed boy dressed in a school uniform dragging on a cigarette and breathing in the smoke.

Source: The Daily Mail – 20 September 2016
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