ASH Daily news for 22 April 2016



HEADLINES

  • Smokers and obese people ‘soft targets’ for NHS savings, say surgeons
  • Wales: Pro-vaping Assembly candidates raise £4,000 for campaign but don’t want to get elected
  • Scotland: NHS Fife says e-cigarette ban in hospital grounds will remain
  • Northern Ireland: Some mental health units to allow smoking while review is undertaken
  • France: Court bans smoking area in high school
  • India: Hyderabad tobacco retailers join nationwide protest against pictorial warning
  • US: California tobacco bills head to Governor – 43 days later
  • The EU in 10 Objects: The e-cigarette (audio)

    Smokers and obese people ‘soft targets’ for NHS savings, say surgeons

    Growing numbers of smokers and very overweight people are being denied operations as they become “soft targets” for an NHS desperate to save money, surgeons have said.

    Patients are being banned from having a range of procedures in a growing number of areas of England, according to evidence collected by the Royal College of Surgeons. It said such bans were in breach of guidelines drawn up by the government’s health advisers, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice).

    The college obtained data from 200 of England’s 209 GP-led CCGs, the local NHS bodies that hold budgets and pay for patients’ treatment, and all seven Welsh health boards.

    Source: The Guardian – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1SfZvhs

    Wales: Pro-vaping Assembly candidates raise £4,000 for campaign but don’t want to get elected

    Two vaping campaigners have raised £4,000 towards their Assembly election campaign but say they have no desire to actually be elected.

    Lee Woolls and Bernice Evans are the only two candidates standing for the Vapers in Power party. They are campaigning under the slogan “Freedom to Choose” in a bid, they say, to defend vapers’ rights in Wales.

    The pro-e-cigarette pair used a crowdfunding campaign to get themselves on the ballots in Cardiff West and South Wales Central.

    Source: Wales online – 21 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Sg04HQ

    Scotland: NHS Fife says e-cigarette ban in hospital grounds will remain

    NHS FIFE will not follow Glasgow’s lead in allowing patients and visitors to use e-cigarettes in hospital grounds.

    Earlier this week, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde gave the go-ahead for vaping in hospital grounds in a bid to further cut smoking rates.

    But the Fife health board has decided not to adopt the same approach and although it refused to rule the idea out completely, e-cigarettes will continue to be banned for the foreseeable future.

    See also:
    – Smoking still banned – but you can freely puff on e-cigs on Vale Hospital grounds, Daily Record

     

    Source: Dumferline Press – 21 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Sg0JZQ

    Northern Ireland: Some mental health units to allow smoking while review is undertaken

    Inpatients at some mental health units in Northern Ireland are to be exempt from the ban on smoking on hospital grounds. The South Eastern Trust has agreed to temporarily lift the prohibition while a review is undertaken.

    On Thursday, a judge in Belfast’s High Court was told the review would decide if the ban should be extended to inpatients in mental health wards. The resolution is the outcome of a request for a Judicial Review by a 23-year-old woman detained on an acute psychiatric ward.

    Under legislation introduced last month no staff, patients, contractors or visitors can smoke on any Health and Social Care site in Northern Ireland.

    The review is expected to take at least six months.

    Source: BBC News – 21 April 2016
    Link: http://bbc.in/1Sg0T3o

    France: Court bans smoking area in high school

    A French court has ruled that a high school outside Paris must stop allowing pupils to smoke on its premises, banning a security measure adopted by many schools since jihadist attacks on the capital in November.

    The Paul Lapie high school in Courbevoie, a northwestern suburb of Paris, is one of three taken to court by anti-smoking groups, who protested against the decision to allow teenagers to smoke in schools a decade after the practice was banned.

    The administrative court said the school’s principal must “ensure the respect of public health laws banning smoking in school establishments.”

    Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said she would ensure the ban is applied in all schools. She said the authorisation to light up inside school grounds had been an “exceptional” measure, and that students would once again have to leave the premises to smoke.

    Source: Medical Xpress – 21 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Sg1n9W

    India: Hyderabad tobacco retailers join nationwide protest against pictorial warning

    Retailers selling paan, beedi, cigarette and other tobacco products in Hyderabad have joined a nationwide protest against the 85 percent pictorial warning on tobacco products.

    The retailers took to the streets, demanding the government withdraw the new rule, claiming it will have an adverse impact on their livelihood.

    They staged the protest under the aegis of the Pan Shops Owners Association of India, which claim to represent more than 150,000 traders, retailers and pan-wallas.

    See also:
    – 85% pictorial warning: No adverse effect on livelihood of beedi workers, Drug Today Online
    – State vows strict implementation of warnings, Telegraph India

    Source: First Post – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Sy4Q2s

    US: California tobacco bills head to Governor – 43 days later

    Six weeks after California legislators passed tobacco bills that spurred a threat of political retaliation, the bills will at last land on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

    The legislative package, which included measures to raise the age for buying tobacco to 21, treat electronic cigarettes like tobacco products, and allow counties to impose their own tobacco taxes, won final passage on March 10. Before a key Assembly floor vote, a tobacco industry lobbyist threatened to retaliate by running a referendum campaign that would imperil unrelated ballot initiative campaigns by driving up the price of signatures.

    But the industry would not be able to launch a referendum until Gov. Jerry Brown acts on the bills. Legislative leaders have admitted to holding the bills back to forestall that possibility.

    Source: Sacramento Bee – 21 April 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Sy52ij

    The EU in 10 Objects: The e-cigarette (audio)

    In its series Europe In 10 Objects, the Today programme is exploring the costs and benefits of the EU by looking in detail at objects people encounter in their daily lives.

    Chief correspondent Matthew Price looks at what EU regulation means for electronic cigarettes.

    Source: BBC Radio 4 – 22 April 2016
    Link: http://bbc.in/1Sy5lcO