ASH Daily News for 22 August 2016



  • Sunderland: Dad calls on smokers to pack in habit and avoid getting COPD

    A dad today urged smokers on Wearside to quit the habit and reduce their risk of developing a disease which has left him fighting for breath every day.

    He said: “People don’t think about the years of living with COPD, it’s a slow and horrible condition. It’s not the dying that’s the bad part, it’s what you have to go through when you have it. It’s the suffering and that’s much worse. I wish I could go back and stop sooner.”

    Regional tobacco control organisation Fresh has relaunched its Every Breath campaign, raising awareness of smoking and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), supported by the British Lung Foundation.

    The North East is one of the hardest hit regions with an estimated 93,273 people living with the condition. In Sunderland alone, figures suggest around 12,176 people are living with COPD.

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    Source: Sunderland Echo 22 August 2016

  • China: President Xi – public health should underpin all government strategies

    President Xi Jinping has urged authorities at all levels to consider public health when drafting policies, as he spoke for the first time on the proposed Healthy China strategy at a top-level meeting.

    The meeting reached a consensus that health authorities alone cannot ensure a healthy populace, as there are many complex socioeconomic, policy and personal factors, such as the environment and education. Xi called for comprehensive efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, strengthen medical services and disease prevention, and develop health-related industries.

    Among China’s initiatives to boost public health, a system of family doctors is being rolled out nationwide. These doctors will advise communities on healthy living and disease prevention, with the aim to cover all citizens by 2020.

    Source: China Daily Europe 22 August 2016

  • Research: Trends in risk factors for coronary heart disease in the Netherlands

    Favourable trends in risk factor levels in the general population may partly explain the decline in coronary heart disease (CHD) morbidity and mortality.

    The results demonstrated favourable trends in smoking (except in older women) and physical activity (except in older men). This demonstrates that the decline in smoking rates is having a positive impact on health outcomes.

    Source: BMC Public Health August 2016

  • Australia: New South Wales Cancer Council wants e-cigarettes to have the same restrictions as tobacco so hospitals, cafes and playgrounds are off limits

    The Cancer Council in New South Wales (NSW) is pushing for e-cigarettes to have the same restrictions as tobacco. While individual premises in NSW still have the power to ban e-cigarettes, which emit a vapour rather than smoke, they can still legally be used in places where smoking is prohibited.

    NSW Cancer Council Prevention and Tobacco Control Manager Scott Walsberger said that since smoking e-cigarettes was banned in cars to protect young people, it should be banned in public places, describing it as a major gap in Australia’s smoke free laws.

    However, Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn of the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine said smoking e-cigarettes was at least 95 per cent safer than smoking and there was minimal risk to bystanders.

    Source: This Is Money News 21 August 2016

  • USA: Dependence symptoms and cessation intentions among US adult daily cigarette, cigar, and e-cigarette users

    Cigar and e-cigarette use is becoming increasingly common among US tobacco users.

    Research on the symptoms of dependence and cessation intentions among adult users has suggested that dual cigarette and cigar users show evidence of greater dependence symptoms, while dual cigarette and e-cigarette users show evidence of greater dependence symptoms and cessation intentions compared with exclusive cigarette smokers. A sizeable number of users of all of the tobacco products report dependence symptoms such as craving for tobacco.

    Source: BMC Public Health 18 August 2016

  • USA: Tobacco, e-cigarette marketing targets kids

    According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the cigarette industry spends $726 million a year on product placement in stores, while the smokeless tobacco industry spends $64 million.

    And according to a 2007 study published in the Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the more cigarette marketing kids are exposed to, the more likely they are to smoke.

    Some studies show that kids who visit convenience stores two or more times a week are twice as likely to begin using tobacco.

    Source: Montana Standard 22 August 2016

  • Is Turkey changing tobacco stance?

    Although in recent times Turkey has implemented stringent efforts to reduce smoking rates, two recent initiatives seem to have indicated a change in direction.

    The premier vaping network website in Turkey is said to have been blocked to all Turkish Internet users – suggesting a lack of support in Turkey for the concept of tobacco harm reduction.

    And, in violation of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the local Philip Morris unit was joining a Turkish government delegation on a global roadshow to promote Turkey as a place to do business.

    International tobacco control organisations need to support the Turkish government in continuing to pursue tobacco control policies and reduce smoking rates.

    Source: Tobacco Reporter 19 August 2016