ASH Daily news for 22 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • Standardised packaging preparations get underway
  • Man says e-cigarette accident burned hole through his lung
  • Suffolk: Lazy smokers to be hit with fines after leaving Sudbury looking “scruffy and dirty”
  • Stoptober: Professionals encourage smokers to get creative
  • Video: Prisoners fight for tobacco
  • Passive smoking in babies ‘doubles risk of tooth decay’
  • Drinking and smoking less in middle age can cut risk of dementia, says Nice
  • Australia: Malcolm Turnbull urged to dump investments in tobacco companies
  • African states should rally for greater tobacco control

    Standardised packaging preparations get underway

    Retailers have welcomed the early release of guidance on selling tobacco in plain packaging, seven months before the production of cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco with promotional features comes to an end.

    Source: Convenience Store – 22 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MFSfVd

    Man says e-cigarette accident burned hole through his lung

    A man had to go to hospital after an e-cigarette caused a hole to burn through his lung.

    Richard Courtney said he had trouble breathing after the device failed to turn the hot nicotine liquid into vapour and instead spat it down his throat. He said he also tasted fluid and felt like he had a trapped nerve in his shoulder.

    He was told that his right lung was working at just under 25 per cent capacity.

    Source: The Independent – 21 October 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1MFSCiz

    Suffolk: Lazy smokers to be hit with fines after leaving Sudbury looking “scruffy and dirty”

    Smokers in a west Suffolk town who drop “thousands” of cigarette butts in the streets each week are being given a final warning to clean up their act or face tough penalties.
    Wardens in Sudbury have powers to issue fixed penalty notices to persistent litterers, which they say will be used if smokers fail to respond to a last ditch appeal to “bin their butts”.

    In recent months, town councillors have raised grave concerns that Sudbury is looking “scruffy and dirty”. And according to town warden Bradley Smith, cigarette butts discarded on pavements and in the gutters are the biggest factor.

    The council has just re-launched a campaign warning smokers that if they continue to ignore the specially designed ashtrays on town centre bins, they will be fined.

    This week, the wardens will be out with their ‘Big Cig’ character handing out leaflets, educating the public and urging business owners to provide facilities for smokers.

    Source: Ely Standard – 21 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MFTow2

    Stoptober: Professionals encourage smokers to get creative

    Smokefree NHS, founders of the Stoptober campaign, know too well many smokers suffer with anxiety once they decide to quit and will find themselves reaching for the cigarettes when boredom strikes. So they suggest that people get creative, play a boardgame, or even carve a pumpkin.

    Smokefree suggest: ‘Doing creative activities is one of the best ways to express your artistic abilities and actually make something. It’s as simple as pulling out some coloured pencils, crayons or paint brushes and letting your imagination run wild. You can make something nice with the kids as well.

    ‘Or play boardgames – pull out the Scrabble, Jenga or Monopoly, get some friends and family together and spend hours playing all sorts of fun, distracting games. You could even hold a tournament for some added competition.’

    Source: Plymouth Herald – 21 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MFSvmX

    Video: Prisoners fight for tobacco

    Filmed on an illicit mobile phone, a clip of a bare-knuckle fight has been shared via WhatsApp among prisoners and pals outside.

    The footage from HMP Rochester, in Kent, shows two prisoners square up for a bare knuckle boxing bout in a prison cell to win tobacco.

    A third prisoner acts as the referee in the two-minute film while the fighters are egged on by other convicts.

    Spectators were allowed in the large cell to watch if they paid an entry fee in rolling tobacco.

    Source: The Sun – 20 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MFTHXw

    Passive smoking in babies ‘doubles risk of tooth decay’

    Exposing babies to secondhand smoke at the age of four months doubles the risk of them later developing tooth decay, new research has suggested.

    Newborns who breathe tobacco smoke are 50% more likely to suffer poor dental health, but those born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are not at increased risk, the study found.

    A study of 76,920 young children in Japan between 2004 and 2010 found that those who experienced passive smoking at four months were twice as likely to have one decayed, missing or filled baby tooth by the time they were three.

    The research was carried out in Kobe, where at least one person smoked in 55% of the households containing children.

    Source: The Guardian – 21 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MFTZO9

    Drinking and smoking less in middle age can cut risk of dementia, says Nice

    People entering middle age should cut down the amount they drink as much as possible to reduce the risk of developing dementia, disability and frailty in later life, the national health authority has said.

    That and other changes such as stopping smoking, exercising more, eating healthily and maintaining a healthy weight after reaching 40 can have a big impact on people’s health in old age, according to the guidance.

    Ageing men typically face about eight years of ill-health and a further seven years of disability, while women will have nine years of both ill-health and disability. But this decline is not inevitable, according to the latest advice by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).

    Source: The Guardian – 21 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MFTQKH

    Australia: Malcolm Turnbull urged to dump investments in tobacco companies

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has been controversially targeted by Labor over his extensive offshore investments, has updated his pecuniary interests to include a European investment fund that holds shares in pharmaceutical companies and cigarette maker British American Tobacco.

    The Australian newspaper reported this week that two of Mr Turnbull’s other investment funds hold shares in Japan Tobacco, maker of Camel cigarettes.

    Under pressure by the Bill Shorten-led opposition last week over his investments registered in the tax haven Cayman Islands, Mr Turnbull insisted he and wife Lucy invested in offshore funds and did not directly pick individual stocks.

    Mr Turnbull’s office declined to comment but anti-tobacco campaigner Simon Chapman said it was difficult to know exactly where funds invest their money but said he would expect Mr Turnbull might consider “pulling out” of those particular funds.

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    Source: Sydney Morning Herald – 22 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MFUebU

    African states should rally for greater tobacco control

    African states have been urged to unite in the war against tobacco consumption as ‘the common enemy’, the tobacco industry, is well-resourced for the fight.

    The plea comes from Uganda’s principal medical officer, who is also the tobacco control focal person in that country, Sheila Ndyanabangi.

    Source: Mmegi Online – 21 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MFUlV2