ASH Daily News for 23 August 2016


  • Enrolment in smoking cessation services in England falls to new low

    The number of people using smoking cessation services has fallen for the fourth consecutive year, according to figures from NHS Digital.

    The data shows that during 2015-16 only 382,500 set a quit date with NHS Stop Smoking Services, representing a 15% decrease on the year before and a 37% decrease on 2005-06 figures. The report also found that the number of people successfully quitting fell by 15% to 195,170.

    Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity Action on Smoking and Health said: “Stop smoking services provide the support smokers need to quit successfully, but they are under threat from local authority budget cuts. The government needs to ensure that local authorities continue to be funded to provide specialist stop smoking services targeted at those with greatest need if they are to succeed in reducing health inequalities.”

    Source: Nursing in Practice 22 August 2016

  • Public Health England to supply pharmacies with tools to support national campaigns

    With national campaigns to get people to quit smoking and stay healthy during winter looming, Public Health England is preparing to send community pharmacy tool kits to enable pharmacy teams to serve their patients effectively.

    PHE will provide the resources alongside the Healthcare Distribution Association, who will directly supply tool kits to small chains and independent pharmacies in England.

    The Stoptober and Stay Well this Winter campaigns start on September 20 and in October respectively.

    Source: Pharmacy Business 22 August 2016

  • Somerset: Ban on smoking in playgrounds?

    Smoking in children’s playgrounds and engaging in ‘inappropriate’ behaviour in certain public buildings could all be banned if North Somerset Council brings in new measures next year.

    A public consultation will begin in the autumn, and implementation of successful orders next spring.

    Source: The Weston Mercury 22 August 2016

  • Indonesia: Government warned of cigarette price increase

    The Indonesian government has reported plans to significantly increase cigarette prices. The normal prices of cigarettes currently range from Rp15,000 to Rp25,000 (US$1,13 – US$18.05) per pack. The government is planning to raise prices up to about Rp50,000 (US$36.10) per pack.

    This means that a smoker who consumes one pack of cigarettes a day would spend some Rp1.5 million per month for cigarettes, a price which is higher than the workers monthly basic minimum wage in West Nusa Tenggara Province.

    Tax increases are used to encourage quit attempts amongst smokers.

    Source: Antara News 21 August 2016

  • USA: Town of Sahuarita bans smoking at all public parks

    The southern Arizona town of Sahuarita has just banned smoking at all of its public parks.

    Teens involved in the Student Wellness Advocacy Team, or SWAT, at Anza Trail School set out to make a positive change in their town after they witnessed people clutter their favorite parks with cigarette litter.

    The student SWAT presented its findings to the Sahuarita Parks and Recreation Commission, which recently voted unanimously to accept the students’ recommendation and make all six parks in town tobacco-free.

    Source: Tucson News Now 21 August 2016

  • USA: Local bill introduced to raise tobacco sales age to 21 in St. Louis County

    Local public health organizations and healthcare institutions support legislation introduced by St. Louis County Councilman, Dr. Sam Page that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 in St. Louis County.

    The Tobacco 21 bill aims to reduce tobacco use among young people, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free.

    “Tobacco 21 is a policy long overdue”, says Philip Abraham, MD, FAAP, Instructor in Paediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. “High school youth can easily obtain cigarettes from their older peers despite having our current laws in place. Tobacco 21 laws can help current and future St. Louis children avoid a lifetime of tobacco addiction and tobacco related disease.”

    Source: BioPortfolio 22 August 2016

  • Canada: Research: Smoking on the margins – A comprehensive analysis of a municipal outdoor smoke-free policy

    A study examining the formulation, adoption, and implementation of a ban on smoking in the parks and beaches in Vancouver, Canada has suggested that there was unanimous support for the introduction of the bylaw among policy makers, as well as a high degree of positive public support.

    It was also observed that smoking initially declined following the ban’s implementation, but that smoking practices vary in parks by location. Evidence was found of different levels of enforcement and compliance between settings, and between different populations of park and beach users.

    Source: BMC Public Health 22 August 2016