ASH Daily News for 23 February 2017
- Study suggests consumption of fruit and vegetables could reduce smokers’ risks of developing lung disease
- Norfolk: Stop smoking service has teamed up with local hospitals
- Essex: Council unveils new yellow smoking zones to cut down on litter in town
- New guide for retailers on tobacco regulations
- Canada: Government launches public consultation on future of tobacco control
- USA: Texas: City will ask smokers to put out cigarettes in Dallas parks
Study suggests consumption of fruit and vegetables could reduce smokers’ risks of developing lung disease
Results of a new study suggest that smokers and ex-smokers can reduce their risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by eating more portions of fruit and vegetables.
Smoking is a leading cause of oxidative stress which is a major predisposing factor in the development of COPD. Oxidative stress is observed long after ceasing smoking due to continued production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals). Fruit and vegetables, which are high in antioxidants can protect against oxidative damage and potentially prevent development of COPD.
Researchers observed over 44,000 Swedish men aged between 45 and 79 over an average follow-up period of 13.2 years. Smokers and ex-smokers who ate at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day were 40% and 34% less likely to have developed COPD compared to those who ate two or fewer portions a day. Each individual serving of fruit and vegetables per day significantly decreased risks of COPD by 8% in current smokers and 7% in ex-smokers.
Lead author Dr Joanna Kaluza said: “The present findings confirm the strong impact of cigarette smoking on the development of COPD and also indicate that diet rich in fruit and vegetables may have an important role in prevention of COPD. Nevertheless, non-smoking and smoking cessation remain the main public health message to prevent development of COPD.”
Source: The Express – 22 February 2017
Norfolk: Stop smoking service has teamed up with local hospitals
Smokefree Norfolk has teamed up with Jeesal Park Hospital to provide monthly clinical sessions and get staff working with patients with learning disabilities trained to become level two smoking cessation advisors.
The new venture is part of efforts to ensure patients improve both their mental and physical health while at Jeesal Park Hospital.
Source: Norwich Evening News – 22 February 2017
Essex: Council unveils new yellow smoking zones to cut down on litter in town
Colchester Council has introduced two new smoking zones at hotspots in the town centre in an attempt to cut down on smoking related litter.
The smoking zones are designed to help cut the cost of cleaning the town centre and with two yellow cigarette bins at each site, it is hoped smokers will change their littering habits.
There will also be information about quitting smoking available at the sites including codes that can be scanned on a smartphone to bring up further information.
Source: Braintree and Witham Times – 22 February 2017
New guide for retailers on tobacco regulations
The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has produced a new guide for retailers on standardised tobacco packaging and other regulations that come into final effect on 20th May 2017.
The Standardised Packaging and Tobacco Products Directive guide includes information on changes around the size and style of cigarette packs, handrolled tobacco, e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco alongside actions that retailers must take to comply with the new regulations.
Source: Talking Retail – 22 February 2017
Canada: Government launches public consultation on future of tobacco control
The Canadian Government has launched a public consultation to inform discussions around a new Federal Tobacco Control Strategy. The proposed Strategy will seek to reduce smoking rates in Canada to less than 5% by 2025.
The new strategy is one of a number of measures being proposed by the Government to tackle smoking rates including the introduction of standardised packaging and banning the use of menthol flavouring in cigarettes.
Source: Fox Montana – 22 February 2017
USA: Texas: City will ask smokers to put out cigarettes in Dallas parks
Starting next week smokers will be asked to put out their cigarettes in Dallas parks, as signs saying: ‘Smell flowers, not smoke’, have been put up across parks to alert people to a new ordinance that comes into effect on 1st March 2017.
“The smoking ban allows us to reach our goal of providing a healthy environment and reducing litter from tobacco use in our parks,” said Oscar Carmona from the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department.
Source: TVN – 22 February 2017