ASH Daily news for 23 July 2015



HEADLINES

  • Coronation Street star helps launch campaign tackling smoking in pregnancy
  • Northern Ireland: Farmer faces large fine for smoking in tractor
  • France: Sénat removes plain packs from Health Bill
  • Study indicates that low-nicotine cigarettes will not reduce smoking dependence

    Coronation Street star helps launch campaign tackling smoking in pregnancy

    Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie has helped launch a campaign to encourage expectant mothers to quit smoking in South Yorkshire.

    The campaign, called ‘Mind The Bump’ aims to highlight the health risks associated with smoking whilst pregnant as well as raise awareness of the harms of passive smoking from other family members.

    Ghadie, who is expecting her second child later this year, met women who have all given up smoking since becoming pregnant to celebrate their achievement of kicking the habit at the launch.

    She said: “Protecting a baby from cigarette smoke – even before they are born – is one of the best things both parents can do to give their baby a healthy start in life.”

    Source: The Huffington Post, 22nd July 2015
    Link: http://huff.to/1SDMfiV

    Northern Ireland: Farmer faces large fine for smoking in tractor

    A farmer who lit up a cigarette in his tractor during his break could face a fine of up to £1,000 after he was deemed to be smoking in his workplace

    The farmer was spotted by a tobacco control officer whilst parked up on a road and was told that he was breaching smoking regulations as the tractor could carry more than one person.

    He was then issued with a notice that states he could have to pay a four-figure fine.

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    Smoking ban: Farmers criticise fine for smoking in tractor

    Source: The Mirror, 22nd July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1CWoz7q

    France: Sénat removes plain packs from Health Bill

    A committee of the French upper house has removed mentions of standardised packaging from the Health Bill which the parliament intends to implement in Spring 2016.

    The Sénat has a right-wing majority opposed to the government and senators had warned of the move.

    The measure is likely to be reintroduced in September during debates or at the next reading at the Assemblée Nationale (lower house) which has the last word.

    Source: Le Monde, 22nd July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1VyX2iE

    Study indicates that low-nicotine cigarettes will not reduce smoking dependence

    New research published in the scientific journal Addiction shows that simply reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes may not be enough to eliminate smoking dependence.

    The study found that levels of cotinine, a derivative of nicotine measured in the blood, fell six months after smokers’ regular cigarettes were replaced with low-nicotine ones. But levels started to rebound later into the study when smokers returned to regular cigarettes, suggesting that use of low-nicotine cigarettes alone may be ultimately ineffective in weaning smokers off tobacco.

    Source: Bright Surf, 22nd July 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MpxUrF