ASH Daily News for 23 May 2018



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UK

  • TV show ‘Love Island’ bosses ban cigarettes in the villa and garden for 2018 series
  • Should alcohol follow in the footsteps of cigarettes and enforce health warning labels on packaging?
  • Essex: Maldon District Council backs nine-year-old’s call for smoke-free play areas
  • Coventry: Smoking putting more patients in hospital

 

International

  • US: Study finds quitting will improve lung health but smoking fewer does nothing
  • USA: Youtube removes e-cigarette content

 

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Question

UK

TV show ‘Love Island’ bosses ban cigarettes in the villa and garden for 2018 series

In response to complaints from the general public and health charities including ASH, ITV has taken decisive action to ban cigarettes in both the villa and garden.

If a contestant wishes to smoke they will have to ask a producer who will take them to a designated smoking shelter away from the villa, where they will only be able to smoke alone.

Despite this, the smokers will still be filmed as producers hope to capture the drama of the contestants after a row in the smoke shed. The source added: ‘It will still be filmed, but as they’ll be alone, there won’t be as many gossipy moments as last year.’

Source: Daily Mail, 22 May 2018

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Should alcohol follow in the footsteps of cigarettes and enforce health warning labels on packaging?

The Global Drug Survey (GDS) released details of the biggest ever survey about alcohol labelling in the UK. It found that labelling alcohol with warnings regarding its health dangers could help almost half of the survey’s participants think about drinking less alcohol.

The survey trialled labels based around seven different themes, however the most potent message was “Drinking less reduces your risk of seven types of cancer” with 22% of survey participants saying this would make them think about drinking less, while 26% said it might. More surprising was the fact that 65.5% of females under 25 and 58.7% of males under 25 said this information was news to them.

Deborah Arnott, Chief executive at Action on Smoking and Health agrees with health warning for alcohol, stating “For younger people, the idea that you’re going to die slightly early doesn’t really matter,” she says. “The idea that you’re going to be unable to do the things you enjoy doing is much more challenging. Messages around impotence and fertility are both key for us, and the effect smoking has on the skin.” Smoking rates in this country have been gradually falling through the century and are now at 15.8%.

Source: Vice, 22 May 2018

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Essex: Maldon District Council backs nine-year-old’s call for smoke-free play areas

New posters have gone on display across parks in the district which ask adults not to smoke in children’s play areas.

The posters were designed, drawn and submitted by nine-year-old Emily from Burnham, who wrote to Maldon District Council about how she didn’t like the smell of cigarettes and wanted to have the children’s play zones in the district as a smoke-free area.

Ben Page, Health Improvement Officer at Maldon District Council, said: “Second hand smoke is especially harmful to children, including reducing lung growth, wheezing and triggering asthma attacks.”

Source: Clacton Gazette, 22 May 2018

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Coventry: Smoking putting more patients in hospital

The number of Coventry hospital admissions from smoking-related illnesses has risen slightly since 2015.

Figures from Public Health England revealed people were admitted to hospital for smoking-related diseases on 2,583 occasions in 2016-17, that’s a 1.65% increase on 2,541 similar cases in 2015.

Source: Coventry Telegraph, 23 May 2018

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International

US: Study finds quitting will improve lung health but smoking fewer does nothing

A new study by Northwestern University, Illinois has found that heavy smokers who quit had lower odds of suffering from lung disease than light smokers.

‘We were surprised to find that those who quit had lower disease risk than the group we identified as stable, low-rate smokers, even though those who quit had a greater lifetime exposure to cigarettes,’ said Dr Amanda Matthew, a research assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Those who continue to smoke 10 cigarettes per day were more likely to develop emphysema than those who used to smoke 20 cigarettes per day or more and have since stopped entirely. Light smokers also suffer a larger decrease in lung function than those who have quit, regardless of how long they smoked for previously.

Experts long-believed that smokers used intermittent smoking as a bridge to quitting. However, one-quarter of all smokers are considered light smokers who have no intention of ceasing their habit.

See also: ATS Journal: Life Course Cigarette Smoking and Lung Health from Young Adulthood to Middle Age: Findings from the CARDIA Lung Study

Source: Daily Mail, 22 May 2018

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USA: Youtube removes e-cigarette content

Some YouTube reviewers of e-cigarette products have had their content taken down from the platform and in some cases their channels deleted.

This is despite consensus that e-cigarettes reduce the harm associated with smoking. In July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that it is ‘committed to encouraging innovations that have the potential to make a notable public-health difference’ with regards to smoking.

YouTube has been key to raising awareness about the benefits of vaping among some groups.

Source: Spiked, 23 May 2018

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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary Question

Jon Ashworth, Shadow Secretary of State for Health
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to deposit the instruments of ratification for the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Robert Jenrick, The Exchequer Secretary
Answered on: 22 May 2018
The government is fully committed to the Protocol and steps to achieve ratification have begun. Subject to parliamentary approval, the government intends to deposit the instruments of ratification by 2 July 2018. This will enable the UK to participate if there is a first Meeting of the Parties later this year.

Source: Hansard HC, 22 May 2018

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