ASH Daily news for 23 October 2015



HEADLINES

  • Smoking cessation services under threat
  • Bromley borough hospitals go smoke-free
  • Tobacco sales fall in more than a third of c-stores after display ban
  • Kevin Barron: Restrictions on vaping ‘bad for public health’
  • Scotland: NHS Lanarkshire fails to meet smoking cessation target
  • Black Hole Lung
  • US: After six months, 78% of New Orleans voters approve of smoke-free law
  • Football clubs send best wishes to Johan Cruyff after cancer diagnosis

    Smoking cessation services under threat

    A number of local authorities in England are either stopping funding smoking cessation services or have put a question mark over their future, in response to a £200m cut in public health budgets.

    The article includes a round up of the positions of several local authorities on the subject.

    Source: EHN Online – 22 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1R094hf

    Bromley borough hospitals go smoke-free

    The Princess Royal and Orpington hospitals are now completely smoke-free.

    As of this month, smoking within the hospital grounds – including the use of e-cigarettes – is not permitted for patients or visitors. Staff are already prohibited from smoking at the sites.

    The introduction of the policy, which is also in force at Beckenham Beacon Hospital, means all Bromley hospitals are now smoke-free environments.

    To mark the launch, the PRUH joined forces with Bromley Healthcare, which provides smoking cessation clinics, to give out information at the hospital about the help and support available to those who want to quit smoking.

    Source: Biggin Hill Today – 22 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1R09xQD

    Tobacco sales fall in more than a third of c-stores after display ban

    According to a poll of 250 retailers carried out for the Grocer by JWT, just over a third of c-stores (36%) reported a fall in tobacco sales since the display ban.

    Other findings include:
    • 61% said implementation was easy
    • 64% reported no noticeable decline in tobacco sales
    • 79% said footfall was not affected
    • 64% did not notice any dip in incremental sales

    A separate survey found that only 23% of retailers reported a fall in sales by an average of 8%.

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    Source: The Grocer – 16 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1R0aisQ

    Kevin Barron: Restrictions on vaping ‘bad for public health’

    The former chair of the health select committee, and co-vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health, Kevin Barron, has warned that plans by the Welsh government to restrict the sale and use of e-cigarettes will make it harder for people to quit.

    The Labour MP, who was a prominent advocate of the smoking ban, told EHN in an exclusive video interview at the CIEH national conference this week that Welsh plans to ban vaping in enclosed public places were ‘nonsense’.

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    Source: EHN Online – 22 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1R0b0Gr

    Scotland: NHS Lanarkshire fails to meet smoking cessation target

    NHS Lanarkshire has failed to meet its overall smoking cessation target.

    There were 10,601 attempts at quitting the habit across the county in 2014/15. However, the quit rate in the most deprived areas was 19%, with 1111 people still not smoking after three months.

    Out of the 14 health boards in Scotland, only NHS Shetland met their smoking cessation target.

    Source: Daily Record – 22 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1R0bhJs

    Black Hole Lung

    The internet-rumour-debunking website Snopes takes a look at the story that a man had a hole burned into his lung by a defective vaping device and comes to the conclusion that the story is unproven.

    Source: Snopes – 21 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1R0bA7k

    US: After six months, 78% of New Orleans voters approve of smoke-free law

    A new poll released today finds that New Orleans voters overwhelmingly approve of the law prohibiting smoking inside all workplaces, including bars and casinos, after six months in effect. The poll indicates that support for the law has increased as NOLA residents have experienced the benefits of a smoke-free environment.

    Nearly 8 out of 10 New Orleans voters support the new law, including 64% who strongly favour it. Support for the law has increased from 66% in December 2014 to 78% today.

    Source: Bio Portfolio – 21 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1R0bWus

    Football clubs send best wishes to Johan Cruyff after cancer diagnosis

    Barcelona and Ajax have sent their best wishes to their former star player, Johan Cruyff, who is suffering from lung cancer.

    Cruyff is regarded as one of football’s greatest ever players having won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974.

    Cruyff’s time at Barcelona did have a dark side, though. A heavy smoker, he gave up the habit after undergoing double heart bypass surgery in 1991, saying: “Football has given me everything in this life; tobacco almost took it all away.”

    He subsequently became an anti-smoking campaigner and replaced cigarettes with lollipops while standing on the touchline.

    Along with Ajax and Barcelona, FIFA and the Dutch federation also sent messages of support.

    Source: Maldon Standard – 22 October 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1R0ch0q