ASH Daily news for 24 September 2015



HEADLINES

  • Young Europeans may die at earlier age than their grandparents, says WHO
  • Scotland: Holyrood committee backs car smoking ban bill
  • Scotland: Smokefree law number 23 on list of best 100 things from last 30 years
  • Mum criticises school after son’s electronic cigarette is confiscated
  • Parliamentary Questions

    Young Europeans may die at earlier age than their grandparents, says WHO

    A report carried out by the World Health Organization warns that young people across Europe may die at an earlier age than their grandparents if the region fails to curb smoking, drinking and obesity.

    The European Health Report found that Europe has the highest rates of smoking and drinking of any region in the world and is second for obesity after the Americas.

    Source
    WHO: The European Health Report, 2015

    Source: Guardian, 23 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Kuplck

    Scotland: Holyrood committee backs car smoking ban bill

    Legislation to ban smoking in cars when children under the age of 18 are present has been backed by Holyrood’s Health Committee.

    Scottish Labour Party Member and the committee’s convener, Duncan McNeil said: “Our committee believes that no child should have to experience the effects of second-hand smoke in cars and that this legislation will tackle significantly this harmful behaviour.

    “Whilst the person smoking should be held criminally responsible, we have also proposed that a similar sanction should be in place for the driver.

    “This would also provide consistency with similar legislation in England and Wales.”

    See also
    Daily Mirror: Banning smoking in cars when children are present moves a step closer
    The Times: Bill to ban smoking in cars carrying children

    Source: BBC News Scotland, 24 September 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1OvOmYC

    Scotland: Smokefree law number 23 on list of best 100 things from last 30 years

    According to a survey conducted in Scotland by Travelodge, the smokefree law is the 23rd greatest thing to happen in the last three decades.

    The list of 100 great things is topped by the internet.

    Source: Daily Record, 24 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WkvTiY

    Mum criticises school after son’s electronic cigarette is confiscated

    The mother of a 14-year-old boy who has a 10-a-day smoking habit has criticised his school after teachers confiscated his electronic cigarette.

    Source: Bolton News, 24 September 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MropWO

    Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Electronic cigarettes

    Lord Blencathra
    To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to promote the use of e-cigarettes as a replacement for smoking tobacco.

    Lord Prior of Brampton
    Electronic cigarettes have the potential to help smokers quit smoking, and the evidence indicates that, for smokers, they are less harmful to health than cigarettes. However, they are not risk free, and therefore they should only be used as a means to help smokers quit. The best thing a smoker can do is to quit completely.

    For those that cannot stop using nicotine completely, or need help not to relapse, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance already promotes the use of harm reduction strategies using a range of nicotine replacement therapies.

    Any smoker wanting to quit, with or without the help of an e-cigarette, is advised to seek expert advice and support from their local stop smoking service. Smokers using the personalised support offered by stop smoking services are four times more likely to stop smoking and quit for good.

    All smokers, including those who want to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, can sign up to Stoptober to receive additional help and support.

    Source: Hansard HL Deb, 21 September 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1L7N5Gs

    PQ2: Smoking prevalence

    Jim Shannon
    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on how many people of what age ranges gave up smoking in each of the last five years.

    Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
    The Health and Social Care Information Centre collects this information on behalf of the Department and it is made publicly available at the following web addresses:

    • http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB00417/nhs-stop-smok-serv-eng-2010-2011-tab.xls
    • http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB07011/stat-stop-smok-eng-apr-11-mar-12-tab1.xls
    • http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB12228/stat-stop-smok-serv-eng-apr-12-mar-13-tab1.xls
    • http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB14610/stat-stop-smok-serv-eng-apr-13-mar-14-tab.xlsx
    • http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB18002/stat-stop-smok-serv-eng-annual-1415.xlsx

    Source: Hansard HC Deb, 21 September 2015, cW
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KSs7tr

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