ASH Daily News for 25 August 2016



  • Richmondshire: Play parks could become smokefree zones

    Play areas could soon become smokefree zones after Richmondshire District Council launched a survey into whether smoking should be permitted near these areas.

    Currently there are no rules to prevent people from lighting up in or near to a play area.

    Source: Darlington and Stockton Times 24 August 2016

  • Oldham: Smoke-free surgery plea

    Doctors are appealing to patients across the borough to stop smoking outside GP surgeries after complaints from other patients.

    Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group has urged smokers to refrain from lighting up outside the entrances to practices in a bid to protect people from the effects of direct and passive smoking.

    It comes after a complaint was made by cancer patient Nicola Jeffery-Sykes, who said: “I have brittle asthma and going through a barrage of blue smoke every time I attend a local hospital or my local GP surgery is not good for my health, so this matter is very dear to my heart.”

    Source: Oldham Evening Chronicle 24 August 2016

  • Research: Chronic electronic cigarette exposure in mice induces features of COPD in a nicotine-dependent manner

    A study investigated the effects of exposure to nicotine-free and nicotine-containing e-cigarette fluid on mouse lungs and normal human airway epithelial cells.

    The results suggested that exposure to inhaled nicotine-containing e-cigarette fluids triggered effects normally associated with the development of COPD including cytokine expression, airway hyper-reactivity and lung tissue destruction. These effects were nicotine-dependent both in the mouse lung and in human airway cells.

    Source: Thorax 24 August 2016

  • USA: Majority of US doctors are discussing electronic cigarettes with their patients

    A survey of US doctors reveals they are frequently discussing electronic cigarettes with patients in a clinical setting.

    Over 70% of the more than 560 physicians who participated in the written survey indicated that e-cigarettes can help patients reduce or eliminate smoking, and nearly half said that they believe e-cigarettes can reduce risk.

    “I am hopeful that efforts will continue to ensure that these products are manufactured in a safe and standardized manner and that more detailed evidence based guidelines emerge to help clinicians as they continue to work with their patients,” says Andrew Nickels, assistant professor of medicine and paediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre.

    Source: Medical Xpress 24 August 2016

  • New Zealand: Parliament’s public entrance goes smokefree

    Speaker David Carter has announced that smoking is no longer allowed on the forecourt of Parliament or on the lawn beside it, but has dismissed the idea of a total ban on the grounds.

    The move comes after MPs called for a smoking ban inside Parliament’s grounds as part of a push to make New Zealand smokefree by 2025.

    Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox called for a smoking ban inside Parliament’s grounds in May, saying MPs needed to lead by example. Prime Minister John Key backed the idea, saying it was another way to “show leadership through our actions”.

    Source: The Timaru Herald 25 August 2016