ASH Daily News for 25 January 2017



  • Windsor: Possible smoking ban planned at new retirement village
  • Gateshead: Smoking claims a life every 21 hours
  • GPs telling smokers how soon they will die ‘makes them three times more likely to quit’
  • Tripling tobacco taxes: Key for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
  • Philippines: Finance chief backs tax probe on Mighty Corp
  • USA: Party line vote protects child labour at tobacco farms in Virginia
  • Philippines: House leader acts to save tobacco farmers
  • Video: What if people in the tobacco industry would speak the truth out loud

Windsor: Possible smoking ban planned at new retirement village

The Castle View development for older people is likely to be declared smokefree when it opens by the end of next year, following the model set by similar developments in Australia.

Source: Windsor Observer – 24 January 2017
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Gateshead: Smoking claims a life every 21 hours

Gateshead Council has released figures which suggest that one person dies as a result of smoking every 21 hours in Gateshead.

It adds that early deaths due to smoking are costing the NHS around £9m a year in the borough.

And while smoking is decreasing in Gateshead, in line with the national picture, more Gateshead people die from smoking related illness each year than all other causes of death.

Source: ITV – 25 January 2017
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GPs telling smokers how soon they will die ‘makes them three times more likely to quit’

A small study found that smokers are three times more likely to try and quit if GPs tell them how soon their habit will kill them. The shock tactics work much better than just sending out generic warnings, say researchers.

In a study, smokers were sent personalised letters spelling out life expectancy based on their own medical records. The predicted lifespan was compared with healthy non-smokers the same age. But would-be quitters were also told how many years they could gain by quitting straight away.

Less than five per cent of smokers in the UK use the NHS stop smoking service.

Researchers from University College London wanted to see if a more hard-line approach would boost attendance. They targeted 4,384 smokers who got either a routine referral letter, asking them to attend a “taster session” at their local stop-smoking clinic, or a new personalised one detailing their individual risk.

Deborah Arnott from ASH said: “This study is important. It shows personalised information plus expert advice can increase smokers’ chances of quitting.”

But she warned cuts in funding for stop-smoking services could scupper the results. She added: “It shows how important it is local councils finance specialist help for smokers.”

See also:
Effectiveness of personalised risk information and taster sessions to increase the uptake of smoking cessation services (Start2quit): a randomised controlled trial, The Lancet

Source: Scottish Sun – 25 January 2017
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Tripling tobacco taxes: Key for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) a decade ago, over 180 countries have signed the treaty. Progress has been made in expanding the coverage of effective interventions–more than half of the world’s countries, with 40% of the world’s population have implemented at least one tobacco control measure.

How can greater reductions in smoking be achieved in the next decade and contribute to reaching the health and social targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030?

The Peking Press reviews some key issues in the epidemiology and economics of global tobacco control.

See also:
Jamaica to evaluate WHO’s call for heavy taxation on tobacco industry, Newsdog

Source: Peking Press – 25 January 2017
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Philippines: Finance chief backs tax probe on Mighty Corp

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez has said he supported the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s decision to investigate Mighty Corp. and other cigarette makers for alleged use of fake tax stamps.

Dominguez said BIR Commissioner Cesar Dulay “did the right thing” when it initiated the inquiry on the Bulacan-based company.

Source:ABC-CBN News – 25 January 2017
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USA: Party line vote protects child labour at tobacco farms in Virginia

In an unrecorded party-line vote, House Republicans rejected a bill that would have cracked down on child labour at tobacco farms in Virginia this week. Two Democrats on the panel voted in favour of the bill, although they were unable to persuade the Republican majority on a House Commerce and Labor subcommittee that children should not work with toxic chemicals on farms that grow a substance packaged with a warming from the surgeon general.

Source: Oak Hill and Herndon Connection – 24 January 2017
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Philippines: House leader acts to save tobacco farmers

An official of the House of Representatives has called on Congress to save thousands of tobacco farmers from further poverty, urging the passage of amendments to the Sin Tax Bill.

Deputy Speaker and Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson said amendment of the unitary taxation under the Sin Tax Reform Act will favour only business interests of international firms selling premium brand cigarettes at the expense of local tobacco farmers.

Source: Manila Bulletin – 24 January 2017
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Video: What if people in the tobacco industry would speak the truth out loud

In a short film published on YouTube and called “A Deadly Serious Matter” employees at a tobacco company have fun with each other joking about tobacco deaths and addicted children, as if it is an ordinary thing.

The video is a collaboration between creative agency Wefilm and Stivoro, the Dutch foundation for a smokefree country.

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Source: Osocio – 24 January 2017
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