ASH Daily news for 25 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • Pregnant women exposed to passive smoking deliver babies earlier
  • Rates of mouth cancer increase to all time high
  • Bedfordshire: Dog sniffs out more than 480 illegal tobacco goods during crackdown
  • Scotland: Woman dies after lit cigarette sparks aerosol explosion
  • Philip Morris should not be interfering with Uruguay’s public health legislation

    Pregnant women exposed to passive smoking deliver babies earlier

    A study by the University of Bristol found that women who are exposed to passive smoking while pregnant deliver their babies earlier and with lower birth weights.

    The study involved more than 5,000 women delivering their babies in Bristol between 2012 and 2014.

    The research team found that non-smoking women who lived with a smoker were more likely to deliver their babies earlier compared to those who did not live with someone who smoked.

    Source: Guernsey Press, 24th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1MC0Xqh

    Rates of mouth cancer increase to all time high

    New statistics from Cancer Research UK show that mouth cancer rates are seeing a rapid increase, with more than 7,300 Britons now being diagnosed with the disease each year.

    Mouth cancer is now the 10th most common cancer in men in the UK and 15th most common in women. Overall mouth cancer is the 14th most common cancer in Britain but if current trends continue it is on track to rapidly move up the list.

    The dramatic increase has been put down to changes in the prevalence of oral cancer risk factors such as alcohol consumption and tobacco use (smoked and smokeless).

    Source: The Dentist, 24th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ted1Aq

    Bedfordshire: Dog sniffs out more than 480 illegal tobacco goods during crackdown

    More than 480 illegal tobacco products have been discovered in Bedfordshire by a sniffer dog during a recent police and council operation.

    Central Bedfordshire Council targeted five shops across the area suspected of selling illicit cigarettes and other tobacco products.

    It is the first time a dog has been used as part of an operation to target people selling illicit tobacco across Central Bedfordshire.

    Source: Luton on Sunday, 24th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1QHAVWo

    Scotland: Woman dies after lit cigarette sparks aerosol explosion

    A woman using aerosols to make Christmas decorations has died after a cigarette she was smoking sparked an explosion in her flat.

    The woman died in hospital of severe fire burns after she went back into the flat twice to rescue her parents from the blaze.

    See also:
    Woman killed by blast after smoking cigarette while using aerosol spray to make Christmas decorations  – Mirror
    Praise for mother who died saving her parents – The Times (£)
    Mum dies after saving her parents from wreath blast horror  – The Scottish Sun (£)

    Source: BBC, 24th November 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1MBZ1Ow

    Philip Morris should not be interfering with Uruguay’s public health legislation

    The Guardian has published 3 letters criticising Philip Morris International’s recent letter defending the company’s litigation with Uruguay.

    Stan Shatenstein notes that PMI “has no business interfering with the public health legislation of Uruguay or that of any other country” while Roberto Bissio of the Third World Institute states that “No proper court should ever have accepted such irresponsible litigation, which appears to be aimed at scaring others from following the example of Uruguay”.

    Source: The Guardian, 24th November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1TectKS