ASH Daily news for 26 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Survey suggests women are more likely to give up cigarettes for vaping
  • Nottingham: Gedling Borough Council to ban smoking breaks
  • Newham: Study shows low rate of teenage smokers
  • Northern Ireland: Car smoking ban ‘unlikely before next Assembly election’
  • Quitting smoking post heart attack improves quality of life and mental health
  • Letter: Encourage smokers to shift to reduced-harm products

    Survey suggests women are more likely to give up cigarettes for vaping

    Research has found that more women than men switch from smoking to vaping.

    The findings come days after Public Health England concluded that electronic cigarettes were significantly less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes.

    The electronic cigarette market had been dominated by men previously, but a survey of 36,000 customers in spring 2015 by the vaping brand VIP showed that 53 per cent of users were female.

    Source: Mail on Sunday, 26th August 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1i13Beq

    Nottingham: Gedling Borough Council to ban smoking breaks

    Councillors at Gedling Borough Council have come to an agreement to enforce a ban on smoking breaks.

    Staff at Gedling Borough Council will not be given smoking breaks and will be told to cover their uniform when lighting up.

    The move, which also applies to electronic cigarette users, was largely welcomed by councillors at a meeting of the authority’s joint consultative and safety committee at the Civic Centre yesterday.

    Staff can still smoke before, after and during their official lunch break but not on the council’s premises.

    The policy will come into force from the 1st January 2016.

    Source: Nottingham Post, 26th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Lw86ri

    Newham: Study shows low rate of teenage smokers

    Statistics from the What About YOUth? Survey 2014 found that teenage smoking in Newham is significantly lower than the average for England.

    The findings show that 18.2 per cent of 15 year olds in Newham had smoked a cigarette, compared to the 24.4 per cent England average.

    Research into the use of electronic cigarettes showed an even starker picture, with 18.4pc of those asked trying one compared to just 10.4pc in the borough.

    Source: Newham Recorder, 26th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1U5QFFl

    Northern Ireland: Car smoking ban ‘unlikely before next Assembly election’

    The charity, Cancer Focus claims that a ban on smoking in cars is unlikely to be introduced before the next Assembly election.

    The charity believes that Northern Ireland is lagging behind the rest of the UK and Ireland because legislation has been stalled while other tobacco control measures have been prioritised.

    However, the Department of Health have said that there was still scope for the prohibition to be included in a bill this October.

    Cancer Focus Northern Ireland chief executive Roisin Foster said: “It would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the progress that has been made in restricting access to harmful tobacco products by this Assembly, particularly to under 18s.

    “However, it is particularly disappointing that the Executive will now not be bringing forward legislation on smoking in cars in the envisaged timeframe, particularly as we see the ban coming into effect in England and Wales in October.”

    Source: Londonderry Sentinel, 25th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Eji8wi

    Quitting smoking post heart attack improves quality of life and mental health

    A new study has revealed that quitting smoking after a heart attack gives a quick boost to mental health and the quality of life.

    Senior author Sharon Cresci of the Washington University School of Medicine said that even in people who smoked and had a heart attack, they saw fairly rapid improvements in important measures of health and quality of life when they quit smoking after their heart attacks, compared with people who continue smoking.

    In the study, the researchers analysed data from about 4,000 patients participating in several large trials investigating heart attacks and recovery.

    Source: ANI News, 26th August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WRTjgX

    Letter: Encourage smokers to shift to reduced-harm products

    Derek Yach, Chief Health Officer of The Vitality Group, formerly of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has a letter in the Financial Times about the use of electronic cigarettes.

    He notes that the portfolio of the products “has real potential to remove the harmful components of tobacco (tar) while providing the full smoking experience.”

    He calls on other public health groups and WHO to recommend that smokers who seek to quit use electronic cigarettes.

    Source: The Financial Times, 26th August 2015 (£)
    Link: http://on.ft.com/1Lwcnec