ASH Daily news for 26 May 2015



HEADLINES

  • Smokers more likely to think cancer is a death sentence
  • £1,000 fines urged in crackdown on litter louts
  • Japan Tobacco to sell drink business
  • Are your lungs the same age you are? And what to do to improve your lung health
  • Smokers warned to be vigilant after discarded cigarette causes house fire
  • Scotland: Fifers still flouting NHS smoking ban

    Smokers more likely to think cancer is a death sentence

    A survey carried out by researchers from University College London has found that smokers have more pessimistic attitudes about cancer and may be more likely to delay getting screened.

    The survey found that 34% of smokers believed that a ‘cancer diagnosis is a death sentence,’ compared to 24% of former smokers and non-smokers.

    Source 

    British Journal of Cancer: Smoking is associated with pessimistic and avoidant beliefs about cancer: results from the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership

    Source: Reuters, 22 May 2015
    Link: http://reut.rs/1EusuCm

    £1,000 fines urged in crackdown on litter louts

    A Keep Britain Tidy campaign is urging Ministers to introduce £1,000 on-the-spot fines for fly-tippers and litter louts.

    Councils currently spend £1 billion a year cleaning up rubbish. Persistent problems include dropped cigarette ends and chewing gum as well as household items being dumped on streets.

    See also
    Daily Mail: ‘Get tough on fly-tippers’: On-the-spot £1,000 fines urged by Keep Britain Tidy campaign to combat litter louts costing the country £1billion a year to clean-up after them
    Daily Mirror: ‘Hit litter louts with bigger fines to clean up Britain’s streets’ says pressure group

    Source: The Times, 25 May 2015
    Link: http://thetim.es/1Q5MO3J

    Japan Tobacco to sell drink business

    Japan Tobacco is to sell its drink and vending machine businesses to Suntory Beverage & Food for around £798m.

    The deal comes after Japan Tobacco announced its intention to withdraw from the manufacture and sale of drinks products.

    Source: City AM, 26 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HHxYRS

    Are your lungs the same age you are? And what to do to improve your lung health

    The Daily Mirror explores the link between lung capacity and life expectancy.

    A study by researchers from the University of Buffalo, US, found those with the lowest lung function had twice the risk of premature death and some experts are now calling for lungs to be tested in a similar way as blood pressure or cholesterol to establish “lung age”.

    The article recommends stopping smoking, getting fitter, losing weight and controlling asthma as ways to improve lung health.

    Source: Daily Mirror, 25 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1FSX7bU

    Smokers warned to be vigilant after discarded cigarette causes house fire

    Smokers have been warned to be vigilant after a discarded cigarette torched a house in Widnes.

    Station manager Andy Royle said “Careless disposal of cigarettes is the single biggest killer in house fires, with over a third of all fire deaths in the country attributed to cigarettes.

    These simple steps can help prevent a smoking-related fire in the home:

    • Make sure cigarettes are fully extinguished.
    • Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly.
    • Never smoke in bed.
    • Never smoke when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    • Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended.
    • Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn.

    Source: Runcorn and Widnes World, 23 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KjxK0W

    Scotland: Fifers still flouting NHS smoking ban

    Although a ban on smoking in Scottish hospital grounds came into force April 1 this year, a regular visitor has said that the rule is routinely flouted at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

    Source: The Courier, 22 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Kjxm2n