ASH Daily news for 26 November 2015



HEADLINES

  • Spending Review: NHS England uplift at expense of other health services, economists warn
  • Research suggests school pupils ‘using electronic cigarettes as gateway to smoking’
  • Letter: Public health the key to cutting stillbirths
  • France: Plain standardised cigarette packaging passed
  • China: Indoor smoking down sharply

    Spending Review: NHS England uplift at expense of other health services, economists warn

    In yesterday’s Spending Review the Chancellor committed £3.8bn for the NHS in 2016/17, frontloading some of the £10bn a year increase promised by 2020.

    25% cut to the Department of Health budget were also announced by the chancellor, this represents a £1.5bn cut in a single year to budgets that include clinical training and public health.

    King’s Fund chief economist John Appleby warned: ‘It is clear that a large chunk of the additional funding for the NHS has been found through substantial cuts to other DH budgets. The full details are not yet clear but cutting the public health budget is a false economy, undermining the government’s commitments on prevention at a time when the need to improve public health is becoming increasingly urgent.’

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    BMJ: Extra £3.8bn for NHS will be undermined by public health and social care cuts, experts predict

    Source: GP Online, 25 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Hp9lKW

    Research suggests school pupils ‘using electronic cigarettes as gateway to smoking’

    A study of 182 13-to-16 year-old students which concluded that “more needs to be done to protect children from misleading messaging and promotion” of electronic cigarettes, has raised concerns about the devices acting as a gateway to smoking.

    Sheila Duffy, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Scotland, said: “Electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco but are not completely safe and we believe there should be restrictions on advertising that targets children.”

    Source: Evening Times, 25 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Ot9I6K

    Letter: Public health the key to cutting stillbirths

    Following the publication of research which found that “better care could save hundreds of babies from stillbirth”, a group of academics have signed a letter arguing that “public health is the key to cutting stillbirths”.

    Most preventable stillbirths in the UK are attributable to factors including cigarette smoking, obesity, diabetes, alcohol use. The letter argues that the Government should reverse the proposed cuts to public health funding and increase efforts to address the social factors that cause ill-health from the start of life.

    Source: The Guardian, 25 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1TgkgHX

    France: Plain standardised cigarette packaging passed

    The French parliament has passed a law to introduce plain standardised packaging for cigarettes. The new packaging which will be introduced from May next year, has sparked a backlash among tobacco companies who are threatening legal action.

    Source: Euro News, 26 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1NQjzAF

    China: Indoor smoking down sharply

    The Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning said that since the implementation of new tobacco control regulations in Beijing 6 months ago, smoking in public places has decreased and public support for a smoke-free city is rising.

    The World Health Organization in China launched a social media campaign on Wednesday in which 19 posters highlighting health harms caused by secondhand smoke were released. The posters are designed to remind smokers to refrain from smoking in indoor public places even in winter.

    Source: China Daily, 25 November 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PQcypx