ASH Daily news for 27 August 2015



HEADLINES

  • Further drop in percentage of Scots who smoke
  • TTIP controversy: The European Commission and Big Tobacco accused of cover-up after heavily redacted documents released
  • Hospital bosses urged to support electronic cigarette use
  • The great electronic cigarette war
  • Calderdale: Smoking in children’s play areas could be banned
  • Footballer, Mario Balotelli’s AC Milan code of conduct includes smoking ban

    Further drop in percentage of Scots who smoke

    Data from the Scottish Household Survey for 2014 has shown that the number of Scots who smoke has fallen. The survey found that 20% of adults now smoke; smoking rates had been stable at 23% since 2011.

    The survey also revealed inequalities based on deprivation. Whilst 34% of adults in the most deprived communities smoked – a drop from 39% in 2013, only 9% of those in the most affluent areas smoked.

    [Source: Scotland’s People Annual Report: Results from the 2014 Scottish Household Survey]

    Source: BBC News, 26 August 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1EYk7Rl

    TTIP controversy: The European Commission and Big Tobacco accused of cover-up after heavily redacted documents released

    The European Commission has been accused of a cover-up after refusing to release details of talks between its officials and the tobacco industry during negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty.

    Documents revealed the EU’s executive body had met and corresponded with lobbyists from British American Tobacco and Philip Morris. However, almost all the content had been redacted.

    Critics of the trade talks, which centre on reducing the regulatory barriers to international trade for big business, said the documents back up fears that TTIP will allow tobacco giants to take legal action against the UK and other European governments who attempt to tighten smoking legislation.

    Source: The Independent, 27 August 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1i35Kq8

    Hospital bosses urged to support electronic cigarette use

    Following the publication of PHE’s recent review of evidence on electronic cigarettes, James Barker, vice chairman of UKIP in Lancashire, has called for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to reconsider the policy of treating electronic cigarettes the same as tobacco.

    Source: Lancashire Evening Post, 27 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1fHBtew

    The great electronic cigarette war

    Journalist, Jon Kelly looks at the evidence on electronic cigarettes to explore why the approaches of England and Wales are so different.

    Whilst Public Health England recently published a review of the evidence which found electronic cigarettes to be far less harmful than tobacco and suggested prescribing the products to help smokers quit, the Welsh government is looking to ban their use in public places.

    Source: BBC News, 26 August 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1NB58ot

    Calderdale: Smoking in children’s play areas could be banned

    Calderdale council is gathering feedback on proposals to make children’s playgrounds in Calderdale smokefree.

    The authority’s cabinet member for public health, wellbeing and engagement, Councillor Simon Young, said: “We are determined that future generations will not suffer the devastating and preventable harm caused by tobacco. One way we want to achieve this is by proposing smoke-free play areas throughout Calderdale, which has been guided by research.”

    Source: Telegraph and Argus, 25 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1fHBRdf

    Footballer, Mario Balotelli’s AC Milan code of conduct includes smoking ban

    Football player Mario Balotelli has had to submit to a code of conduct to return to the football club AC Milan.

    The agreement, amongst other things, bans smoking and visiting nightclubs.

    Source: The Mirror, 26 August 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JzBzRK