ASH Daily news for 27 January 2015



HEADLINES

  • Imperial Tobacco threatens court action over standardised packaging
  • Welsh Minister warns of NHS stress from smoking and drinking
  • Tobacco company Philip Morris to roll out anti-illegal tobacco campaign
  • Smoking may increase risks for patients being treated for prostate cancer
  • Anti-smoking and “McRib” billboards in case of unfortunate juxtaposition

    Imperial Tobacco threatens court action over standardised packaging

    Bristol based company Imperial Tobacco has threatened legal action to fight standardised packaging.

    By contrast local MP Stephen Williams welcomed the measure. The MP for Bristol West said: “I am delighted that MPs will be able to vote on plain packaging of cigarettes before the election in May. As chair of the all party political group for smoking and health I led the campaign for plain packaging for several years and I will of course be voting in favour of the proposal.”

    Source: South West Business, 26 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1uwOLw5

    Welsh Minister warns of NHS stress from smoking and drinking

    The Welsh Minister for Health Mark Drakeford, has warned that the NHS is being put under too much stress by conditions caused by smoking, drinking and a poor diet.

    The Minister told BBC Healthcheck Wales he would do all he could to “bear down” on smoking and that he would like to see a UK government crackdown on sugar in processed food

    Source: BBC Wales, 26 January 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1BdAKpl

    Tobacco company Philip Morris to roll out anti-illegal tobacco campaign

    Tobacco company Philip Morris is aiming to roll out a retailer education programme on illicit tobacco, across the country later in the year.

    A trial programme in Manchester ended this week and the company is now evaluating the feedback from retailers.

    Source: Talking Retail, 26 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1BiQ6ca

    Smoking may increase risks for patients being treated for prostate cancer

    Finding published in the journal BJU International, suggest that smoking may negatively affect the health outcomes of patients with prostate cancer and may contribute to complications related to their care.

    The study found that over a median follow-up of nearly eight years, patients who were current smokers had a 40% increased risk of cancer relapse, as well as more than 2-times increased risks of cancer spread and cancer-related death, compared with patients who were never smokers.

    Source
    BJU International: Cigarette smoking during external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer? specific mortality and treatment-related toxicity.

    Source: Medical Xpress, 27 January 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EoghEJ

    Anti-smoking and “McRib” billboards in case of unfortunate juxtaposition

    A case of unfortunate juxtaposition between billboards for PHE’s latest anti-smoking advert and a “McRib” burger has drawn people to Twitter to comment on the “awkward” pairing.

    See the adverts here!

    Source: The Independent, 26 January 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1CXWmbp