ASH Daily News for 27 July 2016



  • Social smoking triples risk of brain haemorrhage

    Research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke has found that “social smoking” increases the risk of brain bleeding, particularly among women.

    The population based study of over 65,000 people in Finland, found that women who smoke one cigarette a day triple their risk, whilst men who smoke one a day double their risk, compared to non-smokers.

    Stroke: Sex, smoking, and risk for subarachnoid hemorrhage

    Source: Mail Online, 26 July 2016

  • Yorkshire and Humber: Big cuts to York stop-smoking services are confirmed

    Plans to reduce stop smoking support for everyone except pregnant women and those on low incomes in York have been approved. The new plans propose providing pregnant women with 12 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and those on low incomes with free NRT for two weeks.

    Sharon Stoltz, York’s Director of Public Health, said: “As a result of cuts to public health in Local Authority budgets, we have had to look at how to invest our remaining funds very wisely.

    “Our focus was to look at the priority groups that we really wanted to make free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) available to.”

    Source: The Press, 27 July 2016

  • London: Woman sues over cooking smells

    A woman in London is taking legal action against her neighbour’s landlords to prevent the tenants from cooking spicy foods due to the strong cooking smells which “permeate” her home.

    [Editorial note: This may have implications for cases of “smoke drift” where tobacco smoke drifts into someone’s home from a neighbouring property. We will provide relevant updates as they occur.]

    Source: Metro, 25 July 2016

  • North East: Dogs sniff out thousands of illegal cigarettes in raid

    Thousands of illegal cigarettes have been seized in North Tyneside as part of a joint operation carried out by North Tyneside Council’s Trading Standards team and Northumbria Police.

    Cllr John Harrison, Cabinet Member for Housing and Transport at North Tyneside Council said: “….As it becomes harder for under 18s to buy from legitimate sources, illegal tobacco trading creates a cheap source that fuels smoking by young people, giving them habits that put their health at risk into adulthood.”

    Source: ITV News, 26 July 2016

  • East of England: Firefighters called to extinguish decking blaze caused by discarded cigarette

    Fire crews were called to a fire at a property where a cigarette had caused the outside decking of the house to catch alight.

    Firefighter Stuart Hay took the opportunity to highlight the importance of taking extra care when disposing of smoking materials.

    [Editorial note: Cigarette and smoking materials are the most common cause of accidental fires resulting in fatalities in England.]

    Source: Harwich and Manningtree Standard, 26 July 2016

  • Parliamentary Questions

    PQ1: Health inequalities

    Lord Young of Cookham Conservative
    To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the lower life expectancy of those on low incomes is due to the higher rates of smoking in that group.

    Lord Prior of Brampton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health
    The independent review into health inequalities in England undertaken by Professor Sir Michael Marmot culminated in the publication in 2010 of Fair Society, Healthy Lives. A copy of the review has been placed in the Library. The review identified the most effective evidence-based strategies for reducing health inequalities in England and made the following recommendation:

    “Tobacco control is central to any strategy to tackle health inequalities as smoking accounts for approximately half of the difference in life expectancy between the lowest and highest income groups. Smoking-related death rates are two to three times higher in low-income groups than in wealthier social groups.”

    Source: Hansard: HL Deb, 26 July 2016, cW