ASH Daily news for 28 January 2016



HEADLINES

  • For breast cancer patients, never too late to quit smoking
  • Netherland: MPs set to vote for new tobacco packaging with health warning images
  • Australia: teenage smoking at record low but ‘constant vigilance’ required
  • US: Nicotine patch just as effective as prescription drugs for quitting smoking
  • China’s smoking habit: calls for help as more people light up than give up

    For breast cancer patients, never too late to quit smoking

    A large study of breast cancer survivors has found that those who quit smoking after diagnosis had a 33 percent lower risk of death as a result of breast cancer than those who continued to smoke.

    The study involved more than 20,600 women with breast cancer, and is one of the largest studies of survival outcomes according to smoking habits in women with a history of breast cancer, and the first study to assess smoking habits both before and after diagnosis.

    The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

    Source: Bright Surf, 27th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Sd6OYv

    Netherland: MPs set to vote for new tobacco packaging with health warning images

    Dutch MPs are today expected to approve new European Union rules on tobacco packaging, which will see 65% of cigarette packets covered with health warnings.

    The new packaging, which will include photographs of damaged lungs and other smoking-generated health problems, is due to be introduced on May 20 throughout the EU.

    Tobacco firms are being given a year to bring in the changes and replace their current packaging.

    Source: Dutch News, 28th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1OZA66k

    Australia: teenage smoking at record low but ‘constant vigilance’ required

    Australian adolescent smoking rates are at a record low but experts say constant vigilance is needed to combat new tobacco marketing strategies.

    They attribute the drop to rising cigarette prices, smoke-free environment and advertising policies, plain packaging and restrictions on adolescents’ access to tobacco.

    The latest New South Wales data showed 6.7% of adolescents in 2014 described themselves as heavy, light or occasional smokers compared with 23.5% in 1996.

    Source: The Guardian, 27th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1Quk5YW

    US: Nicotine patch just as effective as prescription drugs for quitting smoking

    A new study published in JAMA has found that some of the most common cessation aids — the nicotine patch, the prescription drug varenicline, (brand name Champix in the UK), and combination nicotine replacement therapy (C-NRT) — are equally as effective as the other.

    Among adults who wanted to quit smoking, 12 weeks of treatment with a nicotine patch, the drug varenicline, or C-NRT produced no significant differences in rates of smoking abstinence.

    Source: Medical Daily, 27th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/20upxzA

    China’s smoking habit: calls for help as more people light up than give up

    More people started smoking than gave up in China in the last five years, according to a tobacco control advocacy group who pointed to a lack of services for those who want to quit.

    Releasing its “A Civil Society Perspective: Tobacco Control in China 2015” report on Tuesday, the ThinkTank Research Centre for Health Development said that of the nearly 40 per cent of smokers who said they wanted to quit, only 14.4 per cent succeeded. The number of people who quit smoking in that time was fewer than the number of people who started lighting up.

    The report reviewed China’s efforts in the decade since the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control came into effect in the country.

    Under the China Tobacco Control Plan 2012-2015, the government aimed to cut smoking from 28.1 per cent of adults to below 25 per cent, but a national survey last year found as much as 27.7 per cent of adults were smokers, on par with levels five years ago. That amounted to 15 million more smokers, given the increase in population.

    Source: South China Morning Post, 28th January 2016
    Link: http://bit.ly/1PUApzb