ASH Daily News for 28 September 2018



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  • People with severe mental illness have far worse physical health
  • South East: Albion charity encourages smokers to give up the habit
  • New Oxfordshire stop smoking campaign launches

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  • Health matters: stopping smoking – what works?

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People with severe mental illness have far worse physical health

New evidence published by Public Health England (PHE) shows that people with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) have a significantly higher prevalence of smoking, obesity, diabetes, COPD and cardiovascular disease than the general population.

People with SMI also die on average 15-20 years earlier than members of the general population, which means that they have a life expectancy similar to that of an adult in the 1950s. Tobacco use is a major risk factor for many of the conditions contributing to this inequality, along with poor diet and drug and alcohol misuse.

PHE’s head of clinical epidemiology, Professor Julia Verne said: “It’s unacceptable that people with severe mental illness live with more ill health and die up to 20 years younger than the rest of the population. We need to look beyond mental illness to a ‘whole person’ approach to health care, helping to improve peoples’ lives. It is vital that people experiencing severe mental illness are supported to improve their physical health, including better access to support and services such as screening programmes, health checks and stop smoking services.”

Source: South Wales Argus, 27 September 2018

Public Health England Briefing: Severe mental illness (SMI) and physical health inequalities

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South East: Albion charity encourages smokers to give up the habit

A health and wellbeing charity in Albion— Albion in the Community(AITC)—has launched a campaign encouraging people to quit smoking.

The charity is offering a combination of drop-in sessions and one-to-one support providing free advice on the different ways to quit smoking and adopt a healthier lifestyle. They are also providing nicotine replacement therapies and supporting people to use e-cigarettes to help them quit.

Siobhan Meaker, health manager at AITC, said: “If you’re thinking about quitting, we are on your team. We know with the right support you can become smoke free and feel the benefits straight away. A 20-a-day habit doesn’t just harm your health, it can hit your wallet hard, costing more than £3,000 a year.”

Source: The Argus, 28 September 2018

See also: Albion in the Community

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New Oxfordshire stop smoking campaign launches

Oxfordshire County Council has launched a new stop smoking service to coincide with Stoptober.

The Smokefreelife Oxfordshire service will be organising a number of events throughout October where they will be providing guidance on quitting aids and referrals for ongoing support.

Elizabeth West, health improvement manager at the service, said: “There are so many benefits to giving up smoking and Smokefreelife Oxfordshire will be able to help with advice and support from fully qualified advisors.”

Source: The Herald, 27 September 2018

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Link of the Week

Health matters: stopping smoking – what works?

The latest Health Matters guidance published by Public Health England focuses on smoking and the best ways to quit. It assesses the effectiveness of the most common methods people use to quit and links to a number of resources and services designed to support people to stop smoking.

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