ASH Daily news for 29 May 2015



HEADLINES

  • Smoking ban in England ‘cuts child hospital admissions’
  • Nearly half a million children in poverty as a result of smoking parents
  • Salford: Couple smuggled 25 tonnes of illegal tobacco worth almost £4m into the UK
  • Salford Royal urges smokers to quit for art in plea for empty cigarette packs
  • Wirral: Crackdown launched to prevent smoking outside Wirral Council buildings
  • China: Beijing cracks down on Chinese tobacco industry
  • South Australia: Prisons to become smoke-free

    Smoking ban in England ‘cuts child hospital admissions’

    Research from the University of Edinburgh has found that thousands of children have been spared serious illness and hospital treatment since the smoking ban was introduced in England in 2007.

    The research found that the law against smoking in indoor public places saw 11,000 fewer children being admitted to hospital with lung infections every year. It also estimated that hospital admissions for children with respiratory infections fell by 3.5% immediately after the ban was introduced. The biggest effect seen was the number of children with chest infections – down nearly 14%.

    Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at the health charity ASH said:

    “Back in 2007, the opponents of smoke-free legislation claimed that it would lead to more people smoking at home, placing their children at greater risk. This research supports evidence from elsewhere that this fear has not been realised. Without the ban on smoking in public places the NHS would be seeing more sick children at a significant cost to the public purse.”

    Source: European Respiratory Journal, Smoke-free legislation and childhood hospitalisations for respiratory tract infections

    See also

    Daily Mail: Smoking ban ‘boosts child health’

    Guardian: Smoking ban ‘reduced annual rate of child respiratory problems by 11,000’

    Sky News: Child hospital admissions fell after smoking ban

    The Times: Smoke ban ‘saved children’, University of Edinburgh study shows

    Source: BBC News, 29 May 2015
    Link: http://bbc.in/1KsOEdp

    Nearly half a million children in poverty as a result of smoking parents

    Analysis by the University of Nottingham has found that around half of the 2.3 million children living in relative poverty in the UK have a parent who smokes. A further 400,000 would be classified as being in poverty if their parents’ weekly expenditure on tobacco was subtracted from family income.

    Dr Tessa Langley, at Nottingham’s UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies said: “This study demonstrates that if our government, and our health services, prioritised treating smoking dependence, it could have a major effect on child poverty as well as health”

    See also

    Daily Mail: Smoking not only kills, it plunges children into poverty because parents ‘prioritise cigarettes over food’

    Source: The Independent, 29 May 2015
    Link: http://ind.pn/1ABG0Jn

    Salford: Couple smuggled 25 tonnes of illegal tobacco worth almost £4m into the UK

    A Salford couple have been jailed after smuggling 25 tonnes of fake tobacco, costing the taxpayer almost £4m.

    The couple shipped box loads of illicit hand rolling tobacco into the country. The criminal duo concealed the illegal tobacco in false soles and shelves as they shipped shoes and furniture to the North West.

    A large number of seals and plastic packets used to make the counterfeit packaging look legitimate were also discovered.

    Source: Manchester Evening News, 28 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1KsYOL8

    Salford Royal urges smokers to quit for art in plea for empty cigarette packs

    The Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust launched a campaign yesterday, which urged Salford’s 50,000 smokers, not to bin their empty to cigarette packets – but to hand them in.

    The discarded packets will be turned into a sculpture to be put on display at the hospital and across the city to promote the range of smoking cessation services on offer.

    Source: Mancunian Matters, 28 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1HzU7MK

    Wirral: Crackdown launched to prevent smoking outside Wirral Council buildings

    Smokers are to be banned from lighting-up anywhere within the boundaries of all Wirral Council buildings. The new rules will apply to all staff, visitors, contractors and members of the public.

    Source: Wirral Globe, May 28 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1JbqxkU

    China: Beijing cracks down on Chinese tobacco industry

    Beijing is toughening up its antismoking efforts with new regulations targeting domestic tobacco companies, vendors and smokers in the Chinese capital from next month.

    The new rules will prohibit companies from advertising tobacco products through media channels including websites and public billboards. Elsewhere, vendors in the capital have been banned from selling cigarettes within 100 metres of Kindergartens, primary and middle schools.

    A quarter of the city’s population smoke, with each smoker consuming an astonishing average of 61 cigarettes per day. This is according to a survey released by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning earlier this month.

    Source: The Telegraph, 28 May 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1ED96mL

    South Australia: Prisons to become smoke-free

    The South Australian government wants to make the state’s prisons smoke free.

    Correctional Services Minister Tony Piccolo has said that the Adelaide Remand Centre will become smoke free from March next year in a pilot program with other facilities to follow.

    Source: The Daily Mail, May 29th 2015
    Link: http://dailym.ai/1BtAJ1B