ASH Daily news for 30 March 2016



HEADLINES

Isle of Man: Law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children comes into force
Smokers at higher risk of TB because of ‘clogged-up immune cells’
Yorkshire: Targeted help for those who want to give up smoking
Australia: Cut-price cigarettes labelled reprehensible
China: New five year plan promises stricter regulations on smoking

Isle of Man: Law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children comes into force
From today, 30th March 2016, it is illegal to smoke in cars carrying children under the age of 16, on the Isle of Man. Both the driver of the car, and the smoker committing the offence, can be fined £50 with maximum fines of up to £5000, upon conviction.

The Department of Health and Social Care says the law is being introduced to help protect children from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

See also:
ITV News: Smoking ban in cars from today on Isle of Man
Isle of Man News: New anti-smoking law comes in

Source: Isle of Man Today 30 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/21SXskh

Smokers at higher risk of TB because of ‘clogged-up immune cells’
An international study led by the University of Cambridge, and published in the journal Cell, has found that smokers are at greater risk of developing tuberculosis.

The study looked at the effect that smoke particles have on macrophages – the ‘giant eaters’ of the immune system and the body’s first defence against tuberculosis. Using comparative observation of macrophages in zebrafish, and those in the lungs of smokers, the researchers observed how when these defensive cells become clogged with indigestible materials, their ability to defend the TB infection becomes severely impaired.

For the full research, as published in Cell, please look here.

Source: Medical News Today 29 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1RN7sMD

Yorkshire: Targeted help for those who want to give up smoking
A new stop smoking service begins in North Yorkshire from the 1st April 2016, with more targeted support on offer for those who want to quit.

The new Smokefreelife North Yorkshire will offer a flexible and free to use range of quit options, including the ‘wellness on wheels’ mobile unit which will take support and advice directly into the local community where it is most needed.

Cllr David Chance, executive member for public health said: “Stopping smoking is the single most important thing that people can do to improve their health and save money – and we want to make it as easy as possible for our residents to quit.”

Source: The Northern Echo 30 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1ZKcIAH

Australia: Cut-price cigarettes labelled reprehensible
Major supermarkets have started selling a cut-price, premium brand of cigarettes at $20 a pack. In the last few weeks wholesalers have started buying Imperial Tobacco cigarettes which are being imported from two different countries, New Zealand and Ukraine.

The Ukrainian imports vary between $3 and $6 cheaper than the New Zealand variety. Health campaigners are describing the move as worrying, but with both products complying with Australian branding and tax laws there is little the Government can do.

A Government spokeswoman said: “The Australian government would be concerned about any reduction in the price of a packet of cigarettes that may attract young people to take up the habit. … but if cigarette companies legitimately bring products into the country and drop the price unfortunately there is nothing we can do about that.”

Source: The Canberra Times 25 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1Ry262q

China: New five year plan promises stricter regulations on smoking
After two weeks of deliberation, 97% of deputies have voted for China’s new five year plan which promises a: “vigorous smoking ban in public areas”.

The commitment to smokefree legislation has been welcomed by health campaigners with hopes that specific details are soon to follow.

Source: The Telegraph 29 March 2016
Link: http://bit.ly/1MS6NSG