ASH Daily News for 31 August 2016



  • Huddersfield: Report reveals Kirklees has higher than average smoking-related deaths

    It has been revealed that according to official figures, the number of smokers in Kirklees is at its lowest ever level. However, Kirklees is below average when it comes to rates of successfully quitting smoking – and local people also have a higher than average death rate from smoking-related diseases.

    A spokesperson for Kirklees Public Health said: “The historical impact of higher smoking rates means that the council and our partners in the North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield CCG still have a lot of work to do on improving outcomes for people living with smoking related ill health.”

    Source: The Huddersfield Daily 30 August 2016

  • Research shows that children at home did not prompt parents to test for radon, secondhand smoke

    A University of Louisville School of Nursing researcher has found that the presence of children in the home did not motivate parents to test and mitigate for radon and secondhand tobacco smoke, both of which cause lung cancer.

    Participants were given test kits to measure radon and secondhand smoke levels in their homes. Based on the test results, participants received tailored interventions designed to reduce environmental risks for lung cancer. Dr. Huntington-Moskos analysed the data, focusing on whether parents with children were concerned about lung cancer risk.

    “We found that having children present in the home doesn’t appear to impact parents’ lung cancer worry.” The findings highlight a need to raise awareness on these exposure risks and their long-term impact on children, she suggests.

    Access full research here.

    Source: Science Magazine 30 August 2016

  • Research: Bipolar adolescents continue to have elevated substance use disorder risk as young adults

    A follow up to a previous study finding an association between adolescent bipolar disorder and the incidence of cigarette smoking and substance use disorder finds that those originally diagnosed with bipolar disorder who continued to have symptoms five years later were at an even higher risk for cigarette smoking and substance use disorder than those whose symptoms were reduced.

    Evidence also suggests that the presence of conduct disorder, in combination with bipolar disorder, may be the strongest influence on the risk of smoking and substance use disorder.

    Access full research here.

    Source: Medical Xpress 30 August 2016

  • USA: American Lung Association launches ‘Tobacco 21’ initiative to raise tobacco sales age to 21

    As part of its long-held mission to save lives by improving lung health through reducing tobacco use, the American Lung Association has launched ‘Tobacco 21’, an initiative calling on the remaining 48 states and the District of Columbia to follow the lead of California and Hawaii, and raise the legal sales age for tobacco products to 21.

    Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association said: “The American Lung Association strongly supports raising the minimum sales age for all tobacco products to 21 to reduce youth smoking, prevent a future generation of tobacco users and save thousands of lives every year.”

    Source: BioPortfolio 30 August 2016

  • Pakistan: Senators oppose bill to ban tobacco advertisements

    Members and the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) said they were not in favour of a bill for banning tobacco advertisements.

    According to the bill, tobacco companies will not be allowed to sponsor health camps, plantation campaigns and sport events, while retailers will be stopped from putting tobacco advertisements inside their shops.

    During the meeting, a representative of the All Pakistan Cigarette Retailer Association said retailers will lose their identity if advertisements for tobacco companies were banned.

    Source: Dawn 31 August 2016

  • India: Tobacco Institute wants to be included in Tobacco Control talks

    The Indian tobacco industry and farmers have lobbied for them and other industry stakeholders  to be included in the official Indian delegation to the WHO FCTC Conference of Parties meeting to be held in November.

    In a release issued by the industry body, The Tobacco Institute of India (TII) is arguing that policy development in tobacco usage should not be left to tobacco control activists and the NGOs alone.

    Source: The Economic Times 30 August 2016

  • Kenya: Tax rises predicted to reduce tobacco consumption

    Smokers will pay an additional Sh650 million in taxes a year following the enactment of new laws seeking to discourage cigarette consumption.

    It is expected the newest charges will raise the cost of cigarettes across the various brands, with the premium brands selling at Sh15 per stick and close to Sh300 per packet.

    The new levies will be accompanied with graphic images warning users of the harmful effects of tobacco smoking.

    Source: The Standard 31 August 2016