ASH Daily News for 4 June 2018



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UK

  • Guernsey: Islander picks up cigarette butts from dawn until dusk for WNTD
  • Cornwall: How much smoking is really costing the region
  • Tower Hamlets: Thousands of pounds worth of illegal tobacco seized

International

  • Shocking World Health Organisation video reveals how smoking damages the heart
  • Indonesia: lax smoking laws are helping next generation to get hooked
  • USA: Hollywood silent on request to give R rating to movies with smoking
  • USA: Cigarette prices increase in New York

 

UK

Guernsey: Islander picks up cigarette butts from dawn until dusk for WNTD

Andrew Munro, of Pick it Up Guernsey, walked from 5am to 9pm collecting hundreds of cigarette butts in aid of World No Tobacco Day. He also picked up general litter and invited people, and the police, to join them for an hour over lunch. He said that outside the hospital was one of the worst areas.

Andrew said “This is hopefully growing awareness about how bad cigarette butts can be – they are very nasty. I don’t think people realised that they don’t biodegrade either.”

Source: Guernsey Press, 1 June 2018

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Cornwall: How much smoking is really costing the region

Research from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has found that smoking is costing Cornwall more than £120m every year. This number encompasses the cost to healthcare and to businesses.

Across the south west, the annual cost is £277.2 million to the NHS, and £72.4 million to local authorities from smoking-related social care needs.

Whilst Hospital bosses say that smoking remains the largest cause of preventable death in the region, a 2016 audit found that more than 1 in 4 hospital patients were not asked if they smoke and 50% of front line staff are not given routine smoking cessation training.

ASH Chief Executive Deborah Arnott said: “The Five Year Forward View calls for a ‘radical upgrade in prevention and public health’ but this has not been followed through and smokers are not getting the support they need to quit from the NHS. In some areas, Local Authority Stop Smoking Services have been reduced due to cuts in local authority funding. Cuts to public health budgets need to be reversed and the NHS needs to step-up and play a larger role in supporting smokers to quit.”

Source: Pirate FM, 4 June 2018

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Tower Hamlets: Thousands of pounds worth of illegal tobacco seized

Tower Hamlets Council’s Trading Standards Officers and detection dogs found £8,000 worth of illegal tobacco hidden inside cereal boxes, coat pockets and behind display panels during a recent two-day operation. Officers found illegal products in 10 of the 18 premises visited.

Overall 12,360 cigarettes, 2,250g of hand-rolled tobacco and 68 pots of chewing tobacco were seized.

Source: Brit Bangla, 1 June 2018

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International

Shocking World Health Organisation video reveals how smoking damages the heart

Released by the World Health Organization (WHO) for World No Tobacco Day, the video aims to raise awareness of the effect of cigarettes on the heart and encourage smokers to quit.

The 30-second clip starts with a heart beating slowly, as it asks viewers if they were aware that tobacco is a major cause of heart disease. But as the video proceeds, it beats quicker and more smoke can be seen puffing from its valves – designed to mimic being overworked.
The footage ends with the message ‘protect your heart and choose health – not tobacco’.

Dr Tedros Adhanom, from WHO called for more awareness of the links between smoking and heart disease. He said: “Most people know that using tobacco causes cancer and lung disease, but many people aren’t aware that tobacco also causes heart disease and stroke.”

Source: Daily Mail Online, 1 June 2018

See also: Tobacco breaks hearts – World No Tobacco Day 2018

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Indonesia: lax smoking laws are helping next generation to get hooked

It is estimated that smoking-related diseases kill nearly 250,000 Indonesians every year.

Indonesia is the only country in Asia that has not signed and ratified the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC) which endorses restrictions on the extent to which tobacco companies can lobby governments, and recognises that a complete ban on tobacco marketing activities is an effective way of reducing youth smoking uptake.

This is most likely a result of the influence large tobacco companies such as Philip Morris and British American tobacco have in the Indonesian market.

Cigarettes continue to be sold cheaply with a pack of 20 Marlboro available for US$1.55, compared to around US$20 in Australia.

Indonesia is the only country in the region that still allows direct tobacco advertising. To reduce exposure to children and teenagers, advertising is restricted on TV and radio to between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. But youngsters are still exposed through billboards, roadside stalls, music concerts, sporting events and the internet. There are shops and restaurants branded with tobacco advertising everywhere.

Source: The Jakarta Post, 4 June 2018

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USA: Hollywood silent on request to give R rating to movies with smoking

In August 2017, the American Heart Association and 16 other health and medical groups bought trade adverts and sent a letter to the six major movie studios represented by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), urging them to apply an R rating to any motion picture with tobacco imagery submitted for classification after Friday 8th June 2018. The only exceptions would be biographical films about people who smoked or when the film depicted the dangers of smoking.

However with the June deadline here, Chris Ortman, vice president of corporate communications for the MPAA, declined to comment.

Source: American Heart Association News, 31 May 2018

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USA: Cigarette prices increase in New York

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has raised the cost of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13, the equivalent of $17 Australian dollars, to take effect this month.

Whilst this tax increase is a step in the right direction, other countries such as Australia, Japan and New Zealand continue to lead the way in having some of the highest tobacco taxes – a pack of cigarettes in Australia reaching nearly $40 Australian dollars in this year’s budget. Increases in taxation are one of the most effective mechanisms for prompting quit attempts.

Source: Daily Mail Online, 4 June 2018

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