ASH Daily News for 4 October 2018



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UK

  • North West: School gates ban for smokers
  • North West: Morecambe vape shop’s cessation scheme gains NHS support

International

  • Daily Bulletin 4: Framework Convention Alliance at the WHO FCTC conference of the parties

UK

North West: School gates ban for smokers

Tameside Council is calling on the borough’s schools to sign up to a Smokefree Gates policy. Council Leader Brenda Warrington said: “Everyone must be aware of the dangers of tobacco. It’s the biggest cause of preventable death and linked to many diseases including cancer. Children exposed to smoking are significantly more likely to take up the habit themselves.

That’s why we want Tameside’s schools to sign up to a Smokefree Gates policy in addition to any other no-smoking or Smokefree measures they already have in place.

Teachers and pupils regularly say that they want to do their learning in green and healthy places. It’s a belief encapsulated in the term ‘little lungs matter’.”

Source: Tameside Metropolitan Borough, 03 October 2018

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North West: Morecambe vape shop’s cessation scheme gains NHS support

A new scheme is aiming to help people stop smoking with the use of e-cigarettes. Up In Smoke, a vape shop in Morecambe, offers a free “pen type e-cigarette” to anyone wishing to try it and has launched a ‘Smokebusters’ scheme support service, which encourages people to visit the premises every week and blow into a Carbon Monoxide (CO) and lung age monitor.

Mike Zorab, general manager at Up In Smoke, explains: “We’ve been backed by Lancashire Quit Squad, which is jointly run by the NHS and Lancashire County Council… Lancaster Quit Squad organised for 20 of their staff to come in for a training session to learn more about e-cigarettes.”

The shop is also working with local NHS organisations to provide e-cigarettes to smokers. Mark Zorab explains that local NHS services are “now referring straight to us as a last resort if patches and gum don’t work. People can come in, fill in a form, there’s a series of questions, and a set of rewards. People have to return every seven days, and if their CO reading has decreased, they get a stamp which can be exchanged for free liquid or vouchers.”

Source: Lancaster Guardian, 04 October 2018

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International

Daily Bulletin 4: Framework Convention Alliance at the WHO FCTC conference of the parties

According to today’s bulletin, yesterday “the Committee took a gigantic step forward for FCTC implementation by endorsing the first ever Global Strategy for Tobacco Control. That’s a big deal: identifying priorities from now until 2025, with a clear and ambitious objective of reducing prevalence sharply, will help the COP, the Secretariat and individual Parties organise their work and raise funds.”

The bulletin goes on to add: “As we head into budget and workplan discussions, it’s critical to prioritise activities and funding to reflect our newly agreed Global Strategy – activities that will actually help to close the gap between where we currently stand and the desired future – a world free from tobacco-caused death and disease.”

Other highlights from today’s bulletin include ‘Unlocking the power of tobacco taxes’, ‘In pursuit of viable alternative livlihoods for tobacco farmers and farm workers’ and ‘Escalating the tobacco-free finance conversation’.

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