ASH Daily News for 5 November 2018



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  • People must take responsibility for own health, says Matt Hancock
  • Sainsbury’s and Juul strike landmark vaping deal
  • South Tyneside: Cash incentives given to pregnant smokers to help them quit
  • Reading Borough Council announces boost for smoking and weight management services
  • Illegal cigarettes seized from 12-year-old girls in South Yorkshire

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People must take responsibility for own health, says Matt Hancock

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has triggered a row after urging people to take greater responsibility for their own health to tackle the rising toll of illness from diseases such as cancer and obesity. In a speech on Monday the health and social care secretary called for people to make healthier lifestyle choices, such as reducing the amount of alcohol and junk food they consume.

Hancock said that much more of the NHS budget needs to be spent on prevention. “In the UK, we are spending £97bn of public money on treating disease and only £8bn preventing it across the UK. You don’t have to be an economist to see those numbers don’t stack up.” he said at the annual meeting in London of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes.

Simon Capewell, professor of public health and policy at Liverpool University, said:
“We must recognise the huge power of our lived environment, and avoid naively just focusing on ‘personal responsibility’ and ‘individual choices’… Mr Hancock can celebrate previous health successes with tobacco control. That success was built not on victim blaming, but on strong tax and regulation policies to reduce the ‘three As’ of tobacco affordability, availability and acceptability.”

See also: Department of Health and Social Care, Prevention is better than cure: our vision to help you live well for longer

Source: The Guardian, 5 November 2018

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Sainsbury’s and Juul strike landmark vaping deal

Multibillion-dollar US vaping giant Juul has struck a deal with Sainbury’s, its first supply agreement with a major UK retailer.

The San Francisco-based company, which boasts a $16bn (£12bn) valuation and claims to have 70% of the US e-cigarette market, is to supply all of Sainsbury’s 1,400 stores from November 4. The deal angered anti-vaping campaigners. One called it a “surprising” decision, given recent commentary about Juul by US drug authorities.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking & Health said: “Having new and different products widely available on the market, like Juul, should help encourage more smokers to try vaping and that can only be to the benefit of public health.”

Source: 2 November 2018

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South Tyneside: Cash incentives given to pregnant smokers to help them quit

Under an ongoing Smoking in Pregnancy Incentive Scheme, expectant mothers in South Tyneside can claim a £25 gift card for attending an appointment at the local stop smoking service and setting a quit date.

The programme started in March last year (2017). South Tyneside Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board have said that by August this year, 177 pregnant women had been given a gift card as part of the incentive scheme. After attending their first appointment and receiving their first voucher, they can be eligible for up to three further instalments – of £75 and two of £100 – if they can go up to 35 weeks without a cigarette.

Early findings indicate women signed up to the scheme are more likely to quit.

Source: The Shields Gazette, 4 November 2018

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Reading Borough Council announces boost for smoking and weight management services

Smoking services in Reading are to receive a £238,000 boost after being cut by 75% in April.
Both smoking cessation and weight management services will receive further funding this year after Reading Borough Council considered partners’ feedback and dipped into its public health reserve. The changes will not impact on the total public health budget for 2018-19, agreed in April.

Councillor Graeme Hoskin, lead member for health and wellbeing, said the council has used a small amount of reserves and unspent money to keep the services going at a higher rate.

Source: Reading Chronicle, 2 November 2018

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Illegal cigarettes seized from 12-year-old girls in South Yorkshire

Illicit tobacco has ended up in the hands of two 12-year-old girls in South Yorkshire, police have revealed. The cigarettes were seized from two 12 year-old girls in Eastwood, Rotherham. The police officers shared the findings on social media.

Source: Sheffield Telegraph, 2 November 2018

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