ASH Daily news for 6 June 2016

ASH Daily news for 06 June 2016


  • Early deaths from heart disease set to soar by a third in a decade – unless smoking and obesity are ‘aggressively addressed’

    Globally, the number of people dying early from heart disease could soar by a third within the next decade, experts have warned.

    A new scientific analysis warns premature deaths from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) – already the world’s leading cause of death – costs almost $863 billion worldwide.

    Futhermore, the statement warns that if risk factors are not ‘aggressively addressed’ by health practitioners and policymakers, early deaths could increase by a third.

    Developing countries are likely to be the worst hit but the crisis could be curbed and even reversed if problems surrounding blood pressure, smoking, obesity and diabetes are tackled, according to their study published in the journal Circulation.

    See also:
    – Drop in number of smokers ‘coincides with rise in obesity’, Metro

    Source: Daily Mail – 03 June 2016

  • Doctors warn Brexit could harm patient care and public health

    Britain’s EU membership has been good for the nation’s health, helped guarantee patient safety and supplied thousands of frontline staff for the NHS, leading medical organisations have said.

    In a major intervention in the EU referendum debate, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the doctors’ professional body, representing 30,000 medics, has warned that Brexit could harm patient care and public health.

    Meanwhile, the British Medical Association (BMA), with nearly 150,000 members, despite remaining officially neutral, has published a document on the EU for doctors, which lists numerous benefits of Britain’s membership for the NHS, the medical profession and public health and only a handful of drawbacks.

    Source: The Independent – 04 June 2016

  • Oxford: Three month trial to ban smoking in parks starts

    A three month trial to make Oxford’s parks smokefree will came into effect this week-end.

    The policy only applies to enclosed play areas and posters will be put up within the play areas, with monitoring taking place.

    Source: Oxford Mail – 04 June 2016

  • Plain packs proposal draws fire

    An international coalition comprising 47 think tanks, advocacy groups and organizations, spearheaded by the Property Rights Alliance, has written to the World Health Organization opposing the use of standardised packaging as a method of tobacco control.

    In a letter addressed to WHO’s director general, Dr. Margaret Chan, the coalition says that the right to own property is a fundamental human right.

    Source: Tobacco Reporter – 03 June 2016

  • Greece: Smoking ban ineffective

    Nearly nine years after it became law, Greece is still struggling to implement a smoking ban in public spaces.

    In Greece, six out of ten working respondents said they were exposed to smoke at their workplace on a daily basis.

    According to a World Health Organisation report, Greece’s compliance with the smoke-free environments framework is quite poor.

    On a scale of 0-10, where scores 8 and above describe high compliance and below 5 low compliance, Greece’s performance is 3. In particular, the report notes that the country’s compliance in cafes, bars, restaurant is from 0 to 2.

    Source: Euroactiv – 03 June 2016

  • Indonesia: East Java rejects foreign intervention in tobacco industry

    Growing pressure from foreign NGOs demanding Indonesia immediately ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ( FCTC ) has been met with strong resistance from East Java Governor Soekarwo.

    Soekarwo asked foreign NGOs not to intervene in matters related to tobacco farming and product manufacturing in Indonesia, including East Java.

    See also:
    Cigarette market expands, AOL

    – Indonesia on track to having world’s highest smoking rates, Foreign Affairs

    Source: Asian News – 06 June 2016

  • India: Tobacco-free schools in Assam

    The Assam government has joined forces with NGOs in the health sector to make 50,000 schools in the state tobacco-free.

    Some of the criteria for a tobacco-free educational institution are prominent display of mandatory signage prohibiting selling of tobacco products within a 100-yard radius, no smoking or chewing of tobacco on school premises by students, teachers, other staff members, visitors and appointment of nodal officers for tobacco control and monitoring activities.

    The state education department has collaborated with the Tata Education Trust, Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health and Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV), to launch the Tobacco-Free Educational Institutes (TFEI) scheme to make 50,000 schools across the state tobacco-free within the next three years.

    Source: Telegraph India – 05 June 2016