ASH Daily News for 8 April 2019



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  • ASH and Cancer Research UK call for funding for stop smoking services
  • Barnsley: £450k scheme to help smokers quit
  • South West: Wiltshire Fire Service warns smokers to stub it out for Fire Kills campaign

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ASH and Cancer Research UK call for funding for stop smoking services

Spending on support to help smokers to quit has fallen by 30% in the North West since 2014, according to a recent report from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), and Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

The government’s target is to reduce smoking prevalence to 12% of the population or less by 2022. However, CRUK and ASH argue that funding cuts make it unlikely that the government will meet the target. The two groups are calling on the government to increase public health funding for local authorities.

Ciaran Osborne, Director of Policy at ASH, said: “Neither local authorities nor national Government can afford to be complacent. Without real investment in tobacco control – locally and nationally – we will not achieve our shared target of a smokefree generation. Stopping smoking saves lives, so let’s give people the support they need to quit.”

Source: The Bolton News, 8 April 2019

Action on Smoking and Health & Cancer Research UK. (2019) A Changing Landscape: Stop smoking services and tobacco control in England.

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Barnsley: £450k scheme to help smokers quit

An improved new stop smoking service will be introduced in Barnsley from the autumn after senior councillors approved spending of up to £450,000 on the project.

More than 18% of adults still smoke in Barnsley, markedly above the national average of around 15%. Smoking is more common among poorer residents and figures show almost a third of Barnsley households living in poverty included a smoker. If smokers in those households were to quit, 2,140 families would see their income rise above the poverty line, funded by the cash not going to buy tobacco.

Successful schemes in Barnsley have included making play areas in parks and parts of the town centre voluntary ‘smoke free areas’, an idea which is now being expanded to the areas around school gates. The goal of the policy is to make smoking invisible to children, so it no longer appears normal to them to adopt the habit as they grow up.

Source: Barnsley Chronicle, 8 April 2019

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South West: Wiltshire Fire Service warns smokers to stub it out for Fire Kills campaign

Wiltshire Fire Service is raising awareness about the fire risk of smoking in the home when tired or after drinking heavily. They warn that smoking is responsible for over a third of fatalities from house fires.

This is often the result of smoking in bed, and when people doze off after drinking too much, causing the fire to spread without them realising. The fire service is reminding smokers to carefully stub out cigarettes whenever they light up, to install smoke alarms on every level of the home and to test them regularly.

Safe And Well manager at the fire service Vikki Thomas said: “Every five days, someone dies from a fire caused by cigarettes or smoking materials… Every smoker should wake up to the risks they take every time they light up, and drop the habit of smoking whilst in bed or under the influence of alcohol. The risk of falling asleep before you ‘put it out, right out’ is just too great.”

Source: Swindon Advertiser, 8 April, 2019

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