ASH Daily News for 19 August 2016



  • North East: Fewer people quitting via stop-smoking services

    Stop-smoking services in the North-East had the lowest rate of successful quitters in the country last year, although success rates within the region were up 3%.

    Tobacco control group, Fresh, said the North-East was being successful in getting a high percentage of smokers to attend services, but many of those attending lacked the motivation to give up.

    The study found of 26,343 people who accessed the services in the region last year, 12,035 or 46% reported themselves as having been successful in quitting. The success rate was up on the previous year’s figure of 43%.

    Martyn Willmore, of Fresh, said smoking in the North-East had dropped to 18.7%, the lowest level on record, and fewer people were accessing services due to the popularity of e-cigarettes.

    See also: 
    – Stop Smoking Services still successful but need to do better if NHS shortfall is to be plugged, ASH press release

    Source: Northern Echo – 18 August 2016

  • Yorkshire: Hull smokers losing twice as many years off lives compared to richer English cities

    Hull smokers lost almost twice as many years of their lives compared to richer cities but more people are quitting despite the Government slashing £1.6m from the public health budget.

    Smokers aged 35 to 74 lost 7,708 potential years of their lives because of smoking-related illness such as cancer, strokes, COPD and heart disease between 2012 and 2014.

    The Government has cut Hull City Council’s public health budget, used to pay for smoking cessation services, despite declaring smoking the biggest cause of death rate inequality between England’s richest and poorest cities.

    Source: Hull Daily Mail – 18 August 2016

  • Scotland: Falkirk NHS hospital cigarette ban facing enforcement problems

    Despite a no-smoking policy on all NHS Forth Valley’s hospital sites and a number of measures in place to deter patients and visitors, many are ignoring the ban.

    Last year, all hospital and health centre grounds in Scotland became smoke free. However, it is currently not an offence to smoke outside a hospital, although legislation is being considered by the Scottish Government.

    Sheila Duffy, chief executive of ASH Scotland, “Tobacco is a major cause of people being in hospital in the first place, and for many people, smoking will make their recovery slower and interfere with their healing and treatment. Breathing in tobacco smoke is also harmful to health.

    “It is no surprise that the health service in Scotland is working hard to go smoke-free throughout its hospital grounds as well as in buildings. There is a need to support smokers not to smoke on hospital premises, and there are compelling arguments for moving towards smoke-free health service grounds as part of the aim of putting cigarettes and tobacco out of sight, out of mind, and out of fashion for the next generation.”

    Source: Falkirk Herald – 18 August 2016

  • Exposure to nicotine and selected toxicants in cigarette smokers who switched to e-cigarettes

    A study measured exposure to nicotine and selected toxicants in cigarette smokers who switched to e-cigarettes. The authors found that after switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes, nicotine exposure remained unchanged, while exposure to certain carcinogens and toxicants was substantially reduced.

    Source: Oxford Journals – 17 August 2016

  • Smoking among three things banned in all Disney movies

    The Pete’s Dragon director has revealed the three things that are banned from all Disney movies.

    David Lowery, who also wrote the new movie about a 10-year-old boy discovered living alone in the forest with his dragon Elliott, was asked to sign a contract with the studio promising not to include any “beheadings, impalement or smoking”.

    Disney announced that it would be prohibiting smoking from its G, PG and PG-13 rated films last year, including all Marvel, Lucas and Pixar movies.

    There are a couple of exceptions, notably when smoking is presented negatively with the dangerous consequences emphasised or a historical figure who may have smoked is depicted.

    Source: The Independent – 18 August 2016

  • Lebanon: Because of Syrian war, tobacco industry is booming

    Syria’s conflict has caused hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee to Lebanon, putting a huge strain on the Lebanese economy and its already-crumbling infrastructure.

    But the five-year Syrian civil war has been a boon for at least one economic sector: the tobacco industry.

    At Lebanon’s main tobacco factory, located southeast of the capital, Beirut, employees work round-the-clock but can barely cover the high demand for locally-made cigarettes.

    Source: Our London – 18 August 2016