ASH Daily News for 6 November 2018



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  • Doctors don’t know whether they should encourage smokers to switch to e-cigarettes
  • Hospital patients will be quizzed on lifestyles in ‘bedside interventions’
  • Cornwall: Illegal tobacco business turned over £176K before being shut down

Parliamentary Activity

  • Letter from Matt Hancock MP to the Chair on e-cigarettes, 28 September 2018

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Doctors don’t know whether they should encourage smokers to switch to e-cigarettes

A study presented at the 2018 National Cancer Research Institute Conference in Glasgow has found that approximately a third of medical professionals would not recommend e-cigarettes to smokers, with quarter unsure if they are any safer than smoking.

The researchers from Oxford Brookes University surveyed over 500 cancer specialists, GPs and nurses and found more than half said they did not know enough about vaping to make recommendations to their patients. Smoking increases the risk of treatment complications, disease recurrence, and the development of further tumours, increasing the risk of death.

Martin Dockrell, PHE’s tobacco control lead, said: “E-cigarettes aren’t risk free but they are far less harmful than tobacco and it’s important for healthcare professionals to talk to patients about this. That’s why as part of our NHS Smokefree campaign, we’re encouraging professionals to take free, online courses offered by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training.”

Source: Telegraph, 6 November 2018

See also: E-cigarettes as a Smoking Cessation aid in Cancer Patients: Health Professionals knowledge, attitude and current practice

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Hospital patients will be quizzed on lifestyles in ‘bedside interventions’

Hospital patients will be asked about their diet, smoking and drinking status under a new bedside intervention policy aimed at treating unhealthy lifestyles and addiction as part of the Department of Health and Social Care’s new prevention strategy.

In a speech yesterday, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, outlined the new plan which will see patients receive targeted advice and support to make changes while in hospital – and follow up phone calls to check if they are sticking to their new habits.

A more detailed policy agenda will be published next year in a green paper on prevention.

Source: Telegraph, 5 November 2018

See also: Prevention is better than cure: our vision to help you live well for longer

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Cornwall: Illegal tobacco business turned over £176K before being shut down

A man has been arrested for selling illicit tobacco from his home in Cornwall, making over £176,000 in 2 years.

Cornwall Council’s trading standards officers raided the man’s home following tip offs from members of the public, seizing large quantities of illicit tobacco products. This included nearly 200 packets of Cutters Choice and 124 packets of Golden Virginia rolling tobacco, 241 packets of Golden Classic, 165 packets of President and six packets of Embassy cigarettes without required health warnings or standardised packaging.

Steve Brown, Cornwall Council’s interim service director for wellbeing and public health said: “The work by Trading Standards to get cheap cigarettes and tobacco off the streets directly supports our efforts to reduce smoking levels in Cornwall. We know that price is an important motivator when a smoker decides to quit, so the sale of cheap tobacco undermines this. As smoking is the number one cause of preventable ill health, anything that can be done to reduce smoking levels has to be a good thing for the residents of Cornwall.”

Source: Cornwall Live, 5 November 2018

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Parliamentary Activity

Letter from Matt Hancock MP to the Chair on e-cigarettes, 28 September 2018

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has written to the Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, in response to the Committee’s recent report on e-cigarettes. The Minister reaffirms the Government’s commitment to reducing the global harms from tobacco and states that the Government will respond formally to the report through a Command Paper in due time:

“We support proportionate regulation of e-cigarettes to ensure non-smokers and children are protected from accessing these products and we have implemented the EU Tobacco Products Directive accordingly…

I can reiterate that our commitment to a proportionate approach to harm reduction, as set out in the Tobacco Control Plan published last year, remains. We are also determined to maximise the potential for using e-cigarettes for smoking cessation.”

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