ASH Daily News for 10 January 2019



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  • Healthy behaviours ‘deliver extra disease-free decade’
  • San Diego schools sue JUUL
  • New Zealand: Selling tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies would reduce availability

Link of the week

  • Mental health videos

 

International

Healthy behaviours ‘deliver extra disease-free decade’

Women can gain ten and men seven years of life free of cancer, heart problems and type-2 diabetes from healthy behaviours, a study in the BMJ suggests. They must exercise regularly, drink in moderation only, have a healthy weight and good diet and not smoke.

The US research is based on 111,000 people tracked for more than 20 years. Men who smoked more than 15 cigarettes a day and obese men and women (with a BMI of more than 30) had the lowest disease-free life expectancy, the study found. Not only did a healthy lifestyle reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes, it also improved survival if men and women were diagnosed with any of the diseases.

Cancer, cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes are three of the most common diseases in old age. They are also closely linked to people’s health behaviours.

Source: BBC News, 9 January 2020

See also:
British Medical Journal: Healthy lifestyle and life expectancy free of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes: prospective cohort study

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San Diego schools sue JUUL

A California school district has become the latest to sue JUUL Labs, saying the e-cigarette maker’s online ads and promotions illegally targeted children. The lawsuit, from the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), claims this led to a vaping ‘epidemic’ that has ‘severely impacted’ the district by interfering ‘with normal school operations.’

The district is seeking damages to cover the financial losses it suffered as a result of student absences, because attendance is directly tied to revenue from the state. School officials also say the district has had to pay for programmes about the impacts of vaping, surveillance cameras, vape detectors and extra staff to monitor the school for e-cigarettes.

Other lawsuits against the e-cigarette maker have been filed by school systems in St Charles, Missouri; Olathe, Kansas; Long Island, New York; and Seattle, Washington.

Source: Daily Mail, 9 January 2020

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New Zealand: Selling tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies would reduce availability

The sale of tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies would considerably reduce the overall availability of tobacco and assist the Government in achieving its 2025 smokefree goal, according to new research from the University of Otago.

The study’s lead author, Dr Louise Marsh, says substantially reducing tobacco availability has been identified as a crucial tobacco control strategy both internationally and in New Zealand and the study shows there would be an important reduction in overall availability of tobacco if sales were restricted.
The researchers looked at the impact of having tobacco available only from pharmacies, only from liquor stores or only from petrol stations. In addition to the overall reduction in the availability of tobacco, the positive aspects of tobacco being only available through pharmacies are the potential for reduced opportunity for the sale of tobacco to minors and that pharmacists are already trained to provide brief smoking cessation interventions.

The analysis also found that if tobacco was only sold through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies, the number of schools having at least one tobacco retailer located within 500m would reduce from 54% to 22%.

Dr Marsh and her colleagues conclude: “Reduced density of the sale of tobacco around schools would reduce curiosity and temptation concerning tobacco, diminish the normalizing of smoking in the community and provide fewer opportunities and cues for adolescents to attempt to purchase tobacco.”
Source: Medical Xpress, 9 January 2020

See also:
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health: How would the tobacco retail landscape change if tobacco was only sold through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies?

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Link of the week

Mental health videos

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), University of Bath and University of York have produced five videos showing the journey of smokers with mental health conditions who’ve successfully quit and are calling on health professionals to do more to help others do the same.

See the videos:
Caroline’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5DZDWbziCI&feature=youtu.be
Hameed’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDd2kFFVBFY&feature=youtu.be
El’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edwFeXvANzc&feature=youtu.be
Paul’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVAIW6nC37Q&feature=youtu.be
Julian’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYFGx4hZ5t0&feature=youtu.be

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