ASH Daily News for 2 May 2019


  • Hampshire: Southern Health services go smokefree
  • Tameside: GPs raise concerns at rates of smoking during pregnancy


  • Canada to introduce plain tobacco packaging from November
  • USA: Disney World smoking ban comes into force


  • ASH #ActOnTobacco Campaign



Hampshire: Southern Health services go smokefree

All Southern Health NHS Trust sites, are now smokefree under a new policy which came into effect on Wednesday, 1 May.

The move is in line with guidance from Public Health England and the Tobacco Control Plan for England which states that all NHS Trusts should be smokefree by 2020.

Dr Karl Marlowe Southern Health’s Chief Medical Officer said: “Reducing smoking rates is a vital element of building a healthier society and NHS staff should not facilitate harm… Importantly, as part of our smoke-free commitment, patients and staff will be given the tools and support they need to help them stop smoking. People who are admitted to our hospitals will have the option to temporarily stop smoking during their stay, or to make a quit attempt with support from a trained member of staff. For both options, we will provide nicotine replacement products to help with the cravings for a cigarette, so no-one is forced to experience the effects of nicotine withdrawal.”

Source: New Forest Post, 1 May 2019

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Tameside: GPs raise concerns at rates of smoking during pregnancy

Figures presented by a local GP at a Tameside Council meeting show that a smoking at time of delivery (SATOD) rate of 18.3% was recorded by Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust in January, with 16.5% recorded in December 2018. This compares to a national average of 10.5% for quarter 3 2018-19.

Dr Jamie Douglas told councillors he thought it was one of their most “upsetting statistics”. “In the same way that advising women about antenatal vitamins or what to eat, smoking is something that we should be focusing our energies on,” he said. “It’s not acceptable to see it getting worse.”

Dr Syed Asad Ali, a GP in Denton, added that if this is to be tackled through primary care, they needed to get GPs to speak about smoking with expecting mothers. “We want a future where it actually becomes something we query and follow up at our surgeries,” he said.

A report presented at the meeting states that the Trust aims to have a midwife and a part time maternity support worker in post by April to support a reduction in smoking during pregnancy.

Source: Manchester Evening News, 1 May 2019

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Canada to introduce plain tobacco packaging from November

Under regulations introduced on Wednesday, 1 May, all tobacco packs manufactured from 9 November 2019 will have to be in plain, standardised packaging, with retailers having until February 2020 to update their stock. Under the regulations all tobacco packs will be a drab brown colour with standardised layouts and font.

The government says the new plain packages will increase the impact of graphic health warnings about the dangers of smoking, keeping them from getting lost amid colourful designs and branding.

The regulations also standardise the size and appearance of cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products, prohibiting slim line or extra-long cigarettes.

The new rules are part of a larger strategy aimed at driving the rate of tobacco use among Canadians down to five per cent by 2035. “We strongly support the plain packaging regulations as they are essential to protect Canadian youth from tobacco companies,” said Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society.

Source: CTV News, 1 May 2019

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USA: Disney World smoking ban comes into force

Disney has introduced a new smoking ban taking affect across its parks and studios from 1st May 2019.

Designated smoking areas have been moved outside the park gates for those who wish to smoke while the parks themselves will become a smokefree zone.

The new rules will apply to all the parks in Florida and California, the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Downtown Disney District in California, and all the Disney resort hotels.

Source: The Sun, 1 May 2019

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ASH #ActOnTobacco Campaign

Today is the seventh day of a week long campaign by ASH and our partners, highlighting how Big Tobacco’s profits continue to be built on a lethal trade and shady dealings.

Today’s blog looks at the tobacco industry’s sponsorship for Forumla 1, from the 1960s through to today, and unpicks the industry’s attempts to tie its products to this image of health and wellbeing.

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