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ASH Daily News for 13 June 2018

UK

  • North West: Smokers urged to take care following fires in Blackburn

International

  • Netherlands: Smoking clogs up parts of the brain crucial for memory – increasing the risk of dementia, study finds
  • Romania: BAT to Invest 800 Million Euros in Factory

Parliamentary Activity

  • Parliamentary Question

UK

North West: Smokers urged to take care following fires in Blackburn

Smokers across Lancashire are being warned to take extra care when it comes to disposing of their cigarette ends after a series of fires in a town centre.

Blackburn Fire Station station said they had been called out to a number of small incidents in Blackburn town centre, where compost and earth in planters is so dry that fires have been easily sparked by passers-by using them as an ashtray

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, 12 June 2018

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International

Netherlands: Smoking clogs up parts of the brain crucial for memory – increasing the risk of dementia, study finds

Smoking clogs an area of the brain crucial to memory, according to new research.

When someone smokes, it causes a build-up of calcium in the hippocampus, part of the brain associated mainly with memory, in particular long-term memory. The study found that found those who smoked – or were diabetic – were more likely to have these ‘calcifications’ on CT scans.

The research team studied 1,991 patients with an average age of 78 who had visited a memory clinic at a Dutch hospital between 2009 and 2015, looking at the link between vascular risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking and brain calcifications.

The findings may explain the link between cigarettes and dementia – and provide another reason to stub out the habit.

See also: Radiology: Hippocampal Calcifications: Risk Factors and Association with Cognitive Function

Source: Daily Mail, 12 June 2018

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Romania: BAT to Invest 800 Million Euros in Factory

British American Tobacco (BAT) announced on June 11 that it will invest 800 million euros over the next five years in its factory in Ploiești, Romania. The investment will support the expansion of BAT’s controversial ‘heat not burn’ tobacco products in countries across Europe during the second half of 2018.

A completely new manufacturing hall will be built dedicated to producing specially designed tobacco ‘heat not burn’ sticks – called Neostiks – which work with the glo tobacco heating device.

Source: Emerging Europe, 12 June 2018

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Parliamentary Activity

Parliamentary Question

Philip Davies, Conservative MP, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of (a) violence and (b) disturbance there has been in each prison since the implementation of the smoking ban.

Philip Davies, Conservative MP, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of violence in prisons between (a) inmates and (b) inmates and prison staff since the implementation of the ban on tobacco.

Philip Davies, Conservative MP, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons that have implemented a ban on smoking tobacco have put in place special measures including increased security to manage prisoners’ behaviour.

Rory Stewart, the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice.

The information requested in 149636 could only be obtained at disproportionate cost as the implementation of smoke-free prisons was rolled out at different times.

An analysis was carried out earlier this year on the impact of the tobacco ban on Prison Safety and Security. There is no conclusive evidence of an increase in violence in prisons attributable to the tobacco ban. No additional security measures have been implemented in any prison following the implementation of the tobacco ban.

Source: Hansard HC, 12 June 2018

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