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December 28, 2016
GPs should offer a course of leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRA) instead of a combination inhaler when stepping up asthma control, recommends NICE in draft guidance.

GPs should offer a course of leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRA) instead of a combination inhaler when stepping up asthma control, recommends NICE in draft guidance.

Current practice is to offer combined long-acting beta-agonist and inhaled steroid treatment to patients with persistent asthma symptoms, but NICE now say that GPs should consider using an oral LTRA first.

December 20, 2016
A “controversial” NHS health check programme has prevented thousands of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths in its first five years, a new study has revealed.

A “controversial” NHS health check programme has prevented thousands of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths in its first five years, a new study has revealed.

December 14, 2016
Results from the Health Survey for England for 2015 show a continuous decline in smoking and drinking among children.

Results from the Health Survey for England (HSE) for 2015 show a continuous decline in smoking and drinking among children.

November 11, 2016
In order to survive decommissioning and cuts to funding, health improvement services are converging into single location hubs.

In order to survive decommissioning and cuts to funding, health improvement services are converging into single location hubs.

According to a report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), although this transition is largely a response to financial pressures, it is providing significant opportunities to deliver better health outcomes through co-location of services.

The report, Bringing the health improvement workforce together, confirms the effectiveness of health improvement services at improving public health.

September 15, 2016
E-cigarettes may have helped 18,000 people in England give up smoking in 2015, according to new research published in the BMJ

E-cigarettes may have helped 18,000 people in England give up smoking in 2015, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal.

Researchers at the Health Behaviour Research Centre at the University College London (UCL) analysed data from the Smoking Toolkit study, which provides the latest information on smoking in England, and data on the percentage of the smokers who set a quit date with Stop Smoking Services.

August 22, 2016
The number of people using smoking cessation services has fallen for the fourth consecutive year, according to figures from NHS Digital

The number of people using smoking cessation services has fallen for the fourth consecutive year, according to figures from NHS Digital.

The data shows that during 2015/16 only 382,500 set a quit date with NHS Stop Smoking Services, representing a 15% decrease on the year before and a 37% decrease on 2005/06 figures.

The North West saw the largest decrease with 25% fewer people setting a date to quit smoking in 2015/16, while London had the lowest decrease at 8%.

August 11, 2016
Tobacco smoking by the individual causes chemical smoke to enter the lungs, and then chemicals to enter the bloodstream and body tissues

Key learning points:

– Tobacco smoke can be mainstream, sidestream or second hand, all of which have a severely negative impact upon asthma symptoms

– Smoking remains the single biggest cause of premature mortality in the UK

– Shisha (waterpipe) use is dangerous. Every hour of shisha use is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes

August 3, 2016
The number of people smoking in England has hit an all-time low, according to new figures from PHE

The number of people smoking in England has hit an all-time low, according to new figures from Public Health England (PHE).

In 2015, smoking prevalence fell to 16.9% of the population in England.

This is down from 17.8% of the population in 2014, according to PHE’s Annual Population Survey.

June 21, 2016
The BMA has said that the government is in denial about the state of the funding crisis facing the NHS

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said that the government is in denial about the state of the funding crisis facing the NHS.

Addressing the BMA’s annual representative meeting (ARM) in Belfast, Dr Mark Porter, the council chair, highlighted the fact the UK spends less of a share of its wealth on healthcare than the EU average.

June 20, 2016
Government figures have shown that the percentage of women recorded as smokers at the time of giving birth has fallen below the national target

Government figures have shown that the percentage of women recorded as smokers at the time of giving birth has fallen below the national target.

Statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that in 2015-16, 10.6% of 631,230 pregnant women in England were recorded as smokers at the time of giving birth.

Not only is this figure lower than in 2014-15, when it was 11.4%, but it is also the lowest annual figure since the first record was published in 2006-07, when the proportion was 15.1%.

June 8, 2016
Smoking bans are shrinking the tobacco industry worldwide, new research finds

Smoking bans are shrinking the tobacco industry worldwide, new research finds.

A study of 141 tobacco companies across 20 countries over a decade found that smoking bans in a company’s home country reduced their ability to invest abroad.

June 1, 2016
An NHS Trust is set to become a completely smoke free organisation from the end of June

An NHS Trust is set to become a completely smoke free organisation from the end of June.

Patients and visitor will no longer be able to smoke cigarettes or other tobacco products at any Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) site.

The move, which is being led by consultant nurse Paul Barrett, comes as the trust aims to tackle smoking culture in mental health services across the country.

He said: “A smoke free environment will help to create a healthier place for patients, staff and all visitors to the Trust.

May 31, 2016
Public health minister Jane Ellison has been given an award for her efforts in overseeing the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging

Public health minister Jane Ellison MP has been awarded the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Award for her efforts in overseeing the introduction of plain, standardised tobacco packaging.

The award, which also recognises Ellison’s on-going commitment to tobacco control, came ahead of the WHO’s World No Tobacco Day on 31 May.

On May 20, a legal challenge against the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging was defeated in the High Court.

May 27, 2016
New data from the BLF has revealed lung disease to be one of the UK’s top three killers behind cardiovascular disease and non-lung cancer

New data from the British Lung Foundation (BLF) has revealed lung disease to be one of the UK’s top three killers behind cardiovascular disease and non-lung cancer.

The report, The Battle for Breath: the Impact of Lung Disease in the UK, found that one person dies of lung disease and five more are diagnosed every five minutes.

Meanwhile, one-in-five have had a lung disease diagnosis in their lifetime.

April 28, 2016
E-cigarettes are an “important” tool in reducing the number of avoidable deaths from smoking according to experts from the Royal College of Physicians

E-cigarettes are an “important” tool in reducing the number of avoidable deaths from smoking according to experts from the Royal College of Physicians.

The RCP report Nicotine without smoke calls for e-cigarettes, to be promoted “as widely as possible” along with nicotine replacement therapy and other non-tobacco nicotine products as a substitute for smoking to the nine million smokers in the UK.

April 12, 2016
A health charity has called for urgent action to prevent people with mental health illness dying 10 to 20 years earlier than the general population because of their smoking habit

A health charity has called for urgent action to prevent people with mental health illness dying 10 to 20 years earlier than the general population because of their smoking habit.

Action Against Smoking (ASH) has published an ambitious list of targets to help smokers with mental health needs stub out their cigarettes in its report The Stolen Years: how smoking disproportionately harms those with mental health conditions.

March 17, 2016
The Bill that would have banned e-cigarettes in public places in Wales has failed, after a vote in the National Assembly for Wales yesterday

The Bill that would have banned e-cigarettes in public places in Wales has failed, after a vote in the Senedd (National Assembly for Wales) yesterday.

The vote was very close, and ended with 26 ministers voting for it and 27 assembly members (AMs) against.

March 9, 2016
The proposed law to ban e-cigarettes in public places in Wales has been extended to more areas where children could be, after a debate by the Welsh Assembly government yesterday

The proposed law to ban e-cigarettes in public places in Wales has been extended to more areas where children could be, after a debate by the Welsh Assembly government yesterday.

The ban on e-cigarettes has been extended to zoos, cinemas, school grounds, hospital car parks, public playgrounds, sports grounds, swimming pools, theatres, libraries and other public places.

February 22, 2016
Air pollution, for example from coal fires or car fumes, is a threat to everyone in England, the Royal College of Nursing has warned

Air pollution, for example from coal fires or car fumes, is a threat to everyone in England, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned.

February 16, 2016
The number of people dying from respiratory diseases in Wales has fallen by 10% in a year, a new report revealed

The number of people dying from respiratory diseases in Wales has fallen by 10% in a year, a new report revealed.

The first all-Wales annual report for respiratory services shows there was a 10% reduction in the overall rate of people dying from respiratory health conditions between 2013 and 2014, including a reduction of 8% in the overall death rate related to pneumonia between 2013 and 2014.

December 14, 2015
E-cigarettes cannot be advertised in magazines, newspapers, on TV and on radio, from May 2016, the Department of Health announced today

E-cigarettes cannot be advertised in magazines, newspapers, on TV and on radio, from May 2016, the Department of Health (DH) announced today.

December 7, 2015
Electronic cigarettes will be prescribed in GP practices in the new year as part of smoking cessation measures, the Department of Health has confirmed

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) will be prescribed in GP practices in the new year as part of smoking cessation measures, the Department of Health (DH) has confirmed.

The DH confirmed that an electronic cigarette product – the e-Voke made by British American Tobacco – has been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, meaning it can be prescribed by GPs alongside patches and chewing gum.

December 2, 2015
The Royal College of Physicians has founded a team of lung cancer experts to carry out detailed reviews in areas where lung cancer treatments are underused, to improve lung cancer care during the next five years

In the last six years “very little has changed” in the progress of lung cancer care and treatment, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said today, as the 11th annual report of the National Lung Cancer Audit (NLCA) was published.

September 11, 2015
Fewer than 20% of sales at local convenience stores are of tobacco – a decline from last year – while alcohol sales increased, a new report revealed

Fewer than 20% of sales at local convenience stores are of tobacco – a decline from last year – while alcohol sales increased, a new report revealed.

The ‘Local Shop Report 2015’ from The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has shown a decline in the sale of tobacco from convenience stores in the last year. There has been a 1.2% drop, down from 20.0% in 2014 to 18.8% in 2015.

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