Standardised packaging can save lives and boost local economies – Public Health England – 6 August 2014

Posted on August 8, 2014. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Standardised packaging can save lives and boost local economies – Public Health England – 6 August 2014

“New Public Health England (PHE) figures reveal the potential benefits that standardised packaging of tobacco products could bring, not only for health, but in savings of around £500 million – providing a real economic boost to the most deprived communities.

The new figures come following recent official data from Australia, where standardised packaging was introduced in December 2012. Data from the Australian Treasury shows a 3.4% fall in tobacco sales by volume in the first year following the introduction of standardised packs. If that was mirrored here, PHE predicts that total savings across England would be around £500 million.

With tobacco a major cause of health inequalities – the greatest harm being suffered by the most disadvantaged – the benefits would be most felt in areas of greater social deprivation; not only reducing the devastating harm caused by smoking and boosting health improvement, but also increasing families’ disposable income – money that could be spent on other things providing a real boost to local economies.

Retailers earn relatively little profit from tobacco sales. On average, only 7 to 9% of the cost of tobacco is retained by the retailer, compared to 20 to 30% for food and drink products. Money saved by customers from reduced spending on tobacco is likely to be spent elsewhere locally and benefit local businesses more.”

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Health risks of e-cigarettes emerge – ScienceNews – 3 June 2014

Posted on June 9, 2014. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Health risks of e-cigarettes emerge – ScienceNews – 3 June 2014

E-Cigarettes: A Scientific Review – Circulation – 2014; 129: 1972-1986

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The New Zealand Guidelines for Helping People to Stop Smoking – Ministry of Health – 6 June 2014

Posted on June 6, 2014. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

The New Zealand Guidelines for Helping People to Stop Smoking – Ministry of Health – 6 June 2014

“The New Zealand Guidelines for Helping People to Stop Smoking (the Guidelines) provide health care workers with advice they can use when dealing with people who smoke. These Guidelines replace the 2007 New Zealand Smoking Cessation Guidelines and are based on a recent review of the effectiveness and affordability of stop-smoking interventions.

These Guidelines remain structured around the ABC pathway, which was introduced in the 2007 Guidelines. However, the definitions of A, B and C (see below) have been improved to emphasise the importance of making an offer of cessation support and referring people who smoke to a stop-smoking service.”

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Public Health England publishes independent evidence papers on e-cigarettes – 15 May 2014

Posted on May 16, 2014. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Public Health England publishes independent evidence papers on e-cigarettes – 15 May 2014

Electronic Cigarettes: a report commissioned by Public Health England by Professor John Britton and Dr Ilze Bogdanovica (University of Nottingham) takes a broad look at the issues relating to e-cigarettes including their role in tobacco harm reduction, potential hazards, potential benefits and regulation.

E-cigarette uptake and marketing: a report commissioned by Public Health England by Professor Linda Bauld, Kathryn Angus and Dr Marisa de Andrade (University of Stirling) examines use of e-cigarettes by children and young people, the scale and nature of current marketing and its implications, in particular in relation to its potential appeal to young people.

Publication of the evidence papers coincides with a national symposium, ‘Electronic cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction’, being held by PHE in London today. The symposium brings together senior public health leaders to discuss the opportunities and risks presented by the rise of e-cigarettes, and to identify areas of consensus to inform future action.”

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Are Electronic Cigarettes a Public Good or Health Hazard? – Harvard Business School – 23 April 2014

Posted on April 24, 2014. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Are Electronic Cigarettes a Public Good or Health Hazard? – Harvard Business School – 23 April 2014

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Standardised packaging of tobacco: Report of the independent review undertaken by Sir Cyril Chantler – 3 April 2014

Posted on April 8, 2014. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Standardised packaging of tobacco: Report of the independent review undertaken by Sir Cyril Chantler – 3 April 2014

Plain Packaging Review: Independent Review into standardised packaging of tobacco [UK] – 3 April 2014

The report of the independent review into standardised packaging of tobacco, undertaken by Sir Cyril Chantler, was published on Thursday 3 April 2014

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Smoking Cessation Interventions in Pregnancy and Postpartum Care – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US) – February 2014

Posted on March 26, 2014. Filed under: Obstetrics, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Smoking Cessation Interventions in Pregnancy and Postpartum Care – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US) – February 2014

“Structured Abstract

Objective:
The Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center systematically reviewed evidence about smoking cessation interventions in pregnant and postpartum women.

Data sources:
We searched MEDLINE®, CINAHL®, and PsycINFO® for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on interventions and prospective studies on patient characteristics published in English.

Review methods:
We dually reviewed abstracts and full texts. Studies were excluded if they did not address a Key Question, were not an eligible study design, or did not report biochemically validated smoking cessation outcomes. Data were extracted into evidence tables and summarized qualitatively. A meta-analysis of effectiveness data assessed relative impact of components in smoking cessation interventions.

Results:
We included 59 unique studies reported in 72 publications. Of the 56 RCTs, 13 were good, 15 fair, and 28 poor quality. Studies evaluated counseling-based interventions, educational materials, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), peer support, multicomponent interventions, and other unique interventions. Multicomponent approaches were most likely to be effective, but results were inconsistent. In the meta-analysis, incentives demonstrated the strongest effect; other components with a greater than 80-percent likelihood of success were feedback about biologic measures, information, personal followup, NRT, and quit guides. Findings regarding infant outcomes were inconsistent or did not reach statistical significance. No serious harms were identified in four studies that reported adverse events.

Conclusions:
Across interventions, data are sparse to evaluate sustained cessation among pregnant and postpartum women. This review suggests that approaches that combine multiple components will have the best likelihood of success. Selecting which components to include is more complex and should be based on the particular considerations of the clinical setting, including patient characteristics and resource allocation, but incentives demonstrated the greatest effect among components studied. Infant outcomes are limited to data collected at time of birth; no studies assessed longer term or child outcomes. Harms data were rarely reported.”

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The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress – CDC – January 2014

Posted on January 23, 2014. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014.

 

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Smoking and mental health – Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Psychiatrists – 29 March 2013

Posted on April 3, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , , |

Smoking and mental health – Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Psychiatrists – 29 March 2013

“A major new report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) says that smoking in people with mental disorders is neglected by the NHS. Smoking and mental health says that much of the substantially lower life expectancy of people with mental disorders relates to smoking, which is often overlooked during the management and treatment of their mental health condition.

One in three of the UK’s 10 million current smokers has a mental disorder. Although 20% of the general population smokes, the figure among people with mental health disorders is 40%, and is even higher in those with more severe mental disorders. Those with mental disorders also smoke more cigarettes, are more addicted to nicotine, and find it harder to quit, than those without.”

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Starting to Smoke: Experiences of Indigenous Youth – Lowitja Institute – 2013

Posted on March 18, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: , |

Starting to Smoke: Experiences of Indigenous Youth – Lowitja Institute – 2013

Vanessa Johnston, David Thomas, Darren Westphal & Cyan Earnshaw

“This report sets out the background, research design, findings and conclusions of the ‘Starting to Smoke’ project. The aim of the project was to explore the determinants of smoking among Indigenous young people with a particular emphasis on the social and cultural processes that underlie tobacco use patterns among this group. This project was undertaken in the Northern Territory and involved two sites: one in Darwin and one in a remote community in Arnhem Land.”

 

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The wellbeing of young Australians: technical report – Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth – March 2013

Posted on March 15, 2013. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Child Health / Paediatrics, Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , , |

The wellbeing of young Australians: technical report – Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth – March 2013

ISBN 978-1-921352-40-9

Extract:

“The ARACY Report Card is unique, because it compares indicators of wellbeing for children and young people (aged 0–24 years) for the total Australian population, the Indigenous Australian population and international comparators. This comparison provides an international ‘barometer’ of the health and wellbeing of children and young people that can be used to guide policy direction in Australia.

The ARACY Report Card indicates Australia’s strengths and weaknesses, and points to areas where policies are required to improve outcomes for children and young people.”

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Reducing Tobacco-Related Cancer Incidence and Mortality – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 1 November 2012

Posted on November 2, 2012. Filed under: Alcohol & Drug Dep., Oncology | Tags: , , |

Reducing Tobacco-Related Cancer Incidence and Mortality – Workshop Summary – Institute of Medicine – 1 November 2012

Full text

“Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causing more than 440,000 deaths and resulting in $193 billion in health-related economic losses every year. In addition to causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, tobacco use is linked to the development of 18 different types of cancer and accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths and 80 percent of lung cancer deaths. Despite the widespread agreement on the dangers of tobacco use and considerable success in reducing the smoking rate by half since the first U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking in 1964, progress in reducing tobacco use has slowed in recent years. Today, nearly 19 percent of U.S. adults smoke, many of whom began smoking as adolescents or young adults. In addition, the use of new tobacco and nicotine products is on the rise, with unclear health consequences.

Recognizing that progress in combating cancer will not be fully achieved without addressing the tobacco problem, the IOM’s National Cancer Policy Forum held a workshop June 11-12, 2012. The workshop examined current challenges in tobacco control and explored potential policy, outreach, and treatment strategies that could overcome these challenges and reduce tobacco-related cancer incidence and death. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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[UK] Consultation launched on standardised tobacco packaging – 16 April 2012

Posted on April 17, 2012. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

[UK] Consultation launched on standardised tobacco packaging – 16 April 2012

Plain tobacco packaging : A systematic review – Public Health Research Consortium (PHRC) [UK] – Final report

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A smokefree future: a comprehensive tobacco control strategy for England – 1 February 2012

Posted on February 17, 2012. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

A smokefree future: a comprehensive tobacco control strategy for England – 1 February 2012

“This new tobacco control strategy for England establishes a vision of eradicating tobacco harms and creating a smokefree future, so that we can support people to live healthier and longer lives. The strategy follows on from a successful public consultation in 2008 on the future of tobacco control, which drew nearly 100,000 individual responses.

To deliver this vision the strategy sets out three overarching objectives to make significant progress towards a smokefree society:

1. To stop the inflow of young people recruited as smokers.
2. To motivate and assist every smoker to quit.
3. To protect families and communities.

Against each objective, we are setting an aspiration of what could be achieved by 2020, including halving the numbers of adult smokers to just one in ten, and reducing the number of children who take up smoking to negligible levels.  Delivering these aspirations will maintain England’s position as a world leader in tobacco control but can only be achieved if all partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors continue to prioritise tobacco control and implement the evidence-based policies set out in this strategy.”

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Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds Settle with Justice Department [US] Over Tobacco-Industry Document Databases – 14 December 2011

Posted on December 16, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds Settle with Justice Department [US] Over Tobacco-Industry Document Databases – 14 December 2011

“Agree to Pay $6.25 Million to Support Public Access

WASHINGTON – The country’s two biggest tobacco companies have agreed to improve public access to internal tobacco-industry documents and to pay $6.25 million into a court fund that will go to support the country’s largest online collection of tobacco documents, the Justice Department announced today.   The agreement is part of the United States’ landmark case against the country’s largest cigarette companies, filed in federal court in Washington.   The settlement is with Philip Morris USA and its parent Altria Group, and with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

The agreement resolves a dispute between the tobacco companies and the United States about the online document databases that the court ordered in 2006.   The court ruled then that Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and other cigarette companies had suppressed internal documents, information and research, as part of a broad campaign to deliberately deceive the American people about smoking’s health effects, nicotine addiction, manipulating cigarette design to increase addiction, light- and low-tar cigarettes and marketing to youth.   As a result, the court ordered the companies to provide public access to all documents they turned over in all smoking-and-health lawsuits in the United States for the next 15 years, through online document websites and through a hard-copy archive known as the Minnesota Depository.

The agreement today resolves a longstanding dispute over certain obligations the tobacco companies have with respect to these online databases.”

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Scientific Standards for Studies on Modified Risk Tobacco Products – Institute of Medicine – 14 December 2011

Posted on December 15, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Scientific Standards for Studies on Modified Risk Tobacco Products – Institute of Medicine – 14 December 2011

Full text of the report

“Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S. Smoking leads to approximately 443,000 premature deaths each year, and smoking-related diseases kill more Americans than alcohol, illegal drugs, murder, and suicide combined. The passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (FSPTCA) granted the FDA broad authority to regulate the manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products. It also gave the FDA authority to regulate “modified risk tobacco products” (MRTPs), tobacco products that are either designed or advertised to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related disease. In order to market an MRTP, manufacturers must submit to the FDA scientific evidence to demonstrate the product has the potential to reduce tobacco related harms as compared to conventional tobacco products.

At the request of the FDA, the IOM formed a committee to identify minimum standards for scientific studies that an applicant would need to complete to obtain an order to market the product from the FDA. It concludes that the public health standard in the FSPTCA will require a wide range of scientific evidence including the composition and performance of the MRTP, perceptions about the risks and benefits of the MRTP, the addictive potential of the MRTP, and its human health effects. The FDA will need to issue guidance and regulation on the types, design, conduct, analysis, reporting, and governance of studies about MRTPs. The IOM’s recommendations are designed to help the FDA ensure that its evaluation of MRTPs is systematic and founded on evidence, resulting in products that not only reduce risk compared with conventional tobacco products, but also reduce the rates of tobacco-related harm across the country.”

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Tobacco use among minority ethnic populations and cessation interventions – Better Health.org.uk – May 2011

Posted on May 30, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Tobacco use among minority ethnic populations and cessation interventions – Better Health.org.uk – May 2011

Deborah Millward and Saffron Karlsen

“Key messages:

While smoking rates have decreased within the general population, this pattern does not seem to be reflected among black and minority ethnic communities
Lower socio-economic status can influence tobacco usage, which may account for the prevalence of smoking among some minority ethnic groups
Use of different tobacco products, including shisha and smokeless tobacco, is more common among minority ethnic groups
Compliance with and enforcement of regulations on labelling and packaging of smokeless tobacco products need to be improved to protect minority ethnic communities from the health risks associated with using these products
Regulation and cessation outreach work must acknowledge these different products, and adapt to the specific needs of different ethnic groups.

Sections:

Smoking among minority ethnic groups
Health inequalities
Other types of tobacco used by minority ethnic populations
Regulation of smokeless tobacco products
Tobacco cessation among minority ethnic groups and limitations in current services”

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Plain packaging of tobacco products: a review of the evidence – Prepared by Quit Victoria, Cancer Council Victoria, May 2011

Posted on May 27, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Plain packaging of tobacco products: a review of the evidence – Prepared by Quit Victoria, Cancer Council Victoria, May 2011

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Implementing NICE public health guidance for the workplace: a national organisational audit of NHS trusts in England – Royal College of Physicians – 2011

Posted on May 5, 2011. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: , |

Implementing NICE public health guidance for the workplace: a national organisational audit of NHS trusts in England – Royal College of Physicians – 2011

Extract from the Executive Summary

“This is the first national audit of implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance for the workplace in NHS trusts in England. The audit questions reflect evidence-based guidance from NICE covering:
• Managing long-term sickness absence and incapacity for work (PH19)1
• Promoting physical activity in the workplace (PH13)2
• Promoting mental wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions (PH22)3
• Workplace interventions to promote smoking cessation (PH5)4
• Obesity: guidance on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children (CG43)5
• Promoting and creating built or natural environments that encourage and support physical activity (PH8).6

In preparing its guidance, NICE found improved productivity was associated with effective management of long-term sickness absence and with smoking cessation. In addition there is a growing body of evidence that workers with health issues, such as obesity and depression, are less productive.”

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Moving toward a Tobacco-Free Nova Scotia: Comprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy for Nova Scotia – April 2011

Posted on April 29, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Moving toward a Tobacco-Free Nova Scotia: Comprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy for Nova Scotia – April 2011

“Each year the tobacco industry spends millions of dollars in Nova Scotia to entice new and existing customers to sustain its business. The consequence of this activity is deadly: more than 1,700 Nova Scotians die each year due to diseases attributable to tobacco use. This has a devastating impact on families and communities, the economy and the social wellbeing of the province.

We are closer than ever to achieving a tobaccofree Nova Scotia but we are not there yet. The Comprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy is a call to action for all those concerned about tobacco use in Nova Scotia and builds on the progress that Nova Scotia has made over the past decade. The Strategy outlines the key actions and directions Nova Scotia will need to take over the next five years to further reduce tobacco use, improving the lives of Nova Scotians.”

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Stop smoking service delivery and monitoring guidance 2011/12 – UK Department of Health – 25 March 2011

Posted on March 28, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Stop smoking service delivery and monitoring guidance 2011/12 – UK Department of Health – 25 March 2011

“This document provides best practice guidance relevant to the provision of all publically provided stop smoking interventions and sets out fundamental quality principles for the commissioning and delivery of services which can be used to inform the development of local commissioning and provision arrangements. It also includes full details of the data requirements for local stop smoking services.”

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Assessing the impacts of Revising the Tobacco Products Directive: Study to support a DG SANCO Impact Assessment – RAND – March 2011

Posted on March 18, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Assessing the impacts of Revising the Tobacco Products Directive: Study to support a DG SANCO Impact Assessment – RAND – March 2011
by Jan Tiessen, Priscillia Hunt, Claire Celia, Mihaly Fazekas

“Tobacco use is one of the largest avoidable causes of morbidity and premature death in the EU. Whilst smoking prevalence in the EU has been declining over the past 30 years, smoking has remained more prevalent among men than women in the EU-27, with some of the new Member States reporting the widest gaps between male and female smokers. For young smokers (13 to 15 years old) this situation is somewhat reversed, with slightly more girls than boys smoking.

Against this background, the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) considered a revision of the Tobacco Products Directive 2001/37/EC across five general areas: scope of the directive, labelling requirements, registration and market control fees, ingredients, and sales arrangements. More specifically, the types of policy options under consideration included (but were not limited to): an increase of warning label sizes on the back of packaging to 100%, a restriction for the display of products at retail outlets and an introduction of additional measurement method for TNCO (the modified ISO method) with maximum limits set accordingly.

DG SANCO commissioned RAND Europe to provide support in assessing the potential health, macroeconomic, and compliance cost and administrative burden impacts of revising the Tobacco Products Directive. In addition to assessing impacts, the study provides an up-to-date overview of the evidence and basis for current tobacco product regulation that may be of interest to a wider audience interested in tobacco control policies.”

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Impact of smokefree legislation: evidence review, March 2011 – UK – 9 March 2011

Posted on March 18, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Impact of smokefree legislation: evidence review, March 2011 – UK – 9 March 2011

“Legislation prohibiting smoking in workplaces and enclosed public places was introduced in England in July 2007. This report outlines existing evidence of the impact of this legislation, and places this research in an international context.”

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Healthy lives, healthy people: a tobacco control plan for England – 9 March 2011

Posted on March 18, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Healthy lives, healthy people: a tobacco control plan for England – 9 March 2011

“Healthy Lives, Healthy People: a Tobacco Control Plan for England sets out how tobacco control will be delivered in the context of the new public health system, focusing in particular on the action that the Government will take nationally over the next five years to drive down the prevalence of smoking and to support comprehensive tobacco control in local areas. “

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Health @ a glance, 2011 – Tobacco smoking in Australia – 10 March 2011

Posted on March 15, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4841.0?OpenDocument– 10 March 2011 – ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics

“The Health @ a glance publication is intended to showcase some of this data in a series of fact sheets, which will be added to periodically.

The first fact sheet contains information on smoking, and is available from the downloads tab in pdf form.”

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Why the tobacco industry is bad for public health (beyond the obvious reasons) – Croakey – 2 March 2011

Posted on March 4, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Why the tobacco industry is bad for public health (beyond the obvious reasons) – Croakey – 2 March 2011
by Melissa Sweet 

“This post summarises recent examples of how the tobacco industry seeks to block policies promoting public health.”

…continues on the site

1. Flexing its legal muscle
2. Creating false diversions
3. FOI-ing the living daylights out of health departments
4. Paying for political clout
5. PR spin

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Reducing health inequalities through tobacco control: a guide for councils [UK] – February 2011

Posted on February 25, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

Reducing health inequalities through tobacco control: a guide for councils [UK] – February 2011

“This document aims to provide practical guidance to councils to improve practice in reducing health inequalities through tobacco control.

The population make-up of every area is different and therefore councils face their own unique challenges in reducing tobacco-related health inequalities. However, despite local nuances, there is clear evidence that prioritising particular groups will result in the greatest reduction in tobacco use in communities, therefore reducing tobacco-related health inequalities.”

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Anti-tobacco programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – Closing the Gap Clearinghouse – January 2011

Posted on January 28, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Anti-tobacco programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – Closing the Gap Clearinghouse – January 2011
Resource sheet no. 4

Rowena Ivers
January 2011

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SYNAR Reports: Youth Tobacco Sales: Fiscal Year 2009 (US Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) – Published December 2010

Posted on January 25, 2011. Filed under: Alcohol & Drug Dep., Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

SYNAR Reports: Youth Tobacco Sales: Fiscal Year 2009 (US Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) – Published December 2010

“Details trends in sales of tobacco to minors, and the success of state compliance with the Synar Amendment requiring laws against the sales of tobacco to youths. Identifies common characteristics of states that reach compliancy goals and stresses the importance of prevention in decreasing teen tobacco use.”

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A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease – December 2010

Posted on January 10, 2011. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease – December 2010

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A smokefree future: a comprehensive tobacco control strategy for England – 1 February 2010

Posted on February 5, 2010. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

A smokefree future: a comprehensive tobacco control strategy for England – 1 February 2010

Document type: Guidance
Author: HM Government
Published date: 1 February 2010
Pages: 72

This new tobacco control strategy for England establishes a vision of eradicating tobacco harms and creating a smokefree future, so that we can support people to live healthier and longer lives. The strategy follows on from a successful public consultation in 2008 on the future of tobacco control, which drew nearly 100,000 individual responses.

To deliver this vision, the strategy sets out three overarching objectives to make significant progress towards a smokefree society:

1. To stop the inflow of young people recruited as smokers.
2. To motivate and assist every smoker to quit.
3. To protect families and communities.

Against each objective, we are setting an aspiration of what could be achieved by 2020, including halving the numbers of adult smokers to just one in ten, and reducing the number of children who take up smoking to negligible levels.  Delivering these aspirations will maintain England’s position as a world leader in tobacco control but can only be achieved if all partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors continue to prioritise tobacco control and implement the evidence-based policies set out in this strategy.

Download :A smokefree future (PDF, 2618K)

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How to increase the delivery of effective smoking cessation treatments in primary care settings: Guidance for doctors, nurses, other health professionals & healthcare organisations – New Zealand – December 2009

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: General Practice, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: |

How to increase the delivery of effective smoking cessation treatments in primary care settings:  Guidance for doctors, nurses, other health professionals & healthcare organisations – New Zealand – December 2009

“Summary of publication

This report summarises the evidence on the delivery of effective smoking cessation. It focuses on the ABC approach to smoking cessation which brings with it a more “assertive” manner in which clinicians can work.

This guidance for health professionals provides different elements and key points of leverage that can be used to better implement and support smoking cessation in primary care.”

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Tobacco Smoking in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2004-05 – ABS – released 29 July 2009

Posted on July 29, 2009. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

4724.0.55.002 – Tobacco Smoking in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2004-05
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/07/2009 Released Today

pdf version

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Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations – US – 2009

Posted on June 29, 2009. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Combating Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations – US – 2009
Authors: Stuart Bondurant and Roberta Wedge, Editors; Committee on Smoking Cessation in Military and Veteran Populations; Institute of Medicine.  National Academies Press   ISBN-10: 0-309-13767-5    ISBN-13: 978-0-309-13767-6

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