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SFAC June Update 2

Events

Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group report launch

The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group’s new report: Smoking cessation in pregnancy: Review of the challenge 2018, will be launched in Parliament on Wednesday 4th July.

On 3rd July the annual Smoking at Time of Delivery (SATOD) data will be released and is likely to show that rates of smoking among pregnant women have not fallen for over a year. This report examines what more needs to be done to ensure a continued decline in smoking during pregnancy to achieve the Government’s ambition of reducing SATOD to 6% or less by 2022.

The report will be presented by Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy at ASH and Francine Bates Co-Chair of the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group.

The meeting will run from 10:15 – 11:30am in Committee Room 6, House of Commons and is being hosted by the APPG on Smoking and Health. Please email appg@ash.org.uk to RSVP.

Northumbria Healthcare: Change is in the air…

On Tuesday the 26th June 2018 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding a conference to share learning and experience after becoming the first acute trust in the North East to become smokefree on 31 March 2018. You can view the agenda for the day here.

This free event coincides with the launch of a national report from the Royal College of Physicians addressing the harms and costs arising from smoking and how the NHS can deliver systematic interventions for all smokers.

The event is aimed at NHS and local authority staff with a role in implementing smokefree and nicotine management policies. It is going to be a popular event so make sure you book early.

RCPCH Webinar: Supporting parents and carers to protect their children from the exposure to secondhand smoke

RCPCH is hosting a webinar on Friday 6th July at 12:30pm on supporting parents and carers to protect children from exposure to secondhand smoke. Speakers include Dr Laura Jones, Senior Lecturer in Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham and Dr Noel Baxter GP in Southwark CCG and Chair of the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK.

Webinar attendees will gain:

  • Awareness of the extent of UK children’s exposure to secondhand smoke in the home and the health risks associated with exposure
  • Knowledge and confidence to deliver a clear evidence-based approach to support smoking parents/carers behaviour change
  • Practical tools and skills to effectively engage with smoking parents/carers
    You can register for the webinar here. After registering you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

SRNT 18th Annual Conference – Smoking and disease

This year‘s Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco conference will be based on the relationship between smoking and other diseases – does smoking make people ill or does illness make people smoke? In addition to providing sound insights into the science of tobacco dependence, the conference will also offer practical implications for its prevention and treatment.

This event is taking place on the 6th-8th September 2018 at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. You can view the programme here and register for the event here.

New resources

NICE Impact: Cardiovascular disease prevention

NICE has published a new impact report on cardiovascular disease which explores how NICE’s evidence-based guidance helps to tackle some of the major causes of CVD, including tobacco smoking.

The report which can be accessed here presents a clear case for wider implementation of NICE recommendations, which offer effective, evidence-based advice to prevent CVD and reduce mortality.

Research workshop

Cancer prevention and digital interventions innovation workshop

The Cancer Policy Research Centre (CPRC) at Cancer Research UK has teamed up with the National Cancer Institute, USA to run a “sandpit” workshop 28th-31st October 2018 inclusive. The theme for this event will be: Implementing Digital Interventions for Cancer Prevention.

The workshop will enable:
• transatlantic working
• formation of new research collaborations
• real time peer review of research ideas
• immediate funding response to the value of £40,000
The workshop will be held in Maryland US, with all expenses reimbursed for successful applicants. For further details see the research call here.

SFAC June Update 2018, Part 1

New Resources

ASH Ready Reckoner

In advance of World No Tobacco Day, ASH published an update to the ‘Ready Reckoner’ (Local Costs of Smoking) tool.

This provides breakdowns of the cost of smoking to society including costs to social care, the NHS, from lost productivity. The Reckoner can calculate costs down to a council ward level.

You can access the Reckoner here.

Councillor and Public Opinion Briefings

ASH has also published updated copies of our Briefings for Local Councillors and on Local Public Opinion.

The 15 Councillor Briefings cover topics such as local implementation of the Tobacco Control Plan, harm reduction and protecting public health policy from the vested interests of the tobacco industry.

The Local Public Opinion briefings present regional data from the 2018 ASH/YouGov Smokefree GB Survey on public perceptions of Government activity to limit smoking.

Events

RCPCH Webinar: Supporting parents and carers to protect their children from the exposure to secondhand smoke

RCPCH is hosting a webinar on Friday 6th July at 12:30pm on supporting parents and carers to protect children from exposure to secondhand smoke. Speakers include Dr Laura Jones, Senior Lecturer in Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham and Dr Noel Baxter GP in Southwark CCG and Chair of the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK.

Webinar attendees will gain:

  • Awareness of the extent of UK children’s exposure to secondhand smoke in the home and the health risks associated with exposure
  • Knowledge and confidence to deliver a clear evidence-based approach to support smoking parents/ carers behaviour change
  • Practical tools and skills to effectively engage with smoking parents/carers

You can register for the webinar here. After registering you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Northumbria Healthcare: Change is in the air…

On Tuesday the 26th June 2018 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding a conference to share learning and experience after becoming the first acute trust in the North East to become smokefree on 31 March 2018. You can view the agenda for the day here.

This free event coincides with the launch of a national report from the Royal College of Physicians addressing the harms and costs arising from smoking and how the NHS can deliver systematic interventions for all smokers.

The event is aimed at NHS and local authority staff with a role in implementing smokefree and nicotine management policies. It is going to be a popular event so make sure you book early.

SRNT 18th Annual Conference – Smoking and disease

This year‘s Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco conference will be based on the relationship between smoking and other diseases – does smoking make people ill or does illness make people smoke? In addition to providing sound insights into the science of tobacco dependence, the conference will also offer practical implications for its prevention and treatment.

This event is taking place on the 6th-8th September 2018 at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. You can have a look at the programme here, and register for the event here.

Request for case studies

Fathers/Partners quitting smoking

The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group is looking for a case study of a father/partner who quit smoking upon finding out their partner was having a baby. This could be to support their partner in her quit attempt or as an individual response.

If you are able to help in finding a case study or know someone who would be happy to provide such a case study please email admin@smokefreeaction.org.uk

 

SFAC May Update 2018

Events

World No Tobacco Day 31st May
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is around the corner and this year’s theme is cardiovascular health. ASH will be publishing updated versions of the following resources on WNTD to mark the event:

WNTD materials from the World Health Organisation can be found here, and ASH will be circulating template regional press releases. ASH will also be writing to all NHS Trusts and CCGs asking them to demonstrate their support for WNTD by signing the NHS Smokefree Pledge.

Northumbria Healthcare: Change is in the air…

On Tuesday the 26th June 2018 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding a conference to share learning and experience after becoming the first acute trust in the North East to become smokefree on 31 March 2018. You can view the agenda for the day here.

This free event coincides with the launch of a national report from the Royal College of Physicians addressing the harms and costs arising from smoking and how the NHS can deliver systematic interventions for all smokers. This event will allow you to see how Northumbria Healthcare achieved this.

The event is aimed at NHS and local authority staff with a role in implementing smokefree and nicotine management policies. It is going to be a popular event so make sure you book early.

SRNT 18th Annual Conference – Smoking and disease

This year‘s Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco conference will be based on the relationship between smoking and other diseases – does smoking make people ill or does illness make people smoke? In addition to providing sound insights into the science of tobacco dependence, the conference will also offer practical implications for its prevention and treatment.

This event is taking place on the 6th-8th September 2018 at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. You can have a look at the programme here, and register for the event here.

Consultations

NICE guideline on tobacco suite

NICE is updating “Tobacco: prevention and promotion, cessation and harm reduction.” The draft scope for this NICE guideline is now out for consultation. Preventing uptake, promoting quitting and providing treatment are some of the key components of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control, with harm reduction and relapse prevention part of the treatment pathway. The work will bring together various smoking guidelines to form a single coherent set of guidance.
You can find further information and respond to the consultation here. The consultation on this draft scope will close at 5pm on the 11th of June 2018.

A call for best practice

NICE guideline on tobacco suite

Action on Smoking and Health is trying to identify policy options to reduce the harm from smoking in the home across all housing tenures. Rather than banning smoking in the home, we are interested in other policy methods which could support people to give up smoking, thinking in particular about protecting people who don’t smoke. We will be producing a national cross-sector policy report in autumn 2018.

To support this work, ASH would love to hear of what is going on in your community to support people to live in a smokefree home. As well as gathering examples of best practice, ASH is also contacting councillors with an interest in this area. So if you know a local councillor who would be willing to talk to ASH about smokefree housing, please get in touch with Karen.Buckley@ash.org.uk.

New resources

NCSCT Good Practice guide

Smoking disproportionately affects the health and wellbeing of people with mental health conditions.

The NCSCT has launched a good practice guide providing advice on supporting patients admitted to smokefree premises and maximising the chances of cessation, managing temporary abstinence and implementing and maintaining smokefree policies. You can access the guide here.