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SFAC update - November 2016

Consultations

Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS).
Full details on this consultation, which closes on 30th December 2016, are available here. ASH will be responding to stress the importance of making sure that smoking prevalence and mental health is monitored and we will circulate a draft copy of our response in due course.

Events
ASH Webinar: Enforcing tobacco legislation: current and future opportunities: We are pleased to invite you to attend the first in a new series of ASH webinars. The webinar will take place on Tuesday 29th November 15:30 – 17:00 on the topic of Enforcing tobacco legislation: current and future opportunities.
E-cigarette Summit: 17th November 2016: On Thursday 17th November the 4th E-Cigarette Summit will be held at the Royal Society in London. The event will be chaired by Professor Ann McNeill, Professor of Tobacco Addiction - UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), Kings College London. You can register for the summit and find further information about the programme and speakers here: http://www.e-cigarette-summit.com/

ASH Daily News
We have changed the way we send out our daily news round-up, ASH Daily News which means that if you were previously receiving the bulletin and haven’t noticed over the last couple of months you may need to re-subscribe. This means that you are not on our current mailing list ash.org.uk/subscribe.

New/recently updated resources
ASH: Use of electronic cigarettes among children in Great Britain The press release that went out with this new data on prevalence and use from 2015 is available here.
PHE: Local Health and Care Planning: Menu of preventative interventions A new guide providing detailed information on preventative interventions at a local level including tobacco.
PHE: JSNA Resource Pack for Tobacco Control Update 2017/18 These resources support the JSNA process and the commissioning of comprehensive tobacco control interventions. It also introduces a model from behaviour change theory, to support commissioners in a systematic and comprehensive analysis of their available commissioning options.

CRUK call for media volunteers
On 13th October Cancer Research UK launched a new campaign - “Don’t Quit on Us’, calling on supporters to ask their local councillor(s) to lend support to protect vital Stop Smoking Services and mass media campaigns, which are under threat from Government cuts. To help promote the campaign in national, regional and social media they are looking for media volunteers. They would like to hear from anyone who works in a Stop Smoking Service or has experience supporting smokers. Additionally, if you can help with one of the following questions, please get in touch with their campaign team via: campaigning@cancer.org.uk.
· Have you, or someone you know, used a Stop Smoking Service?
· Have you, or someone you know, struggled to get the help needed to quit smoking?
· Are you a smoker who wants to quit? (or know a smoker who does)
· Have you or someone you know successfully quit smoking? (if so, how?)
· Do you know anyone with a smoking-related illness?
CRUK are particularly looking for case studies in the North East and North West and would be very grateful if anyone could get in touch via the email address above. Media volunteers need to be comfortable being featured online, in newspapers, on TV and on radio, as well as potentially being available for any media interviews before and on the day of associated press releases (the first is scheduled for mid-November).

SFAC update - August 2016, No 2

Current consultations

- Call for Evidence: Business Rate Retention  - closes Monday 26th September 2016
DCLG are currently running a consultation on Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention. The consultation is seeking views  on the government’s commitment to allow local government to retain 100% of the business rates that they raise locally. Further information is available here. Please see attached ASH’s draft response. Do use this to inform your responses should you find it helpful, but as it is a draft response please do not share it externally. The deadline for submission is Monday 26th September 2016.

- Call for Evidence: House of Lords Inquiry into NHS Sustainability – closes Friday 23rd September 2016
The House of Lords has established a committee looking into the long-term sustainability of the NHS. Further information can be found here. The committee has put out a call for evidence focusing on five key points, including prevention and public health and are requesting evidence from a diverse range of sources including local authorities and local NHS organisations . ASH will circulate our draft response in due course. The deadline for submitting evidence is Friday 23rd September 2016

PHE Teleconference: Tobacco standard packs – seizing the moment to support smokers to quit

Public Health England is hosting a telephone conference and question and answer session on Thursday 15th September 2016 (3.15pm – 3.45pm) to outline how standardised packaging will act as a powerful lever in helping to prevent future generations from taking up smoking, as well as in encouraging current smokers to quit. Please see attached an invite from PHE with details of where to register and how to dial into the conference.

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) Lifestyle Services briefing

The NCSCT have published a new Lifestyle Services briefing. This briefing takes a look at the evidence on whether integrated health behaviour (lifestyle) services are effective and cost-effective, and makes recommendations about how the commissioning of smoking cessation services should be approached in relation to other services tackling physical inactivity, poor diet and alcohol. It can be accessed here.

Presentations from the UKNSCC are now available online

The recordings of the main hall and presentations from the breakout sessions of the UKNSCC have been uploaded online so you can listen again and share them with your colleagues. They can be viewed online here.

 

SFAC update - August 2016

Standardised packaging tracking map
A new map to track the appearance of standardised packaging on the shelves has been launched on the Breathe 2025 website. The map asks you to keep your eyes peeled for standardised packs and to tweet an image to @breathe2025 using the hash tag #trackthepack. The first 10 packs spotted will win a prize.

Call for Evidence: House of Lords Inquiry into NHS Sustainability – closes Friday 23rd September 2016
The House of Lords has established a committee looking into the long-term sustainability of the NHS. Further information can be found here. The committee has put out a call for evidence focusing on five key points, including prevention and public health and are requesting evidence from a diverse range of sources including local authorities and local NHS organisations.
ASH will circulate our draft response in due course. The deadline for submitting evidence is Friday 23rd September 2016

Call for Evidence: Business Rate Retention - closes Monday 26th September 2016
DCLG are currently running a consultation on Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention. The consultation is seeking views on the government’s commitment to allow local government to retain 100% of the business rates that they raise locally. Further information is available here.
ASH will be circulating a draft response in the coming weeks. The deadline for submission is Monday 26th September 2016.

CLeaR enhanced offer to local authorities
PHE are offering a new and enhanced CLeaR programme for local authorities. The new offer includes features such as guidance and support on the delivery of bespoke CLeaR workshops for local partners and support for leads in preparation for peer visits. For further information on the new offer please see the attached pdf or contact Public Health England.

Call for Smokedrift Policy Case Studies
ASH regularly receives call on the issue of smokedrift in homes and workplaces. We’d love to know if any authorities have specific policies around smokedrift or have successfully taken action to prevent it - for example by putting smokefree clauses within local authority housing contracts. Please email admin@smokefreeaction.org.uk if you have can help.
Our briefing on smokedrift can be accessed here.

Job Opportunity – Association of Directors of Public Health
The Association of Directors of Public Health for London is looking for two public health professionals to join their team and play a major role in complex cross-borough public health programmes. Full details of the available posts are available here. Applications can be made online at http://jobs.haringey.gov.uk/Jobs.aspx. The deadline is midnight on Sunday 7 August.

 

SFAC update - July 2016

Once again it has been a very busy month, so please see below for an update on what has happened and what is coming up next.

An invitation to a Rethink Mental Illness event on 19th July
“Over the last two years, Rethink Mental Illness have been working alongside a group of 13 providers (‘The Innovation Network’) who have been testing new approaches to mental health care. One of the projects we have evaluated is the integration of smoking cessation services into mental health settings. We are pleased to be able to share the report of this evaluation at a launch event on Tuesday 19th July, from 10am to 1pm at Chesterfield Football Club. During this event there will be an opportunity to hear from those who have been involved in the project, and also to be part of a discussion on how to take this work forward. We very much hope to see you there.” To RSVP, or for more information, please email admin@smokefreeaction.org.uk

Smoking in Surgery
Joint Briefing: Smoking and Surgery: ASH has been working with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and others to produce this briefing on smoking and surgery. The briefing is designed for health professionals and commissioners, to provide clear advice and examples of good practice in relation to smoking and surgery.

The briefing has now been endorsed by 5 Royal Colleges and the Faculty of Public Health. It has also gone through the Information Standard process.

Freedom of Information Requests
Please see attached for an update regarding FOI requests which we circulated earlier this week.

Standardised Packaging
As I’m sure you are aware, standardised packaging regulations came into effect on the 20th May. Whilst the regulations have come into effect, there is a one year “sell-through” period to allow for the sale of old stock. This means from 20th May 2017 all packs for sale in the UK must be standardised.

We anticipate that standardised packaging will soon be seen on the shelves so please keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you see new packs appearing as we are keen to track their emergence across the UK.

Please see below for a selection of our standard packs resources which you might find useful:
- ASH briefing: Quick Facts: Standard Packs – a briefing for local authorities. This is a short briefing for local authorities and councils answering common questions.
- ASH briefing: Quick Facts: Standard Packs – a briefing for health professionals. This is a short briefing for health professionals answering common questions.
- ASH briefing: Standardised Tobacco Packaging. This document gives a detailed overview of key information.

Tobacco Control Leads Survey
Thank you to everyone who has already filled in this year’s tobacco control leads survey, we really appreciate you taking the time to do this.

For anyone yet to complete the survey this link will be open until Wednesday 20th July.

To complete the survey you will need your budget information for 2016/17, this and all other information provided in the survey will be kept anonymised. It is not possible to save the survey part way through so if you would like to view the questions before you begin please let us know and we will send you a pdf of the questions.

Mental Health Event
On 21st October Healthcare Conferences UK are hosting a conference on smoking cessation and mental health in London. The event will focus on providing a practical guide to smoking cessation in mental health, ensuring your service effectively supports people with mental illness to stop smoking and to do so within a smokefree environment. Sarah Williams, Director of Policy at ASH, will be speaking on The Stolen Years report and the case for action to reduce smoking prevalence among those with a mental health condition.

For more information see the attached leaflet or the online event page here.


 
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