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[UK] Test all pregnant women for smoking, say NHS chiefs

England’s public health chief is urging hospitals to give every pregnant woman a carbon monoxide test to see if they smoke, as part of an NHS-wide drive to persuade patients to kick the habit. Duncan Selbie wants midwives and nurses to routinely screen
The Guardian (uk)
added Feb 27, 2017 12:02

[Asia] A neglected opportunity for China’s tobacco control? Shift in smoking behavior during and after wives’ pregnancy

Pregnancy offers an opportunity to decrease smoking amongst Chinese males. Intervention programs involving expectant fathers may be effective to further reduce prevalence of smoking among men in China.
BioMed Central (uk)
added Feb 27, 2017 10:20

Prenatal Exposure to Snus Alters Heart Rate Variability in the Infant

The results indicate that smokeless tobacco (Swedish snus) affects the developing autonomic nervous system during gestation. Even if exposure is interrupted during the first or second trimester, effects in autonomic cardiac regulation are seen in the 1–2
Nicotine and Tobacco Research
added Feb 25, 2017 15:50

[Canada] Prison Time Can Be Deadly … to Health

Being behind bars puts people at greater risk for both developing certain types of cancer and dying from their disease, Canadian researchers found.... "Specific strategies that could prevent cancer in this population include smoking cessation
HealthDay [HealthScout]
added Feb 24, 2017 21:57

[Iraq, Mid-east] Burning the burka: Overjoyed women set fire to their face veils (and even light up a cigarette) after their village is liberated from ISIS

The video later shows the women smoking cigarettes as men danced nearby. It is unknown what village the video was filmed in, but it was later Tweeted out by the Kurdish news outlet Rudaw.
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Feb 23, 2017 21:18

[Europe, UK] Cancer death rates fall more slowly among women after decades of smoking and drinking take their toll

le death rates from cancer have dropped 8.2% across Europe in five years However death rates for women dropped just 3.6% in the same time frame A study attributes increased smoking and drinking among women as the cause
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Feb 22, 2017 19:18

[UK] More women than men die of lung cancer ($$)

The death rate from lung cancer among young women will outstrip that of men for the first time this year...“The difference is not significant, but it reflects the similar smoking patterns in younger generations over recent decades and confirms that smoki
Times Of London (uk)
added Feb 22, 2017 17:09

A Balm When You’re Expecting: Sometimes Pot Does the Trick

“The group I’m in of lefty hippie professional women, it’s definitely only marijuana,” Claire said. “No one is drinking or smoking tobacco in pregnancy. They are being very careful.”
New York Times
added Feb 21, 2017 01:56

[UK] Council offers shopping vouchers worth £260 to mothers-to-be if they quit smoking

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is offering up to £260 worth of vouchers in a bid to cut the number of infant deaths blamed on smoking in the city / At least 65 women have so far received the Love2Shop vouchers, which can be redeemed in popular stores, inclu
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Feb 16, 2017 17:02

[UK] ASH comment on BabyClear study to reduce smoking in pregnancy

The BabyClear programme, pioneered in the northeast, has been highly effective, and almost doubled the number of pregnant women quitting smoking. The new Tobacco Control Plan, due to be published shortly, needs to set out how others can learn from this ap
ASH London (uk)
added Feb 16, 2017 15:01
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