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Recent Smoking & ASSIST News

  • Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either - They’re half right. Teenagers who smoke cannabis regularly do tend to do worse in their exams. But the findings in no way suggest that cannabis is more harmful than we thought. (We already thought it was a bit harmful, by the way.) If you make it down to ...
  • Editor's View: Why ban smoking when alcohol is costing us billions? - Should smoking be banned in parks and public places? That is the idea mooted this week by the London Health Commission and one which is being looked at by councils across London. The idea is to introduce bylaws making it an offence to light up, all ...
  • 'Smoking is as cool as cancer' - As Chandler in Friends once said: Smoking is cool and you know it. Of course it’s not actually cool – it likely kills you and damages others unlucky enough to be around you – but it does have the image of being cool. It’s so James Dean or Lauren ...
  • Smoking 'should be banned in play areas' say council chiefs - SMOKING should be banned in outdoor play areas in Bolton — but the ruling would not apply to public parks “because it would be impossible to enforce”, town hall chiefs have said. Bolton Council bosses spoke out on the issue after proposals to ban ...
  • Paris bans smoking in park playgrounds - Smoking has been banned in the children’s playgrounds of a Paris park for a trial period of a year, in an initiative likely to be extended to other outdoor public spaces. The measure was introduced during the weekend as part of a government-sponsored ...
  • True cost of smoking revealed as town marks Stoptober - SMOKING costs Swindon approximately £56.1m every year ... To register for the Stoptober challenge go to www.smokefree.nhs.uk/Stoptober
  • Boris Johnson calls ban on smoking in parks 'bossy' - ... smoking in parks as "bossy and nannying", while Downing Street said there are no plans to implement the measure across the UK. The mayor of London set himself at odds with a recommendation from a health panel he set up that would make thousands of ...
  • Banning smoking in public places will not do much harm - The Mayor of London’s health commission has recommended banning smoking in the UK capital’s public parks, which they say would make it one of the world’s healthiest cities. New York did the same thing in 2011 and former mayor Michael Bloomberg cities ...
  • ASSIST working groups - There are two ASSIST working group meetings scheduled for September. The Wales and South West meeting is on 11th September, […]
  • Contrasting views of academics on e-cigarettes - Two letters on the topics of tobacco harm reduction and electronic nicotine delivery systems have been written to the Director […]