Posts Tagged ‘smoking’

Welsh Health Survey

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Well I couldn’t not mention, the results of the latest Welsh Health Survey on our blog. The good news is that the figures reveal there has been a decrease in drinking levels in Wales. The latest survey found that 42% of adults reported drinking above the guidelines on at least one day in the past [...]

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Keep the ban

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Dr Tony Calland, Chairman of the BMA’s Medical Ethics Committee gave evidence this morning to the Sub-Committee on smoke free premises. If you didn’t see the evidence session, take a moment to read this blog post written by Dr Calland about why we must keep the ban and not amend Wales’s smoke-free premises legislation for [...]

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Reasons to quit smoking: Your health and your children

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

With a rugby Grand Slam on the horizon, celebrate the nation’s sporting prowess by ditching the cigarettes and become healthier. By quitting the habit, your ability to smell and taste will improve, coughing and wheezing will stop, and the risk of developing heart and lung disease will reduce by half in a matter of months. [...]

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‘Fresh Start Wales’

Monday, February 6th, 2012

BMA Cymru Wales fully supports the new Welsh Government’s new campaign in calling for parents and carers not to smoke in vehicles while children are present. While some may see it as the Welsh Government encroaching on their individual space, we should all consider the individual space of children. Often completely dependent on their parents, [...]

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Calling time on cigarette vending machines

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

From today (1st Feb) pubs in Wales will be banned from selling cigarettes and tobacco from automatic vending machines. It will also be illegal to display adverts or pictures of tobacco on vending machines. This is great news and a positive step forward in preventing the sale of tobacco to children. Evidence shows that vending [...]

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Resolutions should be for life not just for New Year

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Every January, promises are made to stop smoking, drink less alcohol, eat more fruit and vegetables and become fitter. A New Year means a New You, but after a few weeks of good intentions, old habits return. Unfortunately for 94% of the Welsh nation, this means a return to lifestyle choices that are detrimental to [...]

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Guest blog: Bevan Foundation Director, Victoria Winckler on Smoking in cars

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

It’s hard to imagine that just ten years ago people smoked in pubs, restaurants, shopping malls, buses and anywhere else that took smokers’ fancy. The idea that smokers might not be allowed to light-up in order to protect other people from the effects of second-hand smoke was regarded as a nanny-state infringement of personal liberties. [...]

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Cigarette vending machines – banned!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Fantastic news yesterday that the Welsh Government has now banned cigarette vending machines in Wales. Displaying packets of cigarettes in shops and vending machines contribute to normalising the habit – and they also encourage the onset of smoking. With most smokers becoming addicted before their mid 20s, it’s essential that we try and prevent young [...]

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The new Tobacco Control Action Plan for Wales

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

In the current economic climate it is essential that the government spends taxpayers’ money wisely – and on projects that will work. There are significant savings which the Welsh Government must make from the health budget over the next few years, so it is crucial that policies are part of a joined up, cross departmental [...]

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Protect children from the allure of smoking

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

It’s No Smoking Day today, a great opportunity for smokers to unite and quit together. In 2010, three quarters of a million people made a quit attempt on No Smoking Day. Let’s hope that even more people try this year.   BMA Cymru Wales is marking National No Smoking Day by renewing its call for [...]

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Tobacco display ban must not be clouded by news on plain packs

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Today’s guest blogger is Tanya Buchanan, Chief Executive of ASH Wales. While the UK Government continues to dither over whether to implement or repeal the legislation on the tobacco display ban there is yet more evidence, if more was indeed needed, on why they should reject the tobacco industry’s attempts to overturn the legislation.  New [...]

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Doctors condemn tobacco industry attempts to overturn legislation

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

BMA Cymru Wales have spoken out today, condemning the tobacco industry for lobbying to overturn legislation which would ban point of sale displays of tobacco. We have called on Welsh MPs to help protect the young by ensuring the legislation goes ahead. Regulations following the Health Act 2009 will remove displays of tobacco in shops [...]

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