Chief Executive of Public Health England reacts with disappointment to the Governments sudden change of mind on alcohol and tobacco

In a letter addressed to everyone, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England has vented his disappointment in the Government’s decision last week to take no immediate action on tobacco and alcohol death prevention. The opening extract of his letter reads;

Dear everyone,

We share and understand the disappointment across the public health family that neither standardised packaging nor minimum unit pricing are to be taken forward for the moment by Government. With tobacco and alcohol being among the nation’s top killers this is, however, hopefully a case of not now, rather than never. Both the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State have made clear that they are open to further evidence emerging. Lest we forget, nine out of ten smokers begin as children and helping them make better choices is a child protection concern. Likewise, the evidence tells us that doing all we can to reduce the ready availability of cheap, higher strength alcohol helps the youngest and the heaviest drinkers most.

(Extract from Duncan Selbie letter)

The full letter can be found here – LINK.

There comes a cros by which you wonder why the Government felt the need to totally flip their position on these issues and create disappointment to their own professional most senior Public Health Chief Executive.

Quit chewing tobacco!

National Institute for Health and Clinical Exc...
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has issued advice to South Asians in the UK to stop chewing tobacco because of its links to cancer.

In addition, the BBC has reported that “they may also contain other unhealthy ingredients such as areca nuts – a mildly euphoric stimulant, known to be addictive and cancer-causing – and slaked lime, a chemical used to make cement.”

The nicotine content in some of these brands is also higher than that contained in cigarettes, meaning that it is more addictive, and so people feel the need to have more of it.

Read the article in the BBC here – LINK

It is a huge issue among the population in Brent with us having large South Asian populations here. Many local residents are unhappy because of the disgusting red marks that spitting while or after chewing leaves on the streets. However, the impact on people’s health is also another reason to be concerned about chewed tobacco products.