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Standardised (plain) packaging of tobacco products  The standardised packaging regulations mean that in future:

Why not take the opportunity to review and improve the asthma care in your practice using the PCRS-UK National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) worksheet1.

The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease – known as GOLD – has just published its latest guideline for COPD. GOLD has been developing international guidelines for COPD since 1997.

The document, produced in partnership with Public Health England, states that e-cigarettes are considerably safer than smoking cigarettes, are popular with smokers and that they have a role to play in reducing smoking rates.

Professor Andrew Bush and Dr Louise Fleming of Imperial College and Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust say that in the past asthma was undoubtedly underdiagnosed, but the evidence now is that the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has published a new report, ‘The Stolen Years’, which is endorsed by 27 health and mental health organisations and sets out recommendations for how smoking rates for people with a mental health condition

It argues that smokers can be reassured and encouraged to use them, and the public can be reassured that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking.

The article is based on  a research study conducted in the Netherlands and refers back to 

The National Insititute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a new Pneumonia Quality Standard.   It contains two quality statements relevant to primary care: