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Northern Ireland Assembly: Members' Statements: Diabetes Week (10 Jun 2024)

Stewart Dickson: I speak as chair of the all-party group (APG) on diabetes. While I am not diabetic, my wife has been a type 2 diabetic for many years. Today marks the start of Diabetes Week, the awareness week for people living with diabetes that is marked every year by Diabetes UK and people living with diabetes across the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland. In Northern Ireland, just under 115,000...

9. Short Debate: Dis-jointed care: Tackling joint and bone health in Wales ( 5 Jun 2024)

Altaf Hussain: Osteoporosis-related breaks most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine. Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone does not keep up with the loss of old bone. Osteoporosis affects men and women of all races, but white and Asian women, especially older women who are past menopause, are at highest risk. And that...

Valedictory Debate (24 May 2024)

Bob Neill: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Nickie Aiken), who reminded me that, as a young girl, she lived in Bromley. I am delighted to see her here. Like my hon. Friend, I started my career in local government, and it is exactly 50 years since I was elected to Havering Council. I was younger and somewhat more acned, which indicates something...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse (24 May 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: NHS England holds several data sources covering alcohol use for people aged under 18 years old, including the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People survey. This data is collected every two years, and the next survey report is due Autumn 2024, and will include 2023 survey data. The guidance from England’s Chief Medical Officer for healthcare professionals is clear, an...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (4th Day): Amendment 121A (21 May 2024)

...—“ScheduleInfected Blood Compensation AuthorityPart 1ConstitutionMembership1 (1) The IBCA is to consist of—(a) a Chair (who is to be a non-executive member),(b) at least 3, but not more than 6, other non-executive members,(c) a chief executive, and(d) at least 2, but not more than 5, other executive members.(2) The members are to be appointed in accordance with paragraphs 2 to 4.(3)...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (21 May 2024)

Robin Swann: ...debate, I think that Mr McGrath mentioned cessation services. The tobacco strategy that has been talked about — the Committee Chair talked about it — is supported by the comprehensive action plan, which includes educational initiatives in schools. There is also, however, a stop smoking and vaping pilot service in schools in the south eastern area. The PHA is exploring models for...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Electronic Cigarettes (21 May 2024)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of ending the use of vapes for smoking cessation.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking (21 May 2024)

Rachael Maskell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether she has made an estimate of the number of people who start smoking tobacco as a result of using vapes.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Electronic Cigarettes: Health Education (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department has included a specific reference to the dangers of e-cigarettes in the amended relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) statutory guidance, which was published for consultation on 16 May 2024. On 1 June 2023, my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, announced an intervention which will take steps to prevent children obtaining e-cigarettes illegally. The current RSHE...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking (20 May 2024)

Alexander Stafford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the number of hospital admissions for issues related to pipe smoking in the last (a) 12 months, (b) five years and (c) 20 years.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Tobacco and Vapes Bill (20 May 2024)

Lord Markham: Smoking is responsible for approximately 80,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom and causes around one in four UK cancer deaths. It also costs society £21.8 billion a year and puts a huge burden on the National Health Service. The latest estimates from Action on Smoking and Health put the cost of smoking to the NHS and social care at £3 billion a year. As part of our impact assessment,...

Backbench Business: Inequalities in Dementia Services — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (16 May 2024)

Debbie Abrahams: ...crux of the issues we are facing. First of all the target is not ambitious enough, but as he rightly says there are these inequalities. I prefer calling a spade a spade, so these are inequalities and we need to call them what they are. Although the national picture is poor, if we dig further into the data we can see that there is a huge regional inequality in dementia diagnosis rates. In...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Alcoholic Drinks and Smoking: Health Services (16 May 2024)

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the cost to the public purse of treating (a) smoking related illnesses and (b) alcohol related illnesses in the last 12 months.

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): Control of tobacco and nicotine products (15 May 2024)

Gareth Davies: Thanks, Mabon. We've got to keep remembering that smoking is legal. It's not illegal, and like I said in my remarks, it's an informed choice, because if you're over a certain age, you've learned from quite a young age in school that smoking's pretty bad for your health. Everybody accepts that. I get that. I worked in the NHS for 11 years. I fully understand the health implications of smoking....

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking (15 May 2024)

Alexander Stafford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an estimate of the number of hospital admissions for issues related to cigar smoking in the last (a) 12 months, (b) five years and (c) 20 years.

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: New Clause 14 - Application of the Part I of the Health Act 2006 to vaping (14 May 2024)

Trudy Harrison: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. I am channelling my hon. Friend the Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham and her passionate work as a consultant paediatrician or, as she would say, the children’s doctor in the House. I regard her experience highly. As technology evolves, so do our habits. This new clause seeks parity for smoking and vaping, so that the same rules that...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: New Clause 11 - Testing of samples of nicotine-containing e-cigarette products (14 May 2024)

Preet Kaur Gill: I rise to speak to new clauses 11 and 13 on the testing of nicotine-containing vape products. Earlier we debated clause 73, which will allow Ministers to create new exceptions to publication as part of the notification scheme. We of course welcome those new powers, which represent a concession on the Minister’s part. However, the current notification process, which is what products must go...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: New Clause 9 - Prohibition of sponsorship: vaping substances containing nicotine (14 May 2024)

Kirsten Oswald: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. As Members can see, new clause 9 seeks to stamp out the advertising of vape products in sports. We can all—or perhaps just those who spend more time than we should watching football—think back to days in the past when our favourite football teams ran about the park with cigarettes advertised on their shirts. We would find that quite...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: New Clause 7 - Retail licence for sale of tobacco, vaping and nicotine products (14 May 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East, and to the hon. Member for York Central, who proposed a similar licensing scheme; other amendments that have not been debated also proposed the creation of a licensing scheme. I was frank this morning, and I will be again: the proposal sounds like a licence for those with licences to squeeze out those who cannot get licences and...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: New Clause 2 - Tobacco products statutory scheme: consultation (14 May 2024)

“(1) The Secretary of State must consult and report on the desirability of making a scheme with one or more of the following purposes— (a) regulating, for the purposes of improving public health, the prices which may be charged by any manufacturer or importer of tobacco products for the supply of any tobacco products; (b) limiting the profits which may accrue to any manufacturer or...


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