New research has provided strong evidence that smoking in vehicles exposes non-smokers to very high levels of second-hand smoke.
The findings suggest drivers and passengers in a smoke-filled car are exposed to 23 times more toxins than used to be found in a smoky bar, mainly because of the enclosed nature of vehicles.
Smoking is one of the major causes of heart and circulatory disease,and research shows non-smokers who live with smokers have a greater risk of heart disease than those who don’t.
Maura Gillespie, Head of Policy and Advocacy at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Passengers in smoke filled cars, including children, breathe in more pollutants than anywhere else.
“There is already clear evidence that passive smoking increases the risk of a number of serious health problems. Children especially need to be protected from the damaging effects of other people smoking in cars.
“All governments across the UK should consider what measures can be taken to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke in cars. We would, of course, support any legislation that protects our kids from adults’ lethal habits.”
The research was published by the British Medical Association, which is calling for a ban on smoking in cars.
Campaigns & Issues
Dame Judi Dench fronts disability charity’s Christmas Appeal
Vitalise Christmas campaign launched to provide festive respite for people with disabilities and carers
Dame Judi Dench has been unveiled as the face of national disability charity Vitalise’s Christmas Appeal 2013, which aims to raise funds to give people with disabilities and carers desperately-needed Christmas breaks.
Dame Judi Dench, who is a Vice President of Vitalise, is spearheading the charity’s campaign to raise sufficient funds to subsidise every break across its three centres during Christmas Week.
Look out for cold weather alerts
Severe cold weather can be dangerous for vulnerable groups such as older people and those with serious illnesses.
Older people are particularly at risk as they do not feel the cold until their body temperature falls. With this in mind, the Met Office is working in partnership with Public Health England to provide Cold Weather Alerts that inform the Cold Weather Plan for England.
Competitions & Fun
Win a copy of The Great Train Robbery on DVD
ACORN MEDIA is delighted to announce the release of a powerful drama that offers a brand new take on one of Britain’s biggest and best known heists The Great Train Robbery.
Penned by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, The Great Train Robbery is made up of two fantastic films. A Robber’s Tale follows the story of the people behind the crime of century, led by Bruce Reynolds, the key planner of the 1963 heist and A Copper’s Tale, focuses on the team of detectives assembled to bring the robbers to justice. This outstanding new drama airs on BBC One 18 and 19 December and will be released on a DVD as a twodisc set on 6 January 2014.
Win one of 31 fabulous travel treats from Silver Travel Advisor this December
Enter now and you could win one of the 31 travel treats from our Christmas Stocking.
Silver Travel Advisor is a friendly website packed with advice, tips, information and honest reviews written by and for silver travellers (aged over 50). A team of advisors are on hand to answer queries (for free), and you can share your own experiences too.
Health & Wellbeing
New research shows women are getting fitter as they get older
In the run up to Christmas, you can’t escape all the festive treats. We all know the chocolates, indulgent drinks, biscuits and a hefty portion of Christmas dinner doesn’t do much for your waistline!
This is why, every year, thousands of women of all ages make it their New Year’s resolution to improve their fitness and lose any pesky winter weight.
Property & Finance
‘Too much month at the end of the money’ contributes to persistent debt in old age
New research by Andrea Finney of PFRC at the University of Bristol reveals the persistence of debt in old age as the “squeezed middle age” struggle with the both costs of essentials and childcare costs.
‘Demystifying non-mortgage borrowing in older age: a longitudinal approach’, is published today by PFRC and the International Longevity Centre–UK (ILC-UK) as part of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
The research analyses the Wealth and Assets Survey, finding that:
Leisure and Lifestyle
Tablets and laptops top the wish list for older people
On the first day of Christmas my grandson gave to me… a bowl full of pot pourri.
Those hoping not to disappoint older relatives this Christmas take note – the most sought after gift for over 65s this year is an iPad, tablet or laptop – topping the wish list for 43 per cent of pensioners, according to research by older people’s charity Anchor.
So it might come as a bit of a disappointment then that the most popular gift planned for older relatives or friends this year is chocolate or sweet treats (23%).
A great result for the great South West Walk
The South West Coast Path Association is delighted to announce that it has more than doubled the original target of securing £250,000 to improve the South West Coast Path, reaching an astounding total of £640,000.
This means that over 130 improvement projects have been completed along the South West Coast Path from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of many tourism businesses and sponsorship from nearly 1000 walkers.
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