Passive smoking increases the risk of bacterial meningitis in children

NICE’s Eyes on Evidence newsletter reports on a meta-analysis of observational studies looking at the incidence of bacterial meningococcal disease in relation to exposure to passive smoking. Bacterial meningitis is rare, which makes it hard to study.  There are only 2 to 6 cases per 100,000 people in the UK every year, with a mortality [read the full story…]

The next move in cutting smoking rates as large shops are required to hide tobacco.

From this Friday, all large shops in England must hide tobacco products from view in a move to reduce the number of young people who are tempted to start smoking and to help those who are trying to quit. Ensuring that retailers comply with the regulations will be key, if the change is to have [read the full story…]