Consultation on draft regulations to implement a ban on single-use vapes

  • 22 March 2024

The Scottish Government have launched a consultation on the proposed legislation for the ban on the sale and supply of single-use vapes in Scotland which is due to come into effect on 1 April 2025. The ban on single-use vapes is being taken forward using powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This approach has […]

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No Smoking Day

  • 13 March 2024

Today (Wednesday 13 March 2024) marks No Smoking Day. This year’s focus is encouraging people to quit smoking and win in four major aspects of life: ASH Scotland also want to raise awareness about the free NHS service available to everyone in Scotland to help with quit. Quit Your Way can provide emotional support, recommend […]

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Guidance on the management of outbreaks of foodborne illness in Scotland published

  • 22 February 2024

The Scottish Health Protection Network (SHPN) have published new Guidance on the management of outbreaks of foodborne illness in Scotland  version 1 and is available on the Food Standards Scotland (FSS) website.   This document is for everyone involved in investigating and controlling foodborne outbreaks in Scotland. It serves as a reference when creating plans to […]

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REHIS News – February 2024

  • 22 February 2024

Annual Forum    We are delighted to advise that this year’s Annual Environmental Health Forum will be held as a hybrid event at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh on Wednesday 24 April 2024.    We have an exciting programme planned under the theme “Resilience: Professional, Local and National Perspectives” which provides an ideal opportunity for the Environmental […]

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ASH Scotland Events – self quitting research

  • 22 February 2024

5 March – self quitting research both events now online ASH Scotland are hosting two online upcoming dissemination events for a research project by the University of Dundee in partnership with ASH Scotland. Effie Marathia will present findings from her PhD research on exploring the strategies for self-quitting smoking in Scotland. These are:  Time: 10am to 11am Join Zoom […]

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DEFRA publish annual Emissions of air pollutants report

  • 22 February 2024

DEFRA has published the annual Emissions of air pollutants in the UK figures and, while the trend for most major sources of air pollution is downwards, domestic wood burning is once again under the spotlight. The emissions covered in these figures are particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), nitrogen oxides, ammonia, non-methane volatile organic compounds and […]

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Obesity Action Scotland publish new report on childhood obesity

  • 22 February 2024

A new report “Growing Up in Scotland: obesity from early childhood to adolescence” has been published by Obesity Action Scotland and University of Glasgow researchers. The report makes the shocking finding that children who experienced food insecurity at a young age were 4 times more likely to experience persistent obesity from the start of Primary school […]

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XL Bully dog safeguards coming into force on Friday 23 February

  • 21 February 2024

XL Bully dog owners are being urged to prepare for new rules which are expected to come into force on Friday 23 February – subject to approval by the Scottish Parliament.  New laws laid for consideration in Scottish Parliament will make it an offence to:  The penalties available to a court upon conviction for breach […]

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£50K of funding launched to help make Scottish food healthier

  • 15 February 2024

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland has announced £50,000 of funding to help Scottish producers to make their food healthier. The fund is open to small and medium sized food and drink businesses across Scotland – with up to £5,000 available for each successful business. Food and drink businesses may wish to offer a wider […]

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Ultra-processed foods score worse on food package labelling

  • 15 February 2024

Ultra-processed foods (UPFs) contain more calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt than minimally-processed foods – but not all UPFs are unhealthy, according to new research from University College London (UCL). For the study, published in The British Journal of Nutrition, scientists wanted to investigate whether food processing information could be a useful indicator of what is […]

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East Renfrewshire Council promoting careers in Environmental Health

  • 14 February 2024

Isobel McCormick and Paul Birkin from the Environmental Health team at East Renfrewshire Council have been encouraging young people to take up a career in environmental health by attending a career’s fair in Barrhead High School with attendance planned at similar upcoming event in St Ninian’s High School in Giffnock. This builds on recent success […]

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