Media highlights: 20-24 July 2015

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Looking back at the media highlights over the past week you can clearly see how influential and impactful environmental and public health-related issues can have on the wellbeing of everyone – both individuals and business.

At the start of the week there were several articles about tackling obesity, which included a message from our colleagues at the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) who have said that dangerously overweight individuals are being denied vital help because weight management services are being rationed to save money.

In what was a busy week for RSPH, they also released details of their interesting report, which suggests using cleaners, hairdressers and postal workers and venues such as pubs to help reach people doctors do not see. In effect, widening the public health workforce.

Unfortunately, we then saw the darker side of environmental health related issues as news broke of a flour mill explosion in the North West. Whilst writing this entry, three bodies have been found at the site in Bosley, near Macclesfield, and a fourth person is still unaccounted for. A joint investigation is under way between police, the fire service and the Health and Safety Executive to establish the cause of the blast that resulted in the collapse of a four-storey building.

In other news, e-cigarettes and vaping have been trending with stories that more pupils try 'vaping' than smoking, whilst some researchers are warning that e-cigarettes are just as addictive as the real thing and most are mislabeled.

And to round up this entry, we should make a special mention of our colleagues at Environmental Health News (EHN), who saw their investigation into the UK’s most convicted landlords get star billing in the Guardian. This was a fascinating story and the list of convicted landlords was put together by EHN after they won a freedom of information case against the Ministry of Justice. You can also see their interactive database, which contains the names of hundreds of convicted private landlords.


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