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Shisha Smoking Popular Among Richer Teens

By : Hari | Published : Thursday August 14, 2014 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Everyone seems to be smoking this pretty little pipe, but do they have any idea of the health risks? Shisha, also known as “hookah smoking,” has fast become very popular in the UK, especially in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Your usual shisha bar will be decked out with soft cushions, low stools and soothing Arabian music to create an inviting atmosphere. For many, this makes it the perfect way to relax and unwind with friends after a long day at...

Should drivers be banned from smoking while driving?

By : Charlie | Published : Thursday May 30, 2013 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Image of a car cigarette lighter A Scottish MSP has ignited a debate with his bid to ban smoking while driving, specifically when children are present. South of Scotland Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume’s proposal, follows the government’s overall objective to significantly reduce the country’s smoking population, including reducing the number of people who smoke down to 5% by 2034.

Politicians want Scotland 'tobacco free' by 2034

By : Geoffrey | Published : Thursday March 28, 2013 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Image of hands snapping cigarette Following proposals to introduce plain packaged cigarettes in the UK, Scotland ministers have launched a campaign aimed at reducing the amount of its population that choose to smoke to less than 5% by 2034, paving the way for a virtually tobacco free generation. Scottish public health minister, Mr Matheson, said that the campaign would be an ‘achievement we could all be proud of’ and, if successful, would bring all sorts of ‘health, social and economic...

A Smokers Licence: Will it work?

By : Charlie | Published : Friday November 23, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Image of a smoker handcuffed It is really fair to need a licence to smoke, in the same way that one must apply and subsequently pay for a licence to drive a car? A public health expert in Australia believes that by doing just this, the damaging effects of tobacco will be greatly reduced. The scheme would involve users having to apply and pay for a mandatory licence in the form of a smartcard, which would restrict a smoker's tobacco allowance and furthermore would have to be shown every...

Is a lifetime of NRT better than smoking?

By : Victoria | Published : Thursday October 25, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Image of cigarette and NRT According to a health watchdog people should be advised by their doctors to use nicotine replacement therapy methods instead of simply quitting cold turkey. According to the report by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), advising people to use healthier nicotine substitutes or ‘inhaling less’ will be a much more effective approach to preserve the nation’s health than simply advising people to quit smoking cold turkey.

Ways to make it this Stoptober

By : Victoria | Published : Tuesday October 2, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Image of a broken cigarette You’ve probably heard about Stoptober and, if you are a smoker, you may have even started the day yesterday without your much-needed morning cigarette. This exciting new NHS initiative is an attempt to urge a large-scale mission to give up smoking. The plan is to get people to give up smoking for a full 28 days, hopefully kick-starting long-term abstinence from smoking.

Switzerland against full smoking ban – what does this say about attitudes towards smoking?

By : Victoria | Published : Thursday September 27, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Image of smoking adults This week Switzerland’s final vote, by 25 of its cantons, on smoking in public places was revealed. The overall consensus was that there should not be an overall ban on smoking in public places, meaning that people can still smoke in designated smoking areas inside public establishments. Currently each canton has its own legislation, but an overall vote for a ban would have made the same law mandatory across Switzerland.

What are the dangers of smoking while pregnant?

By : James | Published : Thursday July 5, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Image of pregnant woman with cigarettes

The dangers of smoking are well documented and more scientific evidence is being presented each year, increasing the understanding of the detrimental impact smoking can have.

For expecting mothers the dangers of smoking while pregnant are no less harmful, but they can also negatively affect the health and development of their unborn baby. Despite this danger, some women continue to smoke during their pregnancy.

Why is quitting smoking so hard?

By : James | Published : Thursday June 28, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Image of a fist punching a pack of cigarettes

Quitting smoking is difficult. Anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking, successfully or not, will no doubt confirm just how tough is it to kick the habit.

This is partly because the routines smokers build up around their addiction can become quite concrete. Cigarettes in the morning, during a coffee break or after each meal; the list of instances goes on. But the real problem, and what makes quitting smoking so hard, is the chemical addiction...

World No Tobacco Day - What is the best way to stop smoking?

By : Chris | Published : Thursday May 31, 2012 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Image of a cigarette being put out

There are several ways to attempt to quit smoking, ranging from medication to good old fashioned cold turkey.

But which of these methods is the best when it comes to trying to quit smoking and giving up the habit for life?

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