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Why Are We So Reliant On Alcohol?

By : Hari | Published : Thursday January 15, 2015 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Many of us drink alcohol on a regular basis, whether at home, in the pub or on a big night out. For those of you who tend towards the latter, what do you think the causes of this binge drinking are? Is it boredom? Are you looking for an exciting way to end the week by getting drunk with your friends? Or is there a chance you are using alcohol to escape from your problems?

Does Shunning Smokers Motivate Them To Quit?

By : Anna | Published : Friday January 9, 2015 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Smoking is an unhealthy habit and we all know the health risks of inhaling the 4,000 chemicals that each cigarette contains. In recent years smoking has become controversial because even passive smoking, i.e. breathing in other people’s secondhand smoke, can be detrimental to health.

Is Smoking Still Sexy?

By : Hari | Published : Thursday October 2, 2014 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
When did smoking become “sexy” and are we over it yet? The history of tobacco smoking dates back about 2,000 years when it was anything but sexy. It was smoked and chewed on cultural and religious occasions.

Are Cigarettes All Bad? ‘Smoking’ Offers Some Health Benefits

By : Hari | Published : Thursday September 4, 2014 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
Are cigarettes all bad? Usually yes. I’m not disagreeing with every medical board and health association on the planet and stating that there is a silver lining to blackened lungs. Long-term smoking is a first class ticket to heart disease, cancer and other serious health conditions.

Ban Use Of E-cigarettes Indoors, Says Global Health Watchdog

By : Hari | Published : Thursday August 28, 2014 | Posted in : Stop Smoking
The U.N. Health agency has published a new report, raising fears over the safety of e-cigarettes. In particular, they want to ban the sale of these products to minors. In the UK, an estimated 2.1 million people use e-cigarettes. These battery-powered devices allow smokers to inhale nicotine but avoid the harm caused by tobacco smoke.

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.
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