Beating a stubborn addiction is one of the most difficult things you can do. Your body develops a need for a substance, even if it’s harmful, and the cravings can be a painful and anxiety inducing affair.
Tobacco and cigarettes are a particularly difficult habit to get rid of as tobacco is legal and you can find it in most shops. Sometimes even stopping for some milk on the way home can be a problem for someone who is trying to quit. The cigarette counter is right there, and the temptation can be almost unbearable.
With cigarettes so readily available it may seem like the world is against the person trying to quit. This is the main reason why support from the people closest to the smoker is important. Read in full
Health experts have urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to “resist the urge to control and suppress e-cigarettes.”
More than 50 public health specialists and researchers have sent a letter to the organisation in a bid to get them to understand the potential benefits of e-cigarettes, saying it’s too early to rule them out as a health risk.
E-cigarette devices deliver nicotine in a vapour and experts have suggested they could be a “significant health innovation” – and the UK’s Faculty of Public Health says it’s too early to know if the benefits outweigh the risks.
The open letter has been sent in advance of important international negotiations on tobacco policy due to take place later in the year.
Pro e-cigarette campaigners argue the devices are a low-risk smoking substitute and fear they might unfairly become targets of advertising bans and reduction targets. Read in full
Smokers are more than aware of the health hazards smoking causes. Barely a week goes by without the government or some anti-smoking initiative reminding you that smoking causes high blood pressure, asthma, emphysema, and that it rapidly ages your skin and causes lung cancer.
On top of that, in the UK smoking causes more than 100,000 deaths every year, each cigarette shortens a smoker’s life by 11 minutes, and reduces the average life expectancy by seven to eight years.
Furthermore, the number of people under 70 who die from smoking-related diseases exceeds the total of deaths caused by traffic accidents, drug addiction, AIDS and breast cancer COMBINED. Read in full
It’s a well-known, widely accepted and statistically-proven fact that smoking is bad for you. It can cause high blood pressure, asthma, emphysema, coronary thrombosis, rapidly ages your skin, and can cause various types of cancer.
In the UK, smoking causes more than 100,000 deaths each year and has the long-term effect of causing many more. On average, one cigarette shortens a smoker’s life by about 11 minutes and can reduce the average life expectancy by approximately seven to eight years. Read in full
It is a truth universally acknowledged that smoking is bad for your health. With increasing evidence that cigarettes can cause everything from strokes to cancer, a smoker in the 21st century does so in the full knowledge that they’re playing a risky game of Russian roulette. But while anti-smoking ads and warnings are now the norm, advertising was once used to preach quite the opposite!
Tobacco first came to England in 1565, brought back by Admiral Sir John Hawkins from his travels overseas, and for the first twenty years smoking remained a pastime of sailors.
By the turn of the century smoking had started to gain popularity in other circles, but it wasn’t without its critics. In 1604 King James I wrote that smoking was “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain [and] dangerous to the lungs” and consequently increased the tax on tobacco by a rather hefty 4,000%. Interestingly, he also noted that upon dissection, the lungs of several great smokers had been found to be coated with a sooty substance, but it wasn’t enough to put people off. Read in full
An April 2012 article in the GP magazine PulseAll smokers should be put on varenicline, says QIPP analysis highlights research commissioned by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) which suggests varenicline taken for 12 weeks after smoking cessation reduces relapse rates more than alternative medicines.