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Quitting smoking: a little help from my friends

help friends quit smokingBeating 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

Experts urge WHO to consider the benefits of e-cigarettes

e-cigarettes doctors adviceHealth 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

How to prepare for quitting smoking

prepare quitting smokingSmokers 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

What type of smoker are you?

type of smokerIt’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

Stub it out! Top apps to quit smoking

quit smoking appsSmoking is bad for you: fact. Amongst other things, it causes lung cancer, high blood pressure, emphysema and prematurely ages your skin.

The New Year is a great time to make resolutions: fact. You can set yourself personal goals, kick old habits and feel better about yourself.

So why not combine the two and make giving up smoking your new year’s resolution?

You’ve probably wanted to give up smoking for some time, and there are plenty of mobile apps designed to make that nicotine comedown easier and facilitate your desire to kick that 20-a-day habit.

And when you realise that more than 100,000 people every year die of smoking-related diseases and a cigarette shortens your life by 11 minutes, it’s enough to make you abandon the Lambert and Butlers.

Here are 10 of the best mobile apps to help you say a final farewell to those negative nicotine sticks. Read in full

Join Stoptober and Stop Smoking


Why Stoptober?

  • Over 160,000 people stopped smoking for 28 days last Stoptober (2012)
  • To date, 141,893 people have joined Stoptober this year (2013)
  • Smokers who give up for 4 weeks are 5 times more likely to give up smoking for good

Why Stop?

  • Those who stop around the age of 30, reduce their risk of premature death by 97%
  • Smoking is the biggest killer in the UK
  • Half of all long-term smokers die from smoke-related disease

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The history of cigarette advertising in the UK

cigarette-advertisingIt 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