Dr Derek Yach, a former member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Tobacco Control group has written a column for the Spectator saying he disagrees with the WHO’s stance on e-cigarettes, claiming that “their intransigence threatens more profound progress”.
Most smokers and tobacco-users have tried to quit multiple times, horrified by the numerous government-funded TV ads and billboards that serve to put people off the habit, not to mention their own doctor’s advice.
It’s a given that we all want to live a long, happy and healthy life, but tobacco-smokers are directly putting their health at risk on a daily basis, wasting a huge proportion of their income, and putting their loved ones at risk too. Some people reassure themselves with tales of their tobacco-smoking grandparents, who never quit and lived to be 90 years old, but few are this lucky, and we now live in a time where we’re armed with information and have no more excuses.
We all put off cleaning our oven or fridge – it’s often easier to ignore the dirt than to get stuck in with the rubber gloves. However, many of us take our e-cigarette everywhere we go and use them on a daily basis, so the same rules can’t really apply.
An e-cigarette is fundamentally an electronic device, so dirt can be surprisingly destructive. By cleaning it regularly you’ll make sure the battery life is retained, your e-liquid tastes fresh, and it all works as it should do. E-liquid can leak and damage the battery quite easily, so if your charger can’t make its mind up between red and green, you may have a leaking, faulty e-cigarette, with a build-up of dirt, on your hands.
Smoking In Cars While Children Present Gets Me “Fuming”
While obviously the title of the post was done in jest – the subject of smoking in cars when there are children present really gets to me. It is beyond my comprehension how parents can happily sit in the front of their vehicles ‘puffing’ away while their innocent child is poisoned in the back seat. You ask any parent if they would knowingly feed their children poison and I can guarantee that they would look at you with disgust for asking such a vile question but yet some of these same people will happily smoke in front of their children essentially equating to the same thing.
A new study published in the British Medical Journal has revealed that pregnant women are more likely to quit if they were given a paid incentive. The study offered the women £400 worth of vouchers which lead to higher success rates than those women who were given the standard NHS anti smoking advice.
Bristol Kicks Off Voluntary Outdoor Smoking Ban
Yesterday Bristol introduced a new voluntary outdoor scheme that are the UKs first major outdoor smoking free zones.
Both Millennium square and Anchor Square, which are popular family hotspots are the chosen areas in which the ban will take place. Although no enforceable ban will be imposed on smokers that choose to ignore the 11 signs placed around the areas asking them to not light up.
Scheme Has A Lot Of Backing
The scheme has had a tremendous amount of support from local businesses, the city council and health campaigners. However the lobbying group Forest feels the ban is unjustified and unfair. The director of the Forest said:
“Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places. Now campaigners want to ban it outside. This is creeping prohibition.
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Dr Vivek Murthy, the new Surgeon General, said health officials are “in desperate need of clarity” on electronic cigarettes in order to help guide policies. We went on to say that the technology should be embraced if the evidence shows that e cigs do actually help people to quit.
Electronic cigarette regulation is a hot topic amongst the vaping world at present. As popularity and consumer numbers continue to grow, so do the conversations and arguments for associated bylaws. It is estimated that over 2 million adults in the UK are currently using e cigs, or vapers as they are known. In fact, sales figures between the years 2012 and 2013 rose by an astonishing 340% to £193 billion. Yes, that’s right, billion! These figures are according to a research publication made by consumer company Mintel in 2014.
McDonalds Marketing Billboard Fail
If there was ever an unfortunate pairing on advertising billboards then the most recent award must go to the McRib burger which is advertised next to one of the NHS’s latest anti smoking campaign posters.
In the latest news a team from Portland State University experimented with a machine that “inhaled” e cigarette vapor at a low voltage and a high voltage to see if and how much formaldehyde was produced by heating the e liquid used in the e cigarettes.
NHS Under Treat From Lifestyle Choices
The Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, has demanded that changes be made to tackle the current NHS crisis. Having to “rescue” people from “harm that need never have happened” is crippling the NHS. He also wants a UK government crackdown on the amount of sugar found in processed food.
Negative Smoking & Prostate Cancer Link
It seems that smoking is yet again in the spotlight after new findings published by BJU International, suggests that smoking may negatively affect the health outcomes of patients with prostate cancer.
There are a lot of things that have been outlawed for travel on a commercial plane and the regulations for flight are very stringent especially in recent years however the Federal Aviation Administration actually wants vapers to carry on their electronic cigarettes on board the plane with them.
There are many differences between the two sexes including how each prefer to quit smoking new findings from the University of B.C.show.
‘Macho’ Men Don’t Like Being Told What To Do
Men are ‘macho’ and don’t like being told what to do, they will try and convince you and themselves they are right when they are clearly wrong and like every fella they are gifted with an internal compass meaning that even when they are ‘lost’ they know exactly which direction to head in. Everyone knows guys can’t get lost, we just decide to take the scenic route sometimes that’s all.
A recent study has found that women who smoke cigarettes are just as likely to develop aneurysms in the main artery from the heart as men. At present there are only guidelines to have smoking men over the age of 65 screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a fatal condition, but now this new study has opened the gates and has raised the question if women should be screened too.
It has been a debate for a while now, do we continue to sell cigarettes as they are or do we follow in the footsteps of Australia and pass a law which would make it illegal for cigarette manufacturers to place any branding on their product – essentially making all cigarettes packets plain in design.
First of all I just want to point out that this data is from statistics collected on US people however the underlining message is consistent among all smokers no matter where they live.
Customer Kicked Out Of Supermarket For Vaping
In recent news a woman has been kicked out of Morrisons Supermarket for using her electronic cigarette in the store. The woman now plans on boycotting the Supermarket saying she will take her “custom somewhere else”.
A study into the influence of partner behavior shows that you are more likely to lead a healthier lifestyle if your partner is making the commitment with you.
Should Cigarette Taxes Be Increased Again?
Increase taxes and smokers will be forced to quit saving hundreds of millions of lives. Sounds good in theory but is this really the way to go? Is it fair to keep picking on smokers or do they need intervention to help them to quit and live healthier lives?
Reduced Cases Of Lung Cancer In High Elevations
A recent study has uncovered some very interesting details on lung cancer. The study revealed that living at higher altitudes reduces risk of lung cancer in not only smokers but also non-smokers too.
The rapid growth of electronic cigarette users has been felt by the British company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) who produce nicotine patches and gum a chief executive said.
Eater critic Ryan Sutton gives his take on why vaping shouldn’t be demonized like smoking a regular cigarette in restaurants.
He argues that vaping should not be grouped into the same category as traditional cigarettes, which to be fair is a valid statement because even though the two seem similar they operate very differently.
Manchester Cracks Down On Vaping
As both the awareness and electronic cigarette usage increases in the UK we are seeing more and more places deciding to take up a no vaping policy. In recent news it has been reported that e-cig users in Greater Manchester are being forced to share outdoor smoking shelters inhabited with smokers who are still using analogs and leaving a trial of smoke in their wake.
Science is an amazing thing and the wonders never cease to amaze me – we have sent people to the moon, have computers as small as our hands and can communicate with people all around the world in real time via smartphone apps. However one of the latest scientific findings by a group of researchers in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine may lead to a personalised way to help smokers to quit
Electronic Cigarette Sales Soar
Electronic cigarette sales shot through the roof last year with an incredible 49.5% increase and were even the fastest growing product in British supermarkets.
Britain has been very health conscious for the last few years but 2014 took things to a new level with huge growths being seen across the board for healthy food. Not so surprisingly frozen and fast food continued on a downward slope.
Get Fit This New Year
Ok so you have decided to quit smoking this new year and you want to focus on achieving that rock hard 6 pack along with those bulging t-shirt muscles. Ok lets not get too ahead of ourselfs just yet – often a lot of people that want to get in shape can set targets that are just too unrealistic for the time frame they are giving themselves. Although most people would like to have the ‘perfect body’, the time, effort and commitment it takes is more than the average person is willing to commit too however that doesn’t mean you you can’t be fit, healthy and be in shape.
Is There A ‘Right Time’ To Quit?
So you want to quit smoking but don’t know were to begin. You have tried all the tips and tricks that are floating around the world wide web but have so far yet to try something that actually works.
Cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK claiming around 100,000 lives a year in just the UK alone.
Did you know that around half of all smokers will die from smoking related diseases? When you actually stop for a second and give a little thought as to the seriousness of that sentence it is shocking and quite honestly baffling as to why new people choose to take up smoking?