Smoking is now recognised and accepted as being incredibly unhealthy. There was once a time when smoking was glamorized in adverts, and you were able to smoke inside public places, and even on planes. However, a lot is now known about how dangerous this habit is, so it’s no surprise one of the worlds biggest killers is now banned in so many places, in so many different countries. The UK has some of the strictest laws on smoking in the world, but how do other countries compare?
Scotland has recently put forward an e cigarettes bill which will mean the sale of e cigarettes and their associated products will be banned for those under the age of 18.
Despite various research studies and statistics showing that e cigarettes are safe to use and are not a gateway to smoking normal cigarettes, anti-tobacco campaigners have still welcomed the bill. Ash (Action on Smoking and Health) Scotland stated that they believe “electronic cigarettes are less damaging to health than traditional cigarettes” (http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories/e-cigarette-bill-welcomed-by-campaigners-1-3793929)
E cigarettes are getting extremely popular, and according to a survey carried out by ASH (Action Against Smoking) they helped half a million people in the UK quit smoking last year (BBC News).
In the article by BBC News, it stated that the ASH research had shown that in the UK “there are now 2.6 million UK vapers, up from 2.1 million in 2014.”.
Are you finding you’re vaping and putting out less steam than a cold cup of tea? There are lots of reasons this can happen, ranging from the vaping techniques you use to issues with the E cigarette itself.
If you are experiencing this problem, the first thing you need to do is figure out what’s actually going wrong. You can’t fix an issue if you don’t know what’s causing the issue right?
These days, it seems like everyone is vaping. You only have to take a short trip to the shop to see someone lovingly holding an e cigarette to their mouth. However, for everyone else, vaping is still a little bit weird. When you don’t vape you see all these people walking around holding these Alice In Wonderland style pipes and wonder what on earth they are doing. Plus, you have to remember many people have heard uneducated information about vaping, which makes them wary and suspicious. Because of this reason, despite the fact e cigarettes are completely legal, many pubs, bars, eateries and public transport companies have banned the use of e cigarettes. This means us innocent, vaping folk are still put in the same box as people who smoke normal cigarettes which is sad, but very true at the moment. With this in mind, there’s cause for a little creativity when it comes to vaping in public places.
Disney is popular with children and adults alike, but the very basis of their entire corporation is bringing imagination, inspiration and entertainment to children’s lives. Because of this, Disney have now taken the decision to ban on screen smoking in every single one of their films, including Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm. The only exception is when historical figures appear smoking because they may have smoked at that time in history, nonetheless even then the act of smoking in that instance is never glamorised.
We all ponder around this little blue marble getting on with our busy daily lives without really giving much thought to the planet in which we reside. For this reason Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, decided to create a national day which would help to raise awareness of the environment and the effects of pollution. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and has grown from strength to strength every year gaining a worldwide following with 192 countries at present celebrating it annually.
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the first few weeks of quitting tobacco are the hardest. It’s a habit, and for many it’s a habit they’ve been maintaining for years, so to suddenly stop completely is a very big ask. “People will suffer from nicotine withdrawal symptoms as well as the psychological challenges of ending something that may have been a big part of their daily life”, says Brian Jones, a councillor at Quit, a national charity that helps people kick their tobacco habit for good.
There’s always someone who is ‘impossible’ to buy for. Maybe it’s your dad, who doesn’t seem to be able to get excited about anything, or your difficult-to-please partner perhaps? Whoever it is, if they vape you’re onto a winner. Even if they’re currently a tobacco-smoker, their birthday could be the perfect time to get them onto a healthier alternative!
You might be surprised to hear that until earlier last month, most councils in Britain would prevent those who smoked e-cigarettes from adopting children under five years old. . E-cigarette users have been considered in the same category as smokers of conventional tobacco cigarettes, making their homes ‘a risk’ for young children.
Some of us try new e-liquid flavours every time we order, or even every time we vape! And some of us like to find something we like and stick to it. Whatever your approach, have you ever wondered what your favourite flavour says about you?
Once you’ve bought your e-cigarette, equipment and chosen your flavours, you might think that that’s all there is to it, right? Well, not necessarily. There are various methods by which you can significantly improve your vaping experience completely safely.
So it’s been a little while since you smoked any tobacco, and you’re feeling more and more comfortable. No matter how long it’s been since you quit, it’s understandable to start wondering how long it will take for your body to begin to heal itself, or if you’ve done any permanent damage.
E-liquids are still fairly new to the world, so not everyone knows how to use them to their full potential. ‘Steeping’ is to “blend, age and mature an e-liquid, to the point where the best flavour can be obtained”, so much like ageing a wine or a whiskey, it’s about getting the best out of something with time.
Getting fit is something we all want to do, and probably our annual New Years resolution, but not many of us are still sticking with it in March. Is it a lack of time, motivation, energy or money?
Unsurprisingly, St Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular drinking days in the calendar, not only in Ireland and the UK, but in the US too. With approximately six million Brits claiming Irish ancestry, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Many who are used to celebrating St Patrick’s Day year after year will remember a time when most Irish pubs in Britain and Ireland were thick with smoke on Paddy’s Day and also on any other popular night out you could think of, but since the smoking ban this is thankfully, for many, a thing of the past.
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.