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Looking Back On Six Things Smoking Took From Me On World COPD Day

Margaret Storey | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Margaret Storey

Today is the awareness day for a condition I have lived with for around 17 years called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a life-long condition that makes it difficult to empty air out of your lungs because the airways have been narrowed. Though you've probably never heard of it, around 1.2m people in the UK are diagnosed.

Health Charity Welcomes News That Just One Person Has Been Fined For Smoking In A Car With Kids

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Parents

Just one person in the UK has been fined for smoking in a car with a child, since it was made illegal a year ago, according to an investigation by the...

Smoking Leaves A Footprint On Your DNA, Even After You Quit

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Tech

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but scientists have now revealed that smoking leaves a ‘footprint’ on your DNA that stays long...

Yes, There Is Such a Thing as Competitive Vaping

Jess Melia | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Melia

And no, I'm not joking. Vaping has become a sport. It's not new thing either, having risen to prominence in the West Coast of the U.S with the inception of e-cigarettes in 2007 and is now widespread throughout America. Since some of the world's top sportsmen and women are showcasing themselves in Rio right now, I thought I'd delve into this bizarre world and look at some of the 'athletes' this particular 'sport' has to offer.

E-cigarettes: Maximising Benefit, Minimising Harm

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

Smoking remains the number one killer in England but people continue to quit and e-cigarettes are now the most popular quitting tool. Clearly e-cigarettes have the potential to help many more people to quit smoking, and we need to embrace that, while minimising any potential harms...

How Will Smoking Affect My Fitness?

Chris Hall | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hall

Let's start with the obvious... smoking is bad for you! We all know it, it's not a secret, yet every day I bet we all see people walking down the street with a cigarette. Unfortunately, for many people smoking is a very social activity and something it's very difficult to stop.

World No Tobacco Day: Smoking and Mental Illness

Brian Dow | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brian Dow

People with mental health conditions typically smoke at higher rates and are more heavily addicted than average. Around one third of adult tobacco consumption is by people with a mental health condition. This means that they are much more likely to experience serious health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, as a result of smoking.

If E-Cigs Help Us De-Cig, What's the Government's Problem?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

The UK Royal College of Physicians have published a new report reiterating e-cigs' use as a quitting tool. However, legislators all over the world are falling over themselves to regulate e-cigarettes into e-blivion, even though the science doesn't always back them up.

E-Cigs - Gateway Drug or Quit Aid?

Kylie Barton | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

The e-cig has sky-rocketed in popularity - cool looking vape-shops now litter most high streets. It is like the time before we knew how bad cigs were for us, glitzy advertising, alluring packaging, a variety of delicious flavours - all of which appeal to the rebellious teen (or apparently infant!).

Why It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

The best way to reduce smoking among young people is to reduce smoking in the world around them, helping adults to quit so that smoking is no longer the norm. It is never too late to quit, and the benefits of doing so reach far beyond your own health and wellbeing, it will make a difference for future generations.

15 Things Smokers Do When 'Giving Up' That Bore Us To Tears

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 02.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Another year, another barrage of 'New Year, New Me' crap to wade through. As if the winter chill and post-Christmas hangover isn't enough for us t...

My Chemical Romance: A Battle Against Nicotine Addiction

Kirsteen O'Sullivan | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsteen O'Sullivan

I really can't believe I am writing this as an ex-addict. I am very proud to say that nicotine is firmly in my past, though there'll always be a part of me that will yearn for it. I will always be a smoker, even though I'll never touch a cigarette again.

More Than 70,000 Pregnancies Affected By Mum Smoking: Advice On Quitting

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Parents

More than 70,000 pregnancies are affected by mums-to-be smoking in Britain every year, research reveals. Smoking during pregnancy is causing around...

Stoptober Gives You the Support You Need to Quit

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

Now a regular fixture on the calendar, Stoptober sets you the challenge of staying smokefree for 28 days. This is important because if you make it through to the end of the month you are five times more likely to give up for good.

Three Million Reasons to Quit

Jane Ellison | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Jane Ellison

Every year, three million children are exposed to second hand smoke in a car. And every week, 200 of these children are made so unwell that they have to visit their GP with health complaints that are entirely preventable.

Smoking Could Be A 'Trigger' For Mental Illness, Study Finds

PA | By John von Radowitz, Press Association Science Correspondent | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Chemicals in tobacco may help trigger serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, a study suggests.New research shows that smoking can triple the ...

Smoking Is Cool But It Will Kill You

Nicole Ettinger | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Ettinger

Terrified of flying, I was delighted when the plane back from Thailand landed safely at Heathrow. I darted for the exit and began to rummage through my bag in search of a lighter and cigarettes to celebrate survival, but then I remembered that promise to myself, to stay alive longer.

Love Smoking? Don't Read This Then!

Malminder Gill | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Smoking is known to cause a lot of physical transformations and is known to ruin the outside appearance of the person. If you want to know about some of the ways smoking can ruin your looks then you might want to check this out.

Vaping-No Spliffs or Butts

Jim Sherifi | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jim Sherifi

I confess. I have a vice. I should have a dunce's hat placed on my head and be paraded in public before a jeering crowd of the righteous and worthy. I have battled my demons and failed. I am a smoker.

Can We Please Stop Being So Overdramatic About E-Cigarettes?

Hilary Wardle | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Wardle

Propylene glycol is a solvent, and there is a natural hesitation when it comes to the idea of breathing in a 'chemical'. There are over 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, nearly all of which are more harmful than propylene glycol. Yes, of course it isn't ideal and we don't know much about the long term health risks associated with inhaling it, but surely one chemical is better than 4000?

I Quit - Portrait of a Retiring Smoker

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

As I hit my late twenties, I was spending as much time as a non-smoker as I was a smoker. I would wean myself off, stay off for a while (once even an entire year) then suddenly that feeling of missing a vital part of my identity would over-ride logic (usually following a glass of wine or four) and before you know it - bam.

This Is What Happens When An E-Cigarette Explodes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK

This is the moment a ball of fire narrowly missed a barmaid's head when an e-cigarette exploded. Laura Baty, 18, was serving a customer at the bar ...

E-Cigarettes 'Could Encourage Young People To Start Smoking'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

E-cigarettes smoked by young people could lead to them picking up regular cigarettes, new research has claimed. The study by the Health Equalities ...

Smoking: Don't Believe the Addiction Myth

Robert Kelly | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Kelly

This belief in addiction makes it far harder for smokers to quit. Research has demonstrated that most smokers would like to quit smoking, and yet many believe that they cannot do so due to the strength of their addiction. They believe that quitting will just be too difficult.

National No Smoking Day: Ten Tips To Help You Quit Smoking

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When you add up the health risks, cost, smell and endless hours spent shivering outside to have that sacred puff, it's a wonder people start smoking a...