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.
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.
Since 1 July 2007 smoking had been banned in all enclosed public and work places in England. There was real disquiet before the legislation - how would it work? The reality is the younger generation of workers probably can't quite imagine a workplace with a designated smoking room, or a smoking carriage on a train. So is it a step backwards to say in some circumstances businesses might introduce a policy that permits e-cigarette use in designated areas?
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.