Smoking

WATCH: Want To Quit Smoking? Wear A Cage On Your Head, Obviously

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK

A Turkish man is attempting to kick his 26-year smoking habit by wearing a locked wire cage over his head. Ibrahim Yücel straps on his head cage ...

Poor Lifestyle Choices May Be Responsible For Large Increase In Cancer Cases

PA | PA | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Concerns have been raised over a "large increase" in the number of cancer cases which can be attributed to poor lifestyle choices such as smoking and ...

Menthol Cigarettes Could Be Banned By European Union

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK

Menthol cigarettes could be banned as European Union ministers approved the first stage of a proposal to make smoking less attractive. Poland is th...

E-Cigarettes To Be Regulated

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK

Electronic cigarettes are to be classed as "medicines" under new proposals to tighten up the regulation of nicotine-containing products. Manufacturers...

If You Can't Quit, Then Cut Back

PA | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Smokers are encouraged to at least cut down on the habit if they are unable to stop completely in guidance which is a world-first issued by health pro...

Oolong Tea With Mussolini

Matt Roper | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Matt Roper

Enjoy yourselves, people. There's nothing to be gained from living like this. It's not so much the booze I miss. It's the cigarettes. I'm absolutely dying for a fag. I'm cranky. I'm miserable. All I do is eat.

Standardised Packs Plainly Part of Public Health Solution

Simon Gillespie | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Gillespie

Last week, more than 50 young people from all over the country travelled to voice their support for standardised cigarette packaging at British American Tobacco's Annual General Meeting in London... Their colourful banners stated 'plain packs protect' while another read 'I don't ever wanna lose my best friend, smoking kills'.

Stubbed Out

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK

Health campaigners have reacted angrily to claims that David Cameron has axed plans to enforce plain packaging for cigarettes, calling the apparent de...

Higher Passive Smoke Risk For Teenage Girls, Study Suggests

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Second-hand tobacco smoke may pose more of a heart risk to teenage girls than boys, research suggests. Scientists found that girls exposed to other...

Cigarette Packets: The Case for a New Law

Peter Kellner | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

So the consultation is over. The relevant minister is convinced. The Liberal Democrats support a new law – indeed they were the first major party to embrace it, back in 2009. Yet the issue remains in the balance. So let me help ministers by setting out the pros and cons.

Female Smokers More Likely To Develop Arthritis, Study Suggests

PA | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Smoking just a few cigarettes a day can more than double a woman's risk of rheumatoid arthritis, research has shown. Compared with never-smokers, w...

Noodle Soup and Sympathy

Matt Roper | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Roper

Health scares can be good for the health if you can learn from them. I am addicted quite seriously to cigarettes, but I don't smoke anymore. There are times when I miss them (when I have a cup of coffee or I'm waiting for a train, blah blah, yawn etc.) but I know myself far too well. I can't go there. Post- DVT, us smokers put ourselves at the greater risk of a recurring blood clot. It's a non-runner.

Research Reveals the Best Country for Longevity and Health - But Is the NHS Terminally Ill?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

For years of life lost due to premature mortality, in comparison with the European average, the UK does worse in 2010 in ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lower respiratory infections, breast cancer, other cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, oesophageal cancer, pre-term birth complications, congenital anomalies, and aortic aneurysm.

Genes Could Stop Smokers From Kicking The Habit

PA | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK

Genes rather than feeble will power may be letting down people who try and fail to give up smoking. Scientists have identified genetic variants tha...

Plain Cigarette Packaging Wins Scottish Government Support

PA | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK

Cigarettes and other tobacco products should be sold in plain packaging, the Scottish government has said. The pledge makes Scotland the first part...

Canadian PSA Explores Bad Social Habits

Jonathan Heath | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Tech
Jonathan Heath

This week I have been made aware of two PSAs. The first and the main subject of this article is from the Ontario Ministry Of Health and deals with that most maligned of habits - smoking - and in particular the somewhat unjustifiable modern trend of 'social smoking'. The second is a film from Serbia highlighting the effects of domestic violence.

Stop Smoking And Lose Weight

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

People in relationships want their partners to lose weight and stop smoking in a bid to improve their health, according to a survey. Over half (59%...

Shock At Huge Rise In Number Of Child Smokers

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK

The number of children who have taken up smoking has risen by 50,000 in just one year, research suggests. About 207,000 children aged 11 to 15 star...

How to Save 36,815 Lives a Year

Joe Williams | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Williams

We can no longer ignore this problem: both central and local government must now act to ensure people can chose to exercise as part of their normal day far more often and make walking and cycling the safest, easiest and most enjoyable way to travel around their community.

1 In 10 Smokers Are "Desperate" To Give Up

PA | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

One in 10 smokers are "desperate" to give up, a poll suggests. A survey, conducted on behalf of the British Heart Foundation's 30th annual No Smoki...

Cigarette Giant's Anti-Plain Packaging Advert Banned For Being Misleading

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

An anti-plain packaging campaign advert placed in national newspapers by one of the biggest tobacco giants has been banned after it was found to have ...

Why Is There Still a No Smoking Day?

Maura Gillespie | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maura Gillespie

While the amount of people who smoke had been going steadily down since the fifties, in the last six years that decline has stalled. Although nearly two out of three want to quit and one in ten tell us they're 'desperate' to get rid of their addiction, around 20% of the UK still smoke.

Safer Alternative to Cigarettes to Be Banned by EU

Janice Atkinson | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

I am the most fervent anti-smoker and anything that stops people puffing on the filthy cancer sticks is great by me. I have never touched a cigarette so I am not a reformed holier-than-thou ex-smoker. Yet, I find that the EU is interfering again by trying to regulate e-cigarettes.

Could The UK Be About To Introduce Plain Packaging For Cigarettes?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK

Could plain packaging for cigarettes be more than just smoke without fire? The move is set to be announced in the Queen's speech in May, according ...

Lent: Ten Ways to Break Bad Habits

Realbuzz.com | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Realbuzz.com

If you've been promising yourself that you're going to ditch a bad habit for a while but have never quite got around to doing so, it could be time to take the plunge. To help ensure your success and make the process a little less painless, check out these ten ways to break bad habits.