Tobacco

Widow Of Lung Cancer Victim Awarded HUGE Damages From Tobacco Firm

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK

A US cigarette company has been ordered to pay the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer $23.6 billion (£13.8 billion) in punitive damages....

My Father Richard's Life Was Cut Short by Tobacco

Lucy Briers | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Briers

My mother told me a few months after dad's death that he had often been distraught at what he felt was a self-inflicted illness. For me this was such an awful way for my father to approach the end of his life, especially a life which had provided so much joy to so many people. It is hard for me to admit, but I have felt angry with my dad since his death, because in a way he was right; it was self-inflicted. If he hadn't started smoking, or if he had given up in his twenties, thirties or even forties, I'm certain we would still be enjoying his glorious company today and for many years to come. However, it is not as simple as that.

Britain's Efforts to Reduce Smoking Are Becoming a Cash Cow for Big Tobacco

The Conversation UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Conversation UK

The tobacco industry, having sniffed out this opportunity, is snapping up e-cigarette companies. The latest example is Lorillard's acquisition of Skycig, giving the US based conglomerate its first major foothold in the British market.

Smoking With Fury, Smoking With Ignorance

Jane Sparrow | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Sparrow

The 'debate' this week in Parliament regarding smoking in cars with child passengers had me hanging my head in disbelief. We are talking about an activity that puts more than 4,000 chemicals into the air, a number of which are known to cause cancer. Why are we debating it at all... and why are people in our government still opposing it?

E-Cigarette Ban For Children

PA | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK

The Government is to introduce new legislation to ban under-18s from buying electronic cigarettes. The Coalition also plans to make it illegal for ...

Sugar Is the New Tobacco - Pass Me the eSugar Lump?

Sian Breslin | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

When sugar calories are absorbed into our bloodstream, they provide us with energy. If we do not use the energy, we get fat and according to studies, are put in potential danger of Diabetes II and heart disease.

10 Things Society Must Realise in Order to End the Drug War

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

As a society we need a serious paradigm shift regarding how much we allow the government to interfere with our free choices as citizens. The vast majority of people using illegal drugs in the UK are not addicts, but are perfectly functional members of society who enjoy drugs recreationally...

It's Not Just a Cigarette Box - Smokers Have Become Walking Adverts

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

By Jane Ogden, University of Surrey Cool design. But not that smart. Asbestos Bill In 1952 the first paper was published linking smoking with death....

LOOK: Gross Pictures Of What Smoking Does To Your Body

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

We can tell you that smoking will make you more prone to lung cancer, try to freak you out with pictures of a bloodied lung and tell you that your tes...

Children and Families Bill Offers Standardised Pack Hope

Simon Gillespie | Posted 06.12.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Gillespie

The British Heart Foundation and a host of charities and organisations, concerned about the health implications of smoking, want to see cigarettes across the UK wrapped in standardised packs as soon as possible. And the British Heart Foundation's new poll reveals eight in 10 teenagers agree.

Lynton Crosby Should Be 'Sent Back To Australia', Says Peer

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron's top election strategist, who has been engulfed in a row over whether he lobbied the prime minister to drop plans to introduce plain pa...

Crosby Denies 'Any Conversation' With Cameron Over Plain Packaging

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics

Conservative election adviser Lynton Crosby today denied that he has had "any conversation or discussion" with Prime Minister David Cameron on the iss...

Tougher European Rules on Tobacco Products to Prevent the Young Picking Up a Deadly Habit

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

E-cigarettes, which can help people to stop smoking, are also part of the proposed revision. Although they should only be placed on the market under existing rules on medicinal products, member states should make sure they are also available outside pharmacies, according to the public health committee.

Industry Trumps Evidence in Tobacco Packaging U-Turn

The Conversation UK | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

By Holly Jarman, University of Michigan The government's disappointing U-turn over plain packaging of tobacco has dealt a blow to campaigners and sho...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron's Crosby Controversy

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 15 July 2013... 1) CAMERON'S CROSBY CONTROVERSY As Oscar Wilde almost said, to lose one top Downing S...

Big Data and Gaming: Match Made In...?

Matt Asay | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Tech
Matt Asay

Many of our activities today create data. Data that is collected, analysed and acted upon by an increasing array of businesses. While we may pride ourselves on our independence, in truth more and more of our activities are heavily influenced by Big Data-driven marketing.

Tobacco Giant Desperate To Avoid Plain Cigarette Packaging

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK

A tobacco giant has ramped up its lobbying against plain cigarette packaging - challenging the Department of Health with a national advertising campai...

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.

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 ...

No, You Cannot Borrow a Cigarette

Lewis Shepherd | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lewis Shepherd

The biggest annoyance of a smoker is the social smoker. Yes we have all encountered them at some point during our smoking life, a non-smoker who has had too much to drink and thinks they will look 'cool' with a ciggie hanging out of their mouth.

Sugar vs fat? Know your poison

Glen Matten | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Glen Matten

Is the veneer finally beginning to fade on the low-fat hypothesis? Is the pendulum finally swinging away from fat as the harbinger of all things evil, to a new culprit, sugar?

Are Europeans Turning Away From Smoking?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK

Tobacco giant Imperial Tobacco claimed on Wednesday that the legal European cigarette market had shrunk by 7%. However, a black market for tobacco ...

Coca and Snus: Sweden's Self-defeating Hypocrisy on Drugs

Damon Barrett | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

Sweden has made the defence of the entire 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs a central part of its foreign policy on drugs. This is unthinking, uncritical and blinkered.

Charlie Thomas

Are There Unintended Consequences From Banning Cigarette Displays?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK

Imperial Tobacco has lost its fight to continue displaying cigarettes in shops in Scotland. The Supreme Court ruled against the tobacco giant's app...