Pro-Ban Supporters Ban Anti-Ban Supporters

An anti-smoking ban conference was set to be held in the European Parliament conference. Even before the conference was held the pro-banners were worried that anti-banners would prevent their conference from being held. Or maybe not so paranoid. The conference was banned, and instead of being ashamed of hiding the fact that they were obstructing […]

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Killing by the Million – and that’s just the health campaigners…

Image above by Jim Frazier This is not our title, but that of Clives Bates, a previous director of ASH-UK. This short fascinating post points out that health campaigner’s insistance on pushing quitting on smokers rather than on suggesting alternative smoking methods could lead to millions dying. If the world tobacco market shifted to selling […]

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E-Cigarette Clinical Trial

Is it possible to quit with an electronic cigarette? The University of Auckland’s first clinical trial of electronic cigaretttes has now been completed and the data is now undergoing analyis. The study aimed to test how effectively and rapidly a new nicotine delivery device (the e-Cigarette) relieves the discomfort that people experience when they stop […]

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News on Electronic Cigarette Trials

Electronic cigarette trial at Auckland uni looking for volunteers 5:00AM Thursday Jan 10, 2008 An article in the New Zealand Herald advises that smokers are being sought for another trial of the electronic cigarette at the Clinical Trials Unit at Auckland University. The e-cigarette delivers nicotine without the tobacco’s harmful effects, and is presently legal […]

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Photo of a solder smoking after battle.

Smoking in Iraq: Malbourough Man

One of the most iconic photos of the war in Iran features a marine, face blackened, blood running down from his ear, with a cigarette hanging from his mouth, staring blankly at the sunset at the end of a battle. The picture sparked both admiration and anger. Admiration came from the warmongers seeking to glorfy […]

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Exercise and Giving Up Smoking

Phil, then an EFL teacher working in Korea, was up to a pack a day, two when he went out drinking. He wasn’t helped by the fact that his girlfriend was a sixty-a-day girl . He was smoking Korean government cigarettes – which, ironically enough, were named long life! What helped him to give up […]

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The Flintstones – Smoking

At a time when tobacco advertising is illegal, and youth smoking is a huge concern, it’s hard to imagine a time when not only was advertising allowed, it was included in children’s cartoons! But there was a time when smoking was so widely accepted it was even featured in The Flintstones, as the video below […]

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Champix

I was intrigued when an Australian friend told me about a drug which he had bought in Australia, subsidised by the government, to help him to stop smoking. The drug, he said, worked by affecting the part of the brain that made the smoker addicted. The drug was Champix, a precription quit-smoking drug manufactured by […]

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