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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Coins lie next to a pile of cigarettes.

Smokers: Are you a drain on your country?

Have you ever heard this complaint? “Why should I pay for your health treatment out of my taxes?” It’s encouraged by various statistics which argue that smoking is a strain on the economy (citing lost work, cost to the NHS e.t.c.) And with between a half and a third of all smokers dying of a smoking […]

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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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Smoke Kills Movie

Another funny one. You need 3 minutes and 37 minutes to watch this one, but it is worth it, even if it is a little over the top! Save the world and switch to Electronic Cigarettes!

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Smoking Kills Movie!

Another very funny movie on the dangers of smoking. Short, but wait for the catchline. (Thanks to John for pointing this one out to us!) Note – while we do believe that overall the electronic cigaratte is healther than normal cigarettes, I believe that in this kind of situation it would provide no extra benefit.

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Smokers Paradox

Smokers paradox refers to the benefits that smoking has – a paradox because of the overall harm that smoking has on our health. Before the smokers amongst you get too excited, though, remember that is almost universally accepted that smoking does a lot more harm than good. Heart Attacks As we all know, smoking increases […]

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Smoking and the Brain

In a fascinating article on nicotine addiction entititled The Brain’s Addiction Centre over on Science Blogs, Ed Yong looks at the realities behind addiction. Smoking causes 5 times as many deaths as all other non-medical causes put together, and eighty percent of smokers admit they want to give up. Yet despite this it often takes […]

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Chemicals Contained in Cigarettes

Ever wondered exactly what chemicals are contained in cigarettes? Here are a small selection of the chemicals contained in cigarettes. Arsenic – a common rat poison, and the murder weapon of choice for estranged lovers. Formaldehyde – used to preserve dead bodies. Causes cancer as well as to unpleasant ailments such as respiratory, skin and […]

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