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Smoking is linked to pot bellies

Tweet Heavy smoking may help cut your weight but it could lead to a fatter stomach, research suggests. While many smokers cite fear of weight gain as a reason for not giving up, scientists have found they are more likely to develop pot bellies. Scientists at the University of Glasgow found that while smoking might be associated with lower overall weight, it tends to push fat into central areas resulting in a bigger stomach – an unhealthy ap ... Jump to full article >>

Upcoming flavoured tobacco ban on NDP docket

Tweet Premier Rachel Notley said Wednesday Albertans can expect news from her government in the coming days about a potential menthol cigarette ban. Legislation banning specific flavours of tobacco products in the province is set to come into force Monday because they are enticing to youth. But the ban exempts menthol, a move that earned the former Progressive Conservative government harsh criticism from Notley’s NDP when her caucus sat in oppo ... Jump to full article >>

Row over Marlboro-funded research that undermined plain cigarette packs

Tweet A bitter academic row has triggered calls for a leading university to withdraw two key scientific papers sponsored by “big tobacco” and used to make the case against the introduction of selling cigarettes in plain packets. The papers, published by the University of Zurich, analysed the impact of plain packets in Australia. Their findings were widely disseminated in the media and used by the tobacco lobby to make the case that the health ... Jump to full article >>

Should I use e-cigarettes to help me quit smoking?

Tweet Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices made of plastic or metal that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapour that users inhale. The $1.5 billion e-cigarette industry says the nicotine vaporizers are a less harmful alternative to smoking tobacco. The World Health Organisation and some regulatory bodies, on the other hand, showed grave concern for people using e-cigarettes and seek more restrictive rules. With these two op ... Jump to full article >>

How to stop smoking – hints, tips, and sheer logic

Tweet Long term smokers have a 50:50 chance of dying before their time, and sometimes decades before. It’s pretty much the riskiest legal habit you can have. So hats off to Allen Carr, the former accountant who helped millions quit smoking before succumbing to lung cancer, aged 72. Carr had his first cigarette at sixteen, and by middle age was getting through a hundred a day. He stopped however in 1983, but alas was still exposed to the poison ... Jump to full article >>

Why Smokers Still Smoke

Tweet It’s not that they are all hopeless addicts. Many smokers are capable of quitting. It’s not that they are ignorant. Studies show that smokers are at least as informed as nonsmokers about the risks of smoking — and possibly more informed. You might suspect, then, that smokers tend to be risk takers by nature. And some evidence suggests that smokers do take more risks than nonsmokers: they are more often involved in traffic accidents, l ... Jump to full article >>

Mike, teens & cigarettes

Tweet Mayor Bloomberg wants to raise to 21 the age for buying cigarettes in New York City, in hopes a higher minimum age discourages young people from smoking. He’d have done better to look at what we know about how and why youngsters start smoking in the first place. Very few teens buy cigarettes at a retail outlet; the overwhelming majority (95 percent) get their tobacco from friends or family. So the retail accessibility of tobacco is largel ... Jump to full article >>

Trying to quit smoking just got a little easier

Tweet ‘It’s easy to quit smoking – I’ve done it hundreds of times.” This oft-quoted bit of wit, attributed to Mark Twain, gets right to the heart of the matter: Deciding to kick the habit is a breeze, but sticking with the decision is an entirely different story. Most who actually manage to end up as former smokers do so only after several failed attempts. These days, though, there are ways to ease the burden. Nicotine-replacement produ ... Jump to full article >>

Panel to Consider Bill Banning Smoking in Casinos

Tweet DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State senators will discuss legislation that would ban smoking in Iowa casinos. A Senate subcommittee was scheduled to discuss the proposal Tuesday. Casinos were exempted from Iowa’s Smokefree Air Act when it passed in 2008. Democratic Sen. Jack Hatch, who has supported efforts to expand the ban, says it would be a public health benefit. But he questioned whether the bill would have much support in the Le ... Jump to full article >>

Local lawmaker introduces smoking bill

Tweet RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Smoking while driving with a child in the car could be a thing of the past in Virginia. State Senator Ralph Northam (D-VA), who represents parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, has introduced a new bill in Congress that would subject anyone who smokes in a car with a child inside of it to a $100 fine. A similar bill died in the House last week and most think this bill could suffer the same fate. Pediatricians a ... Jump to full article >>