Just because a treatment works for some people, doesn’t mean it will work for you.
It's hard to decide which treatment to choose when trying to quit smoking or lose weight. The term 'number needed to treat' could help you decide what is most likely to work.
An Ottawa high school student looks at plain cigarette packaging examples on World No Tobacco Day in May 2016. Tobacco companies are railing against Ottawa’s plans for plain cigarette packaging in Canada.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canadian government is currently drafting regulations on plain packaging for cigarettes. Tobacco companies are trying to weaken the regulations via lobbying and misleading PR campaigns.
Drugs don’t give you an edge over quitting cold turkey.
Using prescription drugs or over-the-counter gums, mints or patches won't increase your chances of quitting smoking a year later, according to new study.
While compelling, personal anecdotes of what helped people quit smoking suffer from self-selection bias. We don’t hear from people who didn’t succeed.
Personal stories about what helped people quit smoking can be misleading, and aren't strong evidence.
While smoking in young Australians is declining, roll-your-own cigarettes are becoming more popular.
Fewer young people are smoking, but overall smoking levels remain level. What's stopping smoking levels in all ages dropping further?
The effective ban on e-cigarettes in Australia forces people to access unregulated nicotine products to help them quit smoking.
The recent decision to effectively ban e-cigarettes will hurt poor and disadvantaged smokers the most.
Classifying e-cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy could help the tobacco industry influence health policy.
Classing e-cigarettes as quit smoking aids could help rebrand the tobacco industry as a legitimate player in health policy. Here's why we should be concerned.
California aggressively fights Big Tobacco usage in ads such as this, with funds voters allocated when they increased the tobacco tax by passing Proposition 99 in 1988. California Department of Public Health.
California Department of Public Health
California has one of the nation's lowest cigarette taxes, due in large part to a powerful tobacco lobby. The power could shift this fall, if a voters agree to raise taxes by $2 a pack.
Doctors can now prescribe e-cigarettes as a quitting tool but the benefits of vaping may have been overstated.
Anti-smoking momentum among young people is starving the tobacco industry of new smokers,
It is three years since Australia fully implemented its historic tobacco plain packaging law. From December 1, 2012, all tobacco products have been required to be sold in the mandated standardised packs…
Many thousands of people stop and reduce their smoking every year.
As smoking continues its inexorable southward journey toward single-digit percentages of populations being smokers, it’s common to hear people say the smokers who remain are all “hard core”, heavily dependent…
One down, 599 to go.
Monthly bouts of abstinence have become regular features of public health and charity campaigns, but there may be even more important milestones for giving up.
Over the 23 days, we saw just 20 people vaping: 15 in Paris, one in Lyon, one in Calvi, one in Barcelona and two in Madrid.
Every traveller forms impressions about patterns of frequently or seldom seen cultural differences when visiting other countries. You see far fewer women than men on the streets of more conservative Islamic…
From one hand-held habit to another.
Services like Facebook and YouTube may have the upper hand when it comes to getting people to give up cigarettes.
Smokers would not riot in the streets. Many would welcome it.
I’m a regular drug user. Every morning I take a drug to manage blood pressure. I get my supplies from my neighbourhood dealer, but I can get the stuff almost anywhere.
Unassisted quitting is mentioned in the guidelines but not as an option to be encouraged.
A preoccupation with pharmaceutically assisted quitting ignores or dismisses the value of unassisted quitting or going "cold turkey".
Too young to smoke.
Image of teens smoking via www.shutterstock.com.
Tobacco 21 legislation could mean that many people never start smoking in the first place. Why? The older you are, the less likely you are to start smoking.
Not enough tobacco company money is going into public health campaigns.
The #20 Million Memorial created earlier this month by the United States Centers for Disease Control, is an online tribute to honor the 20 million spouses, mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers…
Scotland strategy paving the way.
Given just how well established anti-smoking campaigns in Britain now are, many of today’s smokers, and younger smokers in particular, have taken up the habit with at least some awareness of the damaging…
The American Surgeon General published the first federal government report linking smoking and ill health 50 years ago. The report also demanded that the American government take appropriate remedial action…