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The pharmaceutical industry understandably wants to convince quitters to use their products as much as possible. Joe Plocki/Flickr

Is it time to stop subsidising nicotine replacement therapies?

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) became available in Australia in 1984 (gum) and 1993 (patches), first as prescription-only items. From 1988, they started becoming available as an over-the-counter item…
Having a Twitter account is not an obligation to engage with anyone seeking to troll. Eirik Solheim/Flickr

Why I block trolls on Twitter

My first column last week was quickly trolled by a small group of mostly UK-based vaping activists. Of 49 comments posted, 17 were removed by The Conversation’s moderator before the comments were closed…
Dying at 70, Cocker effectively lost one day in eight off the life expectancy the average Englishman has today. EPA/Angelika Warmuth

With a little help from his friends … Joe Cocker’s early death

Joe Cocker, the Sheffield singer who died on December 22, will always be remembered as one of the most searing, unforgettable voices of the past forty years. Ten of his best songs can be found here. “Mad…