Quitting on their own can help some smokers feel autonomous, independent and in control.
New research suggests most smokers don't want to quit using nicotine replacement, they want to do it on their own.
Methods of communicating relative risk to the public are often confusing.
There are several ways scientists can explain risks of cancer and other diseases; some are easier to understand than others.
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…
Research suggests that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than ordinary cigarettes but are still toxic.
The regulation of e-cigarettes has been controversial across the world. As the South African government decides on its approach, there are pros and cons to weigh up.
British American Tobacco says it wants the information to ascertain whether it substantiates government claims about the impact of plain tobacco packaging laws.
Restricting entities such as tobacco companies' use of FOI laws is not the best legal response if it helps public bodies generally become more secretive.
One-third (32%) of those who had vaped had also smoked cigarettes.
Electronic (e-)cigarettes are attracting massive interest for their potential in helping smokers quit, to reduce harm in those who switch from cigarettes or cut down, and in reducing the uptake of smoking…
Taking a vape.
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Fewer teenagers are taking up smoking, but one study has found a link between e-cigarettes and a potentially more dangerous addiction.
It could be that high levels of social disadvantage are what are actually being measured and smoking is a marker of this inequality.
Too much sitting may increase the risk of developing diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and it may even cause premature death.
More people are getting standing desks in response to our increasing knowledge about the harms of sedentary lifestyles. But can you transition to standing at work without causing yourself harm?
I recently noticed a tweet from @CareersatBAT about how British American Tobacco South Africa had packed 200,000 meals of donated food for the Million Meal Challenge being run by Stop Hunger Now Southern…
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.
Smoking and mental health problems go hand in hand but it's not an easy relationship to untangle.
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Researchers have been investigating the link between smoking and psychosis, here's what they found.
Smoking has long been embedded in prison culture.
It's fair to say Victoria's ban on smoking in prisons has had some teething issues, but there's strong evidence to suggest the move is doing the right thing by inmates, staff and the health system.
Smokers respond to more filtered or more diluted cigarettes by taking bigger puffs and more of them.
Past tobacco control measures have changed the pack, while the cigarettes inside remain the same. A logical next step is to regulate how companies engineer cigarettes to promote their use.
Tobacco is sold in nearly every shop, on every street corner, in every neighbourhood.
While tobacco demand-reduction strategies have been widely implemented in Australia and internationally, comparatively little has been done to control the sale and supply of tobacco products.
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.
The ban disadvantages smokers who may have difficulty quitting but want to reduce the risks of smoking.
Australia's ban on e-cigarettes is ethically murky. It's a paternalistic policy that denies adult smokers the right to use a less harmful form of nicotine.