Taking a vape.
e-cig by Shutterstock
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.
Boby/light dots by The Conversation
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.
Smoking is estimated to cause one in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths.
The daily smoking rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is falling, but at 42%, it's still 2.6 times that of other Australians.
Rolling the legal age of smoking forward will result in fewer new smokers.
If legislation currently before the Tasmanian parliament passes, the state could be the first in the world to prohibit the sale of tobacco to people born after 2000.
We tend to assume a direct relation between an irritant and a part of the body – this isn't necessarily true.
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".
New models of recovery schools are offering hope for kids with addiction.
Rehabilitation sign image via www.shutterstock.com
Teen drug abuse is a real problem with 46% of high school students hooked on some addictive substance. Recovery high schools are offering a new model of treatment.
Trying is not the same as taking up.
e-cig by Shutterstock
Children three times more likely to experiment with e-cigarettes than tobacco but no sign that it leads to nicotine addiction.
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.
Studies suggest friends, family members and even colleagues of smokers or obese people are more likely to smoke or be obese themselves.
The leading cause of death in the world are a group of illnesses known as non-commmunicable diseases. But a growing body of evidence shows they're actually social contagions.