This Product is Less Harmful than Smoking, but We Can’t Tell Smokers

Vaping has gained tremendously in popularity in recent years, with some studies suggesting e-vapour use is as much as 95-per-cent less harmful than smoking combustible cigarettes. Governments everywhere are grappling with e-vapour technology and how best to regulate it, and Health Canada is presently conducting consultations.

This Product is Less Harmful than Smoking, but We Can't Tell Smokers

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Report Debunks Myth That Vaping is as Toxic as Smoking

A NEW report has found that there is conclusive evidence that e-cigarettes are less dangerous than regular cigarettes, and smokers who switch to vaping reduce their exposure to lethal toxicants and carcinogens.

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released this report, which has over 600 pages examining the health consequences of e-cigarettes with regards to the population as a whole.

Kabir Kaleechurn, Director of the Vapour Products Association of South Africa, that represents the manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in the rapidly expanding vaping sector, said “This is a mammoth report that emphasises the need to separate the often ‘emotion-laden’ argument from facts.”

Report Debunks Myth That Vaping is as Toxic as Smoking

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Butt Out: 117 Queenslanders Fined For Smoking Around Bus Stops

Almost $30,000 in fines have been dished out to smokers who light up near Queensland bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry terminals.

On September 1, 2016, it became illegal to smoke within five metres of public transport waiting points.

Since then, 117 fines were issued to Queenslanders for the offence, which currently attracts a fine of $252.30.

That was about one fine on average every four days.

Butt Out - 117 Queenslanders Fined For Smoking Around Bus Stops

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What Smoking Just ONE Cigarette Really Does to Your Body

We all know smoking kills, but if you knew what just one cigarette does to your body, you’d think twice about lighting up when drunk.

According to new research published in the journal BMJ suggests, inhaling just one fag a day is linked to surprisingly high levels of health risks.

In the meta-analysis, researchers crunched the numbers from 141 previous studies looking at the number of cigarettes people smoked and their subsequent health risks.

What Smoking Just ONE Cigarette Really Does to Your Body

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Time to Butt Out on BC Ferries, Smoking Ban Starts Monday

Starting Monday, BC Ferries will no longer permit passengers to step out on the deck for a cigarette.

Smoking is banned on all BC Ferries vessels and in all terminals. The ban includes e-cigarettes and marijuana.

“It may be challenging for some customers and employees…but 85 per cent of British Columbians don’t smoke and those customers are asking us to go smoke-free,” said BC Ferries spokesperson, Deborah Marshall.

BC Ferries banned smoking inside vessels in the summer of 1990.

Time to Butt Out on BC Ferries, Smoking Ban Starts Monday

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To Cut Smoking’s Harm, Switch to Vaping?

“Studies show that if most current American smokers switched to vaping e-cigarettes over the next 10 years, there could be as many as 6.6 million fewer premature deaths and 86.7 million fewer life years would be lost,” says David Abrams, professor of social and behavioral sciences at New York University’s College of Global Public Health and lead author of the article in the Annual Review of Public Health.

To Cut Smoking’s Harm, Switch to Vaping

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5 Things You Need to Quit Smoking

A popular New Year’s resolution that many fail to keep is to quit smoking.

“Many people underestimate how difficult it is to not only quit smoking, but to maintain the change,” said Zane Freeman, the research coordinator for the YMCA Exercise Intervention for Smoking Cessation Study at UT Austin.

The YMCA Exercise Intervention is one of several public studies conducted by the Anxiety and Health Behaviors Lab during the past five years. The research focuses on holistic ways to help smokers kick the habit.

The lab conducts public studies that explore the usefulness of techniques as diverse as yoga and subliminal video games in smoking cessation, or quitting. No matter the treatment, they say, these tips are the backbone of a good-bye to cigarettes.

5 Things You Need to Quit Smoking

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Philip Morris Says its New Year’s Resolution is to Give Up Cigarettes

The company claims the alternatives are less harmful and that “we can achieve a significant public-health benefit only when a large number of these smokers switch from cigarettes to better products.”

The Philip Morris ad states: “No cigarette company has done anything like this before. You might wonder if we really mean it.”

The World Health Organization has asked that question as well. The United Nations health agency has refused to partner with The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World which is funded by Philip Morris International.

Philip Morris Says its New Year's Resolution is to Give Up Cigarettes

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Tomatoes May Restore Lung Damage Caused By Smoking

From cutting skin cancer risk in half to supporting the immune system, a diet rich in tomatoes and fruits imparts many health benefits. Now, researchers have found that these foods may restore lung function in ex-smokers and slow lung function decline in all adults.

The new study goes one step further to suggest that consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables — particularly tomatoes and apples — slows down the decline in lung function among ex-smokers over the duration of 10 years.

Tomatoes May Restore Lung Damage Caused By Smoking

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Big Tobacco is making more money today than ever before. but how?

There have been significant movements in the Tobacco Industry over the last 30 years. Governments around the world have increased taxes on cigarettes and this has led to a large decline in the number of people smoking. (albeit largely in western countries).

Price rises for those who are left still addicted and growth in Asian markets are the major source of increased profits.

The Infograph below shows the revenues, profits, market mix and other data relating to tobacco companies and cigarette use in 2016.

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Infographic supplied by Steve Barret from Purplebox