Smoking is Finally Dying Out Among Young People in the UK and US

SMOKING is rapidly dying out in the UK and US among young people – the first generation to come of age surrounded by laws that discourage smoking.

Figures from the UK Office for National Statistics reveal that the proportion of smokers in the country fell to 15.5 per cent in 2016, down 4 percentage points from 2010.

Smoking is Finally Dying Out Among Young People in the UK and US

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Miley Cyrus Quit Smoking Marijuana Because She Thought it Would Kill Her

Miley Cyrus decided to come clean about why she got clean.

The “Malibu” singer recently revealed her decision to quit smoking marijuana telling Billboard in May she wanted to be “super clear and sharp.”

Now, Cyrus is telling Jimmy Fallon she quit pot because she feared it might kill her.

Miley Cyrus quit smoking marijuana because she thought it would kill her

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In ‘Unheard Of’ Trend, Smoking Makes Comeback in Israel

Israel has one of the highest life expectancies in the world — 82.5 years, on average. But a surprising increase in smoking rates may threaten that status.

In line with with global trends, the smoking rate in Israel fell from about 45 percent in the early 1980s to about 20 percent or less in the years since 2011. However, in its annual report on smoking released last week, Israel’s Health Ministry recorded the biggest single-year setback in more than a decade, with the rate rising to 22.5 percent in 2016 from 19.7 percent the previous year.

In ‘Unheard Of’ Trend, Smoking Makes Comeback in Israel

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Czech Republic Hangs a ‘No Smoking’ Sign After Years of Debate

A smoking ban in Czech bars, restaurants and cafes took effect Wednesday, putting to an end the Czech Republic’s status as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe.

The ban, which applies inside bars and restaurants as well as to public places like cinemas, theaters and sports stadiums, was approved by Parliament after years of heated debate and signed by President Milos Zeman, a chain smoker.

Unlike most of Europe, the Czech Republic had remained tolerant of smoking until now — and it was up to restaurant owners to decide whether to allow it in their establishments.

Czech Republic Hangs a No Smoking Sign After Years of Debate

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Scientists Find That Smoking Harms Livers of Unborn Babies

The impact of cigarette damage to unborn babies has been revealed in a new stem cell study.

Scientists found that the cocktail of chemicals in cigarettes is particularly harmful to developing liver cells.

They developed a method of studying the effects of maternal smoking on liver tissue using embryonic stem cells.

The team, led by the University of Edinburgh, also discovered the cigarette chemicals affect male and female foetuses differently.

Scientists Find That Smoking Harms Livers of Unborn Babies

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People Who Smoke ‘Light’ Cigarettes Could Be Increasing the Risk of Cancer

Researchers investigated why rates of adenocarcinoma, a cancer that occurs deep in the lungs, had increased over the last 50 years.

During same period, the number of people developing other forms of lung cancer had fallen in relation to more smokers quitting tobacco.

The results confirmed what many experts had long suspected. A ‘clear relationship’ was seen between rising rates of adenocarcinoma and greater demand for ‘light’ cigarettes.

Businesswoman looking at mobile phone and smoking outside office

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How Vaping and Smoking Law in the UK Changes TOMORROW – What You Need To Know

New rules on vaping, cigarettes and smoking are coming into force tomorrow.

And if you’re a smoker you will need to know the new laws.

The new Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 comes into force on Saturday, May 20, and introduces a number of rules about the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids

Ahead of the changes to the law, the Plymouth Herald spoke to the local Trading Standards who want to make sure that all local manufacturers and retailers are aware of the changes.

How vaping and smoking law changes TOMORROW - what you need to know

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Smoking Only in Social Situations May Still Be Tied to Heart Problems

So-called social smokers who only light up on special occasions may have some of the same risks for heart disease as people with a daily cigarette habit, a U.S. study suggests.

For the study, researchers examined data on smoking habits, cholesterol levels and blood pressure for a nationally representative sample of 39,555 adults. Most people said they didn’t smoke, while roughly 17 percent were current smokers and about 10 percent were social smokers who didn’t have a daily habit but did regularly smoke in certain situations.

Compared with non-smokers, social smokers were more than twice as likely to have high blood pressure – known as hypertension – and 53 percent more likely to have elevated cholesterol, the study found. Social smokers had the roughly the same odds of having these risk factors for heart disease as current smokers in the study.

A woman lights a cigarette in this illustration picture taken in Paris, October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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Museum Donors Are Pissed Celebs Were Smoking in the Met Gala Bathrooms

A number of celebrities were pictured smoking in the bathrooms of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Monday night’s Met Gala, just like the cool kids in high school. However, the rebellion reportedly pissed off museum board members and donors — to the point that one actually complained to Anna Wintour.

According to “Page Six,” one board member was “horrified to go into the ladies’ loo” to find a “host of celebs messing around,” including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kendall Jenner, and Kim Kardashian. On top of that, certain celebrities, such as Bella Hadid, Marc Jacobs, and Dakota Johnson, were also caught smoking in the bathroom (as seen in pictures shared on social media). A source told the gossip column, “The board member stormed right out and complained right away to Anna Wintour’s team. It is so disrespectful to the museum.”

Museum Donors Are Pissed Celebs Were Smoking in the Met Gala Bathrooms

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Give Up Smoking – For Your Pet’s Sake

Research from the University of Glasgow shows that dogs living in smoking households ingest a high amount of tobacco smoke. The research suggests that pets may even be at greater risk of health problems from smoke exposure than children in smoking households, noting that because pets are closer the ground, they are more likely to ingest third-hand smoke – that is, tobacco chemicals present in carpets and other surfaces.

Give Up Smoking – For Your Pet’s Sake

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