Category Archives: Smoking Related News

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Want to Be Attractive? People Who Smoke Have Less Appealing Faces

People are able to identify smokers based on only their facial features, and often associate these features as being less attractive. The findings could stand as further motivation to finally kick the nasty habit this upcoming New Year’s day. A recent study from the University of Bristol in England had 590 volunteers look at 23 twin faces […]

Gory Anti-Smoking Posters May ENCOURAGE Teens to Smoke

Graphic posters meant to discourage people from smoking may actually encourage teens to take up the habit, new research reveals. Convenience stores are a prime ground for tobacco companies to advertise, especially to teens, among whom smoking is still on the rise in the US. In the new study from the RAND research corporation found […]

Ad Agencies Helped Make Smoking Cool, Until They Didn’t

Before Australia adopted some of the strictest smoking regulations in the world, advertising cigarettes was big business. Ad agencies have long sought the clients with the biggest budgets — and from the 50s to the 70s, the clients with the biggest budgets were selling tobacco. They set out, and succeeded, in convincing Australians that smoking […]

Quitting Smoking: Timeline of What Happens to Your Body After You Kick the Habit

20 minutes after last cigarette Just 20 minutes after the last drag, your body begins to recover, reports the Birmingham Mail. Nicotine, the addictive chemical in smoking, acts as a stimulant and gives that all-important ‘kick’. Not long after the last puff of smoke, heart rate and blood pressure return to normal following this high. Eight […]

Pope Francis Bans Sale of Cigarettes at the Vatican on Health Grounds

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday. “The motive is very simple: the Holy See cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly harming the health of people,” spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement. […]

Japanese Company Offers Extra Days Off to Workers Who Don’t Smoke

Over the summer, employees at a Japanese marketing firm noticed that not all of their colleagues were working the same number of hours. About one-third of the people at the company, Piala, were smokers and stepped away from their desks during the day for cigarette breaks. Despite the time the smokers were away from work, […]