Category Archives: Smoking

Utopian dreams: the TPA object to evidence-based support for pregnant mums

In an ideal world, pregnant mothers wouldn’t smoke, we’d all walk to work and no one would eat junk food. On BBC Radio Kent this morning I put the rational, evidence based case for encouraging mums-to-be to quit smoking through … Continue reading

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British Heart Foundation creating ‘Proud Quitters’ this No Smoking Day

Guest Blog by Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, a member of NHE’s editorial board and a part-time GP in Cambridge. Today, on 11th March, I expect nearly a million smokers in the United Kingdom … Continue reading

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No BAT, we will not go to the Ball

There aren’t many email invitations that make me laugh out loud, but this one was an exception. I have spent much of the past few years talking about how to improve the public’s health: incentives, legislation, education and 2020health has … Continue reading

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Addiction is just too profitable to give up: Infographic on the effects of nicotine and tobacco

    Thanks to #LoveInfographics for this one. Following on from yesterday’s press on Big Tobacco pushing e-cigarettes, this graphic illustrates the impact of the nicotine, although it doesn’t show what side-effects are due to nicotine, and which are due … Continue reading

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Big tobacco: wanting more profit from bad habits

I’ve just commented on LBC’s Iain Dale show about the report in today’s Guardian on Big Tobacco pushing for e-cigarettes to be prescribed on the NHS. The immorality of their position is staggering: the very companies who woo us to … Continue reading

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Ban on smoking in cars: liberal individualism is a threat to individual liberty

Edmund Burke warned us: “Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains on their appetites.” In other words, freedom is a privilege that can only be sustained and deserved if we use our … Continue reading

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Plain packaging, winter deaths and Jeremy Paxman

I woke this morning to the good news that the government is to launch an independent review of cigarette packaging amid ‘amid continuing calls for action to discourage young smokers’. Sir Cyril Chantler, Chair of University College London Partners, has … Continue reading

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Plain, Standardised Packaging of Cigarettes: Triumph or Tyranny?

The smoking ban in public places and business came into force in Scotland on March 26th 2006; Wales on April 2nd; and Northern Ireland on April 30th. England enforced the ban a year later on July 1st2007. Since the introduction of … Continue reading

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