Month: January 2011

Biggest anti-tobacco campaign in Australia

Sydney – Smokers are about to be confronted with the nation’s biggest anti-tobacco campaign, a $61 million advertising blitz linking smoker’s cough directly with lung cancer. The federal government-funded message is graphic and simple: every cigarette brings cancer closer. Health…

Nicotine dependence

Nicotine dependence is an addiction to tobacco products caused by the drug nicotine. Nicotine dependence — also referred to as tobacco dependence — means you can’t stop using the substance, even though it’s causing you harm. While it’s the nicotine…

How Safe Are E-Cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes are handheld nicotine-delivery devices that, despite a devoted following, are currently swirling in controversy. New York is pushing to become the first state to ban the devices, which so far remain unregulated and mostly unstudied. With cutesy colors,…

Health Crisis Looms in Ontario

A health crisis is looming as large as that belly out in front of most people. Obesity, smoking, inactive kids are chronic problems calling for a province-wide public health prevention strategy, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Arlene King…

National Survey of Healthcare Consumers: Smoking

Each year, the Thomson Reuters PULSE™ Healthcare Survey collects information about health behavior, attitudes and utilization from more than 100,000 U.S. households. The survey asked respondents about their attitudes towards smoking. Among those polled, slightly more than half (56%) said…

N.Y. Considers E-Cigarette Ban

Lawmakers in New York have proposed a statewide ban on electronic cigarettes, the Associated Press reported Jan. 25. The bill was introduced by a former smoker, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, after she saw e-cigarettes on sale at malls and encountered ads…

How long does it take to quit smoking?

The average smoker takes five years and seven attempts to give up the fags, a report revealed yesterday. Researchers studied the behaviour of 3,000 smokers and ex-smokers. They found most quit over fears for their long-term health. Other common reasons…

Global Cancer Rates

The rankings, published today, have placed the UK male rate at 33rd in the world with 280 cases per 100,000 people. Female cancer rates in the UK are however 12th highest with a reported 260.5 cases per 100,000. Denmark has…

The lottery of lung cancer

It has taken me six months to be able to say “I have lung cancer” with any ease. It’s not just the grim prognosis that makes the words stick in the mouth, it’s the image that troubles me. Lung cancer…