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Insurance companies use risk when calculating premiums. If you’re classed as a high risk to them either through existing health issues, age or lifestyle choices then they will charge more for their cover. When it comes to smoking the effects on an individual’s health are well-known and varied. According to the Health and Social Care Centre report (2016) there were 78,000 deaths attributed to smoking in 2014. In the period 2014/15 the NHS had 4,700 smoking-related admissions per day. This accounts for approximately 28% of all admissions. Effects of smoking You inhale a cocktail of 40 carcinogenic chemicals each time […]
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The mental health and smoking action report Despite many years of progress, smoking remains still the single biggest cause of preventable and premature death in England killing almost 80,000 people every year. What is more, smoking is a leading cause of inequalities. Smoking rates amongst people with a mental health condition are particularly concerning. Around one third of adult tobacco consumption is by people with a current mental health condition and whilst less than 20% of the general population smoke, this figure is around 40% in those with a mental health condition, and up to 70% in people discharged from […]
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How do they fit into the public health agenda? The growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is triggering substantial policy concern, evident, for example, in the 2011 UN high level meeting on NCDs. Yet, it’s clear that there are very different ways of thinking about this ‘epidemiological transition’. For some, including the current UK government it seems, the rise in such diseases is viewed primarily as a consequence of the choices that individuals make. In contrast, many of those working in public health understand the problem to be largely a consequence of the strategies that corporations pursue. These different views lead to different conclusions about appropriate and effective responses. […]
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Yesterday, new regulations came into force that prohibit smoking in cars where children are present. This is a landmark moment in the fight for better public health. The new regulations only came about because of a marathon effort from my predecessor as Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, Luciana Berger, our health spokesperson in the House of Lords, Philip Hunt and the great work of the British Lung Foundation. The Lords is where Labour forced a vote last year to give the Health Secretary the power to ban smoking in cars with children. Following this demonstration of Parliamentary opinion, Ministers tabled […]
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Bristol today became the first city in the UK to ban smoking in outdoor public places. Anti-smoking campaigners installed signs in two busy outdoor spaces – Millennium Square and Anchor Square – after a poll found 61 per cent of locals were in favour. The pilot scheme will see smokers asked to stub out cigarettes when in the two areas, but it will be up to each individual bars and restaurants if they choose to comply. The project by Smokefree South West was inspired by mother Kirsty Vass, 33, who was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease a year ago. Ms Vass, […]
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If everyday seems the same as the day before and life is becoming a little tedious then maybe it’s time to change your routine and add a little spice to life. There are small changes that you can make on a daily basis that might make you feel a bit brighter. Cut down your smoking If the first thing you normally do when you wake up is reach for a cigarette then try changing that habit, you can replace them with e-cigs, which you can buy from Phoenix Electronic Cigarettes. These devices are much healthier and don’t contain toxic chemicals […]
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Cigarettes can kill you – that is an undisputable fact. Despite that, according to the Daily Mail 19.3% of the UK population still smoke, although large numbers of people manage successfully to give up this noxious habit. Vaping is now increasingly popular, and here are ten reasons why it’s considered by many to be healthier than smoking:   1. Smoking kills In 2013 The Independent published an article that revealed that 1 billion people across the globe will die this century as a result of smoking cigarettes. Conditions, including heart disease, lung cancer and strokes can be caused as a […]
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If you smoke, you’re going to be well aware of the health benefits of quitting, but are you fully aware of the difference that giving up smoking can make to your finances? Don’t underestimate the financial benefit of giving up cigarettes; quitting smoking will save you money, and lots of it! If you’re struggling to find the motivation to stop, then looking at the amount of money you could save should really help. If you needed any more convincing just look at the science – recent research has shown that your chance of successfully changing a health-related behaviour increases by […]
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Smoking has a huge history stretching back over thousands of years, and there are so many arguments that have arisen over the last few centuries, both for and against smoking, but as we continue to research the pros and cons of this ritual, practice, habit, or whatever you wish to call it, the cons begin to out-weight the pros. When you embark on the journey of a tobacco free life, things seem to get a little complicated. There is help in so many different places, from a wide variety of brands and then the huge array of products, but choosing […]
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In July 2013 The Daily Mail reported that the first £1 electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette) went on sale in the UK. The e-smoking market is now worth over £2bn globally if estimation by Cannacord, the globally operating investment bank, are correct. A recent BBC article places the number of UK people now opting to use e-cigarettes at around 700,000. This figure is based on a survey carried out by health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). Often called ‘vaping’ by users, e-smoking is on the rise with many substituting traditional tobacco cigarettes for this safer form of smoking. Some […]
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Shelia Duffy argues that tobacco use is a key driver of health inequalities The current economic climate is creating a range of challenges for families and communities up and down the UK, felt most acutely in the most deprived areas. With new concerns dominating the agenda it can be difficult to find time to talk about the impact of smoking on Scotland’s poorer communities – even without the lingering myth that tobacco is a prop which people fall back on in difficult times, and ‘one of the only pleasures left’ for people on lower incomes (as ex Cabinet Minister John […]
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