smoking

How to smoke a pipe

Old fashioned mindfulness: why pipe smoking is a portal to tranquility in a frenetic world

29 Mar 2019

Smoking rates plummet as vaping becomes more popular

A new study examining the relationship between vaping and smoking finds that cigarette smoking dramatically decreased between 2013 and 2017, just…

Engineered enzyme ‘eliminates nicotine addiction’

Scientists have engineered an enzyme that breaks down nicotine in the bloodstream before it can reach the brain, according to…

Smoking causes hearing loss, new research finds

The dangers of smoking are well established. But now a new and novel effect of the habit has been discovered.…

Cigars: the ultimate gift guide

How to pick out the perfect cigar for the smoker in your life

12 Dec 2017

E-cigarettes work: I’d prescribe them if I could

As part of a debate I was involved with at the Conservative conference this week on public health policy and…

5 Oct 2017

Is the government finally starting to see sense on e-cigarettes?

This month is ‘Stoptober’, the annual government-backed campaign to persuade smokers to give up tobacco for good. This year, for…

3 Oct 2017

A triumph of the busybodies: the EU begins its crackdown on smokers and vapers

One day last summer I walked into my local e-cigarette shop and bought their entire stock of my favourite vape…

19 May 2017

Social smokers ‘have the same heart risk as regular smokers’

Social smokers have the same risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol as those who smoke every day, according to…

If we want to benefit from Brexit, the first thing we should do is make snus legal

In Sweden, the smoking rate has fallen to a mere nine per cent, as the New Scientist reports… Sweden is…

16 Mar 2017
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For many, a ‘truly smoke-free NHS’ would be an act of cruelty

Public Health England has announced plans to persuade NHS trusts to ban smoking on all their premises in an effort…

3 Mar 2017

Stub out the fags, pour away the booze. Britain has succumbed to the nanny state

The nanny state has spoken and we, the people, have listened. Worse still, we’ve obeyed. Figures released by the Office…

21 Feb 2017

Switching to e-cigarettes ‘substantially’ reduces toxins in the body

E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use than conventional cigarettes, according to research published in the Annals of Internal…

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Stop the junk science on vaping. E-cigarettes don’t turn kids into smokers

Ever since e-cigarettes became mainstream consumer products circa 2012, there has been a steady flow of anti-vaping scare stories. In…

8 Feb 2017
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Do a few puffs on an e-cigarette raise your risk of heart disease?

It has been claimed that just 10 puffs on an e-cigarette is enough to trigger physiological changes that can lead…

Check Up: on an unexpected Brexit bonus and the importance of flu jabs

Plus: smoking at an all-time low and the not-so-smart students who take ‘smart drugs’

20 Oct 2016

The government’s great triumph on smoking: it left e-cigarettes alone

‘Smoking rates in England fall to lowest on record’ isn’t much of a headline in itself. Smoking rates have been…

21 Sep 2016

I’ve long tried to quit smoking. Now, thanks to Allen Carr, I actually have

I have dedicated a lot of time to giving up smoking. I have attempted pretty much everything: cold turkey, nicotine…

20 Sep 2016

In Cubans we trust: five cigars to invest in right now

You won’t regret splashing out on a box of limited edition cigars, says Tom Chamberlin

19 Sep 2016

Should doctors celebrate the rise of e-cigarettes and other alternatives?

E-cigarettes are now the most popular way to quit smoking – more than gums, patches or sprays. Yet they go…

9 Sep 2016

Ignore the NHS propaganda: fat people aren’t to blame for its soaring costs

Of all the attempts of NHS mandarins to blame patients for the spiralling costs of their bureaucratic leviathan, Simon Stevens’…

9 Jun 2016

Healthy living ‘would prevent half of all cancer deaths’

Lifestyle changes could prevent half of all cancer deaths, according to research published in the online journal JAMA Oncology. The…

New laws on tobacco and vaping are another step towards bootleg Britain

It is a reflection of the EU’s democratic deficit that smokers and vapers have only recently become aware of a…

20 May 2016

Public health should step aside. Vapers are now leading the fight against smoking

Thirty years ago the then Secretary of State for Health Norman Fowler persuaded Margaret Thatcher of the need for radical…

Smoking during pregnancy affects the baby’s DNA

Smoking during pregnancy affects the baby’s DNA, according to a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. Researchers…

Sorry, sunbathing doesn’t extend your lifespan

Women who sunbathe are likely to live longer than those who avoid the sun, despite a higher risk of skin…