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Smoking is a very expensive habit, you only have to look at the constantly rising prices of cigarettes to know that. The average smoker will spend around £3,300 a year on cigarettes, more if they smoke premium brands!   But what most of us don't think about is the cost that smoking has on the UK as a whole, from the NHS to businesses. In fact the UK government has estimated that smoking costs the UK £12.6 billion a year!   In this blog...
In a recent move in the ongoing struggle to stop people smoking two NHS hospitals in Birmingham have made e-cigarette history and opened Vape shops inside their grounds.   Sandwell general hospital in West Bromwich and Birmingham city hospital are determined to become smoke free areas, banning cigarettes completely on hospital grounds and imposing a £50 fine for anyone who is caught.   Using an e-cigarette is of course allowed, although it has to be away from doorways and the smoking...
Although the phrases "light" or "ultralight" on cigarettes was banned in the EU a couple of years ago, many smokers still believe that these brands are not as bad for you as normal cigarettes.   New research has shown that this is just not true and states that "light" cigarette users have exactly the same risk of lung cancer as a normal cigarette smoker.   That means even light or ultralight cigarette smokers are 25 times more likely to develop cancer than...
A study by ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) has found that 1 in 7 people are in, and will stay in, social housing because of the cost of cigarettes.   It's not hard to see why, with the price of cigarettes continually increasing over the last decade. On average smokers in social housing are spending £50 a week on cigarettes, which is £2,600 a year going up in smoke.   As you can imagine this is big chunk of anyone's yearly...
In a recent CNBC documentary entitled “Vaporized: America’s E-Cigarette Addiction”, the future of e cigarettes in the US looks to become even more challenging leading up to the inevitable FDA laws, due to come into effect in the not so distant future.    The premise of the documentary is that many brands of e cigarettes in the US are actively targeting children and teenagers to take up vaping.  And it seems to be a big problem state-side with recent FDA...
It may seem a bit backward, but new research shows that if the NHS was to pay people to quit smoking, the NHS could save billions of pounds every year.   The research, conducted by the British charity The Cochrane Library, found that smokers were more likely to attempt to quit and keep at it if there was a financial prize at the end.   Although it might seem strange to pay people in order to save money, it does make...
Mortgages are the single biggest loans most of us will ever take, with the average being £123,000 spread out over 25 years.    But what if we told you that you could pay off your mortgage quicker and save a huge amount in interest payments, just by making the switch from cigarettes to E-Cigarettes?   By using the extra money you save by switching from cigarettes to e cigarettes and overpaying on your mortgage you can cut years and £1000's...
A parliamentary group, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health, has recently called for the legal age for buying cigarettes to be raised from 18 to 21.   It's part of their aim to achieve the "smoke free" generation, which is trying to prevent the newest generation from picking up the habit in the first place.   The cause has also been picked up by the Imperial College London's respiratory specialist Dr Nicholas Hopkinson.   The parliamentary group claims...
How E-Cigarettes Can Help With Your Credit Card Debt   If you are like the millions of households in the UK, you may have some form of credit card debt. On average we each have £2,688 unpaid debt on credit cards, and for many of us that can be difficult or almost impossible to get rid of.   However, if you're a smoker, what if we told you there's a way to get healthier and to help with that debt?...
Third Hand Smoke is the Unknown Danger from Smoking. 3rd hand smoke is one of those phrases that many of us may have heard before, but we may not really understand what it is, let alone worry about it.    But we really should. Although it doesn't have the immediate impact of 2nd hand smoke, 3rd hand smoke lasts much longer, is much harder to detect and has the same long-term impacts.   Like most things linked to cigarettes, the...
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