The Australian Government is helping people with a mental illness to quit smoking and is raising awareness of this issue. In a joint effort with the national mental health organization, SANE Australia, a variety of tools have been made available. These include: Guide to a Smoke-free Life: a brochure designed for people with mental illness Supporting someone [...]
Researchers from the UK (who seem to be quite interested in smoking-related research these days) have published a study now claiming that quitting smoking may help improve your memory. In the study, participants needed to complete tasks located around a university campus. Those who had never smoked remembered around 80% of tasks, while smokers remembered [...]
The respiratory journal Thorax has published an interesting study out of the UK which links the risks of teen smoking with movies depicting smokers. At age 15, children were asked via a computer-assisted interview (CASI) if they had seen 50 randomly selected films that comprised 70 top US box office hits between 2001 and 2005. They then filled out a questionnaire related to smoking habits.
In the UK, around 67% of smokers report wanting to quit, while only 26% report making a quit attempt in the previous year. Currently, the UK National Health Service (NHS) provides stop smoking services (SSS) to support cessation, although only 8% of smokers wanting to quit in England access the NHS SSS. The authors of [...]
A small but interesting report from Britain is claiming that over 1,000 individuals quit smoking last year, a new record for the country. Such figures have resulted from collaboration between smoking cessation support groups, physicians and the National Health Service (NHS), the publicly-funded health system in the UK. While the article makes no mention of [...]
Starting in April 2012, cigarettes produced and sold in China will have to bear a larger warning label. Although China ratified the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2005, it has yet to ban smoking in public places. One of the major barriers to achieving this is the fact that the local governments receive [...]