It’s No Smoking Day – will you join the ranks of those quitting smoking?

‘Swap Fags For Swag’ is the theme of this year’s No Smoking Day, which is today. This new campaign puts the emphasis on how smoking hits the pocket and visitors to the We Quit site, which is available all year, can try out a new tool to show how much money they spend on tobacco [read the full story…]

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“Only at parties” smokers: new survey of occasional smokers and a campaign to reach them

The flags are out in our bit of the woodland today after the announcement that the UK government is to follow Australia’s lead and introduce plain packaging for cigarettes this year and may also ban smoking in cars carrying children. A campaign just launched in Norway is concerned with another aspect of how to reduce [read the full story…]

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Measuring National Well-being: first annual report from the Office for National Statistics

So the Chief Medical Officer has given us the low-down on the nation’s health and some of it was frankly rather shocking, as you’ll have discovered if you read my blog on Monday. I thought I’d set this alongside a recent report on well-being, highlighted by my cousin the Mental Elf last Friday. Here’s what [read the full story…]

Department of Health’s new Start4Life pack to help mums-to-be stop smoking

Smoking in pregnancy

Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of serious health problems, including lower birth weight, pre-term birth, problems with the placenta and even death of the baby. It is also one of the few risk factors that can be changed. The Department of Health has published a report about women’s smoking status at time of delivery, [read the full story…]