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November 25, 2010
Smoking in the UK costs the average smoker £2250 per year just for cigarettes and a typical brand of tobacco cigarettes is now £6.28 a pack. With taxation increases on tobacco every year, it’s only ever going to be more expensive for tobacco smokers and the probability of 20 cigarettes hitting £7.00 could be sooner than anticipated.
Tobacco is one of easiest ways of raising extra revenue and as the UK as part of of Europe and is still suffering economically, it is likely the cost of smoking will increase in 2011 to claw in extra money. Such a drastic increase will in turn put the cost of tobacco out of the reach of smokers on salaries less than the UK average.
Tobacco smokers who do not want to quit the habit will be better off looking at electronic cigarettes as an alternative. The electronic cigarette delivers the same pleasure as smoking, but is tobacco free and not subject to tobacco taxation. A refill for the electronic cigarette is equal to around 40 cigarettes and costs just £2. This brings a saving of £2000 per year to a typical tobacco cigarette smoker. A basic stater kit is available for only £9.99 and this even includes 80 cigarettes worth of refills. Check our Shop for more details.
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July 5, 2010
Tobacco cigarette smokers complain about the smoking ban in the UK, but is it that bad?
As an ex-cigarette smoker myself, I remember how it was before the smoking ban in the UK. Smoking was allowed in pubs and even in restaurants. When I was a teenager, you could light up a cigarette on the top deck of the bus, legally. But, I also remember the clouds of tobacco smoke on the bus and in pubs and it was unpleasant after a few minutes.
Looking back to my youth reminded me of Dubai airport. Dubai could have the strictest laws in the world and yet smoking is still allowed in designated areas inside the modern, luxury airport. Anyone who smokes and has passed through Dubai can relate to the issue of second-hand smoke! Just step inside the airport smoking room and you suddenly lose the urge to light up as all your efforts go into breathing and keeping conscious. Through the dense tobacco fog you can make out the glowing cigarette tips, emitting cloud upon cloud of toxic smoke. The craving finally take overs and you light up, even though you have just inhaled the smoke from 200 cigarettes. After 5 or 6 puffs you know it’s time to get out. While it’s still possible, and while you are upright, you brave the tobacco fog gasping for air and somehow find the door.
Millions of travellers passing through Dubai who are smokers, are grateful for this small pleasure despite exposure to second-hand smoke in the extreme.
There should be a review of the smoking ban here in the UK, especially for pubs, clubs and bingo places. Dedicated smoking rooms with adequate air extraction could be made available. That said, I would rather pubs remain smoke-free than return to the days when you couldn’t see the bar for tobacco smoke.
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June 16, 2010
Light or mild cigarettes are the most popular selling tobacco cigarettes and are set to be phased out as part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
Tobacco companies pushed certain cigarettes as ‘light, mild or low tar,’ insinuating these are healthier than regular full strength cigarettes. Consumers believe falsely that they are smoking less harmful cigarettes. However, research has shown that so-called low, mild and light cigarettes are just as harmful.
Anti-smoking groups and smoking awareness organisations such as the American Lung Association are hoping smokers will see this as a good time to quit.
Many people are unaware that it is the toxic smoke itself which is harmful and not the nicotine. People who smoke tobacco mild, light or low tar cigarettes are still inhaling the thousands of toxins from tobacco smoke.
By comparison, the electronic cigarette does not burn any substance and the user does not inhale any physical smoke. Electronic smoking allows the inhaling of a flavoured nicotine vapor given the appearance of smoke, but in reality this mist like vapor is more comparable to steam from a kettle.
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