This year smoking is a hot topic!
Smoking addiction was highlighted following the Health Minister's decision to change South African laws on tobacco and nicotine use – both in the form of cigarettes, cigars, "rolls of bread" or newer electronic devices.
The proposed law also deals with matters that make tobacco use attractive, such as advertisements and luxury brands. This will be completely banned, or replaced with graphics, horrible images, showing the effect of smoking on your body.
Off-putting is the ever increasing price of these items, the fact that restaurants may no longer have a smoking section, and it is increasingly difficult to smoke because the "designated area" is becoming increasingly difficult to find.
Many of you are considering smoking in the new year, and to help you on your journey, we have collected 10 of our main stories to help make the trip a little easier:
1. LOOK: How many people smoke in the whole world?
Statistics might surprise you …
2. This is why your e-vanilla cigarettes or cinnamon are poisonous
A tempting aroma that comes from your electronic cigarette can pose health risks.
3. Can one cigarette a day kill you?
A little smoking can cause damage – even if you are not an ordinary smoker. This is the reason.
4. Do you stop smoking because of money?
Smokers who are offered cash incentives are far more likely to release cigarettes than those who are only offered tips on how to stop, a study found.
5. How to make your own smoking cessation plan
Change habits that encourage your tobacco use and it will be easier to stop smoking forever.
6. Passive smoking is also bad for pets
Dogs and cats not only breathe tobacco smoke, but can also swallow harmful substances by licking their owner's hair, skin, and clothing, warns an expert.
7. Teenage Vapers are more often smokers
A survey of Los Angeles students found that teens who often vape were more likely to start smoking every week.
8. This is how vaping can cause cancer
In the study, laboratory rats exposed to electronic cigarette smoke had more DNA damage in the heart, lungs and bladder, compared to control mice.
9. Stop smoking? Even a little exercise can help you stay slim
The best results in limiting weight gain after quitting smoking were found in women who did 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week.
10. 10 smoking myths that people still believe
Do you justify your smoking addiction with one of the following claims? We separate facts from mistakes.