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Why Less Is More for Your Health as You Age

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

When it comes to diet and lifestyle choices, older adults are well advised to practice moderation. Whether it concerns weight management, physical activity, or alcohol and tobacco use, health experts urge people to consider their limitations and changing needs as they approach their senior years.

Smokers Get A Terrifying Glimpse Into The Future

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Living

It's basically the opposite of a makeover.

This Is The Difference Between Smoking And Vaping

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living

The lack of smoke inhalation is what leads many e-ciagrette users to believe vaping is a safer alternative to smoking.

Calgary Should Butt-Out the Vaping Ban

Derek James From | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Alberta
Derek James From

The narrative concocted to support this ban is a sham. Vaping is not a public health crisis. Aside from a handful of deeply flawed studies that have been discredited, the accumulated evidence is becoming clearer and clearer--vaping is orders of magnitude less harmful than smoking is. And it's hardly more of a nuisance than wearing an excessive amount of perfume.

What if We Paid People to Quit Smoking?

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine addresses an interesting, incremental way to motivate people to butt out: you pay them. In a previous post I've written about both the public and private sector rewarding people for healthy living, including in terms of being more physically active and eating/drinking more nutritiously. Paying people to quit may, at first, seem far fetched. But it is part of a larger movement to implement what are regarded as sound policies without invoking the heavy hand of the state: regulating lite.

How Do We Tell Kids Who Vape It's Just as Dumb as Smoking?

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Something is happening with the young ones: they are vaping in rapidly increasing numbers. Depending on how you look at kids and their taking to e-cigarettes, two very different views emerge.

Yup, Even A Few Cigarettes Can Be Harmful

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada Living

Despite decades of public health campaigning, many smokers think it's okay to just smoke a few cigarettes a day yet they underestimate their risks, ac...

Will We Ever End Smoking?

Bill Bogart | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

There's good news and bad news about smoking. Recent statistics reveal that consumption rates are at record lows and appear to be dropping even further. And, as those rates fall, the menace of second-hand smoke also recedes. But these positive developments come at a time when new evidence warns that cigarettes are even more hazardous than we have thought. So to end smoking and the many costs it imposes on this continent, let alone elsewhere in the world, much remains to be done.

Menopause in Your 30s: Nine Things That Can Age Your Ovaries

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

What causes early menopause or premature ovarian aging? This unique situation may occur from lifestyle factors, medical treatment or genetic predisposition. Early menopause can also be the result of an autoimmune disease.

How Disparate Taxation Can Lead to Black Markets

Salman Sakir | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

Taxation is mostly used by state governments to generate revenue; it is sometimes used as a policy tool to dissuade citizens from the consumption of different products or services. However, the introduction of disparate taxation may lead to unintended consequences. Disparate taxation on cigarettes may lead to the creation and expansion of black markets for cigarettes. It is very important to be cognizant of the unintended consequences of disparate taxation when it is used as a policy tool.

The Unadvertised Health Risks of E-Cigarettes

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Brett Belchetz

So when no evidence exists to show that e-cigarettes are safe for long-term use by humans, when laboratory studies demonstrate worrisome potential physiological risks, and when strong evidence is mounting that e-cigarettes are leading our youth to consider smoking tobacco cigarettes, I would contend that caution here is the only reasonable approach.

Don't Believe These 5 Heart Health Myths

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

While the risk of heart trouble increases as you get older, a growing number of people are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors at younger ages. Poor lifestyle choices are often to blame, including sedentary living, smoking and unhealthy diets.

Five Things Every Canadian Should Know About Obesity

Carolyn Shimmin | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Carolyn Shimmin

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians living with obesity over the past few decades and it is often cited as a risk factor for other chronic health conditions including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer. This means that obesity is frequently a hot topic in the news. But media stories often miss the mark when it comes to informing Canadians about the complex factors that lead to obesity.

Canada's Smoking Rate At Lowest Ever

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A national survey has found that the smoking rate among Canadians is at an all-time low, at 15 per cent of the population.The 2013 Canadian ...

Trying to Quit Smoking? Your DNA Might Be Holding You Back

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

If you're trying to quit smoking, new research from the University of Toronto suggests the first thing you need to understand is your DNA.

Mental Illness Programs Shouldn't Force Abstinence On Smokers

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Mental illness patients who smoke are discriminated against by having separate smoking rooms in hospitals closed. As a result, they are being forced to leave the hospital grounds to smoke if they are not in locked units. This is unsafe for patients and others.

Why Food Labelling Won't Lead to Sustainable Weight Loss for the Obese

Bill Bogart | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Caloric labelling is a recent strategy in combatting obesity. It's been tried in the United States in various cities and states. Something similar, in fact, happened in the battle against smoking. No one intervention brought down the rate. Instead a variety of legal strategies (banning sales to children, restricting advertising, mandating warnings, imposing high taxes etc.) working together significantly cut the numbers who use cigarettes.

10 Everyday Ways to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Prithwish De, PhD | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Prithwish De, PhD

There are many factors we can't control that affect our cancer risk, like growing older, our genetic profile and having a family history of the disease. But the good news is that there is a lot we can control. It's as simple as making healthy choices every day and having policies in place that protect our health. Here are the top 10 ways to lower your risk of cancer.

How The 'Nudge' Method Could Help You Quit Smoking

Bill Bogart | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

The method's goal is to help people make better choices in a variety of areas without removing their right to choose. Researchers claim that individuals select more wisely when provided with a clear set of options. The method may be able to curb problems such as smoking, intemperate drinking, and problem gambling.

► What's Safer: Smoking Cigars Or Cigarettes?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Living

By now, it's no shocker smoking cigarettes doesn't do any favours for your health. As a result, those who haven't been able to kick the habit have ...

Obesity Is Not the New Tobacco

Kapil Khatter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

Those approaches, for unhealthy eating in particular, can be a real challenge, because they bang hard against the reactor core of our economic system -- consumption. Consumption and lots of it. Like tobacco, the fight for healthy eating will challenge the heart of what companies do: sell as much as they can.

This Test Could Determine Which Smokers Need Extra Help To Quit

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Living

Researchers at Duke University say that heavily dependent, male smokers who do not repond to nicotine replacement might need to combine cessation meth...

This Is Why It's Vital You're Successful the First Time You Quit Smoking

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living
Nishaan Sharma

The pain and terror that seem, for those first few days, like everything -- seen, smelled, tasted, heard, felt -- will be replaced by a longing similar to the kind one feels towards an old paramour. It is even possible that you will be capable of returning to the warm arms of the infrequent cigarette at some distant speck in the future without drowning again in the compulsion.

If Sitting Is the New Smoking, I'm An Addict Who Needs to Quit

Leah Eichler | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

In case you missed it, this constant sitting is literally killing us, leading researchers and pundits to declare that sitting is the new smoking. If you accept that theory, then just about everyone in a white-collar job is the equivalent of a heavy nicotine addict.

Twerk All You Want, Just Don't Get a Lip Tattoo Like Miley's

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg When it comes to the climb of pop stardom, Miley Cyrus has proven she can't be tamed. Earlier this month, the singer posted a photo showing a new tattoo in a rather unlikely place: her lower lip. Unlike the other maneuvers, which may have social consequences, this one could lead to medical problems.